The 17 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media, SEO, and Better Visitor Engagement in 2013

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Every year I share my own experiences using WordPress plugins to run Maximize Social Business to help you make your own website more social media optimized, SEO friendly, and even help convert more of your visitors into new leads. I say “website” because WordPress is not just for blogs: As a CMS, WordPress powers one of every 6 websites on the Internet, nearly 60 million in all, with 100,000 more popping up each day.

Everyone’s particular experience with WordPress will be different, but since I’ve always run a content-heavy site, I’ve become obsessed with increasing the performance of how quickly this website runs for the average user. Speed is important for many reasons: In the words of one SEOMozer:

In my world, if you really care about SEO, you need to care about how fast your pages load. Speed may not be the most important ranking factor, but it’s a factor nonetheless. As long as Google’s search algorithm remains a mystery, you’ll never know what type of optimization tipped your site from page 3 to page 1. For some sites, faster pages could be that tipping point.”

Speed has been a factor in Google search rankings since 2010.  While some might question how important of a factor it is, there is a greater purpose for having a faster website as detailed by Geir Ellefsen in his WordPress Performance And Speed Optimization Tips post:

“There are lots of benefits of having a blazing fast site:

  • Better user experience
  • People spend longer time on your site if it loads fast
  • Search engines can crawl your site faster”

The problem, and the oxymoron of writing a blog post about WordPress plugins while seeking faster speed, is that it is commonly known that WordPress plugins can slow down your website. That’s why I’ve been trying to follow the advice of someone I have high respect for, Derek Halpern of Social Triggers, who says in his What WordPress Plugins Are Vital To The Success Of Your Blog? post:

When you use more plugins, your website loads slower.

And when your page loads slower, you’re killing your conversion rates, and your search engine rankings.

(Google recently announced that it uses page load times in their search algorithm. Additionally, countless studies have shown that if you increase your page load times by as little as 0.1 second, you can lose a huge amount of sales).

So how many WordPress plugins should you use?

The answer is FEWER.

But it’s not just WordPress plugins that slow down your site. As Sean Davis points out in his influential post How I Cut My Page Load Speed by 90% Using Jetpack, CDN, Dedicated Hosting, and More:

Plugins do not slow down your website. Poorly written code slows down your website. If the plugins you choose to use are written poorly, they will slow down your website. If they are written well, they will not slow your site down.

Fortunately for all of us, the company behind WordPress, Automattic, has been spending time adding several features to their JetPack plugin. Considering that this is the company behind WordPress, we can assume that the code is well-written, and thus you will see the appearance of their plugins in this list for the first time. Not all of their plugins work well, and they don’t support any and every feature that a blogger needs, but 2012 saw them evolve as a major force in the world of WordPress plugins. And, although you can configure it to implement as few or as many features as you’d like, it only counts as one plugin! That’s why the number of plugins listed below are greater than the number in the title of this blog post. If you haven’t checked them out recently, here is a snapshot as to how many features JetPack currently has:

JetPack WordPress plugin features

JetPack WordPress plugin features.

One final thing to note: As hinted in Sean Davis’ post mentioned above, there are other factors that can also improve your performance. That’s one of the key reasons why I switched to WP Engine WordPress Hosting, which in addition to including CDN as part of their services, they also have their own caching system which means one less plugin needing to be installed!

With that in mind, following up with my Best 2011 WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO and 14 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO Optimized Sites for 2012 that you’ll also want to reference if you haven’t done so, below is my current list for the best WordPress plugins for social media, SEO and better visitor engagement in 2013.

Social Media WordPress Plugins for 2013

There are many ways to utilize the power of social media to help spread the word about your blog posts. The essential types of plugins you need to have here that I cover below are social sharing and Twitter integration. Note that while I used to have social commenting included here, I find that very few people share their blog comments into social media. Instead, I have focused on including my comments plugin in the Engagement Plugins section of this post. That being said, if Facebook is a primary driver of traffic for you, and your readers do comment often, SEO Facebook Comment is a plugin that you’ll probably want to check out.

  1. JetPack Publicize
    I often tell my clients not to use automated plugins to publish new blog posts across social media because they will always get better engagement by personalizing their message for each platform. I still stick to that advice, but I also understand a reality that many face where they simply lack the time to do so. There’s also an argument, shared most publicly by Guy Kawasaki in posts like The Art of the Repeat Tweet, that repeated sharing of your posts in social media will increase social media engagement of your blog content. So why not have the best of both worlds? Use this JetPack plugin to immediately post on your social profiles as soon as you publish so that you never miss posting them, and then follow up later in the day with personalized and optimized posting throughout social media? That’s what I’ve started to do!
  2. Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons
    I have gone through a number of different social share plugins over the years, and since I am a heavy user of Buffer, my only pre-requisite is that the social sharing plugin contain it. The easiest solution is to simply use the social sharing plugin that Buffer bought out and I recommended back in 2011: Digg Digg. I did use it for awhile in 2012, but at some point I started running into some problems on my website. In quest for the simplest, quickest, and yet having rich functionality plugin, I came across Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons. It has truly lived up to its name and has been trouble-free ever since I’ve implemented it. And, yes, it supports Buffer ;-)
  3. Tweet Old Post
    If you read my last year’s list you should have already recognized this plugin. I’ve relied on Tweet Old Post to automatically and randomly tweet out blog posts at certain time intervals for more than a year now. It even has options to add hashtags and leading text to it. The customization capabilities – and ease of doing so – give this plugin my thumbs up in the field of Twitter integration. If you have a lot of blog posts in your archives that you want to expose to your Twitter followers, look no further for a solution. WordPress plugins contributor Dean Soto pointed out that some might have an issue with this plugin – and in that case you’ll want to make sure that you check out a similar plugin called Tweetily.

SEO WordPress Plugins for 2013

SEO is a never ending-battle, and it has only become more complex with the emergence of Google Plus as well as Google Authorship. Use these trusted plugins to help you in your WordPress SEO efforts in 2013:

  1. All in One SEO Pack
    While many have moved over to WordPress SEO by Yoast for this type of plugin, I have stuck with All in One SEO because it does one thing and does it well: This plugin optimizes your site by letting you easily add a Title and Description that will be indexed by Google instead of the default title of your blog post and first words of your blog post that is the present WordPress default. That being said, using WordPress SEO by Yoast will help you out by reducing the number of plugins that you need in that it already has XML Sitemap (as well as a host of other) functionality built in. If you have an existing site and are happy with your SEO solution, I would stay where you are. But if you are creating a new WordPress site or want to try something new, you might want to compare both of these plugins.
  2. BWP Google XML Sitemaps
    This plug in remains on this list from last year and continues to be critical in making your site known to search engines. As new posts are added, this plugin indexes your site quickly by updating the XML sitemap and pinging major search engines to let them know you have new content. There are other Google XML Sitemap plugins out there, but this is the one that was curated by the WordPress experts at WP Engine – and I have stuck with it with good results.
  3. HTML Sitemap Generator
    An HTML sitemap not only helps visitors better view all of your content, but some have indicated that HTML sitemaps might also be important for SEO. HTML sitemap plugins seem to come and go, and while this plugin is no longer being supported, it is still working fine on this site. Here’s a look at the sitemap that this plugin automatically generates for this site.
  4. P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
    If plugins could potentially slow down your site, wouldn’t that be great if there was a way to find out which plugins might be slowing down your site through generation of a performance report? That’s exactly what this plugin does! This should be installed on every WordPress website.
  5. Related Posts and Images by Zemanta
    I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this plugin, formerly simply known as Zemanta, for a number of years. I recently re-installed this plugin after several feature updates, and I am happy to say that this plugin is much improved from previous versions and has more functionality than ever. The key functionality that I would like to focus in on for SEO reasons is two-fold: 1) Zemanta uses its semantic search engine technology to help find contextually related posts that you can link to, and in addition to every outbound link increasing the chance of generating an inbound link, Google has already said that thoughtful outbound links can help your credibility and 2) Using Zemanta and submitting your own blog content can help get it on the radar of other bloggers using Zemanta, naturally increasing your chances of generating inbound links without doing anything.
  6. Scribe SEO
    I do not blog without optimizing my posts for SEO, which I have done using this plugin for some time now. This is a plugin that helps your content rank higher in search engine results by analyzing your posts and making suggestions about how you can improve your post from an SEO perspective. With a click of a button, your content is evaluated and given a score based on its structure and keyword density – and you can rest assured that Google will see the same targeted keywords that you intended for every blog post and page of your website. The newest version of Scribe also includes other features to help your SEO  such as assistance in targeted link building.
  7. Social Author Bio
    With the exception of my own posts, every contributor has a bio box at the end of their blog post that is provided by this plugin. For SEO reasons, this plugin is important in that it has fully integrated Google Plus Authorship. There are a number of these types of plugins that exist, but I chose this one for both its rich functionality as well as its attractive user interface.

Better Visitor Engagement WordPress Plugins for 2013

Social media and SEO are two of the best ways in which your blog, and blog-equipped website, can be found. But once someone sees your content, how can you ensure that stay on your website and increase your chances of engaging with them in hopes of “converting” them on whatever call to action you might have? This is where better visitor engagement, or encouraging a genuine two-way conversation between your brand and your online community, can help. Check out these plugins to help you achieve just that in coordination with the above SEO and social media plugins:

  1. Gravity Forms
    If you want to better engage with your website visitors, you need to give them an easy way to contact you. Gravity Forms hands down is both the easiest to customize and most customizable contact form plugin out there. Plus, there are bridges that can help you integrate that same contact form information with email marketing software such as MailChimp. If you have never been satisfied with the customizability of your contact forms, you definitely need to give Gravity Forms a try.
  2. Hello Bar
    While I don’t recommend using this all the time, if you have a specific call to action that you want to get the word out about, this simple and unobtrusive web toolbar that sits across the top of a website is the perfect solution. You can customize the color of your bar, the text font, text color and a few other options so that it blends perfectly with your site, and Hello Bar also supports A/B testing. Don’t let the most valuable part of your website – the top horizontal space – go to waste! Guide your visitors to where you want to send them! Based on campaigns I have done in the past for mine as well as client websites, I have seen Hello Bar CTRs as low as below 1% and as high as nearly 10%.
  3. JetPack Comments & Subscriptions
    While many have migrated to “sexier” comment platforms like CommentLuv, Disqus, or Livefyre, this blog recently did an about-face and actually moved back to WordPress native comment functionality with the release of JetPack Comments.  I came to the conclusion that comments should really be about the comments themselves, not the ability to share in social media, elaborate user interfaces, or complex dashboards. JetPack Comments allows visitors to login using their WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook credentials, and because the comment data lives on your site, you never have to worry about comments ending up in spam filters that were invisible to you through complex user interfaces or synchronization issues that exist with data being stored on 3rd party sites, two issues that this website had with previous commenting platforms. The integration with JetPack Subscriptions also provides a killer functionality: To provide commenters an easy way to sign up for notifications of new blog posts, thus potentially increasing your future website traffic with every comment.
  4. Listly
    Listly might just be the most engagement generating plugin of them all as it helps cultivate engagement by allowing people an easy way to share their passions in a way that is simpler than writing a comment: A vote on or addition to a list. As embeddable content that is indexed by search engines, it also has inherent SEO value, and the living nature of crowd-sourced content keeps search engines coming back for more. Social sharing accumulates to give your content the highest possible ranking. Listly is the only plugin on this list that is uniquely suitable to help increase both engagement AND SEO!
  5. Magic Action Box
    Wouldn’t it be great if you could create an easy-to-customize and great looking opt-in or other call-to-action box that you could place anywhere on your site? You can! Magic Action Box is an easy to use but powerful lead generation plugin that lets you create a focused and high converting action box in minutes. See Magic Action Box in action near the bottom of this blog post.
  6. The Slide by Simple Reach
    The Slide is a free plugin that helps you increase your site’s page views by helping readers discover related content while they are scrolling through your webiste. This plugin analyzes your articles and recommends past articles that are similar to it. It slides a discreet window at the bottom right of the screen which has a link to related articles the reader might be interested in. You can see The Slide in action on this website. If you were wondering, looking at my own stats I have seen days in which this plugin alone has increased page views by 1 or 2%.
  7. WordPress Related Posts
    While there are a number of these related posts plugins that exist, and some provide additional bells and whistles that let you monetize the related posts that you show here, I instead want to have complete control over what content goes here as well as customizable look and feel in a plugin that is dedicated to a singular role. Showing related posts on your site helps reduce bounce rates and retains visitors so you can turn them into subscribers and customers. This particular plugin provides an eloquent solution, and while it lacks the detailed statistics reporting that other plugins have, it does give you a CTR for the past 30 days. As I write this blog post, this plugin has generated a 1.3% CTR over the past month.
  8. WPtouch
    While JetPack now provides similar functionality, it still cannot beat the robust performance of the WPtouch plugin. This plugin detects requests from smartphones and loads an alternate mobile theme for your site that best suits small touchscreens. The styling mimics that of iPhone applications, so the interface looks and feels intuitive to many mobile users. If you haven’t checked your latest Google Analytics you just might be surprised how many mobile visitors are visiting your website. Give them what they deserve – an easy to use and optimized user experience – for free!

For me, these are 17 of the best WordPress plugins for those who want a truly optimized blog for social media, SEO and engagement in 2013. Do you use these same plugins? Any alternatives that you would recommend? Give me a shout out in the comments below. Thanks!

About the Author:

Neal Schaffer, Founder and Editor-In-Chief

The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professional strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social media books, including the recently published definitive social media strategy book Maximize Your Social. Forbes lists him as a Top 35 Social Media Power Influencer and AdAge lists his blog, Maximize Social Business (formerly known as Windmill Networking), as a top 100 global marketing blog. Neal provides social media strategy consulting and coaching, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and a Grammy-award winning musician. He has presented worldwide on social media at more than 150 events and also teaches social media marketing at Rutgers University. +Neal Schaffer

Neal Schaffer
The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professional strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social media books, including the recently published definitive social media strategy book Maximize Your Social. Forbes lists him as a Top 35 Social Media Power Influencer and AdAge lists his blog, Maximize Social Business (formerly known as Windmill Networking), as a top 100 global marketing blog. Neal provides social media strategy consulting and coaching, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and a Grammy-award winning musician. He has presented worldwide on social media at more than 150 events and also teaches social media marketing at Rutgers University. +Neal Schaffer
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Comments

  1. says

    Neal, you’ve definitely wrestled (struggled?) with the pros and cons of each plugin. Thanks for putting together this great hit list of choices and your thinking behind each add-on. BIG surprise with your switch from Disqus to the native WP comment system (vs. opting for a next big and shiny comment tool) … so you can go home again? My first thought was how did you handle the conversion or porting of your comment archives from Disqus back to your local WP database? Was this a simple move?

    • says

      Thanks Joel! I actually mentioned I was going to be switching in our contributor newsletter a few weeks ago ;-) Disqus had its issues, and similar to the reason why I switched to a Mac after Windows released Vista, you need to improve with every new version, and as you know the newest version of Disqus had some issues. I really do like its clean user interface, and from a moderation standpoint, it’s actually easier to use. Looking at the last few posts, I’m almost beginning to believe it’s helped to foster more comments.

      As for the migration, super easy. In essence, WordPress stores all of your comments. Disqus was merely synching those comments on their servers and then displaying results from their servers. So the comments always existed on this site, and following directions made it a very easy switchover…

  2. says

    I know one of the things that made me unhappy with the new Disqus platform was that “pingbacks” (whether internally or externally) no longer were visible (although I continued to get notifications of their existence). Neal assured me that they remained stored in the WordPress database or memory. Indeed, in switching over/back to the native WordPress commenting system, both old and new pingbacks are visible.

  3. says

    Thanks for presenting such a complete list of vetted plugins. I particularly appreciate the pros & cons style discussion to help with data as I consider my particular situations. Great article.

  4. Adem Black says

    Great list, I use most of these on my blogs. Just a shame Skreedl was not on this review, you should definitely review that plugin next.

  5. says

    These are great reviews of the plugins. I’m not familiar with some of those you mentioned and this article helped me to catch up and decide which ones are worth looking into. Thanks, Neal.

  6. says

    Excellent post Neal, you put me on to at least 3 plugins that I hadn’t considered before.

    Now, about that WPTouch plugin. How does that reconcile with Responsive Themes? Is that plugin still needed when using a premium responsive theme in your opinion?

    • says

      Thanks for the comment. As for WPTouch, it will interact with every theme differently, so you will need to test it and/or contact your theme developer to confirm… Truth be told that Jetpack also has a similar mobile theme, but it didn’t work out of the box like WPTouch did – but it’s an alternative for you to test.

  7. says

    I agree too, I had used it in my several wordpress sites and sure rocks, though you should be careful about settings. Make sure you know what you are doing before configuring it.

  8. says

    I love it when you (rarely these days) come across a post/article that packs everything you are currently searching for, into one. Looking for each plugin to do specific tasks can be daunting. This is refreshing content, thank you!

  9. says

    Thank you for such a complete list of plugins. I am in the process of redesigning my site and with that comes reevaluating my plugins. This has def. helped. I do have two questions.

    1) At the top of the page sits before me what I can only assume is a plugin that alerts me to your new webinar. I can only guess this a plugin…if so can you tell me which one it is?

    2) Recently when I was looking at theme templates I saw one that had a call to action form in the slider section. Is this something that either Gravity or Magic Action Box would be able to assist me with?

    Thanks for your post and response!

    • says

      Thanks for the comment Kimberly! To answer your questions:

      1) That is using Hello Bar which I use as a strategic call to action sometimes. I don’t recommend you have it on all the time because if people get used to it, it loses its effect!

      2) Check out SideOffer.

  10. says

    Neal,

    Thank you for your well thought-out and considered post. I installed many of these over the last week or so. This was super helpful and feel like I have an entirely new site.. :) J

  11. says

    I recommend Squirrly too. Really nice plugin for SEO.

    What impresses me is that squirrly has multiple keyword research based on competition.
    Now I know if my keyword is searched or is there a keyword my competition uses and works better.

  12. says

    Talking about SEO WordPress Plugins, I’m also a big fans of Yoast’s plugin, but on my blog I also try to use SEO Ultimate, it is a cool plugin since it has at least 24 modules like sharing facilitator and link masking (which is good for affiliate marketer) webmaster verification and a lot more.

    Social Author Bio? This is my first time heard about it, looks like an handy plugin, thanks for sharing Neal :)

  13. says

    I agree with you on Jetpack – it definitely helps in keeping the number of other plugins low on the website. I use it for contact forums, site stats, sharing and galleries.

  14. markteditor says

    Hey Neal,
    Just wanted to let you know, what a slendid post you’ve created! We’ll be implementing most of your suggestions. Thanks a million :-)

  15. says

    Wow, I wasn’t sure about JetPack comments since I’ve had some problems–mostly with emptying jetpack feedbacks–I literally got hit with 20000 feedbacks spams in one day. To clear them, you have to send to trash, then delete. Moving anymore than 50 at a time would crash my site.

  16. says

    Neal, Many thanks for the great post. I found you while googling for a comments plugin, Jetpack comments & subscriptions looks more than suitable for me. Thanks again!

  17. jonathanchoicez6611 says

    Hey Neal..just came across your post. A huge thanks for your reference to JetPack. I found it incredibly helpful and just installed it. Thanks again.

      • says

        Thanks again Neil….just wondering if you can suggest any good WP plugins for uploading content. I have a site that is used by a lot of high school teachers who wold like to upload lesson plans to the site so that other teachers can use them. It would need to allow people to tag their content and upload a range of file types. Any help appreciated. :)

        • says

          Hey Jonathan, thanks for stopping by. To be honest with you, I have 20+ contributing bloggers to this WordPress powered website, and I have given them access to my WordPress dashboard as a contributor. The downside is that it requires me to train all of them on how to enter content into WordPress, but the upside is that it makes it much easier to manage. That being said, I’m wondering if what you need is not a WordPress website but a collaborative site like Basecamp?!? You might want to look into that type of collaborative workspace to best fit your needs. Good luck with it!

  18. says

    Hi Neal,
    Many thanks for your invaluable advices about plugins.
    Really, there is an ocean of plugins in the market.
    Many “authors” propose their “the best plugins”, and the result is that your website has many issues due to their incompatibility and it is very difficult to understand the reason of it.
    I have some questions – excuse me if they could seem as “not professional”:
    1. You said earlier that the use of many plugins could cause conflicts and issues and lower the speed of website run.
    Could we use all of 17 (in reality 14-15) of these your plugins without doubts of these problems?
    2. What are your recommendations about use of such “well known” plugins as Akismet, cbnet Ping Optimizer, Contact Form 7, Google Analyticator, WordPress Database Backup?
    It seems that they are necessary for each website also.
    3. Is it possible (if you have time and possibility to analyze them) to hear your opinion about such plugins in the market:
    Push Button SEO plugin of Brian G.Johnson – instead of Scribe SEO
    WP Media Site Map of Jimmy Reilly – instead or in addition to BWP Google XML Sitemaps
    Simple Mobile Redirect of Will Reilly – instead of WPtouch

    How could they affect on characteristics of our websites?

    4. What plugin could you recommend for multilanguage website, in which it is possible to combine the versions of your website in different languages?

    5. What is your opinion about GVO hosting?
    Thank you again.
    Best regards.
    Val

    • says

      Hi Val, sorry for the delay in getting back to you on this – I think I just responded to your other question about multilingual websites! OK, so let me respond to your comments and questions one by one:

      Comment: Yes, there are tons of plugins, which is why I offer an annual review based on plugins that I am actually using myself Here is a link to the 2011 review of best WordPress plugins and 2012 review of best WordPress plugins. Therefore, with these specific plugins, I know that there is no incompatibility issue!

      1. Yes. This website currently has 38 (!) active plugins running. Some are server-side or special use cases that are not “running” all of the time each page is being served. Now, this probably affects performance a little, but I think it’s a testament to finding the right plugins and ensuring there are no compatibility issues.

      2. I still use Akismet but the others I don’t. Let me discuss them one at a time:

      cbnet Ping Optimizer: This plugin was on my 2011 list but I’ve dropped it off. I don’t see what value it has if you have an XML sitemap plugin. Search engines will find you through this, and WordPress has native pinging functionality you can use.

      Contact Form 7: I’ve never liked this plugin because it was hard to customize it to look the way I wanted it to. I’m a big fan of Gravity Forms, which I am currently using. JetPack has also added a contact form function which I may change to in the future as well. One less plugin to use!

      Google Analyticator: If you can reduce the number of plugins, you should. I deleted cbnet and am close to even deleting Gravity Forms. You don’t need Google Analytics plugins – JetPack provides statistics, and you can log into Google Analytics when you need GA stats! Therefore I’ve never used Google Analyticator.

      WordPress Database Backup: I used to use this, until I switched to WordPress hosting that backs up my site for me daily ;-)

      3. My comments below:

      Push Button SEO: Why isn’t this plugin listed in the WordPress directory? Red flag! That being said, it has a combination of components from Zemanta, Scribe, and WordPress SEO that make it interesting. Since it is not listed in WordPress, though, these are the plugins I worry about vis a vis compatibility issues!

      WP Media Site Map: Why isn’t this plugin listed in the WordPress directory? Red flag!

      Simple Mobile Redirect: Same as above! And I couldn’t find any information about this plugin googling it, either. Another red flag! I will say, though, that I have recently switched from WPtouch to the paid WPtouch Pro … it makes a world of difference!

      4. Just responded to your earlier comment, but I recommend having two separate instances of WordPress.

      5. To be honest with you, I had never heard of GVO hosting ;-) I suppose it depends on your objectives. I have no need to resell hosting ;-)

      Let me know if you have any further questions after reading the above. Thank you!

      • says

        Hi Neal,
        Thanks a lot for your reply.
        I did not wait that you will find time to answer so detailed.
        I am very impressed and pleased.

        You really opened my eyes on very important question of plugins.
        And not only plugins.
        All information in your site is extremely useful.

        I need now to devote time to study how to set and use some of these plugins – they are a little (or some of them not a little) complicated for me.

        Have a nice time.
        Best regards,
        Val

        • says

          My pleasure Val! Plugins can truly make or break your site, and since I’ve been using them since 2009, it’s only natural that I want to help Pay It Forward by sharing what I learned. Best of luck to you – and I look forward to our next conversation! ;-)

  19. Melissa Zoske says

    Thanks for the article Neal it has been very helpful. I am very new at blogging. I really like the sound of both Jetpack and SEO by Yoast but have heard they can conflict with each other a lot. What do you think and if they do is there a suggestion to help them play well with each other? I really am excited about BOTH!

    • says

      Hi Melissa, thanks for the comment! This blog has been using both JetPack as well as SEO by Yoast and I have experienced zero problems. SEO by Yoast is highly configurable, and JetPack is also composed of many 20 or so “applications” that you can decide to use or not to use. So I would recommend implementing both, and if you see an issue, disable the JetPack functionality that you think might be causing any conflict. Hope the advice makes sense. Good luck, and do let me know how things go!

  20. says

    Hi Neal,
    Many thanks for your invaluable advices about plugins.
    What plugin could you recommend for multilanguage website, in which it is possible to combine the versions of your website in different languages?

    • says

      Hi Val, I actually created a multilingual site using a WordPress plugin in the past called qTranslate. It actually proved challenging to manage it and had some code broken on WordPress upgrades. Therefore, I ended up doing what I recommend you do: Create two separate WordPress installations and link them together in your user interface. It sounds like a hassle, but once you have it up and running it’s smooth sailing. Have you tried to do this before?

      • says

        H Neal,
        Thanks a lot for your reply.
        (I shall write you more in your another reply to my comment).

        Yes, I have used before just this strategy of creating separate WP installatons and link them in their interfaces.
        Simply I was thinking that may be there is super-plugin (as practically all others, which you are proposing) that will work super-effective.
        Have a nice Time.
        Val

        • says

          I really wish there was an almighty plugin for multi language sites as well! Like I said qTranslate is OK, but not as user-friendly and has some issues. Hopefully there is someone out there developing such a plugin as we speak!

  21. says

    Thanks Neal for sharing the information. I have been using Feather Social Media Plugin and found it easy to use. Can you suggest some plugin which also include TUMBLR along with bunch of other plugins.

    And also, awaiting for the update :)

    • says

      Thanks for the comment! I had never heard of Feather Social Media but it looks like a great social sharing plugin! Will definitely check it out. As for your question, I’m not sure I understand. Doesn’t Feather include a Tumblr option? What exact type of Tumblr plugin are you looking for? Let me know and I’ll be more than happy to let you know my advice. And, yes, that update is coming soon ;-)

  22. says

    Awesome List!

    For WordPress Comments, check our Barc. It’s all in real-time, it’s free, and it comes with a TON of other cool features like private messaging between people. (link edited by administrator)

    • says

      Thank you Grant, but in the WordPress plugin repository, your plugin is promoted as: “Barc Chat provides a simple yet feature rich chat room for your whole community to interact in real-time directly on your site.” I don’t see any mentions of your plugin being used for comments – although it might be nice for chats ;-)

  23. says

    Hi, Thank you for the list, but I’m looking for a lightweight plugin that allow users to download things from my WordPress website only after posting a tweet or a +1,

    • says

      Hi Raju, thanks for your question – I’m always up for the challenge! I did a lot of research, and I have found two different options for you:

      Tweet and Get It! is a free plugin which allows you to do exactly what you want to. You can even read a tutorial on it here.

      As for Facebook and Google Plus, the only ones I could find were paid ones ($12 per plugin) that come from the same company. They have versions for Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

      Hope the advice helps! Do remember to come back and comment and share your experiences with us! Thanks!!!

  24. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Having a new blog I’m so overwhelmed with everything out there. This is going to be a great resource as I fully figure out my page.

  25. says

    Hi great post and guide on WP plug ins. I always thought having more plug ins that you really needed wouldn’t be any problem so good i read this post.

    Also Social Author Bio is a GREAT plug in. Until now I used Author Bio Box but I’ll use social author bio on some of my sites from now on. So thumbs up from me aswell :)

  26. says

    Wonderful post. I agree 100% that most WordPress plugins does not really slow down a page’s loading time, unless its not supposed to be there. Or there must be some coding errors happening around the page. In short, only choose and use the most important plugins that is needed on your site and avoid the others that doesn’t contribute anything.

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