wordpress-pluginWhile I know that not everyone uses WordPress to manage their website yet, many of you do and I am asked often about various plugins that I use, enjoy and recommend. Well in answer to that question here are a few of my “must have” plugins for WordPress.

  • Premium Plugings
    • BackupBuddy – While I know that you can do a database backup from WordPress.  This little gem does a full back up of the works.  I even used this beauty to move my website from one host to another, the whole task start to finish took about 20 minutes.  If you have much content at all on your site – this is a must have plugin.
    • DisplayBuddy – This actually is a collection of Plugins that is designed to showcase images, video, and text uniquely and easily on your WordPress site in a visually pleasing way. Each of the plugin has a multitude of custimazations that you can do.
  • Free Plugins
    • ServerBuddy – this plugin tests server configuration to look for problems with hosting configuration and determine compatibility with various WordPress themes and plugins. This is especially helpful if you are completely maintaining your own site on rented server space.
    • AddToAny – this plugin help build traffic by referrals.  This plugin allows your visitors to share what they just discovered on just about any of the many social network/bookmark sites out there today.  They also have the simple option to email the link to a friend.
    • Print Friendly & PDF – Adds a Print Friendly & PDF button for your pages. Help your users save paper and ink, and engage with your content.
    • WP Greet Box – Show a different message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from. For example, you can ask Digg visitors to Digg your post, Google visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed, and more! Best of all, this plugin is compatible with various WordPress cache plugins.
    • WordPress PDA & iPhone – This plugin helps the users to view your blog in a pda and iPhone browser.
    • Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
    • Apture – This plugin  makes it easy to add contextual images, videos, reference guides, links, maps, music, news, documents and books to your blog to create a connected media experience while keeping readers engaged on your site. (A friend of mine Keith Ferrin , told me about this beauty – thanks Keith)

While these are not the only plugins that I use they are some of my favorites.  If you have a WordPress plugin or theme you enjoy let me know!

<>< Craig