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10 wordpress plugins you can't live without

I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have these necessary plugins for wordpress.  If you want your development life to be fast and easy then you need these. 

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is an amazing plugin for all your meta, title and SEO needs! It shows you exactly how your info will display in the search engines and give you total control of your meta info. Very easy to use and great options. Highly Recommended!

Download the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin here.

2. Styles With Shortcodes

I definitely cannot live without this plugin. It’s a premium plugin found at by the folks at and is truly amazing! Comes pre-installed with tons of shortcodes that you can use throughout your wordpress site. They also make it incredibly easy to create new shortcodes. I really think that this can replace the custom fields on the post pages in wordpress. You need this plugin.

Download Styles with Shortcodes Here

3. White Label Branding

The folks at RightHere do it again! Another premium plugin that just makes it so easy to white label wordpress. All the options are simple to use, very clean, and very useful. You can remove entire areas of wordpress with a simple check box. Don’t install wordpress without it.

Download White Label Branding Here

4. Genesis Framework

Genesis Framework for WordPress
Okay, I know this isn’t really a plugin BUT it is definitely something that you need to use, or at least try out. You can click the “Why Genesis” link on the side bar to read many of the benifits that Genesis has to offer. It’s great for CSS Developers because everything is built on child themes. It just makes running wordpress incredibly easy. This blog was built on it using the Tapestry Theme (with some modifications of course). The Genesis Framework is truly amazing and I will continue to use it as long as I’m using wordpress.

Click the image above or to the right for this amazing framework.

5. Nextgen Gallery – Duh!

How can you have a top 10 list without mentioning the NextGen Gallery. If you’re not familiar with this yet, you need to be. It’s the easiest, most flexible gallery there is for wordpress with tons of options for customization.

Download the NextGen Gallery Plugin Here

6. Fancy Box or Pretty Photo

Use this in conjunction with the Nextgen gallery and you’ll have some amazing tools at your disposal. These plugins give you a simple light box effect with a little extra. You can have it automatically detect images on your site or manually set everything up. I like them both.

Here’s the Pretty Photo Plugin
Here’s the Fancy Box Plugin

7. SEO Smart Links

Looking for some cross-linking? This is the plug that does it. You can pick specific words that you want to link throughout your website OR you can just let it do it’s cross-linking thing. This plugin will automatically find words that will link to other posts/pages on your blog… and it’s FREE! WOOOT!

Download SEO Smart Links Here

8. Related Posts YARRP

Give people easier access to posts that relate to what they just read. This plugin automatically pulls in the posts and rates the relevancy of it. A must have for any blogger. I don’t have an image for this =( BUT you can see the example at the bottom of this post!

Download the Related Posts Plugin Here

9. Syntax Highlighter

If you are doing any tutorials or showing of some new code you created, then Syntax Highlighter is the necessary plugin for you! Take a look at the example below. The cool past is, you can style it to look however you want!


example of code

Very simple and Brilliant!


Download Syntax Highlighting Here

10. Sexy Bookmarks

Get the word out! Let people share your brilliantly created new post TO THE WORLD! You can customize which icons you want to show up, what you want it to say, and much more. Great plugin, only thing I don’t like is that it updates ALL the time.

You can see the example at the bottom of this post.

Download Sexy Bookmarks Here

Honorable Mentions

Google XML Sitemap
Submit your pages to google, it loves that!
Page Numbers
Instead of Next and Previous, Pagination! (I’m using WP 3.1 and it works fine for me)
Google Analyticator
Get your google stats right on your dashboard when you login, brilliant!

Well those are my favorites, if anyone else knows of any amazing plugins, I’d love to hear!

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5 comments on 10 wordpress plugins you can't live without

  1. Have you tried to use #2 [Shortcodes with Styles] and #4 [Genesis Framework] together? Seems to break the widget on the side. Wonder if you’ve found a work around for this.

  2. Jonathan says:

    I’d love to get some more information… I’m actually using all those plugins on this website and I haven’t had any problems…yet 8}

  3. really nice post keep it up thanks for sharing and plz share some blog themes for WP

    1. Jonathan says:

      Come next year, all my themes will be free 😉

  4. Yvonne says:

    Hey guys!
    Check out this cool pricing table plugin I’m using for my website now:

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