11 Must Have WordPress Plugins

This is a collection of 11 great WordPress plugins, all of which are used frequently on this blog. All of these plugins work on WordPress version 3.1 and higher.

List of 11 great WordPress plugins


Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.

All in One SEO Pack

Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.


Send email after replying a comment on the blog comment system.

Delete Spam Daily

Uses wp_cron to delete comments each day that are marked “spam” in the database.

Google Syntax Highlighter for WordPress

100% JavaScript syntax highlighter This plugin makes using the Google Syntax highlighter to highlight code snippets within WordPress simple. Supports C++, C#, CSS, Delphi, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL, VB, XML, and HTML.

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.


VaultPress is a subscription-based protection, security and backup service for WordPress blogs and sites. I highly recommend this one!

W3 Total Cache

The fastest and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.

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WordPress.com Stats

Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key.


Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog

WP to Twitter

Posts a Twitter status update when you update your WordPress blog or post to your blogroll, using your chosen URL shortening service. Rich in features for customizing and promoting your Tweets.

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