Plugins Your Blog Readers Will Love

I used Blogger for my personal blog and had not really considered WordPress until I needed a business website.  It took me some time to get my head around the layout and the various tools I could use to create a great website incorporating a blog, and all for a great price for my domain and hosting from Development Island.

One of the benefits of using WordPress for your blog or website is the various plugins available to you, and most of them are free.  I can easily spend a few hours searching for plugins which will either make my website/blog look better or save me some precious time.  I thought in this blog post I could mention a few of the plugins I use and love, but also some links to other blog posts that share great plugins.

So to start with some of the plugins I use on my blog which I wouldn’t be without…

CommentLuv

I did a blog post about CommentLuv some time ago, Spread the Luv on your Blog!, which was really popular.  When you comment on a blog which has the CommentLuv plugin it will take the URL you put in the comment and find your most recent post and advertise it under your comment.  It’s great for giving something back to your blog readers.  I often find some interesting blogs by looking at the CommentLuv links on the comments made on my blog.

Broken Link Checker

I only downloaded this plugin today but it’s just what I was looking for.  I changed a few pages around on my website a few weeks ago and I realised that some of the links no longer worked.  I tried a piece of software I found online but instead of achieving what I was after it took my website down by the constant crawling of my pages.  Then I tried something else but just couldn’t get my head round how to use it easily.  A plugin like this is so easy to install and start using straight away, I now have a list of broken links I can access directly from my dashboard and fix them!

Subscribe / Connect / Follow Widget

I had been looking for something to show my social media profiles but many didn’t use all the sites that I use, this one incorporates all the various networks I use, there are 35 to choose from.  The only downside of this is that you can only show up to 5 accounts, so make sure you choose the most important ones.

Tweet Old Post

This one I have been using for some time, it saves me so much time and can be customised to suit your own blog needs.  It will tweet your old blog posts at random intervals, you pop in the settings when it should tweet, the number of hours between tweets and just let it get on with the work.  You can even exclude certain posts if you don’t want them tweeted, for example I had some Christmas related blog posts which are irrelevant at this time of the year so I just excluded them.  It’s a great plugin and would recommend it to everyone if they use Twitter to promote their blog posts.

Bumpin Facebook Fan Page

This plugin results in the little pop up at the bottom right of my website, which shows my Facebook fan page and my Twitter account.  You can add more buttons, but I wanted to keep it clean and I felt these were the two social networks my visitors were more likely to want to look.  From the bar at the bottom you can view all updates on Facebook and Twitter without leaving the page you’re reading, I think it’s great.  I’d be interested to hear from you if you’ve used this on my site, and whether you feel it’s a good idea?

Now I’ve mentioned some of my favourite plugins, I thought I’d give you a few other blog posts which showcase some of the other great plugins out there.

Firstly I received this post in my ProBlogger RSS feed this morning – 19 Essential WordPress Plugins for Your Blog – this is where I found out about Broken Link Checker, I plan on testing some of the other plugins later this week.

Here are a few more:

10 Must Have WordPress Plugins Of 2012 Every Blogger Should Know About

21 WordPress Plugins I Can’t Live Without

Blog Smarter: 5 WordPress Plugins to Help You Make Money From Your Blog

I’d love to hear what plugins you use, especially ones which will save time and will improve my website/blog… let me know in the comments below!

Comments

  1. Great post with lots of info. I didn’t have the comment luv plug in but now I do. Thanks!
    Shawn recently posted..Inquiring Minds Want to KnowMy Profile

    • Thanks Shawn, I love CommentLuv – sometimes if a blog doesn’t have this I don’t take the time to comment unless I feel strongly about the post!

  2. Good post! There are so many plugins out there I find it overwhelming — it’s nice to have a little breakdown of worthwhile options.

  3. Blog plugins are so much fun, aren’t they? :) I’ve not tried the last one on your list yet, so I’ll have to check that out. But I love, love, love CommentLuv. And using Tweet Old Post has increased traffic to my blog from Twitter as well as helping some of my great posts get noticed again instead of collecting dust in the archives.
    Michelle Shaeffer recently posted..Secrets of an 8 Time Blog Challenge ChampionMy Profile

    • I don’t know what I would do without plugins, I could waste so much time finding them and testing them out, just have to be careful not to have too many and slow the site down! :)

  4. Great post, I love the plugins on WordPress, I’ll be running through the links you’ve posted too to see what else is recommended!
    MrsTeepot recently posted..April FoolsMy Profile

  5. Great Post! I’m visiting from the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I love ComentLuv, but I’ve never heard of Tweet Old Post, so I’m going to install that on my two older sites! Thanks for these recommendations and the links for more plugin resources.
    Janis Bennett recently posted..Juicing & Juice Fast BasicsMy Profile

    • No problem Janis, glad the post was helpful… I love plugins, I’m sure I’ll have another load in a few months I will want to recommend!

  6. The one caveat with plugins is that it pays to test first. A lot of plugins interfere with each other and may end up breaking your site. Always do a back up before installing a new plug in and test, test, test!

    But yes, I do love plugins!

    One of my favs is MCE Table Buttons. If you have ever worked outside of wordpress on a website, you know the flexibility of tables. WordPress doesn’t integrate tables so you’d have to know code to put one in. This plug in allows you to add tables to your site nice and easily, no code required.

    Also love WP About Author to add an author bio box to your posts. The only thing I don’t like about it is you can’t turn it off for guest posts so I may look into finding a different one of those.
    Nicole Bandes recently posted..Outliers Have All the LuckMy Profile

  7. I love plugins. They make business so much easier, don’t they! Tweet Old Post is one of my favs too!

  8. Agree Rhonda, I don’t how I would be able to run my website without these sort of plugins!

  9. I too am new to Word Press and all the Plugins (coming from blogspot) and I am loving it. Now that my initial fear is gone I’m enjoy searching for new ones. Didn’t know about the bad link checker which will come in handy for the blog I just transferred from blogspot.

    The little tool on the bottom – seems cool – when I clicked on FB it said “there was an error fetching the Like page for this page” although the twitter one worked just fine. I like how you can tweet your article. (which I did)

    I love problogger – learn so much from that site. As Shayla said, there are so many plugins at times it does get overwhelming.
    Sara recently posted..5 Word Press Plugins I’m Loving for Article MarketingMy Profile

    • Thanks for the heads up on the Facebook page, it seems to be working ok for me today… hopefully you’ll be able to access it now. I really like ProBlogger too! :)

  10. I’m a fan of CommentLuv already but that Tweet Old Link plug in does look good. I think Twitter is a great resource for bloggers to spread their writing. The world of blogging can sometimes seem a bit closed off to the outside ‘real’ world so I think Twitter is a happy medium to connect the two!
    Harriet recently posted..Sony Ericsson Xperia X8My Profile

    • Twitter is great to spread the word, I’ve only got into it properly since starting my business and I couldn’t live without it now!

  11. Comment Luv I LOVE. I also like my Sexybookmarks ;) I am looking into the links you shared … I have the Tweet Old Post installed just not activated yet … but it is on my to-tweak list for my blog! Looks like I am going to be busy. And of course, ALWAYS ALWAYS back up before your add new plugins .. I have learned that one several times! :)
    Kimberly ~ Gypsy recently posted..Blogging Challenges ~ What I learned from Michelle Shaeffer at the #CWCSummitMy Profile

  12. Thanks for some information that people can really use!! Very nice!! ;-)
    Erek recently posted..Telesteps 1800EP Pro 300-Pound Duty Rating Aluminum Telescoping Extension Ladder with Wide Step, 14 1/2 FootMy Profile

  13. Nice post.. thanks for sharing all the best collection of best blog plug-ins.

    Thank you for the efforts you have put in composing this article.

  14. WordPress also is very flexible aside from thousands of useful plug-ins. Thank you for sharing awesome plug-ins.

  15. I’m not surprised to see CommentLuv on the top of the list. With its useful features, it is fast gaining popularity amongst bloggers. Actually, it’s a great to acknowledge the comments made by the readers.

  16. Great post there! You actually opened my eyes to WordPress plugins when I had problems with my blog, and since then, I’ve tried different plugins. I think my favorite is ‘WordPress Jetpack’. It is a plugin that delivers to your paid WordPress blog a lot of functions (plugins) available on the free WordPress. Stuffs like commenting system, backup, social sharing, etc.
    It’s a plugin I would like to blog about as soon as I can.
    Thanks for sharing, Jo.

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