Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins

WordpressLoyal reader Richard sent us an email yesterday asking about what WordPress plugins we were using on [GAS], so I decided to write a post compiling my 10 favorite ones to answer his question. Like most WordPress plugins, the ones we’re using are all free and easy to install.

Allows you to quickly place Google AdSense ads in your WordPress template and posts. Very useful.

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. [GAS] 2.0 has only been running for a month and akismet has already caught over 2000 spam comments. Up to now, it has only missed 2.

Brian’s Latest Comments
This plugin allows you to show an overview of the recently active articles and the last people to comment on them.

Brian’s Threaded Comments
Brian’s Threaded Comments gives you the possibility of threading the comments at the bottom of your posts.

Compact Monthly Archive
Great little add-on that lets you displays a compact monthly archive. No need to display the huge default one anymore.

Feedburner Feed Replacement
The Feedburner Feed Replacement plugin will forward all feed traffic to Feedburner while letting through some important User-Agents.

Google Sitemaps
This generator will create a Google compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog.

Optimal Title
Mirrors the function of wp_title() exactly, but moves the position of the ’separator’ to after the title rather than before. This will cause WordPress to display your blog name after your page title. A must have for all you SEO dudes out there.

Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form
This powerful yet easy-to-install contact form features exceptional accessibility and usability while still providing extensive anti-spam and anti-exploit security features. A marriage of communication and peace-of-mind.

WordPress Database Backup
Automated or on-demand backup solution for your wordpress database. Don’t leave home without it!

WP-Cache is a very fast cache module that will allow you to speed-up access to your site when under heavy load.

Here you go Richard. I hope you will find something that will be of use to you in this list. Here are other WordPress plugins ressources that might be of interest to you: