September 17

I have tested some WordPress plugins and have listed my findings here along with any incompatibilities or conflicts with other plugins as well as workarounds if available. All have a 4-5 star rating on unless otherwise noted.

  1. Wordfence – I call this the most critical plugin for any WordPress site.
  2. BulletProof Security – This one takes time and effort. It will guide you through if you make the time to learn it.
  3. Akismet – Requires a free API Key. Blocks spam comments. Skip if you do not allow user comments.
  4. TimThumb Vulnerability Scanner – Scans your entire wp-content directory for instances of any outdated and insecure version of the timthumb script.
  5. Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC) – Scan all of your theme files for potentially malicious or unwanted code.
  6. Broken Link Checker – Checks your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notifies you if any are found.
  7. Duplicator – Gives WordPress Administrators and Developers the ability to migrate/clone a site from one location to another location. Excellent resource when used with Xampp for off-line maintenance and updates or as a backup tool. I was introduced to this plugin when I purchased WP Simulator.
  8. Online Backup for WordPress – An automated backup system for small sites (free). Useful for those without CPanel access.
  9. Ultimate TinyMCE – Adds over 40 new buttons to the default visual tinymce editor, giving you the power to visually create your pages and posts. No need for mucking about in HTML and CSS. Pro version is worth the upgrade if you really prefer visual editing. Click below graphic and scroll down for Comparison Chart between free and Pro versions.
    Ultimate Tinymce PRO
  10. CMS Page Order – Quick and easy drag and drop for rearranging of pages.
  11. HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter – Adds syntax highlighting to the Post/Page HTML editor.
  12. Intuitive Custom Post Order – Intuitively, Order Items (Posts, Pages, and Custom Post Types) using a Drag and Drop Sortable JavaScript. Configuration is unnecessary. You can do directly on default WordPress administration.
  13. Jetpack by – Superchargers your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of Many, Many Options (rating 3.8 3.8 Star Rating ) especially good for social networking sites. Some features may conflict with other plugins. Disable this one first when troubleshooting.
  14. Outbound Link Manager – Monitors outbound links in your posts and pages, easily allowing you to add or remove a no-follow tag, update anchor texts, or remove links altogether.
  15. Quick Cache – Increase site speed by taking a real-time snapshot ( building a cache ) of every Page, Post, Category, Link, etc.
  16. Restrict Usernames – Restrict the usernames that new users may use when registering for your site.
  17. Revision Control – Allows setting a sites-global setting (Settings -> Revisions) for pages/posts to enable/disable/limit the number of revisions which are saved for the page/post.
  18. WordPress SEO – Tools to help improve your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ranking.
  19. WordPress Shortcodes – Brings an amazing set of beautiful and useful elements to your site. 
    Beware, more plugins = slower Internet
  20. WP Minify – Combines and compresses JS and CSS files to improve page load time.
  21. Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – a ‘One Click’ WordPress Database Cleaner / Optimizer.
  22. Special Text Boxes – Post text as colored boxes such as a warning, alert, info etc.
  23. Social Media Widget – A simple sidebar widget that allows users to input their social media website profile URLs and other subscription options to show an icon on the sidebar to that social media site and more that open up in a separate browser window.
  24. Acunetix Secure WordPress – Checks your WordPress website/blog for security vulnerabilities and suggests corrective actions.
  25. AntiVirus – Easy and safe tool to protect your blog install against exploits, malware and spam injections.
  26. Automatic Sign Out For Inactivity – Helps to minimize certain security risks involved with session stealing. It allows you to automatically sign a user out after he has been inactive for a specified period of time.
  27. Hide Title – Allows authors to hide the title on single pages and posts via the edit post screen.
  28. Contact Form 7 – Simple but flexible contact form plugin.
  29. Floating Widgets – Adds a dynamic widget area to the begining of a post or page.
  30. Google Typography – Use any Google Font for any text on your existing website without writing a single line of code.
  31. Ultimate Nofollow – Contains several tools in one package to significantly increase your control of the rel=”nofollow” tag on every link on your blog, on both an individual and categorical basis. It is designed to give you fine-grained control of linking for SEO purposes.
  32. Widget Context – Show or hide widgets on specific posts, pages or sections of your site.
  33. WP Social SEO Booster – Turn on your blog’s Social SEO and get a boost in Google rankings.
  34. WP125 – Easy management of 125 x 125 ads on your blog.
  35. Login Security Solution – Security against brute force attacks by tracking IP, name, password.
  36. Plugin Central – Dashboard plugin update notification, update all plugins at once, move your plugins from one blog to another with plugin install.
  37. Floating Menu –  Adds a floating, sticky, drop down menu from any standard WordPress custom menu using jQuery.
  38. WP Float – Add a floating/fixed image, HTML, Ad or text to your WordPress site.
  39. Automatic Updater – Keeps your WordPress install up to date with the latest releases automatically, as soon as the update is available. CAUTION! Some updates can break a site.
  40. Use Google Libraries – Allows your site to use common javascript libraries from Google’s AJAX Libraries CDN, rather than from WordPress’s own copies.
  41. SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam – Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all.  Rating 3.9  3.9 Star Rating
  42. Redirection – Manages 301 redirections, keeps track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up loose ends your site may have. Rating 3.9 3.9 Star Rating
  43. WPtouch Mobile Plugin – Create a beautiful mobile WordPress website with just a few clicks. Rating 3.8 3.9 Star Rating
  44. Viper’s Video Quicktags – Allows easy and XHTML valid posting of videos from various websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, and more. Rating 3.8 3.9 Star Rating
  45. Google Analyticator – Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog.  Rating 3.7 3.9 Star Rating
  46. SEO Smart Links – Can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, topics, categories, tags and topic tags on your site. Rating 3.6   3.9 Star Rating
  47. UppSite – Go Mobile™ – Helps you better reach and engage with your audience on mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone. I was unable to activate this plugin and then discovered that it is not free? I removed it and mobile devices work fine using the above WPtouch Mobile Plugin. Rating 3.4 3.9 Star Rating
  48. iQ Block Country – Block visitors from countries you don’t want on your website. Based on which country an ip address is from. All brute force attacks came from countries this plugin failed to stop. I no longer not use this plugin. Rating 3.4 3.9 Star Rating
  49. G-Font Plugin – Paid plugin similar to Google Typography with added extras. Some compatibility issues with Ultimate Tinymce.
  50. JVZoo Ad Manager – Used by JVZoo Affiliates for advertizing.

Slow Internet

What happens when you activate numerous plugins?