13 Plugins Make My WordPress World Go ‘Round

In honor of Thursday Thirteen, here are 13 WordPress plugins that I use and love:

  1. WordPress Automatic Upgrade: allows you to automatically upgrade your WordPress installation to the latest one provided by wordpress.org using the 5 steps provided in the WordPress upgrade instructions.
  2. All In One SEO Pack: out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
  3. Feedburner Feedsmith: detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.
  4. Google XML Sitemaps: generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.
  5. Nofollow Case by Case: allows you to selectively apply rel=?nofollow? to your links.
  6. Zemanta: contextually relevant suggestions of links, pictures, related content and tags will make your blogging fun again.
  7. CommentLuv: show a link to the last post from the commenters blog in their comment. Just activate and it?s ready. Will parse a feed from most sites that have a feed location specified in its head html.
  8. PhotoDropper: lets you add Creative commons licensed photos to your posts from Flickr.
  9. Contact Form 7: simple but flexible contact form complete with CAPTCHA.
  10. Ad Rotate: a simple way of showing random banners on your site with a user friendly panel to manage them.
  11. Broken Link Checker: checks your posts for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
  12. Coming Next: shows the next scheduled post with a brief description.
  13. No Self Pings: keeps WordPress from sending pings to your own site.

What are YOUR favorite plugins?

Which plugins really float your boat? Tell me in the comments below.


  1. Hey, thanks for linking to my plugin! And I’m glad you found it useful!

    Let me know if you have ideas or requests on how to make it even more useful to you. :)

    Jarkko Laine´s last blog post..There is Something About Focus

  2. I WAS grooving on CommentLuv until yesterday when I tried posting at Suzanne Says and my latest blog post didn’t show up. Doh! Let’ see what happens after I press publish on this site. Here we go….

    That NO self-ping thing might be cool for my site but Lord knows I’m not messing with plug-ins. I might FUBAR something and then YOU’LL be the one fixing it.

    Christa´s last blog post..Yoga and Opera: Believe It or Not?

  3. Okay, I am now officially inferior! Not only do I not have any plugins at my blog, but I don’t even understand half of what your list means! Pings? Out-of-the-box SEO? It’s a different world!

    Nicholas´s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #72

  4. My favourites are:
    akismet (of course…)
    All in One SEO Pack

    Pretty standard fare… 😎

  5. Jarkko – you’re welcome! I’ve gotten lots of great feedback after incorporating it here. Now, I just need to keep it full!

    Christa – I’ll install it for you – no problem.

    Nicholas – that’s one of the reasons I love WordPress so much – you can, through the use of plugins – get it to do just about anything you can dream up!

    Paul – keywordluv – haven’t heard of that one before…will have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. @ Susanne You should definately check out keywordluv, great plugin that has done wonders for my comments

  7. Hi Suzanne,

    Here’s a couple more great plugins to add to your list:

    [1] Ozh’s Admin Drop Down Menu:


    – Essential for easier navigation of the WordPress admin are, especially since the introduction of the sidebar menus in 2.7, which I hate!

    [2] WordPress Database Backup:


    – Essential for automated scheduled hands-free and manual backups of you WordPress database.

    Hope these are useful.


    Maui SEO´s last blog post..What?s the Big Deal about Search Engine Optimization?


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