Nine Plugins to install with a new wordpress installation

In response to this week’s #blogchat topic, I decided to make a quick post depicting some of the plugins you should install immediately upon setting up WordPress. These plugins will make your WordPress experience amazing and a breeze.

Zemanta – The main reason I use it is for images. It makes searching for images I can legally use simple and quick.

 Print Friendly and PDF –  This plugin lets readers create printer-friendly versions of your content, without the ads or the crazy code/design messups that frequent it.

Fast Secure Contact Form – It makes getting email from viewers easier, without having to deal with forms and PHP.

WP-Polls – Everyone should have this, especially if you want to know your reader’s opinions.

Tweet Old Post – This plugin automatically tweets some of your old content to your twitter account, giving you that vague appearance of being open 24-7, and interacting with others. Still, remember to be active YOURSELF on Twitter, else you risk looking like a spammer.

 Popular Posts – What better way to show newcomers some of your best posts then with a list? Popular posts helps show other interesting posts you’ve written that others find as great content.

w3 Total Cache – Site running a little slower than it should? Install W3 Total Cache! It helps speed up your site and getting content to readers quicker!

WordPress SEO – I used to be an All-In-One SEO fan until I discovered that it was really bogging down the system. Fortunately, I discovered WordPress SEO, which does almost everything AIOS does, only better. It even helps teach you SEO if you don’t know it.

LiveFyre – I’ve sung the praises of this good commenting plugin more than enough times, so I’ll just say this: DOWNLOAD IT.

What plugins can you think of?

  • blogbrevity

    I recommend Akismet for comment spam prevention.

    • JTDabbagian

       @blogbrevity Smart! I’m too used to Akismet being pre-installed onto WordPress. 

      • blogbrevity

         @JTDabbagian Good point! But people still need to activate it. Here is a helpful post for those who may want more info on activating Akismet: http://www.wpsquare.com/get-free-akismet-api-key-wordpress/.

    • http://lovequotes.name/ For Him

      @blogbrevity Akisment does not filer livefyre comments.

    • http://lovequotes.name/ For Him

      @blogbrevity Akismet does not filter livefyre comments.

  • BMilneSLO

    @MackCollier Glad to finally be part of #blogchat. Longtime WordPress fan, so my list of plugins is long. My top 25: http://t.co/V2lw1ErM

    • MackCollier

      @BMilneSLO Thanks for coming by! #blogchat

      • BMilneSLO

        @MackCollier Thanks for having me. Also testing my first, a Writing Tips plugin for WP bloggers. Lemme know if anyone’s interested #blogchat

  • YOakleyPR

    @MackCollier @jtdabbagian I’m going to try out this “Tweet Old Posts” plugin. It sounds like a good way to revive old posts #blogchat

    • SheilaAtwood

      @YOakleyPR you will love tweet old posts. The recent updates are great! #blogchat

      • YOakleyPR

        @SheilaAtwood Great. Any suggestions on settings?

        • SheilaAtwood

          @YOakleyPR – check out this step by step http://t.co/nRoVszYJ

        • YOakleyPR

          @SheilaAtwood Oddly enough, it didn’t ask me to create a new app. It just asked me to authorize the app…I guess I’ll see if it posts?

        • SheilaAtwood

          @YOakleyPR you will be fine

    • JTDabbagian

      @YOakleyPR It works for me! Hope you like it! #blogchat

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  • MackCollier

    @dizzycatdesign Keeping it low key, but hope you had a good day 😉

    • dizzycatdesign

      @MackCollier Low key in social media is skipping the blog post and newsletter, right? 😉

      • MackCollier

        @dizzycatdesign Meaning its not on your Facebook profile 😉

        • dizzycatdesign

          @MackCollier Actually my FB privacy settings are maxed out so no one could post to my Wall. Lots of DM’s to answer… :)

  • http://nickkellet.com/ nickkellet

    I don’t know if you saw this
     
    http://list.ly/list/1Tf-best-wordpress-plugins-via-blogchat?feature=search
     
    I saw you just applied for a Listly publisher key.

    • http://nickkellet.com/ nickkellet

      Actually I should have linked to here http://www.stephaniebice.com/2012/07/23/top_wordpress_plugins.html which is stephaniebice ‘s list and post 

  • stephaniebice

    @NickKellet Thanks so much Nick!

  • stephaniebice

    @NickKellet Funny – I took some of his and added them to the list :) (He tweeted his list out prior to #blogchat )

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