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  1. Jeff Sauer
    Jeff Sauer January 4, 2013 at 02:38 | | Reply

    Good list Jean. In alignment on most of them and I’m definitely going to check out SNAP (auto poster). What do you think about Disqus for comments? I have been using it a lot lately and love it compared to standard comments.

  2. villy
    villy January 4, 2013 at 07:51 | | Reply

    Observation: If you use managewp, then you don’t need backup buddy or any other backup service. Theirs is really great.

  3. FAT Media
    FAT Media January 4, 2013 at 03:39 | | Reply

    Awesome list Jean! I just figured I’d add that I love Disqus and use it on client sites all the time. The integration of social services and advanced syndication features can really supercharge your comments. I’d also like to mention Relevanssi for anyone who needs a quick way to improve their WordPress search results. Once you set up the index, it returns almost perfect search results.

  4. Praj
    Praj January 5, 2013 at 03:09 | | Reply

    Thanks for this! Any lightbox plugin recommendations?

    1. Darryl Schmidt
      Darryl Schmidt May 12, 2013 at 19:33 | | Reply

      Hey Praj, the two lightbox plugins I use are Foobox (paid) and Easy Fancybox (free)

  5. Corey White
    Corey White January 5, 2013 at 15:20 | | Reply

    Great list, I use most of these on my blogs. Just a shame Skreedl was not on this review, you should definitely review that plugin next as it’s a lot better than BackupBuddy in a whole heap of ways!

  6. wordpressentials
    wordpressentials January 16, 2013 at 13:59 | | Reply

    thanks for the information.but what you think about custom google search?as it is said you can earn money with these search if you have adsense account.

  7. Heikki H.
    Heikki H. January 18, 2013 at 06:35 | | Reply

    Great list! And I do mean it. Usually title like that means a horrible list of mediocre crap, but these are all top notch. 😉 I’ve tried all of them. Well, not 100% sure of that autopost thingy, but the other ones at least.

    Relevanssi is a good addition to the list. Disqus… I’m on the fence with that one. It does work pretty well, but I’m not a fan.

    @Praj, Easy Fancybox works for me. Lots of configuration options, but the script can be a bit heavy.

  8. Emily from 'How to Blog'
    Emily from 'How to Blog' March 5, 2013 at 21:48 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    Great post – I’ll be coming back to it a bunch to check out the few plugins I wasn’t already familiar with!

    I noticed the only ‘Social’ plugin you referenced was Social Networks Auto Poster – which has the benefit of posting to multiple social networks (nice!) However, what would you recommend as the best WP plugin for integrating FB comments into your WP posts as well as syncing them up with the correlated autoposted content on your FB page?

  9. Emily from 'How to Blog'
    Emily from 'How to Blog' March 5, 2013 at 21:58 | | Reply

    Oh! I almost forgot to ask if you have anything that handles comment/trackback/pingback spam better than Akismet? I find that, especially with trackbacks/pingbacks, Akismet misses SO MUCH! I used to use Spam Karma 2, but it seems like its kind of a dead plugin now. The amount of time I waste dealing with spam across all of my WP blogs is starting to drive me insane! Much TIA for your thoughts on this plaguing problem.

  10. Elementality
    Elementality March 7, 2013 at 00:32 | | Reply

    WP SEO by Yoast is a must. Will try the RSS agregator, maybe it could give me some good backlinks

  11. DjUrban
    DjUrban March 14, 2013 at 07:06 | | Reply

    FormidablePro is better than Gravity Forms

    1. Jean Galea
      Jean Galea March 14, 2013 at 14:13 | | Reply

      Care to tell us why it’s better?

      1. Rickard
        Rickard March 18, 2013 at 00:47 | | Reply

        I dont know why DjUrban likes Formidable more but for me its a question of licensing. Cant use Gravity Forms since it does not have a lifetime updates license option. For exemple even if we choose to go with another plugin in the future or go out of bussiness our old customers should still be able to hit that update button. Its a question of caring for your customers. Having hundreds of plugin and theme licenses I cant hack the administration of relicensing either. It is not a question of money, we are prepared to pay premium for what we want, just want to pay up and be done with it. Some think we are fools for having such strict purchase policy but that is just how it is. If someone wants our money they need a lifetime option on updates.

        Even though we have and like FormidablePro we are now using Cred more and more since its well integrated with the other toolset plugins and good enough to handle most things we throw at it atm.

        1. David Peralty
          David Peralty March 22, 2013 at 23:58 | | Reply

          Lifetime licenses don’t work for sustaining a business. We have around ten people on staff, and eventually, even in a community as large as WordPress, you run out of customers, and so if you want to keep paying developers to update a plugin, add new features, and new add-ons then you need money coming in. It just makes business sense.

  12. Orgu Ornekleri
    Orgu Ornekleri March 19, 2013 at 11:55 | | Reply

    super post! thank you man. I’am looking Soliloquy Slider plugin. I download here. Thank you so much

  13. Alexander
    Alexander March 20, 2013 at 09:24 | | Reply

    Really nice list of plugins… Bookmarked. I will take some time to check some of those plugins.. Cheers!

  14. Fabi
    Fabi March 22, 2013 at 23:54 | | Reply

    Jean, what plugin is used for the comment section on wpmayor? Doesn’t look like Disqus, also it doesn’t look like the default-theme by WordPress. Thanks!

  15. David Peralty
    David Peralty March 22, 2013 at 23:59 | | Reply

    Thank you so much for including Gravity Forms in your list. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  16. WordPress Plugins
    WordPress Plugins March 24, 2013 at 10:19 | | Reply

    Let me offer Cincopa plugin for adding images, slideshows and video to your wordpress blog easy and fast. It is really great solution.

  17. Justin Y.
    Justin Y. March 26, 2013 at 10:13 | | Reply

    Gravity Forms is better in my opinion, I’m going on 2yrs now with it. I also think Yoast is #1 for SEO. I just developed a new handy Front-end SEO Editor that supports Yoast out of the box. You can manage your meta titles, descriptions and H1’s from the front-end quickly and easily. Have a look and test it out. Maybe you can add it to the list or write a review about it.

    *Compatible with WP 3.5+ and its light-weight.

    Front-end SEO Editor WordPress plugin

    Plugin demo found here: http://www.doawebdesigns.com/wpdemos/front-end-seo-editor-wp-plugin/

  18. webandother
    webandother March 31, 2013 at 18:54 | | Reply

    Hello, already using the RSS aggregator and loving it. Thank you.

  19. johnandroid
    johnandroid April 3, 2013 at 15:05 | | Reply

    I use WP Auto Affiliate Links,this plugin gives you the ability to turn keywords into affiliate links automatically also in this plugin you have the possibility to associate a keyword to a link.
    This will help also getting listed in a search engine during a keyword search.
    This is very useful because you can automatically interlink your affiliate links with the keywords doing them more visible.
    There’s no need to go back through all of your posts by hand and add affiliate links to products related to your content.
    You get some other helpful features such as follow/nofollow settings and there’s also a link cloaking setting.

  20. Emily Williams
    Emily Williams April 5, 2013 at 12:46 | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve already use some of them. Now waiting for the realease of a new one http://www.getmotopress.com/

    It helps to simplify work with WordPress websites, adds drag and drop functionality to the site and enables to structure the content right in the visual editor.

    Hope it helps and supplement your showcase with useful data!

  21. Fred
    Fred April 11, 2013 at 16:23 | | Reply

    I have developped this mobile plugin http://wpneomobile.com because All what I have tested was so poor in quality that it was easier to do much better J

    1. Fred
      Fred April 19, 2013 at 00:36 | | Reply

      Ping me if you are interested to have a free copy to review it 🙂

  22. Brian Schweitzer
    Brian Schweitzer April 25, 2013 at 16:31 | | Reply

    New plugin for WordPress / BuddyPress titled Toolbar Remixed. This easy to use plugin allows users to take control of their WP Toolbar and is one of the most important plugin releases in 2013. You can control the style and layout of the Toolbar right from the Admin section of WordPress.

    Here is a link to the free version on WordPress – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/toolbar-remixed-free/

    Here is a link to the Pro version –

  23. Grant
    Grant April 25, 2013 at 23:53 | | Reply

    Awesome List!

    For comments check our Barc, it’s all in real-time, it’s free, and it comes with a TON of other cool features: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/barc-chat

  24. MattWest
    MattWest April 26, 2013 at 17:09 | | Reply

    Another great list. I recommend the Sendola plugin for future updates. It lets users send your contact details to their phone for free. check it out.


  25. Eric
    Eric May 1, 2013 at 03:57 | | Reply

    They can work, you have to do it correctly and plan it out. You need to take into consideration the follow:
    – actual cost of the item
    – cost to develop/maintain the item
    – number of updates a month/year
    – how long a “lifetime” means to you and your company
    – how many users are using the item and projected use
    – how much and how often your renewal fees are
    – how many people actually renew

    You need to find the happy medium where the lifetime account will be expensive enough to maintain your product for ___ months/years, low enough that people will actually buy it, and high enough that a lot of people will NOT buy it.

  26. Jeff
    Jeff May 8, 2013 at 16:46 | | Reply

    Soliloquy Slider is great and so is Easy Slider Pro.

  27. Sam Deane
    Sam Deane May 12, 2013 at 11:58 | | Reply

    Thank you – what an amazing list – That SNAP plug in is a huge discovery for me and will be a huge win for one or two of my clients who have bands and want to get their word out across multiple platforms – Already using 2 or 3 and have downloaded 2 or 3 others Will bookmark this page for sure – thanks again!

  28. Mahesh
    Mahesh May 12, 2013 at 12:15 | | Reply

    Thank you for the amazing list. I was looking for WordPress aggregation and AutoPoster in social networks. Those two are really amazing plugins I liked

  29. Christoph
    Christoph May 15, 2013 at 15:56 | | Reply

    wow – just finished reading an other post from you when I saw this collection of wp jewellry.some of the plugins are know to me ie SNAP, ubermenu and Seo by yoast 8read his blogs aswell!) which I can recommend as well. Thanks!

  30. Lukasz Nowaczyk
    Lukasz Nowaczyk June 19, 2013 at 00:27 | | Reply

    Thank you Jean for this review. Some of those plugins were new for me. Great website btw. Greetings from Poland!

  31. Milos
    Milos June 27, 2013 at 12:09 | | Reply

    Hello, I thought I found a page where this plugin had a premium version, and feeds could be merged, filtered by keyword and associated to tags and categories in WP… can’t find the link now 🙁

  32. Stuart
    Stuart July 24, 2013 at 07:07 | | Reply

    For my needs Formidable Pro is better primarily because of its ability to edit entries from the front-end (I was quiet surprised Gravity Forms could not do this as it is otherwise very sophisticated). Formidable Pro’s support is also incredible and I am surprised the Formidable Pro is not mentioned as much as Gravity Forms. Both are excellent, but front-end editing puts Formidable Pro ahead in my books (I purchased both).

  33. Fabian
    Fabian March 4, 2014 at 07:04 | | Reply

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