8 of My Favorite WordPress Plugins


WordpressWordPress is a great platform to create your website with. WordPress offers numerous plugins. A plugin is an online tool that helps enhance your website. Below are 8 of my favorite WordPress plugins with a brief description of what they do.

Comment Luv

Comment Luv places a reader’s link to their last blog post (if they have a website) at the end of their comment. It gives a person who is commenting the chance to get new readers. I know this plugin has helped new people find my website.

BAW Post Views Count

This plugin counts views for post and pages. It doesn’t go into much detail, though.

Contact Form

This plugin allows you to have a contact form on your website. You can then have the message sent to your e-mail address. This is definitely one of my favorites.

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

If you’re concerned with tracking how many people come to your site and what they read this is a must have plugin. This plugin shows you real time stats in your dashboard. It also automatically inserts a tracking code into every page of your website.

Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

This plugin adds a check box near your comment section requesting that you check it if you’re human. It keeps about 85% of spam off my website. That’s good because spam can be very annoying.

Mailchimp For WordPress Lite

If you are building your e-mail list with Mailchimp, you should definitely check this plugin out. It has various options for you to add sign up boxes to your site.

Nrelate Related Content

I noticed a lot of websites had a plugin where you could see related post at the end of the current one. One of my fellow bloggers (Thanks Michelle) told me about this plugin. It was exactly what I needed. At the end of every post it shows 3 related articles that you can click on. You can check the options and have more related post show up if need be.

Simplified Social Sharing

This is another top favorite. The simplified social sharing plugin allows your website to be easily shared via social media buttons. You can choose what social media buttons you want to show up on your site.

These are 8 of my favorites. I use a few others on my website as well. What are some of your favorites? Are there any ones that you suggest that I add to my list? Feel free to drop me a line below!

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  1. I actually use NONE of these, except for the social sharing (though mine might be a slightly different plugin than yours – can’t remember). I’m working on using a new theme and redesigning my site, so I’ll test out some of these plugins. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. this was a good list. I am curious, I thought comment luv premium included an anti spam feature. and i have been searching for a better sharing plug in. as a blind computer use it seems that the ones I can install aren’t comprehensive enough. I also wish they would offr custom plug ins to add sites like triberr biz sugar and merchant circle. thanks for sharing, max
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  3. Jason- I know about most of the pluggins and I use many of the ones you suggested. I use Yoast for keywords. I have never heard of Nrelate Related Content so I plan to check it out.
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  4. Hi Jason, useful take on WordPress Plugins. I installed MailChimp but there was a glitch whereby the subscription widget only showed up sporadically which is a shame as I like the way it works for other bloggers. Still pondering commentluv as I only recently moved to Disqus
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  5. Love CommentLuv and have been a long time premium user of it. Their support is terrific. My webmaster shivers when I ask about adding plugins. She abhors most of them so I bet, I don’t have as many as some bloggers.

    Great list and I will look at the Contact Form one.

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  6. I use all of these wordpress plugins Jason and am very pleased with all the information and functionality they offer.
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  7. Ah bummer, I don’t use WordPress, otherwise I’d try a few of these as they seem very helpful.
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  8. Hi Jason
    As you probably know I’m just new to WP.org and once I’m content with the way it now looks and works, I will be adding some plug-ins. I’m bookmarking this site so that I can have it for handy reference. Thanks.
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  9. Great list! I’ve been thinking of installing CommentLuv, but I’m afraid I’ll lose all my previous comments. Do you know?
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  10. I’m fairly new to WordPress and am enjoying the platform, the ease of use, and the SEO it affords me. I have a few of the plugins you mentioned, and I will try some of the others. Thanks!

  11. Super list Jason! ComLuv is a winner 😉
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