The 21 Best WordPress Plugins for Business Blogs in 2021

The 21 Best WordPress Plugins for Business Blogs in 2021

I have been regularly sharing my own experiences using WordPress plugins to run this business blog to help you make your own website more social media optimized, SEO friendly, and even help convert more of your visitors into new leads. I say “website” because WordPress is not just for blogs: As a CMS or Content Management System, it is estimated that WordPress powers 35% of all websites on the Internet.

Those of us running WordPress websites often wonder what type of plugins and tools are useful for making our jobs easier without overloading the site itself. After all, it’s a well-known fact that too many plugins can slow down our websites. At the extreme end of the spectrum, slow websites annoy our viewers and potential customers while they wait seemingly forever to read our content. But sometimes the issues aren’t as obvious.

In particular, we must worry that slowed websites will do poorly on Google rankings. As the old saying goes, if your website’s on page two of Google search, it’s effectively buried. On the other hand, some plugins are important to our ability to keep the site running well. Knowing the balance between too much and too little is key to having a fast-loading, attractive website that keeps customers interested.

Everyone’s particular experience with WordPress will be different, but since I’ve always run a content-heavy site, I’ve become obsessed with increasing the performance of how quickly this website runs for the average user. Speed is important for many reasons: In the words of one SEOMozer:

In my world, if you really care about SEO, you need to care about how fast your pages load. Speed may not be the most important ranking factor, but it’s a factor nonetheless. As long as Google’s search algorithm remains a mystery, you’ll never know what type of optimization tipped your site from page 3 to page 1. For some sites, faster pages could be that tipping point.”

Speed has been a factor in Google search rankings since 2010.  While some might question how important of a factor it is, there is a greater purpose for having a faster website as detailed by Geir Ellefsen in his WordPress Performance And Speed Optimization Tips post:

There are lots of benefits of having a blazing fast site:

– Better user experience

– People spend longer time on your site if it loads fast

– Search engines can crawl your site faster

The problem, and the oxymoron of writing a blog post about WordPress plugins while seeking faster speed, is that it is commonly known that WordPress plugins can slow down your website. That’s why I’ve been trying to follow the advice of someone I have high respect for, Derek Halpern of Social Triggers, who says in his What WordPress Plugins Are Vital To The Success Of Your Blog? post:

When you use more plugins, your website loads slower.

And when your page loads slower, you’re killing your conversion rates, and your search engine rankings.

(Google recently announced that it uses page load times in their search algorithm. Additionally, countless studies have shown that if you increase your page load times by as little as 0.1 second, you can lose a huge amount of sales).

So how many WordPress plugins should you use?

The answer is FEWER.

But it’s not just WordPress plugins that slow down your site. It’s also the quality of the code in which each plugin is developed.

Since the last revision of this blog post, in order to further increase speed, I have made two key decisions:

  1. Completely removed my dependence on the JetPack plugin, as it has become a very bloated piece of code that undoubtedly is slowing down my site. While I don’t have the data to prove it, I am blindly following the advice of The Blogging Millionaire – and if you don’t him, you can find him on my list of recommended social media marketing podcasts.
  2. I have moved my WordPress hosting to a site that is dedicated at providing high speed at a reasonable price, and for this reason I have chosen BigScoots and couldn’t be happier.

With all of the above in mind, below is my current list for the best WordPress plugins for business blogs. Note that where appropriate I have also tried to provide you some popular alternatives for comparison.

404Page

This list begins with a plugin that might seem irrelevant, but considering how my people might end up on your 404 page, this one plugin might have great impact to bring people deeper into your website. 404Page is a WordPress plugin that is used to create a customized 404 page, in order to let visitors know what your site is about, rather than visiting a generic error page. 404Page is one of the most frequently used WordPress plugins. This is a boon for WordPress users, as it means that the bugs for the plugin have been worked out, and users an expect to see consistent use in creating and maintaining their sites’ custom 404 pages.

404 pages are typically considered a significant misstep in a website, but customizing the 404 page can turn an unfortunate misstep into an opportunity for additional interactions with potential clients and visitors.

Although sites will automatically redirect to a 404 page, 404 pages that have been customized can more effectively grab visitors’ interest and let them know what your site is about. Having an arresting, customized 404 page can mean the difference between securing a new customer, and losing out on consistent traffic or business.

The 404Page plug in allows you to insert your own photos, links, and text, to more effectively redirect and capture your site visitors. Customizing 404 pages through 404Page means that you have more control over your page redirects and you have some recourse if a link on your site has been broken.

Ad Inserter

Ad Inserter

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Want to monetize your website without constantly updating the code or inserting every ad yourself? Ad Inserter is one of those advertisement tools that allows you to easily perform a variety of ad-related tasks. This plugin works with all types of ads: Google Adsense, Amazon, banner ads, media.net, and more. In fact, you can even use Ad Inserter to perform analytics functions and ensure compliance with various terms of service agreements.

Need more features? There’s a paid professional version, too. Features include the ability to set limits on the number of clicks, and protection from advertising fraud. Click detection and geolocation are premium features, too. Also, if you’re an agency then the right license will allow you to add the plugin to client websites.

Note that because of the flexibility of Ad Inserter, you can use it to display any graphic anywhere on your website. This is the plugin that I use, for instance, to display lead magnet images that you see in the middle of blog posts.

AddToAny Share Buttons

AddToAny Share Buttons

I’ve tried lots of social share plugins over the years, and I’ve come to the conclusion to place priority on speed and simplicity rather than anything else.

This lightweight plugin is really simple: it adds social sharing buttons to your website. Not just for WordPress, AddToAny can be used to add buttons anywhere you need them without an account. Just download and install the code. I like the fact that you can insert any of several share button styles for your website: a floating bar, fixed buttons on each piece of content, and more. There’s even an email share button, for those who would enjoy the convenience. Overall, a great plugin for “keeping it simple.”

This is the plugin that is powering the social share buttons on this website.

Akismet

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This plugin is an absolute no brainer as it allows free protection against spam comments. Akismet is a spam-blocking plugin. To make sure your site is not publishing spam and potentially harmful content, Akismet combs through comments and contact form submissions to make sure no red flags are raised for standard or common spam items. Akismet will record any issues it comes across and send them to your administrator account for review. Sending any flagged items to you allows you to review your incoming comments, should you wish to publish any content that may have been mistakenly flagged.

Although Akismet is designed to limit potential spam, prior to being published, it is also made to automatically block and refuse to publish any comments or contact form submissions that are outright offensive, harmful, or clear indicators of spam, in order to save time and energy for WordPress users. Akismet is a must-have for any WordPress user who has been inundated by spam or unsolicited marketing materials.

Beaver Builder Plugin

Beaver Builder

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Sometimes it can be very difficult to build a complex page depending on the templates that come with your WordPress theme. That’s where Beaver Builder comes in.

Want an easy, drag-and-drop Web design process? Try Beaver Builder, a WordPress plugin and site builder that allows you to save hours of time. You don’t have to do any coding with Beaver Builder, because that work is done for you. Basic features (Builder lite) include prebuilt modules and layouts, backgrounds, mobile optimization, widget compatibility, and more. Builder lite is free from the WordPress website. There are also a few premium versions available. These all include premium templates for greater customization, the ability to use Beaver Builder on multiple websites at once, and product support. Need white labeling? That’s available too. Keep in mind, if you’re not sure what version you need, there’s a demo of the pro version available. Since you’re using this plugin to build your site, it won’t slow your site down.

Beaver Builder is what I used to build both the Homepage and Blog page of this website.

Alternatives: Elementor, SeedProd

Broken Link Checker

If you’re like me, few things are more annoying when visiting a website than clicking on a number of broken links. We all assume it’s going to happen occasionally, but if it happens frequently on the same site then this really gives a bad impression. Don’t be that site. Broken Link Checker allows you to easily detect bad or broken links on your website. It’ll also tell you when a link is about to be broken due to a website being taken down. Even the blogroll is checked for defunct blogs, missing images, and other problems. No more manual checking needed.

Note that if you are always running this in the background, it might slow your website down. That’s why I only activate it and run a check once a month for 24 hours.

CoSchedule

CoSchedule

How’d you like to keep all your social and blog post scheduling in one place? That’s the basic idea of CoSchedule. If you’re busy like me, this is a wonderful way to save time and collaborate with others on your team. CoSchedule for WordPress allows you to keep a complete content calendar, integrates with other marketing and social tools, and even schedule email campaigns. In my opinion, this is a complete bargain starting at $80 per month.

This blog uses CoSchedule to coordinate our editorial calendar with our 20+ contributors.

Featured Images in RSS

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Need to add images to your RSS feed? Featured Images in RSS is a great way to get potential customers to click through. Best of all, this plugin is compatible with a large number of email clients, to make your life easier. In fact, it’s purpose-built for content marketers who need to cut through the noise and be heard. There are two versions: free and premium. The free version lets you choose image size, create adequate space padding for content, and get help on the product forums. Premium includes dedicated tech support, enhanced customization, and media tags.

If you are a member of my email list, this is the plugin that allows me to add images to the blog posts when I send them out.

Link Whisper

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Of all of the WordPress plugins, this is the ninja tool that I recently discovered and love.

As our websites or blogs get bigger, it becomes more difficult to ensure we’re doing an adequate job of internal linking. Link Whisper is intended to combat this problem with an AI solution that suggests links as you write new posts. The plugin does more than just this, however. It’ll tell you if there are pages on your site that don’t have any backlinks, and gives screenshots in the dashboard that let you quickly insert a link after determining it is appropriate. There are two versions: a free one from WordPress, and a paid deluxe version you can find here.

I use Link Whisper to add internal links to previously published blog posts every month.

LuckyWP Table of Contents

Want a table of contents on your blog? The LuckyWP Table of Contents plugin is an easy way to make one, with both manual and automatic insertion options. Besides being easy to use, the plugin is compatible with a wide variety of other widgets. It’s also compatible with Google snippets, Gutenberg, block insertions, and other features. You can even use this with multilingual WordPress support, if appropriate for your website. There’s no paid version of this one, so everyone can maximize its potential.

The table of contents right above the first plugin in this list is using this plugin to easily display it.

Monarch Plugin

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Disclaimer: This is a rich plugin for which I only use a small fraction of its functionality.

The Monarch Social Sharing Plugin is all about helping you Maximize Your Social from your blog. Named after a beautiful orange and black butterfly, the monarch plugin can be used to create popups and fly-ins that encourage readers to share your content on social media. Why not take advantage of their rapt attention to create some engagement? I prefer the simple AddToAny Share plugin above for my social sharing functionality, but if you want something fancier, Monarch is the way to go.

There are other features of this plugin, as well. You can set it to catch reader attention with a fly-in when inactivity is detected, or ask for an email opt-in after a purchase.

So how do I use the Monarch Plugin? Monarch Plugin also allows you to add social media buttons that share your usernames, for easy following. You don’t even have to keep the default colors, but can customize them. This is the widget that you see on the top of the righthand sidebar that displays my social following numbers by social network.

Your purchase price includes other tools, as well.

OneSignal Push Notifications

Do those “Receive notifications?” notices at the top of websites you visit bother you? They bothered me, but I kept on reading about how they actually drove traffic. I just started using this plugin, and so far I am honestly impressed with the number of people who have opted in. It’s all about giving people the content on the platforms and the ways in which they like to consume it! OneSignal Push Notifications allow you to send notifications to your site’s visitors, to alert them to new posts in order to drive visits and engagement. OneSignal partners with WordPress to encourage visitors to come back to your site even after they’ve gone, allowing you to support visits to your site without having to reach out to visitors and clients manually.

OneSignal is a large-scale plugin, allowing you to contact 30,000 visitors at a time. You can customize the opting-in process, select how frequently or at what pace notifications are sent to subscribers, and select what prompts a new notification, whether that be going without a visit for a few days, or having a new post published. Alternatives: PushEngage

Q2W3 Fixed Widget

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How’d you like your widgets to “stick” in the viewable area of your website? If you’ve ever had to scroll up and down to find the share widget you want, then you understand how hunting disincentivizes click throughs and social engagement. Don’t be the website that struggles in this manner. With Q2W3 Fixed Widget, making a “sticky” or fixed widget is a snap. Your readers will be able to see those widgets all the time as they browse the site, and you’ll gain an increased click through rate. You never know when this is just what you need to turn a customer into a brand promoter, or cause that dynamic content to go viral. Even better, your website will look all the more professional this way.

This plugin is what allows you to see my sticky opt-in widget on the right of this blog on a desktop as you continue scrolling down.

ShortPixel Image Optimizer

Simply throwing any old picture or document onto your website without optimization is a surefire way to slow your load speeds. As we’ve said before, slower load speeds really kill your search engine rankings. Fortunately, there’s a better way. ShortPixel Image Optimizer is a Freemium plugin that allows you to optimize pictures and documents for use on your website. Not only can you compress files with this plugin, but you can also convert them to more SEO friendly formats. Featured images, thumbnails, and even photographs are made data-usage friendly. It’s a great way to show off your work, without putting a heavy burden on your potential clients and their internet connections. If they’re on mobile, of course, this is even more important. Freemium: heavy users buy “optimization credits” to keep using the software for anything beyond 100 images monthly. Overall, a nice tool for a fair price, especially if you’re starting out.

All of my images have been and continue to be optimized by this plugin which works in synch with WP Rocket (see below).

Alternatives: Smush Pro

Sucuri

There are many plugins for WordPress security, but Sucuri is a cloud solution for which you don’t even necessarily need to use a plugin for. Sucuri is a WordPress security plugin. Regarded as one of the best WordPress security plugins, Sucuri monitors activity, incoming files, malware, firewalls, and more. Although all WordPress sites come equipped with some degree of security, Sucuri’s goal is to heighten all security measures, in order to avoid loss of privacy, hacking, and other issues with personal and business accounts on WordPress.

Sucuri works in the background of your WordPress site, and requires little more intervention than simply installing the plugin and allowing it to do its job. If any suspicious activity is noted on your site, Sucuri will alert you so you are able to tackle security issues as soon as they arise.

Alternatives: Wordfence Security

URL Shortener Pro

URL Shortener Pro

Whether you are monetizing your blog or not, don’t you want to know how many people are clicking on any given URLs across your site or on social media, especially if they are strategic links? Obviously if you are doing affiliate marketing this becomes more critical to understand your performance.

Rather than trying to do everything the hard way, check out URL Shortener Pro. The more famous WordPress plugin of this type is called Pretty Links, but I found it lacking in analytics. I switched recently to URL Shortener Pro and haven’t looked back.

This WordPress plugin automates much of the affiliate link placement process. It even helps you make these links shareable across other social platforms and even email, increasing the potential for revenue.  Another plus is that use of URL Shortener Pro doesn’t depend on a third-party linking service, because the links are placed directly into your website. You’ll gain the opportunity to place redirects, and even benefit from analytics data that can really help you see what’s working and what isn’t, long before those checks arrive. This is a paid plugin, but it is priced very reasonably.

If you see a URL on my site or on my social media profiles that says nealschaffercom.bigscoots-staging.com/keyword, chances are it is using this plugin to track clicks.

WooCommerce

My site currently does not offer any ecommerce products, but if it did, this plugin would be my choice. WooCommerce is an eCommerce platform that is designed to fuse existing WordPress sites with eCommerce, which allows you to offer services and products directly through your WordPress site, rather than having to use WordPress as a landing base before hopping to another site, or having to use several different platforms for all of your business needs.

WooCommerce is highly customizable, and lets you select from themes much in the same way that WordPress offers themes to choose from, in order to create a site that delivers both high-quality content, and a seamless, easy way to deliver on offered products or services. WooCommerce is similar to most eCommerce platforms of its kind, as it allows you to customize the types of payment you accept, and allows you to print USPS labels from your WordPress dashboard. WooCommerce also allows you to factor in sales tax, and manage all of your business needs from a single platform.

WP Rocket

WP Rocket

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Does your website load slowly? Have a bunch of impatient fans who can’t wait to read the latest content you’ve prepared? WP Rocket is one of the most comprehensive plugins out there for improving WordPress website load speeds. Features such as sitemap and cache preloading allow your audience to begin reading sooner, and makes Google happy too. Mobile browser? With WP Rocket installed, the website will immediately know and load your Mobile-friendly version. Those of you with e-commerce sites will enjoy this plugin too, because optimization and compatibility interfaces are also available. Perhaps most importantly, this plugin is easy enough for even beginners to use it. Pricing depends on how many websites you’re running, with a low annual fee for each.

There are a few speed optimization plugins available, but I have found WP Rocket works the best and fastest for my site.

Alternatives: W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, WP-Optimize

Yoast SEO Premium (the paid version)

Yoast SEO Premium

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Of all of the 15 plugins on this list, this one is the no-brainer plugin that you probably already have installed and love as much as I do. Here’s why:

All that hard work you’ve done creating content will have minimal effect on your engagement and sales numbers if you don’t do SEO right. After all, everyone else in your industry is probably clawing their way to the top of Google and Bing search. If you’re not doing the same thing, then chances are you’re going to end up at the bottom. Yoast SEO Premium is a great way to ensure your content has the best chance of reaching the top of Google search by a variety of methods.

Although the Yoast SEO free version is quite good, we marketers do better with the premium version. For one thing, it allows us to track multiple keywords in the same paragraph and content piece. Redirect and broken link management help you ensure that your visitors don’t get frustrated by 404 notices, and social preview features make content marketing optimization easier. Even better: Yoast premium will remind you when to update content, so it doesn’t get stale easily. For all these features, it’s just $89 annually, including support.

I hope you’ve found this list of WordPress plugins to be helpful. If you can think of another awesome plugin, let me know in the comments.

Hero photo by Souvik Banerjee on Unsplash

Best 22 WordPress plugins to help business blog content be found in social media, search engines through better SEO & spark better engagement
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Neal Schaffer
Neal Schaffer is a leading authority on helping businesses through their digital transformation of sales and marketing through consulting, training, and helping enterprises large and small develop and execute on social media marketing strategy, influencer marketing, and social selling initiatives. President of the social media agency PDCA Social, Neal also teaches digital media to executives at Rutgers University, the Irish Management Institute (Ireland), and the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland). Fluent in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese, Neal is a popular keynote speaker and has been invited to speak about digital media on four continents in a dozen countries. He is also the author of 3 books on social media, including Maximize Your Social (Wiley), and in late 2019 will publish his 4th book, The Business of Influence (HarperCollins), on educating the market on the why and how every business should leverage the potential of influencer marketing. Neal resides in Irvine, California but also frequently travels to Japan.
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114 Comments

  1. Great list of plugins Neal, I’d also add in a decent Google Analytics plugin for WordPress like MonsterInsights.

    • Thanks Shane! I prefer to add Google Analytics code in a Google Tag Manager container and include that in the theme header. Is there a reason that you prefer to do in a plugin?

  2. Sir can you please tell me which plugin is best for CSV file with embed width so the users can see the file without download it.

  3. Thank you for such a complete list of plugins. I am in the process of redesigning my site and i have a question for you: when you change or add new plugins to your wp website, this can affects SEO?

    • I don’t think plugins will affect your SEO unless it is an SEO-related plugin that deletes out SEO-related content when deleted. You will have to investigate on a plugin-by-plugin basis, but 99% chance there are no issues … but I am also not an SEO expert! Either way hope the advice helps!

  4. That’s a great list!

    There are so many plugins out there that I becomes often difficult to pick one. I have used three of the plugins on my website. And Yoast SEO is hands down my favourite.

    I have come up with a list of things that I always check before installing a plugin.
    1. Read about the developers
    2. Number of installations/reviews
    3. When was it last updated
    4. If they have good support and forums

    Great article!
    Happy writing :)

  5. Thank you very much for your very informative and useful article about The Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media, SEO. We need more posts like this :)

    • Thanks Marry! Interesting – I suppose if you have lots of duplicate content on your site this is useful. Thanks for chiming in!

  6. Hey, Neal,
    Excellent stuff!!
    I wasn’t familiar many of these plugins you have listed on your post. I learned about them from your post and why they need to use. Great post. I think many people like me will be helpful from your post. Thanks a lot for sharing a great post.

  7. Wow Very Useful Information for WordPress Plugins and also Plugins Details is Wonderful Because Mostly Website Owner No Knowledge of WP Plugins So Thank you for Useful Information.

  8. good article thank you sir and i use jetpack plugin my question is please can you tell me is jetpace plugin is seo friendly ?

    • Hey Salman, I suppose it depends on what you mean by seo friendly? Certainly the best plugin for SEO right now is Yoast WordPress SEO plugin!

  9. Wonderful post. I agree 100% that most WordPress plugins does not really slow down a page’s loading time, unless its not supposed to be there. Or there must be some coding errors happening around the page. In short, only choose and use the most important plugins that is needed on your site and avoid the others that doesn’t contribute anything.

  10. Hi great post and guide on WP plug ins. I always thought having more plug ins that you really needed wouldn’t be any problem so good i read this post.

    Also Social Author Bio is a GREAT plug in. Until now I used Author Bio Box but I’ll use social author bio on some of my sites from now on. So thumbs up from me aswell :)

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this. Having a new blog I’m so overwhelmed with everything out there. This is going to be a great resource as I fully figure out my page.

    • Thanks for the question Ryan. I will be unveiling this in an updated blog post on WordPress plugins. Be on the lookout for it!

  12. Hello Team

    I’m developing a blog template and found this post very helpful. I will possibly use Listly as a very interesting method of content curation.

  13. Hi, Thank you for the list, but I’m looking for a lightweight plugin that allow users to download things from my WordPress website only after posting a tweet or a +1,

  14. Awesome List!

    For WordPress Comments, check our Barc. It’s all in real-time, it’s free, and it comes with a TON of other cool features like private messaging between people. (link edited by administrator)

    • Thank you Grant, but in the WordPress plugin repository, your plugin is promoted as: “Barc Chat provides a simple yet feature rich chat room for your whole community to interact in real-time directly on your site.” I don’t see any mentions of your plugin being used for comments – although it might be nice for chats ;-)

  15. Thanks Neal for sharing the information. I have been using Feather Social Media Plugin and found it easy to use. Can you suggest some plugin which also include TUMBLR along with bunch of other plugins.

    And also, awaiting for the update :)

    • Thanks for the comment! I had never heard of Feather Social Media but it looks like a great social sharing plugin! Will definitely check it out. As for your question, I’m not sure I understand. Doesn’t Feather include a Tumblr option? What exact type of Tumblr plugin are you looking for? Let me know and I’ll be more than happy to let you know my advice. And, yes, that update is coming soon ;-)

  16. Hi Neal,
    Many thanks for your invaluable advices about plugins.
    What plugin could you recommend for multilanguage website, in which it is possible to combine the versions of your website in different languages?

    • Hi Val, I actually created a multilingual site using a WordPress plugin in the past called qTranslate. It actually proved challenging to manage it and had some code broken on WordPress upgrades. Therefore, I ended up doing what I recommend you do: Create two separate WordPress installations and link them together in your user interface. It sounds like a hassle, but once you have it up and running it’s smooth sailing. Have you tried to do this before?

      • H Neal,
        Thanks a lot for your reply.
        (I shall write you more in your another reply to my comment).

        Yes, I have used before just this strategy of creating separate WP installatons and link them in their interfaces.
        Simply I was thinking that may be there is super-plugin (as practically all others, which you are proposing) that will work super-effective.
        Have a nice Time.
        Val

        • I really wish there was an almighty plugin for multi language sites as well! Like I said qTranslate is OK, but not as user-friendly and has some issues. Hopefully there is someone out there developing such a plugin as we speak!

  17. Thanks for the article Neal it has been very helpful. I am very new at blogging. I really like the sound of both Jetpack and SEO by Yoast but have heard they can conflict with each other a lot. What do you think and if they do is there a suggestion to help them play well with each other? I really am excited about BOTH!

    • Hi Melissa, thanks for the comment! This blog has been using both JetPack as well as SEO by Yoast and I have experienced zero problems. SEO by Yoast is highly configurable, and JetPack is also composed of many 20 or so “applications” that you can decide to use or not to use. So I would recommend implementing both, and if you see an issue, disable the JetPack functionality that you think might be causing any conflict. Hope the advice makes sense. Good luck, and do let me know how things go!

  18. Hi Neal,
    Many thanks for your invaluable advices about plugins.
    Really, there is an ocean of plugins in the market.
    Many “authors” propose their “the best plugins”, and the result is that your website has many issues due to their incompatibility and it is very difficult to understand the reason of it.
    I have some questions – excuse me if they could seem as “not professional”:
    1. You said earlier that the use of many plugins could cause conflicts and issues and lower the speed of website run.
    Could we use all of 17 (in reality 14-15) of these your plugins without doubts of these problems?
    2. What are your recommendations about use of such “well known” plugins as Akismet, cbnet Ping Optimizer, Contact Form 7, Google Analyticator, WordPress Database Backup?
    It seems that they are necessary for each website also.
    3. Is it possible (if you have time and possibility to analyze them) to hear your opinion about such plugins in the market:
    Push Button SEO plugin of Brian G.Johnson – instead of Scribe SEO
    WP Media Site Map of Jimmy Reilly – instead or in addition to BWP Google XML Sitemaps
    Simple Mobile Redirect of Will Reilly – instead of WPtouch

    How could they affect on characteristics of our websites?

    4. What plugin could you recommend for multilanguage website, in which it is possible to combine the versions of your website in different languages?

    5. What is your opinion about GVO hosting?
    Thank you again.
    Best regards.
    Val

    • Hi Neal,
      Thanks a lot for your reply.
      I did not wait that you will find time to answer so detailed.
      I am very impressed and pleased.

      You really opened my eyes on very important question of plugins.
      And not only plugins.
      All information in your site is extremely useful.

      I need now to devote time to study how to set and use some of these plugins – they are a little (or some of them not a little) complicated for me.

      Have a nice time.
      Best regards,
      Val

      • My pleasure Val! Plugins can truly make or break your site, and since I’ve been using them since 2009, it’s only natural that I want to help Pay It Forward by sharing what I learned. Best of luck to you – and I look forward to our next conversation! ;-)

  19. Hey Neal..just came across your post. A huge thanks for your reference to JetPack. I found it incredibly helpful and just installed it. Thanks again.

    • You’re very welcome Jonathan! JetPack is one of the undiscovered gems – and it is only getting better! Keep an eye out for their regular updates!

      • Thanks again Neil….just wondering if you can suggest any good WP plugins for uploading content. I have a site that is used by a lot of high school teachers who wold like to upload lesson plans to the site so that other teachers can use them. It would need to allow people to tag their content and upload a range of file types. Any help appreciated. :)

        • Hey Jonathan, thanks for stopping by. To be honest with you, I have 20+ contributing bloggers to this WordPress powered website, and I have given them access to my WordPress dashboard as a contributor. The downside is that it requires me to train all of them on how to enter content into WordPress, but the upside is that it makes it much easier to manage. That being said, I’m wondering if what you need is not a WordPress website but a collaborative site like Basecamp?!? You might want to look into that type of collaborative workspace to best fit your needs. Good luck with it!

  20. Neal, Many thanks for the great post. I found you while googling for a comments plugin, Jetpack comments & subscriptions looks more than suitable for me. Thanks again!

  21. Really nice list of plugins… Bookmarked. I will take some time to check some of those plugins.. Cheers!

  22. Wow, I wasn’t sure about JetPack comments since I’ve had some problems–mostly with emptying jetpack feedbacks–I literally got hit with 20000 feedbacks spams in one day. To clear them, you have to send to trash, then delete. Moving anymore than 50 at a time would crash my site.

  23. Hey Neal,
    Just wanted to let you know, what a slendid post you’ve created! We’ll be implementing most of your suggestions. Thanks a million :-)

  24. I agree with you on Jetpack – it definitely helps in keeping the number of other plugins low on the website. I use it for contact forums, site stats, sharing and galleries.

  25. Talking about SEO WordPress Plugins, I’m also a big fans of Yoast’s plugin, but on my blog I also try to use SEO Ultimate, it is a cool plugin since it has at least 24 modules like sharing facilitator and link masking (which is good for affiliate marketer) webmaster verification and a lot more.

    Social Author Bio? This is my first time heard about it, looks like an handy plugin, thanks for sharing Neal :)

    • Thanks for the comment Tiyo! Yes, I’ve become a big fan of Yoast’s plugin, but I do think it is not enough for SEO. Intrigued by SEO Ultimate – thanks for the tip!

  26. thank you 4 listing plugin name. if any thing else which is better attraction for wordpress please write in your post.

  27. I recommend Squirrly too. Really nice plugin for SEO.

    What impresses me is that squirrly has multiple keyword research based on competition.
    Now I know if my keyword is searched or is there a keyword my competition uses and works better.

  28. Neal,

    Thank you for your well thought-out and considered post. I installed many of these over the last week or so. This was super helpful and feel like I have an entirely new site.. :) J

  29. Thank you for such a complete list of plugins. I am in the process of redesigning my site and with that comes reevaluating my plugins. This has def. helped. I do have two questions.

    1) At the top of the page sits before me what I can only assume is a plugin that alerts me to your new webinar. I can only guess this a plugin…if so can you tell me which one it is?

    2) Recently when I was looking at theme templates I saw one that had a call to action form in the slider section. Is this something that either Gravity or Magic Action Box would be able to assist me with?

    Thanks for your post and response!

    • Thanks for the comment Kimberly! To answer your questions:

      1) That is using Hello Bar which I use as a strategic call to action sometimes. I don’t recommend you have it on all the time because if people get used to it, it loses its effect!

      2) Check out SideOffer.

    • Thanks for the introduction – looks like a cool plugin, with some aspects of Zemanta as well as WordPress SEO and Scribe. Will check it out!

  30. I love it when you (rarely these days) come across a post/article that packs everything you are currently searching for, into one. Looking for each plugin to do specific tasks can be daunting. This is refreshing content, thank you!

  31. I agree too, I had used it in my several wordpress sites and sure rocks, though you should be careful about settings. Make sure you know what you are doing before configuring it.

  32. I’ve actually found that the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin is far superior to the All in One SEO plugin.

    • I agree John – although WordPress SEO is so complex that it could create issues if you’re not careful in the settings!

  33. Wow, super great plug-ins! Thanks for the share. Time to rock our wordpress site. Let me try all of it :). Excellent post Neal.

  34. Excellent post Neal, you put me on to at least 3 plugins that I hadn’t considered before.

    Now, about that WPTouch plugin. How does that reconcile with Responsive Themes? Is that plugin still needed when using a premium responsive theme in your opinion?

    • Thanks for the comment. As for WPTouch, it will interact with every theme differently, so you will need to test it and/or contact your theme developer to confirm… Truth be told that Jetpack also has a similar mobile theme, but it didn’t work out of the box like WPTouch did – but it’s an alternative for you to test.

  35. These are great reviews of the plugins. I’m not familiar with some of those you mentioned and this article helped me to catch up and decide which ones are worth looking into. Thanks, Neal.

  36. Great list, I use most of these on my blogs. Just a shame Skreedl was not on this review, you should definitely review that plugin next.

  37. Thanks for presenting such a complete list of vetted plugins. I particularly appreciate the pros & cons style discussion to help with data as I consider my particular situations. Great article.

    • My pleasure Harold! If you’re going to blog, you might as well make it as resourceful as possible, right? ;-)

  38. I know one of the things that made me unhappy with the new Disqus platform was that “pingbacks” (whether internally or externally) no longer were visible (although I continued to get notifications of their existence). Neal assured me that they remained stored in the WordPress database or memory. Indeed, in switching over/back to the native WordPress commenting system, both old and new pingbacks are visible.

  39. Neal, you’ve definitely wrestled (struggled?) with the pros and cons of each plugin. Thanks for putting together this great hit list of choices and your thinking behind each add-on. BIG surprise with your switch from Disqus to the native WP comment system (vs. opting for a next big and shiny comment tool) … so you can go home again? My first thought was how did you handle the conversion or porting of your comment archives from Disqus back to your local WP database? Was this a simple move?

    • Thanks Joel! I actually mentioned I was going to be switching in our contributor newsletter a few weeks ago ;-) Disqus had its issues, and similar to the reason why I switched to a Mac after Windows released Vista, you need to improve with every new version, and as you know the newest version of Disqus had some issues. I really do like its clean user interface, and from a moderation standpoint, it’s actually easier to use. Looking at the last few posts, I’m almost beginning to believe it’s helped to foster more comments.

      As for the migration, super easy. In essence, WordPress stores all of your comments. Disqus was merely synching those comments on their servers and then displaying results from their servers. So the comments always existed on this site, and following directions made it a very easy switchover…

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