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Best WordPress Plugins

I can’t tell you how many times I have scoured the web looking for WordPress Plugins to add to my ring of web sites.  There are so many to choose from that it is can seem incredibly daunting.  Well fear not fellow WordPress enthusiast, we are here to help.  All of the WordPress Plugins you find in this list are in use on many of the sites that I create and have proven to be invaluable.


To get some things out of the way.  This list contains mostly free plugins available to you through the WordPress plugins manager.  However, there are a number of plugins here that are premium plugins that can be found and purchased through their website(s).

For those of you that may have just started a WordPress site, it is important that you consider each plugin carefully before you install it.  Although the list you are about to read are all plugins that I personally use on many of my sites, I don’t use all of them together on all my sites.  It is not advisable for you to go plugin mad and inundate your WordPress site with a ton of plugins for no reason.

For those of you that have been using WordPress for years, these plugins may be familiar to you.  I ask that if you have any of these plugins installed, or have any experience with any of these plugins, please use the comments below to share you experience with them for the rest of us and/or new WordPress users.

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I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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One comment

  1. Joe, you provide some outstanding information.

    However, the real truth is that plugins (themes, or templates) are often not the biggest problem for most WordPress users. They want to get traffic, they want an online business. Keep adding or changing plugins, themes and other features does not solve their real problem. WordPress “as is” won’t build an online business. It’s missing a do-able start-to-finish BUSINESS process.

    Surely, you can slog through the mountains of business building advice and tools that are out there. But for most WordPress users it all ends up being too much.

    So, despite the dazzling display of WordPress features, the reality for most (non-tech) people who want to create a web business with WordPress is that they need to adhere to an easy-to-follow, all-in-one, proven, ethical webbusiness-building system (not a get rich quick scheme), tailored to the WordPress platform, to get (1) a significant amount of traffic and get (2) targeted traffic (example of such a system: WealthPrinciples dot net).

    Otherwise you’ll end up having (and building) only a WordPress webSITE (or BLOG) but not a webBUSINESS.

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