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TIP: right after the plugin version when you open the plugin, there is a little heart icon. You can favorite your plugins to easier find them later. To display your favorite list, log into wordpress.org and click on myfavorites: Ex: Plugin Directory -Welcome, marilyn1998 | My Favorites| Log Out When the info displays, below your profile picture, click on favorites.
This list is not meant to be definitive nor complete. After much research and adding and deleting plugins this list represents those that best suited my needs.
Useful WordPress.org Plugins: NOTE: Many of these plugins do not need to be installed forever. Cleanup, maintenance, and some functions can be used and deleted until you want to use it again.
Akismet: Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.
AuthorSure: Makes it easier to implement Google Authorship using rel=me, rel=author and rel=publisher links
CommentLuv: Reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Encourage a community and discover new posts. NOT COMPATIBLE WITH JETPACK
Custom Favicon: Helps customize WordPress for your clients by hiding non essential wp-admin components and by adding support for custom login logo and favicon for website and admin pages.
EWWW Image Optimizer: Reduce file sizes for images within WordPress including NextGEN Gallery and GRAND FlAGallery. Uses jpegtran, optipng/pngout, and gifsicle.
Fast Secure Contact Form: Fast Secure Contact Form for WordPress. An easy and powerful form builder that lets your visitors send you email. Blocks all automated spammers. No templates to mess with. Settings | Donate
Featured Images in RSS w/ Size and Position: Adds featured images from posts to your site’s RSS feed output, with featured image size and CSS positioning options.
Genesis Post navigation: Genesis Post navigation plugin adds a previous and next post links on a single post in a conventional way. From the plugin settings page, you can customize the post navigation colors and also it provides an additional option to navigate posts within category. This plugin requires Genesis framework.
Genesis Simple Edits: Genesis Simple Edits lets you edit the three most commonly modified areas in any Genesis theme: the post-info, the post-meta, and the footer area.
Google Analytics for WordPress: This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics to your WordPress blog, adding lots of features, eg. custom variables and automatic clickout and download tracking.
MailChimp for WordPress Lite: Lite version of MailChimp for WordPress. Adds various sign-up methods to your website.
Manual Related Posts Set related posts manually but easily with great ergonomics! Stop displaying auto/random related posts!
NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster This plugin automatically publishes posts from your blog to multiple accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ profiles and/or pages.
Permalink Finder: Never get a 404 page not found again. If you have restructured or moved your blog, this plugin will find the right post or page every time.
Shareaholic | share buttons, analytics, related content: Whether you want to get people sharing, grow your fans, make money, or know who’s reading your content, Shareaholic will help you get it done. See configuration panel for more settings.
Social Media Widget: Adds links to all of your social media and sharing site profiles. Tons of icons come in 3 sizes, 4 icon styles, and 4 animations.
Tabby Responsive Tabs: Create responsive tabs inside your posts, pages or post types by adding simple shortcodes inside the post editor. The tabs change to an accordion layout on smaller screens.
Unattach and Re-attach Media Attachments: Allows to unattach and reattach images and other attachments from within the media library page.
W3 Total Cache: The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.
Wordfence Security: Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security and performance plugin that makes your site up to 50 times faster and more secure.
WordPress Notification Bar: Global Notification Bar for WordPress
WordPress SEO: The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more. By Yoast
WP Clean Up: WP Clean Up can help us to clean up the wordpress database by removing “revision” “draft” “auto draft” “moderated comments” “spam comments” “trash comments” “orphan postmeta” “orphan commentmeta” “orphan relationships” “dashboard transient feed”. It allows you to optimize your WordPress database without phpMyAdmin.
WP Media Cleaner: Help you cleaning your Uploads Directory and your Media Library.
WPDBSpringClean: Scans your WordPress system and identifies and deletes unused database tables from uninstalled plugins. This plugin also allows you to optimize DB Tab
Do you have any other plugins you use and can’t live without? Please feel free to leave a comment and I will add them to the list! Thank you. Marilyn’s Treats