My take on SEJ's Top 10 WordPress Plugins

Chris Cree wrote up for Search Engine Journal a list of the Top 10 WordPress Plugins for 2012 . I always look at such list with an eye of what can I use  or learn from it. This was a rather mixed bag.

I will start using these:

  • W3 Total Cache – making your website load more quickly
  • Cookies for Comments – can stop spam comments generated by machines even before they hit your server.
  • nRelate – show visitors other content they might be interested in

I already use:

  • WordPress SEO – best SEO package
  • NextGen Gallery – great photo gallery tool, although version 3.5 of WordPress suffices basic gallery needs.

I may use when the need arises:

  • Defensio – advanced spam, malicious content and profanity filtering web service (I use Akismet for my grandfathered in older sites, but for newer ones it would cost $5/month. Defensio is free for small business)
  • The Events Calendar – I currently don’t own or manage a site that needs a calendar, but good to keep this in mind.
  • Gravity Forms – creating web forms with advanced options.

I probably won’t use these:

  • Soliloquy – for image rotators or sliders. It is a premium plugin that may be good investment, but would use it only for sites that are intended to generate income.
  • Digg Digg – I never used or have been a big fan of Digg and the plugin may be abandoned soon again anyway

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