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My Favourite Plugins (That Don’t Break My Blog)

I’ve been on WordPress for over a year now and have tried out my share of plugins. Some have been great, but too resource intensive while others broke my blog! I’ve compiled a list of the plugins I’m using now and seem to be working out okay for my site! I know many people have switched from Blogger to WordPress over the last few weeks, so I hope this list will give you an idea of what plugins work well for me!

Add New Default Avatar: Uses my Simply Stacie button as the default avatar when people leave comments.

Advertisement Management: This one puts my Google AdSense ads in my posts.

Akismet:  Spam blocker

Comment Luv: Shows my commenters last post when they leave a comment on my blog. It lets your readers promote their sites and encourages comments on your site.

Contact Form 7: I use this for my Contact Form on my Contact page.

Genesis Simple Hooks: I use this plugin to ad my advertising below my header and in my footer. It goes with the Studiopress themes.

Genesis Support for Greg’s Threaded Comment Numbering:  This plugin allows me to use my other plugin to get the numbered comments.

Google Analytics for WordPress: I track my traffic and stats with Google Analytics.

Greg’s Threaded Comment Numbering: A plugin for numbering your comments!

LinkWithin: According to my tech support, this plugin is less resource intensive and is much better for me to use over the YARPP (Yet Another Related Post Plugin). It shows similar posts at the end of my posts to increase your pageviews and keep your readers engaged.

LinkWorth: I monetize my site with LinkWorth and this plugin is a MUST! Those LinkMuras are so confusing and I would never be able to do them without this plugin.

Official StatCounter Plugin: Another way to track your stats and traffic.

ReplyMe: I love this one! It sends an email when someone replies to a comment to its author. It’s great for keeping the conversation going.

Share and Follow: This plugin was also recommended to me by my technical support. It adds the tweet button and like button to your posts and includes other ways of sharing at the bottom of the posts (ie. Stumble Upon, Digg, etc).

W3 Total Cache: This plugin improves your speed and does a bunch of other technical stuff that I don’t really understand. It was recommended to me by my hosting company.

WP- DBManager: Manages and optimizes your database and also does back ups. My technical support installed this one for me so I don’t really know much about it!

WP-Smush.it: Reduces the size of your image files and improves performance. Images take up lots of space.

Do you use any of these plugins? If so, what is your experience? Do you have any plugin recommendations for me?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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