WordPress Plugins I Use On My Blog

essential wordpress plugins

If you don’t know yet, my design blog is managed with WordPress. In the past, I have used tons of widgets and plugins. Now that I’ve managed to cut nearly half of them out, I’d like to share the essential plugins I still use.

Some of them are used only on occasion. There’s no specific order. I actually copied this straight out of my dashboard.

All in One SEO Pack

Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
By Michael Torbert | Visit plugin site

Auto Post Thumbnail

Automatically generate the Post Thumbnail (Featured Thumbnail) from the first image in post (or any custom post type) only if Post Thumbnail is not set manually.
By Aditya Mooley | Visit plugin site

BJ Lazy Load

Lazy image loading makes your site load faster and saves bandwidth.
By Bjørn Johansen | Visit plugin site

Broken Link Checker

Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
By Janis Elsts | Visit plugin site

Contact Form 7

Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
By Takayuki Miyoshi | Visit plugin site

Defensio Anti-Spam

Defensio is an advanced spam filtering web service that learns and adapts to your behaviors as well to those of your readers and commenters. To use this plugin, you need to obtain a free API Key. Tell the world how many spam Defensio caught!
By Websense, Inc. | Visit plugin site

Disqus Comment System

The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus. Head over to the Comments admin page to set up your DISQUS Comment System.
By Disqus | Visit plugin site

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
By Arne Brachhold | Visit plugin site

IGIT Related Post With Thumb

Show related posts with thumb image after Posts. Ajax Base Admin options. Options for dynamic height and width of Thumb.
Ankur Gandhi | Visit plugin site

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
By Automattic | Visit plugin site

Lightbox Plus

Lightbox Plus implements ColorBox as a lightbox image overlay tool for WordPress. ColorBox was created by Jack Moore of Color Powered and is licensed under the MIT License.
By Dan Zappone | Visit plugin site

Multiple Galleries

Add multiple galleries per post using simple checkboxes for selecting images you want to include.
By Kaspars Dambis | Visit plugin site

Really Simple CAPTCHA

Really Simple CAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA module intended to be called from other plugins. It is originally created for my Contact Form 7 plugin.
By Takayuki Miyoshi | Visit plugin site

Regenerate Thumbnails

Allows you to regenerate all thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.
By Viper007Bond | Visit plugin site

WP Super Cache

Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.
By Donncha O Caoimh | Visit plugin site

Most of these plugins have been essential to my blog’s functionality for quite some time. I’m always open to new plugins that will benefit my site. What else do you recommend?

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Blake McCreary, independent designer

An Indianapolis graphic designer specializing in a broad range of design skills, mainly logo/brand identity design. I work with clients around the globe.
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