My Favorite WordPress Plug-ins of 2012
WordPress PlugIns: 2012
It’s December ya’ll. All dern ready!
We’re finally getting cold weather too. Here in Atlanta it’s been 30something to 50 something degrees for a week straight.
Anyway, It’s December and it’s been a heck of a year for us WordPress site owners.
I figured this was the perfect time to share my list of the best wordpress plugins of 2012.
Now it wasn’t that long ago that I was perusing the net for a plugin about this or that. And everyone has an opinion. Most of them backed by an affiliate link. The things is though, I didn’t get any closer to answering the question, how many WordPress Plugins are too many?
The Best WordPress Plugins 2012
Site speed is always an issue. And I’ve been asked what the best WordPress plugins of 2012 are a bunch this year. The simple answer is I don’t know. All I can tell you is what I think is awesome because it actually works for my site.
Hey, I’m nothing if not honest. The best wordpress plugins are the ones that you can use continuously without interference from other plugins or your theme.
That’s my definition.
So in keeping that in mind, when you’re commenting on this post, be sure to let me know what works for. But I beg of you, let’s not go into epic rants debating this guys.
All of our blogs have their unique attributes so be sure to look into any plug-in before you go activating it okay?
Take a look through them and let me know what you think. I really hate plugin advice that’s a whole year old.
So you can take this wordpress plugin advice right into 2013 if you want.
Kay let’s get started.
2012-My Favorite WordPress Plugins
1. Block Bad Queries protects against malicious urls. I acquired this plug-in when I was looking for security plug-ins for my site earlier this year. It basically is set and forget.
You can check if it’s working via the simple test on the plug-in website. It keeps super long query strings at bay among other critters.
2. Comment Luv Premium 9 plugins in one=awesomeness personified. Oh that link is an affiliate so I’ll get a commission. That said, this plug-in is so dreamy.
I was able to delete 4 plug-ins by activating it. It now includes the ReplyMe plug-in which automatically notifies your commenters that you’ve responded to their comment.
They don’t have to subscribe to all comments either. I LOVE that!
Plus is protects you from spam, encourages Twitter followers and overall encourages engagement. Like I said, awesomeness personified!
3. ContactMe.com Comment Form is so simple and modern. It adds a contact form to your site. Even a contact page to make things simple. All you have to do is create your free account, add elements to the form like your logo and social account links and voila.
4. Custom About Author puts that about me box under each post. It took me a while to find this one guys. I found similar ones but none with the layout and social buttons I liked.
This plug-in is useful because not every reader is a repeat visitor or a subscriber. It allows visitors to read your post and then learn a bit about you without ever leaving the page.
Plus, it’s necessary for when you guest post. Check it out in action on my recent guest post for handmadeology!
5. Custom Sidebars lets you create different sidebars for each page or post.
Now this has got to be one of the first plug-ins I found. I LOVE it. So much! Think about it. Not every page has the same goal. Sometimes you want to display specific widgets and information and not others.
This simple to use plug-in lets you create different sidebars and choose which pages receive them, or the default. AWESOME!
6. Digg Digg by bufferapp makes it modern and visible to share your stuff.
That floating share bar on the left side of the screen is the Digg Digg bar. It scrolls with the page making it super convenient for readers to share your content.
Plus, it integrates with Buffer to help automate your sharing. Love this lil’ guy.
7. Google XML Sitemaps & Google XML Sitemap for Videos does as the names suggest. They create sitemaps that you can submit to google and other search engines.
Be sure you use the video one if you don’t already. It creates a map for all existing and future videos. Images and Videos are crawled differently, let the SE’s know what your video is all about.
8. Hello Bar is a top bar for displaying calls to action.
I installed this because I saw it and was like ooooh I want one. Honestly thought, I’m sure it’s helping my conversions. And yes, I’m keeping track. So this one may not stay much longer.
It’s great though! You can customize the color, the message and the link text to create a call to action at the top or bottom of your blog page. It’s unobtrusive and effective from what others say. You may wanna give it a whirl!
9. jsDelivr WordPress CDN Plugin speeds up your website by having images and other media and plugins loaded through the content delivery system.
10. Link Within is a related post plugin.
Of all the related post plug-ins I’ve gone through I like the layout of link within. It displays a thumbnail and the title of posts related to the one the visitor is reading. Neat-o and really simple to set-up.
Oh, in order for any related plug-in to work it’s best, be sure to only have one h1, h2, h3 heading. For all other subheadings use the editing tools to increase the font size. You can have all your heading the size of an h1 tag for example but only attribute one as an h1 tag.
Doing this makes it easy for the plug-in to offer relevant related posts.
11. Media Grid is paid plugin for creating beautiful portfolios on your website.
Now this a new edition to my site and I haven’t populated it just yet. So far though the tutorial videos walk me through easily. The tests I’ve done have been fantastic.
You can display an image, add options like Company Name, Image Location, URL etc…and of course a description (that supports html tags).
Be on the lookout to see it in action on my site very soon!
12. Pretty Photo Zoom creates zooming effects on images when clicked. Works best when you’re posting infographics and whatnot.
This plug-in is super useful because it keeps load times down by letting you display a smaller version of the image on the actual post/page. You can set the zoom effect in pixels so the user can get a clear picture of what’s on the image once clicked.
13. Social Media Widget displays social icons of choice in your sidebar effortlessly. Check out my sidebar. Scroll to the top. See it? That this plug-in.
14. Ultimate TinyMCE advanced post editing options. This plug-in offers a plethora od post editing options for when you want to get creative with a post.
Really useful when you’re creating page templates.
15. W3 Total Cache speeds up your wordpress. Works like a charm for me. I notice an immediate change when I have it activated.
Some of you may cringe. That ok. Not every plug-in works the same for every site. But this wordpress plug-in works for soooooooo many sites, I had to give a try.
So far, so good.
16. WordPress SEO by Yoast offers an intuitive set up and grading system to easily optimize your posts. I did a tutorial on how to use it. Check it out.
In my opinion, it does most of what SEO Pressor does minus the cost.
17. WPtouch automatically creates a mobile version of your website for tablets and smart phones. Nuff said!
Okey doke. I think I’m done. There are some missing? Are you sure? Aww dag it!
That’s okay. I’ll leave it to you to tell me what they are and why they’re awesome in your eyes. I value your opinion so get to advising already.
I’m waiting for your comment. Have a freaggin’ great Thursday and an even better weekend.
I need a nap, hehehehe…lata!