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The old Wordpress Plugin thread is a little outdated, and while it's still good info, I wanted to start a new thread with info on what we're using now. Things have changed quite a bit since that thread was started, some of the plugins mentioned are no longer working/aren't compatible with current versions of WP.


The following plugins are used on EVERY WP install I do:


Bulletproof Security - This plugin has TONS of features, but in a nutshell just fixes all of the little security holes in WP that most people don't know/don't think to plug. It will also check your file permissions in your WP install to make sure they're set correctly, and tell you if they're not.



WP-DB-Backup - Backs up your WP database (where all of your posts, pages, comments, and settings are stored) on-demand and also on a regularly scheduled basis. If you do no other backup, do this. It will save you hours of frustration and tears if something happens to your site. Plus it's set-it-and-forget-it simple. Unless you're doing a major upgrade or making a major change, in which case I would recommend you do an on-demand backup at that time, you don't ever have to touch it after your initial configuration.



Wordpress Firewall 2 - Just what it says, a firewall for WP.



Akismet - Spam protection. THE Best. I have used other spam-protection plugins, but none of them work as well as Akismet. You have to get an API key for it to work, but it is worth it's weight in gold!



Use Google Libraries - A number of the javascript libraries distributed with WordPress are also hosted on Google's AJAX Libraries API. This plugin allows your WordPress site to use the content distribution network side of Google's AJAX Library API, rather than serving these files from your WordPress install directly. The benefit of this is that googles libraries are usually more up-to-date, it takes some of the load off your server, and uses compressed libraries when available (compressed libraries=faster load time).



The following plugins are used on ALMOST every install I do, unless the client has other preferences:


Light Social - Social bookmarking. This is my favorite, but there are others available.



SEO Ultimate - SEO Plugin. Some use All-In-One, I like Ultimate just for the range of features.



What are yours? Feel free to share, I am going to un-pin the old thread and pin this one, since it has more current info.

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Thanks for updating this, Amanda. Security is first!


I like File Monitor http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-file-monitor which sends me an email whenever a file has been modified. Note: create a dedicated email for this because if you do get hacked, the hackers will have this email. You don't want them getting your personal email address.


Akismet's free version is not for business use. It's only $5/mo for a single site though. I end up using Bad Behavior on client's sites just because it's free. It works just fine. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bad-behavior


I've also been using Login Lockdown http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/login-lockdown which blocks an IP address after x amount of failed login attemps. Kind of sux if you are the type who always forgets your password, lol. But it stops bots from too many guesses.

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I've been using Yoast WordPress SEO. It's a pretty complete solution. Never tried All in One, though.

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Other notweorthy ones not mentioned (all great for SEO):


  1. Dagon Design Sitemap Generator
  2. Google XML Sitemaps
  3. Robots Meta
  4. SEO Friendly Images
  5. SEO Slugs
  6. SexyBookmarks
  7. ShareThis
  8. User Avatar
  9. WP to Twitter

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hi Amanda i really like word press blog and i have use word press blog and mange very easy way and handle many at a time and use many plug in and enjoy a fetcher i thank you posting a beautiful thread nice job keep it up

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