10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

A guest post by Preeti Bhatt of  Heart and Mind.

Jean shares a lot of wonderful and useful blogging tips for newbie bloggers, as well as pro bloggers. I did not see any plug-in information on the site, so I decided to volunteer myself.

I blog about life improvement and finding a balance between heart and mind, so what I do know about plug-ins?

If we have a blog, regardless of the subject we write about, we can all learn a thing or two about plug-ins to make our blogging job much easier.

When I first started blogging, I did not know the difference between a plug-in or a plug-out. Really, you may all laugh, but when I wanted to remove something, I asked how to plug out that feature. It is even more embarrassing as I have an engineering background, but what is dignity between friends, right?

I have since then learned a lot and experimented with many plug-ins, some successfully and some not. I want to share some plug-ins that are musts for any blog out there, regardless of what niche you might be in. Some you may already know of and others you may not.

Here are some of the best plug-ins that I have found, with links to get them. The best part? They are all free.

1. Akismet

If you have comments enabled on your blog, Akismet can be a life saver, catching spam before it reaches you. I am not sure how it figures out which are spam and which are genuine comments, but so far, 99.99% of the time, Akismet has been right for possible spam comments on my blog. If you wish, you can set up an option to delete all month-old spam comments. Before you go out and buy any spam catcher plug-in, try Akismet out. You will be glad you did.

Click here to download the free Akismet plug-in.

2. All in One SEO

As bloggers, we all know the importance of SEO, and if you type SEO in a Google search, you will find many good plug-ins for it. After trying out a few, I have settled on All-in-one-SEO pack, as it is one of the best. You may need some basic knowledge of keywords and SEO to set it up directly, such as no follow, do follow, title page attributes, and meta title and meta descriptions. Since many of us are not blog designers and do not know coding, having this powerful plug-in saves us the time of learning coding to enhance our blog’s standing in front of search engine eyes.

Click here to download All in One SEO Pack.

3. CommentLuv

If you have not used the CommentLuv plug-in, you should. It shows your blog’s latest post title when you leave a comment on your own or other blogs. This has two benefits–it encourages and shows appreciation to other bloggers for leaving a comment, and it actually helps others to find your blog as you write thoughtful comments with your catchy title showing up on CommentLuv.

Click here to download the CommentLuv plug-in.

4. Google Analytics for WordPress

I just learned recently about this plug-in, and it has saved a lot of my time. Before, I had to log in to Google Analytics after midnight to see my site’s traffic patterns and sources. Now it is lot easier, as I can see the basic analytic information via my blog’s dashboard without any special log-in process. All you need to do is set up and configure your Google information and analytics ID once, and you are set. You will be able to track information on your most visited articles, keywords, and traffic sources.

Click here to download WP Google Analytics.

5. Google XML Sitemap

This plug-in is for the benefit of search engine crawlers and is essential for search engines finding your site. Google XML Sitemaps plug-in creates new sitemaps automatically every time you write a new post and submits the information to all major search engines on your behalf every time. Just set it up and forget it. You will not feel the effects right away, but it is very powerful for search engines’ eyes. I wish I had known about it sooner.

Click here to download Google XML Sitemaps.

6. Broken Link Checker

As bloggers or even owners of static websites, we often share web links. How do we know if any of those links are broken long after we have written our posts and included the links? We usually have two choices. We can periodically check each link manually, or we can have readers/clients tell us about the broken links as they find them. The best way is to install the Broken Link Checker plug-in, which does a superb job of finding broken links and showing you their location. That way, you can fix them, delete them, or keep them (if they are still working). This is a recent find for me, and I already fixed four broken links before anyone else found them. Pretty neat!

Click here to download the Broken Link Checker Plug-in.

7. WP Cache Plug-in

Have you visited some cool website, only to find that website is taking too long to respond? The reasons are many. It could be your internet connection or the web server. Oftentimes, however, it is a problem with caching within the site itself. WP Cache Plug-in reduces the load time of your blog by caching your posts and pages and speeding up the process of viewing. It does this by giving a static file to your visitor instead of making several calls and downloads to your database. This is a must have plug-in for your blog. Even if you do not have a lot of images or content, it sure helps to make loading faster. A fast loading website means your visitors will have a better experience reading through your wonderful content without waiting. We all want that right?

Click here for more info and to download the WP Cache Plug-in.

8. AddToAny

Unless you are living under a rock like Zengirl, you are probably on social media to enhance traffic to your blog. Even if you are not on social media, this plug-in can help your readers bookmark your articles to various popular bookmark sites and social media sites.

This is one of the best and most complete plug-ins that I found, as it does three things in one. It can share your posts, bookmark your site to social media, and email your articles to other people. This plug-in has all of the favorite sites such as Twitter, Face Book, Google Buzz, Digg, and Delicious–over 100 sites to pick and choose from. You can customize it to add the icons on the bottom of posts, at the top, or both.

Click here to download the AddToAny Plug-in.

Honorable Mention: I also like the SocioFluid Plugin, which has about 20 or so major bookmark sites. You can set it up once from your dashboard and choose the size of your icons and the placement inside your site.

Click here to download the SocioFluid Plug-in.

9. One Click Plug-in Updater

Themes and plug-ins have frequent updates such as 9.2.10, 0.1.19, and so on. While I will never figure out what all these neat numbering systems mean, one can get tired updating all of the plug-ins manually, one by one. So, if you are lazy like me (or super productive unlike me), the One Click Plug-in Updater will come to the rescue. You will still have to click the update “all” button once, but it will update all recent upgrades and updates, making your life much easier and leaving you time to do better things.

Click here to download One Click Updater.

10. LinkWithin

Although you will not find the LinkWithin Plugin on the WordPress Plug-in site, it is a very useful plug-in. It shows related posts at the bottom of your articles, with a message saying ‘You might also like this,’ along with images and a little blurb about the post. You can show 3-5 similar posts, and set up is very easy. If I can do it, anyone can do it. It is a free plug-in that is similar to the “Yet Another Related Posts WordPress plug-in, but it is powerful and easy to install.

Click here to install LinkWithin.

Summary:

There are may more free and fee-based plug-ins available, but these are the best ones that I have found for my personal use. Be aware that if you download too many plug-ins, it may create some issues, as I have found out. Being a minimalist with plug-ins will also help your site load faster.

Your turn: Do you have other great plug-ins to share?

Author Bio: Preeti Bhatt, also known as Zengirl, writes at the Heart and Mind blog where she shares life improvement articles focusing on finding a balance between heart and mind. She is not on any social media, so you may contact her the old fashioned way at her blog.

96 Responses to 10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

  1. Dev - Technshare.com July 28, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    Hey Preeti,

    Awesome List of plugins. I would like to add some more plugins-
    Digg Digg WP Plugin
    Insights or SEO smart links for interlinking posts
    Popup Domination Premium Plugin

    Thanks for sharing this great Post. Keep up the awesome work.

    ~Dev
    Dev – Technshare.com recently posted..How To Get Traffic In 45 Seconds

  2. Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    Jean,

    Thank you for hosting my guest post! I admire you and your blog, so it is an honor to see my post up here. I am up with my 1 year old right now at 4.30 AM, so I got to see it right away! God and kids work in mysterious ways!

    Dev,

    Thank you for the other Plugins information, I will sure to check it out. 45 seconds for traffic? Sounds very intriguing.

    • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 10:19 am #

      You are going to end up on that Early Riser series with Hulbert if you keep that up, Preeti :)

      • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

        Jean,

        Me and my one year old both! :-) I loved your latest interview with Hulbert.

  3. Karen July 28, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    Hi Preeti,

    Awesome list. I didn’t know that Google Analytics had a plugin, too. I’ll definitely be installing that one. I’ve seen the LinkWithin plugin and it looks great! I’ll have to consider to install that one or not on my site.

    Thanks,
    Karen
    Karen recently posted..Why You Need To Write In Your Goals Book Daily

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 9:09 am #

      Karen,

      Thanks for liking the list! Yes, WP_Google Analytic plugin is great, it will save you time and show you a quick analytic on dashboard!

      Linkwithin and Yet another related post (YARP) plugin are both great for bringing your older and related post to current page, which also good for SEO. Let me know what you end up deciding on.

      • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 10:20 am #

        I was so happy you wrote about the Linkwithin plugin, Preeti, because I had seen that feature on another blog (yours maybe?), loved it, and then forgot about it. This reminded me. Now I just have to do it along with the 55 million other things on my list :)

        • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

          Jean,

          I am sorry to add stuff on your already long list! Maybe next guest here would be, how to take rest when you have 55 million other things to do. :-) Take care.

  4. Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    Preeti, I want you to know how much I appreciate you writing this. It’s a super-useful post written in a way that still lets your personality shine through. Such a great example for all of us to follow!

    You’re a super blogger and a super person, Preeti. May your work continue to be blessed as it goes out across the internet.

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

      Jean,

      I almost missed this comment as I first thought wow, who is this person that Jean likes? You are making me blush! Thank you for feeling this way, but in reality I am learning from all of you here.

      • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

        I love how we all learn from and enjoy each other so much. Good stuff!
        Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

  5. Angela Artemis July 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Preeti,
    What a wonderful post so full of great and useful Plug Ins. I’m going to explore some of the ones I haven’t used. Don’t be surprised if I email you with questions!
    Angela Artemis recently posted..Learn to Listen To Your Intuition and Never Miss An Opportunity Again!

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      Dear Angela,

      Sure, please email me any time, now I would be surprised if I did not hear from you! I will be happy to help you with things I know.

    • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

      I think I’ll play around this weekend with the Linkwithin one. I do think that provides a great benefit to readers.
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

  6. Alien Ghost July 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi Preeti,

    Thanks for the information. I have some of the pluggins you mention but didn’t know about the others, so I’ll check them out and install them

    Thanks again :)

    Raul
    Alien Ghost recently posted..Don’t Say Sorry!

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

      Raul,

      I am happy to write about plugin that can be useful to your blog. I hope those work out for you. I like your nick name, why Alien ghost?

      • Alien Ghost July 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

        Hi Preeti,

        Alien Ghost is who I became as I explained in my post “Why Alien Ghost” (somehow a weir story) :)

        Raul
        Alien Ghost recently posted..Love as a Drug

    • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Raul!
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

  7. Keith Davis July 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Hi Preeti
    Well done on a great guest post.
    Bloggers are always looking for the best plugins and you have given us a fantastic start.
    I would add that a few security plugins should perhaps be on the list.
    Something to limit the number of login attempts for brute force attacks and a firewall plugin maybe.
    Perhaps the security plugins could be your next guest post.
    Keith Davis recently posted..A splash of colour

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

      Keith,

      Hello there and thank you. I do not know much about security plug-ins. Would you like to share some of the best security plug-ins here?

      Did you had any issues with security on your site? I sure hope not!

      • Keith Davis July 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

        Preeti
        No security problems – touch wood, but I did spend some time implementing a few basic security measures.
        Anyone interested in security should visit John Hoff’s site and take a look at his WordPress Defender.
        I won’t put in the URL but you can Google for the website.
        His eBook is not free but there is a lot of free security info on his site.
        Keith Davis recently posted..A splash of colour

        • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

          Kieth,

          I am glad you have no security issues and Thanks for sharing, I will check those out later.

          • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

            Good point about security plugins, Keith. I’ll be checking out that site too. I also like the Login Lockdown plugin.
            Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

  8. Tia July 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Hi Preeti – You’re right that this is a great list for newbie WordPress bloggers!

    Ultimate Google Analytics is another analytics plugin that I really like!

    Cheers,
    Tia
    Tia recently posted..Long Tail Keywords: What They Are and How They Help You

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

      Tia,

      Thanks for sharing. I like simplicity of some of the plug-ins as they make us blogger’s life so much easier. Did you know there is even plug in to make tables? WP_Table?

      • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

        Preeti, is there a plugin that will make me a tasty meal to put on these tables? Haha.
        Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

        • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

          Jean,

          Ha, ha,..you are funny! You know I love cooking too! So, this might be possible to have feast!

  9. IamDavid July 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    Linkwithin has been incredibly frustrating. I could not seem to get it to work. It would only show the same 5 posts.

    I sent 3 separate support requests but each one went ignored. Not sure if it is a conflict with Headway, but I found them not replying to support emails incredibly rude. Why have a contact/support page if you are not going to answer?

    Speaking of emails, Jean I sent you an email over two weeks ago, perhaps you could reply?

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

      David,

      I am sorry you had an issue with LinkWithin plug-in, I can imagine that can be frustrating. I have found LinkWithin works best when you have about 80-100 posts as it picks from the most recent articles.

      You may try YARP plugin (Yet another related plugin), which works same way but without pictures. Good luck.

    • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

      So sorry to hear about the missing email. Could you resend to jnjsarauer@gmail? Also feel free to DM me on twitter @jeansarauer anytime.
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

  10. Betsy Bargain July 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    Preeti,

    What a great post. I am a newbie blogger and don’t know much about these plug ins. I will have to see if some of them work for my blog. Thanks!
    Betsy Bargain recently posted..Bushels Of Uses For Seasonal Bounty

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

      Betsy,

      You are so sweet friend, thanks for visiting me here! Many of these plugins are works best for WordPress, for Blogger, there are different ones, I will send an email as I do not want to leave a link on Jean’s site.

      • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

        It’s okay if you leave a link, Preeti :)
        Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

        • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

          Jean, Betsy, Others

          This might be helpful to others who are on non-wordpress platform so here is the information. I have not used these personally, so can not tell how good they are, FYI.

          For Blogger platform blogs 30 Blogger Plugins

          I also would like to mention for those who are in TypePad format, check out
          Typepad plugins

  11. Ricardo Bueno July 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    I’m a big fan of the “Top Commentators” Plugin. I like it because I can hi-light the people on my blog that stop by and comment the most. You know, kinda my way of saying “thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment”.

    Then there’s the “Popular Posts” Plugin that pulls out the posts people visit most on my site. I haven’t put a categories or a “Best Of” page on my blog so this plugin helps share some of the popular content on the site.
    Ricardo Bueno recently posted..Why Intelligent People Fail

    • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

      I’ve thought about getting a top commenters one on here too. The more rewards for readers, the better!
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

      Ricardo,

      You are absolutely right, these two plugins are fabulous. I use popular post plug-in on my blog. Top commenter plug-ins sure can highlight your loyal commenter.

      • Jean Sarauer July 29, 2010 at 6:39 am #

        You would be in a high spot on my top commenters, Preeti. I really am going to add this to my list of things to do. It’s a mighty long list, but that’s okay :)
        Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

  12. Vaishali July 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Thanks, Preeti, for sharing this great list of plug-ins. And thanks, Jean, for your very informative blog. I’ll be a regular visitor from now on.
    Vaishali recently posted..Stocking A Vegan Pantry- A Guest Post

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

      Vaishali,

      Good for you to check out my post here and thanks for liking my post. Blogger has similar but different set of plug-ins but I know your site is great and optimized already!

    • Jean Sarauer July 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

      Vaishali, I love your blog. You’ll be seeing a lot of me over there :)
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

  13. Amber Salmon July 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Perfect!! Just installed those that I was missing!!
    Amber Salmon recently posted..Home Remodeling- Water Damage 101

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

      Amber,

      Great, let me know how these plugins works out for you.

      You had a water damage in your house? oh, no. I hope nothing was serious.

  14. Evelyn July 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Hi Preeti,
    This is a very good list. I already use some, but I will be checking out the ones that I don’t use that you have mentioned. I have quite figured out how to use the WP Cache even though I have it installed.

    I’ve started using a Top Commenters Plugin that lets you pull top commenters by year, month and week. It will also show those who commented on a certain post.

    Great list!
    Evelyn recently posted..Being Unique in a Vegetarian-Vegan Blogging Niche

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 28, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

      Evelyn,

      I hope you will find some useful plugins in this list and other comments. WP_cache should work behind the scene mostly, so you should be fine. You can always check to see how fast your page is loading, so you will know it is working.

      I have not used top commenter but I know a few blogger who love it!

      • Jean Sarauer July 29, 2010 at 6:40 am #

        Preeti, is there much to do in terms of setting up the Cache plug-in?
        Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

        • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 29, 2010 at 11:35 am #

          Jean, Evelyn,

          WP_cache needs to be enabled and set up.

          I had a Plug-in error due to some conflict which Krissoft web guys fixed for me. You might not have any problems, I will ask my Web guy to see if he can give a Free fix if similar problems happens to any of you.

          • KrisSoft July 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

            Sometimes, if you have many plugins or conflicting plugins, it may cause some issues. Preeti mentioned wp-cache error issues she had, this is how we solved it;

            If you get an error message after enabling the wp-cache plugin like this; Sometimes it could be error in line 98, or line 107

            Warning: sem_get() [function.sem-get]: failed for key 0×152b: Permission denied in /home/username/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-cache/wp-cache-phase2.php on line 98

            Then all you have to do is browse to the wp-cache config file which you should find in the /wp-content/ directory. Take a copy of the file wp-config.php and open it to edit as follows:

            $cache_enabled = true;//Added by WP-Cache Manager
            $cache_max_time = 3600; //in seconds
            //$use_flock = true; //Set it tru or false if you know what to use
            $cache_path = ABSPATH. ‘wp_content/cache/’;
            $file_prefix = “wp-cache-“;

            To this:
            <?php
            /*
            WP-Cache Config Sample File

            See wp-cache.php for author details.
            */

            $cache_enabled = true;//Added by WP-Cache Manager
            $cache_max_time = 3600; //in seconds
            $use_flock = true; //Set it tru or false if you know what to use
            $cache_path = ABSPATH. 'wp_content/cache/';
            $file_prefix = "wp-cache-";

            Hope This helps!
            KrisSoft recently posted..If you register your site for free at

            • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

              You KrisSoft guys Rock! Hopefully, no one will here will have problem like mine but if they do, they would know how to fix it. Thank you for taking my request to post a solution here!

  15. Kate July 29, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    Excellent! It has just taken me about 25 minutes to read that post as I installed the ones I didn’t have as I went through!
    Many thanks,
    Kate
    Kate recently posted..Lessons from Budapest – Slow Down and Take Note

    • Jean Sarauer July 29, 2010 at 6:41 am #

      Wow, Kate, that’s awesome! Taking immediate action rocks. I should try it myself one of these days :)
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 29, 2010 at 11:13 am #

      Kate,

      I am glad and impressed at you for installing plugins under 30 minutes! You getting things done type of girl!

  16. Lisa July 29, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    Thanks Jean! You sold me on CommentLuv! What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing, I didn’t know it existed!
    Kind Regards,

    Lisa
    Lisa recently posted..Fashion v’s Sensibility…… Riding Scooters in Summer!

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 29, 2010 at 11:20 am #

      Lisa,

      Yes, CommentLuv is great for blogger and commenter both. Jean really wrote that in a beautifully!

  17. Denise July 29, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    Preeti, this is such a helpful list! I’m a brand new blogger (so new I had no idea what SEO was), and I really needed to know about this stuff. I had already found out about Akismet (the hard way), and somebody recently turned me on to CommentLuv, but the others are all new to me. Thank you!

    By they way, you have a new subscriber. :)
    Denise recently posted..Review- Clean by Alejandro Junger- MD Part 2

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 29, 2010 at 11:25 am #

      Denise,

      Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is good for Google or Yahoo to find your blog. I am still learning a lot, blogging world can be all confusing in the beginning, that is why I wanted to share my successful plug-ins after much trials and errors on my site. Many plug-ins makes blogging job lot easier.

      Thank you for Subscribing! That is sweet of you.

  18. Chad Ferguson July 29, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Glad to see someone else that likes LinkWithin. I installed it a couple of months ago and could find virtually no information on it at the time.

    It really is a great plugin.

    Overall, great list of plugins and I have marked a couple of them down to take a look at!
    Chad Ferguson recently posted..World Record Catfish Coverage Continues

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 29, 2010 at 11:28 am #

      Chad,

      I am glad you liked LinkWithin, I love mine and luckily has no problem with it so far. There so many good plugins for free, picking a few good plugins can make our blogging lot easier.

  19. Doug July 29, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    This is a great list! With so many plug-ins to choose from it’s hard to know which ones work well and which ones don’t. This is a great help.

    Another I like is ‘All in One Adsense and YPN’ – it’s great for anyone who want to use Adsence but doesn’t have a masters degree in coding. I tried several others before finding this one, it is easiest by far to use.

    Thanks again for the suggestions!
    Doug recently posted..The New Generation of Auto Racing

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind August 1, 2010 at 12:19 am #

      Doug,

      You are right, there are far too many plugins, choosing the right ones can be confusing to many new blogger.

      Thanks for the suggestions, I think it will be useful for those who have monetized their blogs.

  20. Cristina July 29, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Thank you for this post! I just installed 3 plug-ins I didn’t have, it took me less than 15 minutes, great :-)
    Cristina recently posted..Glittering light sculptures by Loemen

  21. Aileen July 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Hi Preeti, great to see you here!

    uue, I’m excited about # 6 & 7

    :) Thank you for the tip!
    Aileen recently posted..Life Lessons to My Younger Self

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

      Aileen,

      You are welcome. It is always good to see you! I am glad you like #6 and #7, they have worked well for me too. #7 wp-cache gave me problem when I enabled it and I needed some expert help but most plugin are easy to handled by most people.

  22. Theresa Bradley-Banta July 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    Jean does share a lot of great information for bloggers. She also shares her friends :)

    That’s a really good thing!

    Glad she knows you Preeti and I’m very happy you saw a need. Thanks for the list and descriptions (a couple were completely new to me). I’ve already installed 2.

    Thanks again,

    Theresa
    Theresa Bradley-Banta recently posted..If Your Kid Started a New Business What Would It Be

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      Theresa,

      Jean sure does lot of good information sharing and share her wealth of knowledge and help to others.

      I am glad you found some plugins to use on your blog. Yes, having these little description and personal tidbits always helps me so I thought it would help others too.

    • Jean Sarauer July 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

      Hi Theresa. My friends are just too good to keep to myself! Really, I am just continually amazed at the warmth and goodness of the people I meet through blogging. Preeti is a treasure.
      Jean Sarauer recently posted..10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging

      • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 30, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

        Jean,

        You are so sweet, like I said in my recent past and present post, you have such a friendly persona and that all of us feel like you are our close friend. Thank you for being a good, friendly soul.

  23. Thu Nguyen July 30, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    Great list Preeti,

    I found one I haven’t tried yet. Sweet! Also there’s a couple more which I think will absolutely fit in.

    – contact form
    – subscribe to comments
    – WP-DBmanager to backup WP
    – thank me later

    You’re doing a great job. Talk to you soon.

    Thu
    Thu Nguyen recently posted..What is DDOS and How You Can Better Protect Yourself From This Dangerous Attack

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 30, 2010 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Thu,

      Thanks for visiting me here. Yes, I agree these all are wonderful plug-ins and very useful. I use some of them myself.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • Jean Sarauer August 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

      Thanks for stopping in, Thu. I really appreciate it when people have Subscribe to Comments.

  24. fianllygettingtoeven.com July 30, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Thanks for the heads-up on the plug ins. I seem to have covered all of them but the Link-within. I am going to check that one out and get it installed. Thanks again!
    fianllygettingtoeven.com recently posted..Guest Poster- Kate

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind July 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

      Finally getting to Even,

      Wow, if you had most of it except Linkwithin, then I am glad I wrote about it here! I think you will like that one as it is pretty neat to bring older posts back to front again. Thanks your comment here.

      • Jean Sarauer August 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

        It’s funny how those old posts can get stuck in the archives. When I was doing my 7-Links post there were quite a few I’d already forgotten about.

  25. Françoise July 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Thanks a lot for this great list Preeti. I find your description of the plugins as useful as the discussion you enabled in this thread. Great input.
    As said previously I would also recommend wp-db-backup, especially being a newbie blogger it is important to know that regular backups can become “lifesavers”
    Françoise recently posted..Train to enable

    • Preeti @ Heart and Mind August 1, 2010 at 12:21 am #

      Farncoise,

      I am glad you liked this list and input. I think wp_db_backup would be a good one to added to this list for newbie and experienced blogger as it backing up database is very important. Thanks for the suggestion. I will add it in my list as well.

    • Jean Sarauer August 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

      I tried installing that awhile back and got the ‘white screen of death.’ :) Bluehost got me back up. I don’t know if it’s an issue with the headway theme or what, but it freaked me out! I know it’s a great plugin though. The bloggers who have it seem to love it.

      • Preeti @ Heart and Mind August 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

        Jean,

        Oh no, that must have been some experience. I am glad things are okay.

        I have not this tried this plugin but had issues with other ones. Since then I have learned from zenguy that too many plugin can spoil the blog.
        Preeti @ Heart and Mind recently posted..No Spend Month Challenge- Update and Take away from the experiment

        • Françoise August 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

          not sure either if it is related to the theme, the wordpress version or the settings of the hoster – all of them can affect the result. In the mean time my experience says: try the plugin and check if your blog is ok afterwards. Check again after posting the next entry.
          Any time there is a problem – start by deactivating the plugins and reactive them one by one …
          Françoise recently posted..You are OK

  26. Andrew @ Blogging Guide August 2, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    I recently changed from wp-super-cache to w3-total-cache and knocked off a few seconds off my load speed.

    It takes a while to set-up but, for me, definitely worth doing.

    Andrew
    Andrew @ Blogging Guide recently posted..Take The Stress Out Of Blogging

  27. Farnoosh August 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    Ok I don’t fail the class here ;)! – Great plugins here. I want to mention that a few of these may even not be necessary if you use Thesis Theme – such as the All in One SEO which is all integrated into Thesis. Otherwise, I think they are a great list and one cannot do without Akismet. Preeti, I like the techie side of you ;)!!! Well-done!
    Farnoosh recently posted..Beyond the First 30 Days- Staying Committed to Habits

  28. Annie Anderson August 29, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    You don’t need One Click Plugin Updater if you’re using WordPress version 3. It includes all of that for you as well as theme updates and such. And WP 3 updates works like a charm!
    Annie Anderson recently posted..Focus makes perfect

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Heart and Mind: Past and Present | Heart and Mind - July 28, 2010

    […] my another guest post 10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging at Virgin Blogger Notes By Jean. Jean has a great sense of humor, very diverse career choices […]

  2. Successful Blogs Advertise Do Follow With Style - August 4, 2010

    […] 10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging (virginbloggernotes.com) Show you care! Please share: […]

  3. One year blog report: what not to do | Heart and Mind - August 5, 2010

    […] was kind enough to host my post 10 Plugin to Boost Your Blogging where she shares many great tips for blogger who are new and experienced. I tried to write a bit of […]

  4. Blogging Basics: My Favorite Wordpress Plug-Ins - August 31, 2010

    […] 10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging (virginbloggernotes.com) […]

  5. Wanted: Comment Plugin « Chat with Katrina - September 25, 2010

    […] 10 Plugins to Boost Your Blogging (virginbloggernotes.com) […]

  6. Akiesmet issues and blog break | Heart and Mind - November 23, 2010

    […] you know how it is helpful to keep spams away from your blog. I also wrote about it in my blog post 10 plugins to boost your blogging , a guest post at Virgin Blogger […]

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes