11 Top WordPress Plugins Every Blog Should Have

The Best WordPress Plugins out there - Top WordPress PluginsWordPress in itself is a decent system but it can be made into a rock solid blogging beast. Adding top WordPress plugins can make WordPress into the Swiss Army Knife of blogging: just pull out whatever functionality you need for your specific blog!

Many people have asked me for my list of top WordPress plugins. Of course I’ve written quite a few WordPress plugins myself, but I’d thought I’d share with you what I use and recommond as the top WordPress plugins for just about any site I build, analyze & optimize.

  1. W3 Total Cache
    I seriously cannot live without this plugin, as it makes the sites I build perform to my expectations, instead of slowly crawling. And yes, I think every site should be cached to get the maximum performance for each and every user, not just when you start hitting social sites.
  2. Google Analytics for WordPress
    While it’s my own plugin I seriously recommend everybody use this for tracking their blogs visitors, it does “standard tracking”, but it helps as well with analyzing 404 errors, seeing how authors perform, and much much more.
  3. pageMash
    My site uses a lot of pages to get the site structure I want, and sometimes you want to move around some pages. The default WordPress way of doing that is hard (you have to give each page a menu order by hand) but pageMash is excellent for that, with a nice Ajaxy interface in which you can just drag and drop pages. Have a look (click for larger image):
    Pagemash, a top WordPress plugin
    I’ve been using PageMash for years, in fact it was in my original Top WordPress Plugins post back in October 2008. On some sites though, I’ve replaced it with CMS Tree Page View, which also has a great interface and was a bit easier to work with on sites with even more pages.
  4. Redirection
    Adding in redirects in WordPress is, well, impossible. Redirection makes it possible and for that sole reason is with me on most of my sites. After having some issues with it at first with 3.0 it seems to be working flawlessly again, and I couldn’t imagine running a blog without it yet.
  5. WP-DBManager
    Not only is this plugin perfect for doing automated backups, it can also do things like database optimization and the admin pages for it allow you to do the occasional query from within WordPress!
  6. VaultPress
    I used to rely on all sorts of top WordPress plugins to do my security, now I just rely on VaultPress. It makes backups of your blog, checks your site for weird anomalies and fixes them as you go along happily blogging. If you make money from your site and / or it’s worth a lot to you, don’t miss this one.
  7. Clean Notifications
    There are a couple of things in WordPress that have annoyed me from the start and one of them are the emails it sends out for comments, pingbacks etc. Clean Notifications, another one of those top WordPress plugins that has been with me for what seems like ages, cleans those up nicely and turns the emails into nice readable emails without clutter.
  8. Comment e-mail verification
    I don’t like adding hoops for people to jump through when they’re leaving a comment on my site, but I have recently started requiring people to verify their email address once they leave their first comment. It’s helped me heaps in controlling spam on my blog, and the comment e-mail verification plugin is the plugin that allows me to do that. Read more on my comment flow here: preventing anonymous comments in WordPress.
  9. MediaRSS
    One of those top WordPress plugins that you never “see” but should always be quietly there, doing it’s work, is MediaRSS. It adds MediaRSS tags to your RSS feed, making the first image in the post the thumbnail for services that support it and other things. A simple one without any configuration needs: install, and go!
  10. Blackbird Pie
    So many conversations get started on Twitter these days that you often want to refer back to them in your blogposts. Just linking to a tweet is such a bland method of doing that though, when Blackbird Pie makes it really easy to do it so much smoother. Check out this tweet about my WordPress SEO plugin, for instance: 

    That looks pretty darn cool, don’t you think?

  11. WordPress SEO plugin
    Last but not least is my own WordPress SEO plugin. While it’s still in beta and will do far more when it’s completely done, it’s already the best SEO plugin out there, in my own humble opinion of course. I use it literally everywhere.

Note: if you think: there are a LOT of comments on this post, that’s true. The original version of this top WordPress plugins post was published in 2008, I just decided to update and re-post, as there are more and more WordPress plugins and a list of top WordPress plugins can really not stay the same all that long!

223 Responses

  1. CubeWarrior
    By CubeWarrior on 2 October, 2008

    WOW I’m going to have to look at that iPhone plug-in. That looks very cool.
    Using Feedsmith now and personally I like:
    Dagon Design Sitemap Generator
    RSS Footer

    • Kamal @Webmaster Blog
      By Kamal @Webmaster Blog on 17 February, 2011

      Are you planning to make the SEO plugin free or paid?

    • Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate
      By Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate on 18 February, 2011

      What exactly does page mash do? Is it for making menus?

      • Kristof
        By Kristof on 18 February, 2011

        PageMash allows you to reorder pages via drag and drop.

      • Kristof
        By Kristof on 18 February, 2011

        Reorder, as in move a page to a different location within the list of pages. For example, if you have a “contact” page as a sub-page of “about us”, you can drag it to a new location without having to manually open the page, select a new parent page from the dropdown, and save.

        • Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate
          By Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate on 18 February, 2011

          Ahh. Ok. I think of page “order” as it’s position in the directory structure on a site, like home/level1/level2/level3.

          That was my confusion.

          The page order you are referring to basically only affects how the WordPress menu system works, I think.

          Still helpful though.

        • Kristof
          By Kristof on 18 February, 2011

          No, you had it right – “page order is its position in the directory structure on a site, like home/level1/level2/level3.” And PageMash makes it really easy to change its position.

          From other comments, I think there’s some confusion about the WP navigational menu system v. using PageMash to move a page to a different location.

          Moving a page to a different directory will change it’s permalink. But where it’s displayed depends on how you’re displaying menus. The WP menu system is independent because you decide what pages, etc. are used in the actual navigational menus. So I could have a directory of: home/level1/level2/level3 but create a menu that only displays: home/level1/

          • Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate
            By Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate on 18 February, 2011


            Ok, I’m all straight, thank you.

            Given that, I would never need or use a plugin like that.

            What a frikkin mess that could create for the casual uneducated user. Moving pages around, moving them back, doing whatever in the snazzy drag n drop environment.

            All the while on the back end, ending up with 301s pointing to 301s and backlinks going to multiple 301 hops.

            I know that’s an exaggerated example but I assume as soon as you “move” a page, a 301 is written to .htaccess and if you move it again, another is written to that one, etc.

            Forget ‘datt!

          • Kristof
            By Kristof on 18 February, 2011

            I reco reading the plugin page http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pagemash/ – it doesn’t auto create 301s

      • Rose McGee
        By Rose McGee on 19 February, 2011

        That’s great news for me re the pages I was trying to order them last night and it was giving me a wordpress headache! Thanks for the great info too.

        • Rxbbx
          By Rxbbx on 1 March, 2011

          Old post..? Comments dated 2008. WP is nice and EASY…but people should make their own stuff…

          • Joost de Valk
            By Joost de Valk on 1 March, 2011

            Ehm yeah, that’s actually in the bottom part of the post, if you’d read that far? :)

  2. Patrick K. O'Brien
    By Patrick K. O'Brien on 2 October, 2008

    I’m making use of most of these plugins, but you managed to introduce a few new ones that I’ll have to look into. Thanks!

  3. Matt
    By Matt on 2 October, 2008

    Great list! I always try to keep the plugins I use to a minimum but the ones you´ve mentioned here are really indispensable. I´ve noticed that I´m using different plugins for the same functions (e.g. wp-db-backup, instant upgrade). I´ll check out your proposals as they seem more flexible.

  4. Nathan Rice
    By Nathan Rice on 2 October, 2008

    Great list! I actually was looking for a plugin that does what the pageMash plugin does. Very good find indeed.

    I wrote a similar list a while back, but I obviously need to do an updated post. Some of the plugins that have come out recently have really blown me away.

    I would add though, things like the XML-Sitemaps, Akismet, and Subscribe to Comments are still pretty valuable.

    I’m also happy that WordPress 2.7 will be incorporating many of the popular features that plugins have handled in the recent past. Way to go WordPress!

  5. Young
    By Young on 2 October, 2008

    I don’t think so, since i use none of them.

  6. Mark
    By Mark on 2 October, 2008

    Thanks, Joost. You are truly a WordPress Warrior. Not heard of lighter menus… going to give it a whirl.

  7. archshrk
    By archshrk on 2 October, 2008

    I already use most of these plugins or don’t need them but I think you’re mistaken about WordPress not handling 301 redirects, at least in your example. I have, in the past, changed a page slug after it was linked to from outside and visitors were directed automatically to the correct post.

  8. Nathan Rice
    By Nathan Rice on 2 October, 2008

    Redirection and 301 redirects are 2 different things.

  9. Önder
    By Ã–nder on 2 October, 2008

    i will try them and after that we can see the result.

  10. Brent
    By Brent on 3 October, 2008

    Cool list! Lighter Menus makes wordpress a lot easier to use!

  11. John Sullivan
    By John Sullivan on 3 October, 2008

    I’m going to try that page mash
    cool list thanks

  12. Kevin
    By Kevin on 3 October, 2008

    A few questions:

    1. Why would you use WP’s search with Search Excerpt plugin when you could just use a Google custom search engine?

    2. What’s the differences between the plugins Redirection and Objection Redirection? http://www.biggnuts.com/objection-redirection-WordPress-plugin

  13. Inge Janse
    By Inge Janse on 3 October, 2008

    With Kevin. I’ve implemented Google custom search last month, and it works like a charm. The order of results is way better in terms of importance, and the look and feel – although somewhat different from the blog itself – is immediately recognisable – and thus usable – for visitors.

  14. Johnny Krogsgård
    By Johnny KrogsgÃ¥rd on 3 October, 2008

    Hi Yost,

    Great post, I’ll install Lighter Menus and pageMash ASAP!

  15. Penko Penev
    By Penko Penev on 3 October, 2008

    I think WordPress do redirect 301 without need of any Redirection plugins.

  16. WPJunkie
    By WPJunkie on 3 October, 2008

    Thanks alot! I have been having trouble with a different cache plugin on my blog and have been looking for an alternative. I have a few of these already but the others I will most definitely have to get

  17. Susan
    By Susan on 4 October, 2008

    Feedburner Smith is a MUST have.

  18. Apostolos
    By Apostolos on 4 October, 2008

    Hey very interesting article! I found the security and DBs plugins a must!

  19. Jonathan Wong
    By Jonathan Wong on 4 October, 2008

    Have you actually gotten WPTouch to work with WP Super Cache?

    I thought any of the mobile themes (others include WP Wireless and WP PDA) were fundamentally incompatible with the way WP Super Cache worked?

    I would love to hear if you managed to get the two working together, because I had to abandon WP PDA because it didn’t work with WP Super Cache.

    Good list though – it had a few plug-ins that I wasn’t aware of.

  20. Omar Ha-Redeye
    By Omar Ha-Redeye on 4 October, 2008

    And the One-Click Plug-in Installer, so that you can easily add everything listed here.

  21. Steven
    By Steven on 4 October, 2008

    Thanks for this great list. I stupidly changed my permalink structure a while back and have had tones of 404 errors in webmaster tools since. I installed the Redirection plugin and now have started to fix them. I had no idea how to fix this mistake. Thanks for you help.


  22. Christopher
    By Christopher on 4 October, 2008

    I just installed the iPhone theme on my site a couple days ago and love it. Even if you’re not a Mac fan, catering to this growing portion of the population is super easy with this great plugin.

  23. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 4 October, 2008

    @Jonathan Wong: No I have not. I have to shutdown WP Super Cache when I’m running normally to be able to run the iPhone thing, which bugs the hell out of me.

    To Jonathan and all others: thanks for your great feedback!

  24. Amit
    By Amit on 5 October, 2008

    Very nice list you have got there. I want to add a few.
    1. Platinum SEO plugin
    2. XML Sitemap generator plugin

    • Kristof
      By Kristof on 17 February, 2011

      I’ve used Platinum SEO plugin, then upgraded to the All in One SEO plugin which was much better. But IMO, Yoast’s new WordPress SEO plugin blows both of them away. I really reco using the WordPress SEO plugin.

  25. Poppstar
    By Poppstar on 5 October, 2008

    Whats about the SMO Plugins link:

    1. WordTwitter – Twitterplugin for WordPress



  26. Torley
    By Torley on 5 October, 2008

    I didn’t know it was even possible to do the iPhone-theme thing! Thanx for this list.

  27. Sander
    By Sander on 6 October, 2008

    Great list Joost, thanks for sharing.

    For those who are wondering about using the wptouch plugin and cache. Just install wp-cache (instead of super cache) then add in the wp-cache admin with Rejected UA strings the words iphone and ipod. This way the visitors using a mobile (i)phone will see the un-cached version. Check my blog with a (i)phone to see the effect. I believe super-cache support will be available soon.

  28. top 10
    By top 10 on 8 October, 2008

    Joost – once again, a top post, many thanks.

  29. seosurvivor
    By seosurvivor on 8 October, 2008

    Hello again Joost,

    This post along with the 10 things you need in a wordpress site is enough to get anyone started! Awesome!!

  30. John
    By John on 8 October, 2008

    I can’t get enough wordpress plugins….I can’t keep up with all the latest releases and updates. It’s almost overwhelming.

  31. cool gadgets
    By cool gadgets on 9 October, 2008

    I would also add the all in one seo to the list. I’m looking forward to WP 2.7. I think it’s great to see some of the plugins being incorporated into WP as it means full support.

  32. moserw
    By moserw on 10 October, 2008

    Some I have used, some I have just come across. Good list and thanks for sharing. Going to try them out.

  33. Stu McLaren
    By Stu McLaren on 10 October, 2008

    This is an excellent list and I appreciate you sharing. I too give a high five for Redirection as it’s extremely easy to implement. I often thought it would be a neat feature to add a “split test” function into it so that it would redirect the traffic to two (or three) different pages. That way you could test which page was more effective.

    Anyway great list. Thanks!


  34. Frank Hellerup Madsen
    By Frank Hellerup Madsen on 10 October, 2008

    Hi Joost,

    Thanks for the list. Another good reason to have your feed in my reader.
    I haven’t dared use the automatic upgrade plugin yet, but I will have to give it a spin on a blog or two. For some reason I have never gotten around to installing a database backup plugin, so I might just try the one you recommend.

  35. Lasse Heindorff
    By Lasse Heindorff on 11 October, 2008

    Excellent list, indeed. There’s so many plugins out there and so little time to go through them using the typical ‘trial and error’ method. The WPtouch Iphone theme is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  36. nick
    By nick on 11 October, 2008

    Thanks for plugins.

  37. Roger
    By Roger on 14 October, 2008

    Alot of great plugins I cant live without. At least IMO :)

  38. skateGREAT
    By skateGREAT on 21 October, 2008

    love this site – it is transforming the way my site is – ur the best – as soon as I get money ill donate some to say thanks ;)

  39. J.J. Toothman
    By J.J. Toothman on 4 November, 2008

    Great post. Thanks for allowing me to discover Mobile Press.
    Search Everything is a plugin I’d add to this list.

  40. GaMerZ
    By GaMerZ on 4 November, 2008

    Thanks for featuring my WP-DBManager plugin =D

  41. Brad Hart @ A DoFollow Blog
    By Brad Hart @ A DoFollow Blog on 9 November, 2008

    Thank You! It is about time I start seeing other bloggers promoting Headspace 2. I am sick to death of all the praise for the all-in-one-SEO Pack which is simply regurgitation of years of wordpress religious dogma. Even when the developer announced he wouldn’t maintain the plugin any longer there were people telling us how freaking great it was and that it would be the only SEO plugin we would need for all eternity. Now that it has a new and lesser developer it is still getting that sort of unwarranted praise. Thank you for actually researching the plugins you recommend before putting them on a page. It is nice to know I am not the only one.

  42. James Rosenstein
    By James Rosenstein on 10 November, 2008

    you should also check out the WebPurify profanity filter plugin. It flters swear words from your users comments.


  43. José Feliphe
    By José Feliphe on 17 November, 2008

    Great plugins



  44. Ferd
    By Ferd on 17 March, 2009

    Man this be the first time I ever heard of Iphone blogging. Thanks for sharing.

  45. AJ
    By AJ on 22 March, 2009

    great plugins, I especially needed that redirection plugin! Helped a lot.
    PS: I really like the theme you got going.

  46. Harsh Agrawal
    By Harsh Agrawal on 30 March, 2009

    I have never tried mobile press…these days I’m looking for a perfect way to create a blog like .yoast.com and any user opening yoast.com on mobile phone he will be redirected to m.yoast.com

  47. Eddie Gear
    By Eddie Gear on 31 March, 2009

    Hi there,

    A very interesting list,. I have not yet tried a few of them. I will check them out later. Thanks for sharing.

    Eddie Gear

  48. Bikram Singh
    By Bikram Singh on 2 April, 2009


    thanks for such a wonderful list. I would want to know what is the maximum number of plugin one should install in his wordpress? and can you help me in finding some more must have plug-ins?

  49. Alison Moore Smith
    By Alison Moore Smith on 11 April, 2009

    I appreciate this information. Very helpful. I guess I know what I’ll spend the afternoon doing!

  50. Alex
    By Alex on 13 April, 2009

    really nice post. i use about 9-10 plugins that i have to have on every post. you can check them out on this post here about wp plugins.

  51. Bisnis Internet
    By Bisnis Internet on 18 April, 2009

    very interesting, I used it too!

  52. Mayur
    By Mayur on 18 April, 2009
  53. Sudipta
    By Sudipta on 5 May, 2009

    Nice list. However, I don’t know how to get WP Autoupgrade to work on a shared host.

  54. PelFusion
    By PelFusion on 5 May, 2009

    i have tried most of them but pagemash and mobilepress were new for me
    thanks for sharing

  55. Karl
    By Karl on 15 May, 2009

    Excellent list! This will come in really useful.

  56. Amit
    By Amit on 15 May, 2009

    Hey Joost, nice to see the list growing. I would also recommend the wordpress review plugin to make it to the list to create niche affiliate review sites and right now there is a discount code also available at http://www.wordpressreviewplugin.info/

  57. Tom at Fantastic Netbooks
    By Tom at Fantastic Netbooks on 25 May, 2009

    Great list, I already use Feedsmith but definitely going to have a look as the Super Cache and the Mobile Press plugins.

  58. Webmaster Tools
    By Webmaster Tools on 1 June, 2009

    Nice plugins , will use on my blog

  59. Marc from My netbook reviews
    By Marc from My netbook reviews on 12 June, 2009

    Hi Joost,

    I have tried using wp-super cache numerous times but can not get it to work. Do you have any ‘how to’ guides on using it?


  60. AllQuickEasyRecipes.com
    By AllQuickEasyRecipes.com on 13 June, 2009

    Thanks, this is what i’m searching for my blog’s plugins!

    AllQuickEasyRecipes.com – A complete guide to delicious cooking

  61. jogalrungkung
    By jogalrungkung on 17 June, 2009

    cool list dude!!

  62. Piyush Shekhar
    By Piyush Shekhar on 18 June, 2009

    Cool List. Thumbs up to you.

  63. devilslab
    By devilslab on 20 June, 2009

    nice article…….great info…..definitely subscribing your posts

  64. Raymondr
    By Raymondr on 22 June, 2009

    Thanks for the list. Very helpful!

  65. Hooshmand Moslemi
    By Hooshmand Moslemi on 2 July, 2009

    Thank you very much for this valuable article containing a top list of WordPress Plugins.

    What I can personally add here are:

    Share This
    All in One SEO Pack
    Google XML Sitemaps Generator

    In fact, there are more unique, powerful and handy plugins mentioned here and on other top blogs, as well. But, I just wanted to point out some of the best I personally use and am really happy with them.

    Thanks again!



  66. robb
    By robb on 10 July, 2009

    thx fot this very useful list.
    keep up the good work.

  67. Ryan
    By Ryan on 18 July, 2009

    pageMash is one of those plugins that I wish I had found a long time ago. I’ve been using it for a while and can’t imagine not having it.

    And I’ve looked at caching plugins in the past. Maybe it’s time to look again.

  68. Loy
    By Loy on 24 July, 2009

    Nice list of plugins! However, I don’t recommend MobilePress as it has a funny way of replacing your theme even if you’re using a computer!

  69. Claudia
    By Claudia on 29 July, 2009

    Great list, didn’t know about HeadSpace and installed quickly: works like a charm!
    Thanks for the list!

  70. Sarah
    By Sarah on 2 August, 2009

    MobilePress is excellent. I have always wanted to increase the readability of my blog on mobiles.

  71. Web design glossop
    By Web design glossop on 11 August, 2009

    A very useful collection – thank you

  72. Rich Gubby
    By Rich Gubby on 12 August, 2009


    Great list – but it’s a shame this list was created before my plugin was published!

    I’ve created a mobile plugin for wordpress written in WAPL that allows you to retain your URLs and preserve the look and feel of your site from web to mobile. Unlike other mobile plugins, it allows you to retain your brand identity.

    Version 1.3 has just been released and it has features galore! You can style, or turn on or off virtually every aspect on the mobile giving you the ability to really tailor your site on mobile!

    If you fancy giving it a go, the URL is http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wapple-architect/ – it’d be great to hear what you thought and any feedback you might have!

  73. Rosario
    By Rosario on 12 August, 2009

    Very Nice theme, Thank you – Rosario

  74. Andrei
    By Andrei on 13 August, 2009

    Nice post. Keep up the good work

  75. jason
    By jason on 21 August, 2009

    very nice post, thanks for sharing :)

  76. CSS Showcase @CSSMadness.com
    By CSS Showcase @CSSMadness.com on 23 August, 2009

    pageMash and Lighter Menus looks worth to try.
    Thanks for the list mate.

  77. Honey Singh
    By Honey Singh on 10 September, 2009

    Top 20 wordpress plugins that you can’t miss at my Blog … http://bit.ly/k1bKu

  78. Daniel Leffel
    By Daniel Leffel on 21 September, 2009

    I’d add the Videosurf Video Link Enhancer plugin. It converts links to videos into in-line players so that users stay on your site.

  79. IG
    By IG on 18 October, 2009

    It seems like Lighter Menus is not supported by WP 2.8.4! Thanks for the list

  80. Nick
    By Nick on 20 October, 2009

    Wicked post. Thanks for telling us about these plugins. Hope to get them insalled on all our wordpress sites now.

  81. ipage reviews
    By ipage reviews on 19 November, 2009

    also can be named as “must-have” or “most-wanted” plugins! :)
    great collection tho, very impressive list.
    thumbs up!

  82. Andrei Rinea
    By Andrei Rinea on 20 November, 2009

    Thanks for the Mobile Press tip ;)

  83. Michelle
    By Michelle on 21 November, 2009

    Hey thanks for these they are really good, I am already using some of them but I am going to try the headspace2 plugin now :)

  84. awasblunder
    By awasblunder on 3 December, 2009

    Could you give me a suggestion for my search plugin?
    I would like to use “another blog result” like source from “blogsearch.google.com” not mine only to appears in my blog result page. What’s plugin which available and recognize for this fucntion? Please help me, thanks for your answer…

  85. tom altman
    By tom altman on 16 February, 2011

    This post is updated and better than ever! Keep up the great work Yoast!

  86. Dylan van der Heij
    By Dylan van der Heij on 16 February, 2011

    Great update, most plugins I already integrated but some plugins are new for me or I forgot about them. Thanks man!

  87. Andrew
    By Andrew on 16 February, 2011

    The only thing I don’t like about Blackbird Pie is how terrible the tweets look in the RSS feed. I always use it in conjunction with RSSless.

  88. Marc Falk
    By Marc Falk on 16 February, 2011

    Great list! Thank you. Will definitely keep an eye on this one ;)

  89. Scott
    By Scott on 16 February, 2011

    Nice list of WordPress plugins. I’m curious which plugins are in use on Yoast.com

  90. Michelle
    By Michelle on 16 February, 2011

    Thank you for the update! we have a local WordPress meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/Wordpress-Insider) and tonight we are having a meeting about the topic of plugins. This couldn’t come in a better time

  91. Zimbrul
    By Zimbrul on 16 February, 2011

    Great tips but I want to withdraw your attention to your SEO plugin: it made my blog’s posts to have all the same name(!!). I’ve changed the theme and everything was all right again.
    In your SEO Guide (the SEO mini-bible for WP) you rely on WP Super Cache…how comes that you say W3 Total Cache is the best?

  92. Jason
    By Jason on 16 February, 2011

    W3 Total Cache is the best thing for speeding up your site without a doubt! I love it.

    • Jay
      By Jay on 17 February, 2011

      Yeah. I agree. I switched from WP Super Cache to W3 Total Cache. haven’t looked back since.

  93. Kasper Bergholt
    By Kasper Bergholt on 16 February, 2011

    UrbanGiraffes Redirection plugin stopped working for me around January 20th. At the WordPress plugin page there are several reports of the plugin not working.

    Luckily, the plugin support easy export in .htaccess format.

  94. JP
    By JP on 16 February, 2011

    I tried W3 Total Cache maybe six months ago and my site started acting up. I had to use a proxy to visit the admin section of my own website! After a few maddening days, I figured out that W3 Total Cache was the cause and removed it. I put WP Super Cache back on and have been happy ever since. It’s good enough for my needs.

  95. BJ
    By BJ on 17 February, 2011

    Great list! I have to say, Google Analytics and your SEO Plugin are my favorite of the list. Nice Work as usual!

  96. Noel Nuguid
    By Noel Nuguid on 17 February, 2011

    Hello Sir Yoast. Just a quick question regarding PageMash. Doesnt the Menu editor Option of WordPress 3.x provide this functionality?

  97. Arnold Shields
    By Arnold Shields on 17 February, 2011

    Love your seo plugin – moved from AllInOne – it really helpful in getting my staff to understand some of the basics of SEO when they write posts and how it will show up in Google.

  98. Jay Tillery
    By Jay Tillery on 17 February, 2011

    Joost instead of using pageMash for the order of your pages, wouldn’t wp_nav_menu native to wordpress 3.0 serve the same purpose? You wouldn’t have to install/manage a plugin for the order of your pages.

    • Kristof
      By Kristof on 17 February, 2011

      This is what happens when I scroll comments from bottom to top instead of top to bottom — I replied to this below ;)

      WP nav allows you to change the order of navigational links. PasgMash allows you to change the order of the pages.

  99. Opp
    By Opp on 17 February, 2011

    I’m going to look into Blackbird Pie and VaultPress for my site http://www.hiphopstan.com

    thanks Joost!

  100. quicoto
    By quicoto on 17 February, 2011

    I agree in most of them but the Blackbird Pie was not showing in Google Reader. And when it did, it was awful.

    About the pageMash.. if you move a page do you have to create a new 301 redirect to avoid the 404 error page?


    • Kristof
      By Kristof on 17 February, 2011

      If you use PageMash, you should also use the Redirection plugin. Redirection will automatically create 301s when a page is moved or if you change a post/page permalink.

  101. Xav
    By Xav on 17 February, 2011

    Good to hear the Redirection plugin is working properly with the latest versions of WordPress. It annoyingly broke some of my functionality so had to remove it from a bunch of sites.

  102. Jeff pinkham
    By Jeff pinkham on 17 February, 2011

    Thanks I had a problem with site structure and now I’m going to install page mash as well as W3 total cache and Google analytics for WP

  103. Ed Coyne
    By Ed Coyne on 17 February, 2011

    I like the functionality of Redirection, but it’s been acting a little “buggy”. Sometimes it makes a redirected page the new Home page. Not good.

    • Ed Coyne
      By Ed Coyne on 17 February, 2011

      Woops! Missed the part where the issues had been resolved. I’ll check it out, again.

  104. Joel Black
    By Joel Black on 17 February, 2011

    Why arent you just using the WP 3.0 menu system? Why add a page mash plugin that does something thats already there?

    • Ed Coyne
      By Ed Coyne on 17 February, 2011

      I was thinking the same thing. There are some plugins that disable that function, though. WPDirectoryPro, for one.

    • Kristof
      By Kristof on 17 February, 2011

      WP menu only controls the adding/removing/ordering navigational links. Whereas PageMash gives you easy, one page view of all pages and allows you to reorder pages (and move to other page directories) with drag and drop.

  105. Marc
    By Marc on 17 February, 2011

    Looks like it has been going on two years since PageMash was last updated and there are various reports of it being broken with recent WP updates. It would seem that a cautious approach to its continued use is reasonable.

  106. Jeff Klein
    By Jeff Klein on 17 February, 2011

    Great list of plugins. Thanks for putting this together. I always love finding new plugins… especially good ones. There were a few on your list I hadn’t heard of before like the Twitter one.
    Thanks again, Jeff

  107. Ben Huson
    By Ben Huson on 17 February, 2011

    I’ve been using CMS Tree Page View instead of pageMash recently as it has support for custom post types – very handy.

  108. Raju
    By Raju on 17 February, 2011

    I wonder if it is fine from Google’s viewpoint if you update and repost an old article?

  109. Steve Adams
    By Steve Adams on 17 February, 2011

    Thank you for the list. Good to know I’m already using some of them and I will look into a couple others you have listed.

    As far as “redirects” yes frustrating we do not have some way of doing as default in the dashboard. But I did read in a Studiopress newsletter, with the upcoming release of WP3.1; “Internal Link Helper – A one-click solution for searching and linking to other spots on your site.” Sounds like this might finally be introduced.

  110. Kristof
    By Kristof on 17 February, 2011

    Thanks for the list. Always nice to learn about plugins I may have missed. For an around, make your life easier everyday plugin, I put PageMash at the top of my list – can’t imagine not using it.

    Clean Notifications looks nice but can’t see how the benefit of having nicer looking WP emails outweighs loading WP with another plugin?

    What’s your take on Blackbird Pie v. Embedly? Embedly can add a Twitter post as well as a huge selection of other media but it doesn’t seem to cache the tweet info.

  111. Derek-Jan
    By Derek-Jan on 17 February, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this list. I really like your Analytics and SEO plugin which both works like a charm with any (free)template i have tried.

  112. Gareth
    By Gareth on 17 February, 2011

    Definitely needs a security type plug in for a ‘must have’. WordPress is way to unsecure in its basic installation.

  113. Marcus
    By Marcus on 17 February, 2011

    Hey Joost, I know you’re at least partially biased towards W3 because of Frederick, but in your experience is there also another reason for choosing that one over WP Super Cache?

    Not knocking Fred’s plugin at all, I tried W3TC quickly and it looked really impressive but went for WPSC simply due to the fact that automattic suuports it and it’s more popular.

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 17 February, 2011

      Dude it can do SO MUCH MORE. There really is no comparison between the two, to be honest. Automattic isn’t backing WPSC other than that one of their developers has built it, AFAIK, Matt still claims WordPress can run nicely without caching, we disagree on that, I think :)

      • Marcus
        By Marcus on 17 February, 2011

        I must admit, it did look pretty awesome at first glance, I need to do an install tomorrow so I’ll give it a go!

      • Chris
        By Chris on 17 February, 2011

        W3TC has fantastic CDN support as well.

  114. Robert Green
    By Robert Green on 17 February, 2011

    Great list, thanks! I have tried to use Redirection in the past, but couldn’t seem to get it to work with W3 (which is one of best plugins around). Is there a particular setting or something I need to set? In the end I had to result to tinkering with .htaccess.

  115. Cheryl Wilms
    By Cheryl Wilms on 17 February, 2011

    I find that Akismet is such a huge timesaver…..love that one. Oh, and my Tweet Meme.

  116. Chris
    By Chris on 17 February, 2011

    Nice update of the list here.

    When will Google Analytics for WordPress plugin have a graph/chart on the Dashboard like Google Analyticator does? That is the missing piece of making this a useful plugin for my clients.

  117. deart
    By deart on 17 February, 2011

    Backup: IMHO plugin backup buddy it’s the best ever and it works very well with S3 Amazon too. You can move a website from one server to another and/or backup in a snap.

    Very impressive!

  118. Mark
    By Mark on 17 February, 2011

    Great review, I think these tools are, in fact, essential.

    I have a question though, I have used the WordPress SEO plugin, however, there’s this other one called All-in-One Pack SEO that seems to be working alright for my blog, too. Is there any substantial difference between those two? Has anyone tried them both?


  119. John Harding
    By John Harding on 17 February, 2011

    Great list, and I would add one more: WP-No-Format which lets you prevent WordPress from modifying the HTML written code. Especially with some themes a lot of white space.

  120. Ken Ward
    By Ken Ward on 17 February, 2011

    Hi Yoast, you are one of the few IMers who really know what they are doing AND really want to help others. Thank you, Ken :^)

  121. Roms
    By Roms on 18 February, 2011

    Thanks for the list. What do you think is a good alternative for wp-secure plugin?

  122. Fie
    By Fie on 18 February, 2011

    great post! I will implement som of theese myself, but in my opinion you forgot the most important one, askimet! a good spamblocker is a must for any blog!

  123. James W
    By James W on 18 February, 2011

    This is a useful list, comments r great too to balance out any thing that might trip someone up like a long non updated plugin.

    I read there’s some issue switching from WP Super Cache to W3 Total Cache. Does anyone have experience switching?

  124. Theo
    By Theo on 18 February, 2011

    Great list, i use WP-Optimize to clean up my database and to optimize it.

  125. VTech
    By VTech on 18 February, 2011

    Very interesting list indeed. I’m yet to try these out. I would definitely add Askimet plugin to eliminate spam comments.

    • Anand Kumar
      By Anand Kumar on 18 February, 2011

      Typepad-Anti spam may be Akismet alternative.

      But I think, The list should have Akismet/Typepad-Antispam+ Socialize+ WP-minify.

  126. neel
    By neel on 18 February, 2011

    Excellent list. I love all your plugins. mostly the new seo plugin. I used that plugin on my website.

  127. Tim
    By Tim on 18 February, 2011

    Thanks Yoast.
    Your list of plugins will be added to my site this week.
    With so much information overload out there you certainly make blogging easy with your knowledge.
    Thanks again.

  128. Christopher Roberts
    By Christopher Roberts on 18 February, 2011

    Joost why not try using GASP it is a really great way to stop spam. All users have to do is tick a little box to prove they are human.

    I do like the sound of a “Comment e-mail verification” plugin though :-)

    Akismet and GASP = No spam for my blog = :-D

  129. Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate
    By Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate on 18 February, 2011


    We broke the indents!

    I’m not interested in that plugin enough to go read up on it.

    But in short, if you change a page URL, then you better 301 from the original URL to the new one, or you get the ole 404.

    Maybe this plugin just changes the WordPress IDs and heiarchy, as I alluded to in my very first response.


    Have a good weekend.

    Rob in Atlanta

  130. Michael Medlock
    By Michael Medlock on 20 February, 2011

    Hi Joost,
    Thanks for the tips. Just wanted to let you know there is a problem with the link for W3. I’m getting the following message.

    The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an invalid or unsupported form of compression.



  131. Jeroen Tomas
    By Jeroen Tomas on 21 February, 2011

    Just installed your WordPress SEO plugin and I’m very pleased with it. Good replacement for the ‘All in one SEO pack’. Keep up the good work :)

  132. ATU
    By ATU on 21 February, 2011

    dnt know why but except ur WordPress Seo plugin, I don’t think any other plugin is required..


  133. Chris
    By Chris on 21 February, 2011

    Your wordpress SEO plugin is probably the best one, EVER! Thanks for the great job on it and providing it to the wordpress community for free. You are a stand up guy!

  134. Mathias Hellquist
    By Mathias Hellquist on 23 February, 2011

    I too use WordPress SEO and find it awesome.
    On another note though, this article is dated 16th of Feb 2011, but has comments on it from 2008…?

    • Alex Rodriguez
      By Alex Rodriguez on 24 February, 2011

      So how do you “re-post” an old post like this?

  135. Matt Frey
    By Matt Frey on 23 February, 2011

    Dear Yoast. I don’t really know you. But I love you. Just sayin’

  136. Mike
    By Mike on 23 February, 2011

    Brilliant, Thanks to you, your website & the plugins.

  137. Wes
    By Wes on 24 February, 2011

    Thanks for the suggestions! I’m adding several to my blog right now and will suggest this link to others!

  138. Miguel
    By Miguel on 24 February, 2011

    Why PageMash?
    It is cool but isn’t this what custom menus in WordPress 3.0 does?

  139. jimerston
    By jimerston on 25 February, 2011

    maybe it’s the drag n drop portion. But I will try maybe there’s something different from the custom menu.

  140. Paul Wright
    By Paul Wright on 25 February, 2011

    I like the idea of verifying the email to stop spam, my site gets a lot of spam messages and is getting annoying.

  141. D.K. @ Wordpress Security Service
    By D.K. @ Wordpress Security Service on 25 February, 2011

    Don’t forget TinyMCE Advanced, http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tinymce-advanced/. It’s great whether you’re blogging or using WordPress as a CMS.

  142. Howard
    By Howard on 26 February, 2011


    How do you guys handle tags and related posts? I was using simple tags for both but the update killed everything.

    Yet Another Related Posts Plugin seems to be a resource hog so I don’t know what to use now. The Redirection Plugin I have tried but it seems pretty advanced I had no idea what I was doing with it so I deactivated it.

    I use GD Press Tools and have had good luck with that. Just curious if anyone knows of any issues with if is it worth switching out with WP DB-Manager?

    WordPress SEO is terrific!!

    Thanks for any help!

  143. Theo
    By Theo on 26 February, 2011

    Is there a way to diable the preview snippet in WordPress SEO?

  144. Tara
    By Tara on 27 February, 2011

    I was hoping you’d list your own SEO plugin, because it should be on everyone’s essential WordPress Plugins list. I used Platinum Seo Pack, but have now switched to WordPress SEO; it’s top notch and far ahead of the competition. Thank you!

  145. Fabrizio Van Marciano
    By Fabrizio Van Marciano on 27 February, 2011

    I have most of these running on my blog I’m pleased to say, top recommendations thanks.

  146. Syakila
    By Syakila on 27 February, 2011

    I still loyal and love to use the last plugin on your list. But I have some problem. I don’t know where to add my keyword in homepage. Anybody can help me?

    • Howard
      By Howard on 28 February, 2011

      Hi Syakila,

      Just go to the drop down menu for WordPress SEO and select Titles and right above the first settings for your post title and description you will see a link which takes you to your Home Page and you can fill your details in right there.

      Less complicated expanation, edit your Home Page and fill in the SEO details right there.

      Hope this helps!


  147. Lester Chan
    By Lester Chan on 28 February, 2011

    Thanks for the feature of my WP-DBManager =)

  148. Roie
    By Roie on 1 March, 2011

    Excellent plugin list, i use a few and a few not mentioned here, though W3 Total Cache is a great plugin, it’s not for the beginner (or intermediate) user and i find it sometimes crushes my VPS hosting causing httpd process to shut down

  149. elmalak
    By elmalak on 1 March, 2011

    I like your choice of plugins, really cool and to the point.

    I have a set of 10 that I use all the time here,

    Hope you find them useful.


  150. Pothi
    By Pothi on 2 March, 2011

    My favorite is login logo by Mark. ;)

  151. Andrw
    By Andrw on 2 March, 2011

    I see that you have referenced Pagemash as a recommended plugin for organising menu structure within WordPress.

    Now that There are WP Menus built into the core of WordPress, does that not make Pagemash somewhat redundant?

  152. Jenny
    By Jenny on 2 March, 2011

    I used WP-DBManager until one day I actually needed to restore from backup. It was at that crucial moment I discovered that WP-DBManager doesn’t actually backup at all. It has a problem within the plugin so the backups don’t occur. I have removed the plugin from all my sites and I am now using WordPress Database Backup (http://austinmatzko.com/wordpress-plugins/wp-db-backup/) with no problems whatsoever.

  153. Howard
    By Howard on 2 March, 2011

    I just noticed that I lost all my tags on a few of my sites is anyone else having this problem?

    I know simple tags has become useless but me theme did not pickup the task. I found a great related post plugin: Efficient Related Posts but the tag issue is a mystery because I have the exact same theme and setup for some sites and some lost them while others did not.

    As far as backup I still like GD Press Tools it has some good functionality.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  154. Dheeraj Bansal
    By Dheeraj Bansal on 3 March, 2011

    Hi,I installed same plugins suggested in this post. when I started my Blog.

  155. sivaprasad
    By sivaprasad on 3 March, 2011

    Thanx dude for this wonderful information

  156. Mezanul
    By Mezanul on 4 March, 2011

    Thanks Yoast for the compilation of the useful plugins. I am using most of the plugins you shared.

    I was searching for a plugin with similar functionality as that offered by Clean Notifications. Thanks to you, my search ends here. :)

  157. Bill Stevens
    By Bill Stevens on 4 March, 2011

    Nice list. How about a Post Management kind of like pagemash. Where I could arrange 10 posts in one category to display in a specific order and not date order. Something like AStickyPostOrderER. Unfortunately AStickyPostOrderER doesn’t work with some themes. Thanks.

  158. Pedrao PVC
    By Pedrao PVC on 6 March, 2011

    Thanks Joost for this AWESOME WordPress SEO plugin! All the best!

  159. Tilen Hrovatic
    By Tilen Hrovatic on 7 March, 2011

    Thanks for the list! Very useful and helpful :)

  160. Mehroze Ahmed
    By Mehroze Ahmed on 7 March, 2011

    Nice Post I will install all of them in my Blogs!

  161. Rakesh Kumar
    By Rakesh Kumar on 8 March, 2011

    I almost use all these plugins besides W3 Total Cache because it gives me 10 sec page load time while super cache give 1 sec. Is the problem in plugin or in my site?

  162. Sumeet Chawla
    By Sumeet Chawla on 9 March, 2011

    Great list..
    the W3 Total Cache is awesome with CDN :)

  163. Sander
    By Sander on 9 March, 2011

    Great post. Finally a complete list of good and useful plugins that I was looking for.

    Thank you!

  164. Ashish Patel
    By Ashish Patel on 10 March, 2011

    awesome post mate… :) great plugins. thanks for sharing with us.

  165. Marcin
    By Marcin on 10 March, 2011

    Great compilation, thanks!

  166. Steve @ Nutwork Web Design Perth
    By Steve @ Nutwork Web Design Perth on 11 March, 2011

    I personally didn’t get on well with the W3 Cache plugin. I found that it made a lot of the script in my plugins start acting funny. Maybe it’s been improved so I will certainly check it out again.

    The SEO plugin also look very interesting. I’ll check that out too.

  167. ahmet
    By ahmet on 11 March, 2011

    google anayltics plugin is awesome thank you waiting for seo plugin

  168. prim
    By prim on 11 March, 2011

    I use XML map generator but it’s doesn’t work and I don’t understand why …

  169. David
    By David on 11 March, 2011

    I’m already using WordPress SEO plugin and i reccomend it to everyone, definetly the best seofor a lazy WordPress blogger. But VaultPress is new to me and now going to my site, thanks.

  170. Codrut Turcanu
    By Codrut Turcanu on 12 March, 2011

    hi, how do I remove the yoast SEO plugin? It looks like more than I could use, yet, there’s no activate/deactivate option

    Where did it install?

  171. Ricky
    By Ricky on 13 March, 2011

    Hi just re-doing from scratch my site http://seoglobalnews.com, this time on WP. And eventhough I used some of the plugins you list here plus like 15 more… I will definitively look into the ones I am not using. BTW I use like 4 of your plugins in my other sites.

    • Ricky
      By Ricky on 15 March, 2011

      Hi Joost as i told you before, i am setting up my site http://seoglobalnews again from scratch. I am installing the plugins you recommend to give them a try, but with the WP DB Manager I get this message. I already moved the file but it keeps on showing. Any clue would be appreciated.

      Your backup folder MIGHT be visible to the public

      To correct this issue, move the .htaccess file from wp-content/plugins/wp-dbmanager to /home2/leadsand/public_html/seoglobalnews/wp-content/backup-db

      • Chris
        By Chris on 15 March, 2011

        Hey Ricky,

        I had the same problem. If you are moving it through cpanel’s file manager for some reason it might convert the .htaccess to a htaccess.txt file, which won’t work. You have to move the file through FTP. Hope this helps.

  172. shiraz ali
    By shiraz ali on 15 March, 2011


    Thanks for such a nice post and great tools for bloggers.


  173. Jem
    By Jem on 16 March, 2011

    not see any antivirus and antispam plugin in your compilation
    can recomend ?