Essential WordPress Plugins

by Dr Michael Baker
October 2008

Below are tables that summarise the first ten lists returned by a search for "wordpress essential plugins" on google. They appear, in the order returned by google, in the first ten columns below.

I've also consulted Lists of Essential WordPress Plug-ins. Where the lists were not alredy in the table I've added them from column 11 onwards. [The website for one list (Joe Brockmeir's) appears to have gone offline, so I used an archive copy from web.archive.org, but only got the first 5 plugins from his list as the second page is missing.]

Also listed below (in the first two columns) are the count and rank for each plugin.

The count is the number of essentials lists that each plugin appears in. Where several plugins appeared in the same number of lists, I compared the place they occured in the individual lists to obtain an overall position. I did this comparison by summing the inverses of the position the plugin occured in each list.

The rank is the position on the list, those plugins appearing in more lists having the smaller rank number. I have only ranked the first forty plugings. That is plugins that appeared in two or more lists. Those that only appeared in one list are listed in the table below unranked.

count rank plugin   \   list by: Design Meme David Dairey Mind- ful Geek Mi- chael Gray Jiannis Sotiro- poulos Donna Fonte- not Quick Online Tips Ben Yosk- ovitz Adam Hirsch Tech Roam Market Fed- eration Sam Ste- vens Dev- anshu Mehta tube torial Joe Brock- meier Sean Aune Calvin Woon Vlad Aki- lov
12 1 Google (XML) Sitemaps #4 #3 #4 SEO #5 SEO #3   #4 #3 #8 SEO #5 #3   #4         #4
10 2 Akismet - stop comment spam     #2   sec #1 ess #1 #1 #1 #4   #1   #1 #6       #1
8 3 Subscribe to comments   #1   social #3 promo #5 opt #4   #5   func #1       #5     #8  
8 4 Adsense-Deluxe - add google ads to posts #1         opt #6   #8   ad #1 #10     #2     #4 #18
8 5 FeedBurner FeedSmith - ease integraition with feedburner #5     util #2         #7 rss #1 #2   #3     RSS #10   #13
6 6 WP-Cache 2.0     #13   speed #1 ess #8     #18 speed #2               up date #1
6 7 WordPress Database Backup - automate db backups       util #20 sec #2   #3     db #2 #8     #8        
6 8 WP-ContactForm - way to contact without emailing #11   #15             func #3   #6   #4       #19
6 9 Sociable - list most social bookmarking sites     #6     ess #11     #16 func #6           social #5 #7  
4 10 Related Posts #9   #9         #4         #7          
3 11 Wordpress-reports - agregate admin stats     #14 stats #2           stats #1                
3 12 Optimal Title - reorder as: Subject - Blog name #8                 SEO #3             #1  
3 13 Simple Tags - Technorati Tags     #5     ess #6   #2                    
3 14 WP-Cron - scheduled tasks     #7             db #3         #5      
3 15 Get Recent Comments                     #4           #3 #15
3 16 flickrRSS for WordPress       util #5           des #3               #12
3 17 MyAvatars   #5       ess #5     #11                  
3 18 SEO Title Tag - less power than HeadSpace       SEO #7   ess #12       SEO #4                
3 19 wp-notable - add social bookmarking icons               #6               social #11   #17
3 20 WordPress Mobile Edition - small version for mobile users       util #18   ess #7     #20                  

The remaining plugins only occured in one or two lists (out of 18). The next 20 below occured in two lists, the rest in just one list each.

count rank plugin   \   list by: Design Meme David Dairey Mind- ful Geek Mi- chael Gray Jiannis Sotiro- poulos Donna Fonte- not Quick Online Tips Ben Yosk- ovitz Adam Hirsch Tech Roam Market Fed- eration Sam Ste- vens Dev- anshu Mehta tube torial Joe Brock- meier Sean Aune Calvin Woon Vlad Aki- lov
2 21 All in one SEO Pack         SEO #1       #2                  
2 22= Gravatar #6                 des #1                
2 22= aLinks - auto link keywords           opt #1                     #6  
2 24= wp-super cache         speed #2   #2                      
2 24= Ultimate Tag Warrior - aids with Technorati tags                                 #2 #2
2 26 Simple Tags - manage & suggestions       maint #3 tag #2                          
2 27 Similar posts   #2     promo #4                          
2 28 Trackback Validator - prevent trackback spam     #3             spam #3                
2 29 Static Front Page - use wp for conventional website                       #7     #2=      
2 30 Popularity Contest - which posts are most popular?         promo #2                       #9  
2 31 Subscribe me - add variety of "subcribe me" via ...                 #14           #2=      
2 32 PodPress - add podcasts (mp3s)                   audio #2               #20
2 33 Search Meter - what people are searching for on site       stats #3           func #5                
2 34 Feed Footer - add ads, © or custom messages       util #3                       RSS #6    
2 35 Sitemap Generator - HTML sitemap       SEO #4           SEO #6                
2 36 Head META Description #7         ess #4                        
2 37 WP-No Ping Wait - speeds posting     #12                             #5
2 38 Enforce www. Preference - 301 redirects for index.php & force www. or not www.           ess #10     #6                  
2 39 Sidebar Widgets - arrange sidebar by drag-and-drop     #8                           #10  
2 40 Related Entries                     #6             #21
1   del.icio.us - Bookmark this! #2                                  
1   Digg This #3                                  
1   Aizatto’s Related Posts       SEO #2                            
1   Landing Site - suggest pages for searh arrivals     #10                              
1   WP-Amazon #10                                  
1   Contact forms   #4                                
1   Autometa - meta keywords & Technorati tags     #1                              
1   WP-Shortstat - where traffic coming from     #11                              
1   Meta Robots WordPress plugin - auto add meta tags       SEO #1                            
1   Cross-Linker - words to link to posts       SEO #3                            
1   HeadSpace 2 - rewrite titles, meta data, etc.       SEO #6                            
1   SEO Slugs - prevents overlong slugs       SEO #8                            
1   Secure Form Mailer - multiple custom forms       util #1                            
1   Flickr Photo Album       util #4                            
1   Future Posts Calendar Plugin - useful for multiple authors       util #6                            
1   Full Text Feed - use "more" & pub. full feeds       util #7                            
1   GoCodes Redirection Plugin - tiny style URLs       util #8                            
1   Got Banners - add banners without editing templates       util #9                            
1   Highlight Author Comments - aid different style for author comments       util #10                            
1   Objection Redirection! - aid setting 301s       util #11                            
1   Wordpress Organizer - aid add & manage uploads & images       util #12                            
1   Who Sees Ads - conditional ads       util #13                            
1   Absolute Comments - aids replying to & managing comments       util #14                            
1   Photo Dropper - aids adding CC licenced flickr photos       util #15                            
1   Search Pages - adds pages to searches       util #16                            
1   Permalink Redirect - prevent parameter'd page indexing       util #17                            
1   Wordpress Automatic Upgrade - save many hours       util #19                            
1   Increase Sociability - custom messages for visitors from digg etc.       social #1                            
1   Share This - add buttons for social networks       social #2                            
1   What Would Seth Godin Do - messages for new visitors       social #4                            
1   Twitter Tools - integrate twitter functionality       social #5                            
1   Close Old Posts - reduce maintenance & spam       maint #1                            
1   Search and Replace       maint #2                            
1   Blog Metrics       stats #1                            
1   Configurable Tag Cloud - "simplest tool for tagging"         tag #1                          
1   WP Tags to Technorati - send directly to technorati         tag #3                          
1   No Self Pings         SEO #2                          
1   Community Cloud - link to active readers         promo #1                          
1   Popularity Contest Widget - "promote best stuff"         promo #3                          
1   Contact Form         promo #6                          
1   Chunk URLs - stop comment long URLs breaking design           ess #2                        
1   FeatureMe - manage featured entries list           ess #3                        
1   WPvideo - aid insert of online videos           ess #9                        
1   Awsom News Announcement - put announcements above posts           opt #2                        
1   Code Auto Escape - for user copyable HTML code           opt #3                        
1   Add Sig - grab readers' attention           opt #5                        
1   diggIT - dynamic digg button           opt #7                        
1   Link Indication - add icons to outgoing links           opt #8                        
1   Google Analytics ensures blog tracked by analytics               #7                    
1   Google Adsense widget                 #1                  
1   AJAX Comments - easy and quick comments interface                 #3                  
1   Blogroll Page - display blogroll on a page                 #5                  
1   Google Analyticator - add analytics "unique code"                 #9                  
1   iWPhone - optimise for iPhone                 #10                  
1   Picasa Photos                 #12                  
1   ReCATPCHA                 #13                  
1   WordPress.com Stats                 #15                  
1   Share This - similar to sociable                 #17                  
1   WP Plugins Tracker - check all plugins are latest versions                 #19                  
1   Simple Recent Comments - lists recent commenters with links to comments                   func #2                
1   ImageManager - browse, upload, manipulate images                   func #4                
1   Corrector - add spell checking                   func #7                
1   Search Everything - search pages, comments and more                   func #8                
1   WP-Translate - read in any language                   func #9                
1   Maintenance Mode                   func #10                
1   Extended Live Archive - AJAXified way to dig into archives                   des #2                
1   LightBox2 - javascript image overlay popus                   des #4                
1   SparkStats - graph posting and commenting                   des #5                
1   CSS Compress - compress stylesheets                   speed #1                
1   WordPress Cache Inspect                   speed #3                
1   Jeromes Keywords - add keywords                   SEO #1                
1   xfish meta - add meta info to posts & pages                   SEO #7                
1   Click Counter - add click counter to links                   stats #2                
1   Spam Karma 2                   spam #1                
1   Bad Behavior 2                   spam #2                
1   Audio Player - add mp3s                   audio #1                
1   Kimili Flash Embed                   audio #3                
1   WP-phpMyAdmin - phpMyAdmin from backend                   db #1                
1   Feed List - add other's RSS feeds                   rss #2                
1   Show Top Commentators                     #5              
1   Redirection - remove dup content without using .htaccess                     #7              
1   InScript - embedding PHP scripts                     #9              
1   WP-Wap - make blog work on mobiles & handhelds                     #11              
1   WYSI-WordPress - add wysiwyg editor to backend                       #1            
1   Notes - for backend                       #2            
1   Counterize - collect simple stats                       #3            
1   Unfancy Quote - remove fancy quotes inserted by wp                       #4            
1   The Excerpt Reloaded - mod template fn the_excerpt()                       #5            
1   Adsense - google ads in body of posts                         #2          
1   Top10 - add list to sidebar                         #5          
1   Textile1 - shortcuts for html tags                         #6          
1   Dynamic Text Replace - shortcuts for frequent links                         #8          
1   Feedvertising - run ads in blog's rss feed                           #3        
1   Admin Drop Down Menu                             #1      
1   Semiologic CMS - turn wp into a CMS                             #2      
1   Admin menu - add admin menu to blog pages                             #3      
1   Adhesive - sticky posts                             #4      
1   DJ-Email-Publish - send posts to other blogs by email                               cross #1    
1   Live Space Sync - import posts to Microsoft Live Spaces                               cross #2    
1   LiveJournal Crossposter - posts latest entries to LiveJournal                               cross #3    
1   Vox Crossposter - cross post to Vox                               cross #4    
1   Xanga Crosspost - cross post to Xanga                               cross #5    
1   ©Feed - add copyright & digital fingerprint to RSS feed                               RSS #1    
1   Add to Any Subscribe Button - add subscribe buttons                               RSS #2    
1   AddThis Sidebar Widget - add RSS & social bookmarking to sidebar                               RSS #3    
1   Better Feed - add "Read More", © & del.icio.us link                               RSS #4    
1   DeCat - exclude some categories from feeds                               RSS #5    
1   Feed Control - exclude posts, add pages to feeds & more                               RSS #6    
1   Feed Master                               nRSS #8    
1   Feed Styler                               RSS #9    
1   FeedStats - stats on feeds                               RSS #11    
1   Feedvertizer - add own text-link ads to feeds                               RSS #12    
1   RSS Flashfeeder to Myspace - last 2 posts to MySpace page                               RSS #13    
1   Slash Comments - add # of comments on posts to feeds                               RSS #14    
1   Subscribe-Remind - add reminder to subscribe to end of posts                               RSS #15    
1   Digg Button - add digg button in post                               social #1    
1   Digg IT - another to add digg button                               social #2    
1   JPF Add to Reddit - allows readers to submit posts to Reddit                               social #3    
1   Share This - add multiple share buttons                               social #4    
1   Social Bookmark Buttons - add major bookmark buttons                               social #6    
1   Social Bookmarks Plugin for WordPress - access bookmarking icons                               social #7    
1   Socializer Plugin - post to nearly 40 bookmarking sites                               social #8    
1   SocialList - which posts submitted to del.icio.us & Digg                               social #9    
1   Socialogs.com - allow submission to Socialogs.com                               social #10    
1   WpHotSpots - track activity on several bookmarking sites                               social #12    
1   Related Posts                                 #5  
1   Exec-PHP - use php in posts & pages                                   #3
1   PXS Mail Form - mail form with multipart verification                                   #6
1   Super Archive - dynamic archive                                   #7
1   SRG Clean Archives - super clean archive                                   #8
1   WP lightbox 2 - overlay images on current page, another version                                   #9
1   fQuick - add sidenotes (in sidebar?)                                   #10
1   CG-FlashyTitles - graphical flash titles                                   #11
1   Gravatars - graphic next to readers' comments                                   #14
1   WP Paginate - page navigation - try it & see                                   #16
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