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17 Useful WordPress Plugins That You Should Install On Your Own Blog


In case you didn’t know yet, Design Informer is powered by WordPress on the back-end. The great thing about WordPress is they have tons of plugins that you can download for free. From SEO to Analytics, if there is a feature that you can think of adding to your blog, there is probably already a plugin that was created for that purpose.

Today, I would like to share the 17 really awesome plugins that I personally use to run and operate this website. Without these plugins, this site would not have all the features that it does. Some of these plugins are extremely popular, while others are not as popular, but they are still quite useful.



Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments".

This is pretty much the best spam blocking plugin that you can install on your blog. I can’t imagine how much time it would take me to sort out through the comments without this plugin.

All in One SEO Pack2

All in One SEO Pack

Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.

This plugin is a very powerful plugin that if used correctly, can really help your site move up in the SERP’s (Search Engine Results Pages) by optimizing your site to use the proper title tags, alt tags and page titles. Every blog needs to install this plugin.

Clean Notifications3

Clean Notifications

Make e-mail notifications for new comments/pings cleaner and more readable. No configuration necessary.

WordPress sends us ugly looking emails when we get a new comment. This just makes the email that you receive in your inbox more readable.



Plugin to show a link to the last post from the commenters blog by parsing the feed at their given URL when they leave a comment. Rewards your readers and encourage more comments.

A great plugin that will help you generate more comments and discussion by rewarding the reader with some link juice to their most recent blog post.

Contact Form 75

Contact Form 7

Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

I use this plugin for the Contact page. The forms are easily customized with your own CSS.

Easy Popular Posts6

Easy Popular Posts

An easy to use WordPress function to add popular posts to any theme.

This plugin is in use in the sidebar. It is a simple plugin that shows the most popular posts, and can be based on pageviews and comments.



Allows you to integrate the photos from a flickr rss feed into your site.

I use this plugin to show the most recent images from our Flickr group. You can view the plugin in action in the footer of this site.

Follow My Links8

Follow My Links

Do not automatically add the rel=nofollow attribute to links in comments by the post author, strip nofollow from links to the post author’s web page.

This plugin is just for the readers. Removes the evil nofollow to the links in the comments section.

FV Community News9

FV Community News

Let visitors of your site post their articles on your site.

This plugin allows the readers to submit recent news to this site. Check out the sidebar for an example.

Google Analytics for WordPress10

Google Analytics for WordPress

This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics with extra search engines and automatic clickout and download tracking to your WordPress blog.

Easily add Google Analytics to your blog by installing this plugin.

Google XML Sitemaps11

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.

Another great plugin to download for SEO purposes. Submits your sitemaps to the top search engines.

MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer12

MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer

Saves your wordpress blog from getting tagged as ping spammer by installing this plugin.

I personally use this in every blog to prevent multiple pings from the same post.

No Self Pings13

No Self Pings

Keeps WordPress from sending pings to your own site.

Without this plugin, I’d have dozens of trackback/pingbacks from our own blog each day, since I interlink our posts quite often.

Permalink Redirect14

Permalink Redirect

Redirects all crap away from the end of the URL.

This simple plugin removes all the junk in your URL’s.

WordPress Database Backup15

WordPress Database Backup

On-demand backup of your WordPress database.

Everyone needs to back-up their WordPress database. This plugin sends you a weekly email with a copy of your database. Very useful!

WP Page Numbers16

WP Page Numbers

Show pages numbers instead of “Next page” and “Previous Page”.

I use this to display pagination on this blog. It also comes with different themes to customize the look of the pagination.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin17

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Returns a list of related entries based on a unique algorithm for display on your blog and RSS feeds. A templating feature allows customization of the display.

This plugin will help your readers find content that is related to the post that they just read. Very helpful in keeping readers to your site.

So which one of these plugins haven’t you heard of before? Did you find these resources useful? Let me know by leaving your comments below. Also, you should re-tweet this article by clicking on the Tweet button below. Thank you very much for reading this list of plugins.

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    Cool set of plugins, love your new website, nice layout, love the name and logo…you a very talented designer :)
    .-= loswl´s latest Blog Entry – Free Worship Backgrounds =-.

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    @Loswl – Thanks for the kind words.

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    Most of these I already had installed, but there a few that I wasn’t aware of. Thanks!
    .-= Shawn Ramsey´s latest Blog Entry – 25 Online Color Tools For Designers =-.

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    @Shawn – Glad I was able to show you some new plug-ins.

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    Wow, there’s a wealth of knowledge here! i use a number of these like All in One, Akismet and Sitemap, but there are quite a few I had not heard of before. Thanks for educating me!
    .-= Darvin @ Best Ionic Air Purifiers´s latest Blog Entry – Ozone Air Purifier – Warning! =-.

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    @Darvin – I’m glad that you found this post useful. Thanks for reading!

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    like this resources, and for the simple explanation. thanks for sharing!
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    @Sam – Thanks!

    @ishlah – You’re welcome. These are all great plug-ins!

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    Jad, this is a very helpful post! Keep up the great work with your blog. You are doing an incredible job!
    .-= Michael Moyer´s latest Blog Entry – Managing a Large Ministry To Do List =-.

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    @Michael Moyer – Thanks for the compliments. Glad you thought it was useful. Keep up the great work on your blog as well. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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    This is a great collection of must haves – really practical. I use some of them, but always needed a comprehensive list of reliable and useful plugins for WordPress. Thanks!

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    Ena Jenkins – Yes, this is a comprehensive list that I myself follow when launching a new blog. I’ve actually added a few more to my list and will write a post about it later. Thanks for the comment.

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    Awesome blog – thanks! Lots of useful information – downloaded wallpaper, got an account on CommentLuv – stop by if you get a chance!

    Hugs, Patty
    .-= Patty Zasloff´s latest Blog Entry – Chronic fatigue patients fight ‘lazy’ label, support awareness =-.

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    Nice collection.
    I’m going to start my own wordpress soon, so it’s nice to have such a list :D

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    Great collection, thank you!

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    Yeah, I’m using most of them in my blog!
    .-= Waasys´s latest Blog Entry – How to draw an USB Flash Drive =-.

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    Thanks guys! Glad you all enjoyed this post and found it useful.

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    Most plugins that I already knew, but this post was helpful, I met FV Community News, will INSTALLING on my site.
    Thank you and Happy New Year]
    God Bless everyone.
    .-= Paulo Henrique´s latest Blog Entry – Extreme Gaming, o viral da Epson =-.

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    Thanks for the list. I liked the plugin MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer. I tend to ping a bit too much and this will help.

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    These posts never get old. I could read a dozen of them a day and wouldn’t get tired of them one bit.

    BTW. Your site is mighty beautiful. I wish you could offer some free web design services for the eyesore I call my blog.
    .-= Tony´s latest Blog Entry – 66 Beautiful and Free iPhone & iPod Touch Wallpapers =-.

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      Tony, thanks for the compliments on the list. So glad you found it enjoyable.

      Also, I appreciate the comments about the site design. If only I had enough time, but unfortunately, I’m super busy. :)

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    This is a great collection of must haves – really practical. I use some of them, but always needed a comprehensive list of reliable and useful plugins for WordPress. Thanks!

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    Very nice collection. I saved this to my favorite too. Thank you

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    Incredibly nice read, several strong points were made.

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    Hi! Love this article – anyway that I can post it on my blog – with your permission and author info intact, of course? Or, maybe you’d like to be a guest author on my blog – let me know! I would love that!

    I use a bunch of these already but noticed some that I can definitely get use out of – thanks so much! ;)

    Also, I’m already following you on Twitter – keep up the great work!!
    .-= Patty Zasloff´s Latest Entry – I had a simply fabulous day…but let me tell you why… =-.

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    Compliments for your layout. Excellent. I already most of the plugins. One question: you recommend ‘follow my links;, yet your blog comments are nofollow.

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    does anyone know the date SEO netlinks is coming out? i heard it’s an amazing way to generate tons of traffic

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    I am working on building a blog like 17 Useful WordPress Plugins That You Should Install On Your Own Blog Design Informer. I still have a way to go, and surely do not yet get the traffic you seem to get. If you find the time, please give me some comments on as I know it requires a tune up. Nice website, sincerely, Austin Christian


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