8 Great WordPress Plugins

WordPress is used by more than 72 Million websites.  In fact, WordPress is used by over 16.7% of Alexa Internet‘s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites.  48 of the World’s top 100 blogs use WordPress.  And WordPress is more than a simple blog engine, it’s developed to become one of the most simple to use Content Management Systems available today.  This is largely thanks to its rich plugin architecture and community support.  Did you know that there are more than 23,000 WordPress plugins – and counting?!

This great infographic by yoast.com illustrates the popularity of WordPress.

WordPress Stats Inforgraphic


Here’s a quick overview of 8 plugins that I find most useful…


http://jetpack.me/ – Jetpack supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.

http://www.velvetblues.com/web-development-blog/wordpress-plugin-update-urls/ -VelvetBlues allows you to automatically update all of the links in your site when you change domains, or the format of your main URL.

http://ocaoimh.ie/wp-super-cache/ – WP Super Cache will speed up your site big time… Worked well for http://www.F2MKE.co.uk.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/ – WP Touch is not a bad way of auto-converting your site for mobile devices with lots of configuration options.  Doesn’t work quite so well for heavily customised sites – this is where you might have to consider getting down and dirty with some serious CSSing.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cookie-confirm/ – Cookie Confirm is a brilliantly simple way of meeting your EU legal requirements for privacy.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/embed-posts/ – Embed Posts is a way of neatly and simply making a page out of posts.  Great if you want to reuse posts in multiple pages.  Try combining this with JQuery Expanding Box http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jquery-expanding-box/ which creates a shortcode to add an expandable box to show and hide the selected content on a post or page with customisable show and hide links.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-favicon/ – get All In One Favicon to easily update site icons, including your favicon.