WordPress Plugins Research I Used to Build My Music Blog

After deciding on WordPress for my latest blog, I immediately started by googling the latest WordPress Plugins and Tools.  I searched through 35 plus Top WordPress Plugins articles to see what the 2012 WordPress plugins the blogosphere is using these days.  In this post I will:

  1. 1) Analyze Results of WordPress Plugins Research
  2. 2) Explain which Worpress Plugins I chose and why I chose them.
  3. 3) Links to 27 of the 45+ Worpress Plugins articles that I Used.  I will attach an Adobe .pdf that shows sorted search results via category.
1) Worpress Plugins Research Summarized
  • Close Battle for best SEO plugin.  WP All In One was recommended by 17 articles, and All In One By Yoast was recommended by 11,  Several sources said you couldn’t go wrong with either.  I am having a blast as I’m working with the Yost SEO on my first post here.  The light is finally turning on regarding SEO Optimization.  Yost SEO uses the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Test to score content readability.
  • For Sitemaps, 16 of 18 researched WordPress Plugins Articles Recommended XML Sitemaps
  • Broken Link Checker, Jetpack, and Redirection were tools that constantly recommended.
  • Caching was dead heat between WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache.  Neither one requires cash $$$$.
  • Contact Form 7 was often recommended, if you are willing to pay it appears Gravity Forms would be a great option.
  • SEO Friendly Images ran away with the Image SEO title, a unanimous decision for the most part.
  • For Analytics, the vast majority recommended Google Analytics, and other Google derivations such as Google Analyticator and Google Analytics Injector.

Special thanks to Steve Wiideman for his Yoast Configuration Video.  Also also found .  I also Found Amit’s Yoast Configuration Article to be invaluable.

2) WordPress Plugins I used for my New Personal Distortion Blog.  I’ve linked every plugin for so you can take quick look.

SEO – All In One by Yoast (confirguration is required)
After using WP All-In-One I was ready to move on to something that was bit more tweakable.

Caching – WP Super Cache (confirguration is minimal)Have used before, seems to work.  W3 Total was should work fine as well from what I’ve Read.

Social – Social Media Widget (configuration is intuitive and easy)
Seems to be a Good Clean Way to Get Social Buttons right in the post via Widget.  Looked deeply at Sharebar and DiggDigg and Sociable.

Spam – Askimet   (Configuration is Minimal, you will have to subscribe)
Pretty much the defaul in WP Blog land, have used before.

Comments – CommentLuv
It came down to this or Disqus, CommentLuv seemed a bit more limited and simple, I went for simplicity.

Mobile – WPtouch
Have used WP Mobile in the past, figure this can´’t look any worse!!  Seems to be the default out there in WP land.

Images – SEO Friendly Images (Configuration if Minimal)

Sitemaps – Google XML Sitemaps  Seems to be the WordPress plugins Standard.. but… the readily available version is not compatible with WP 3.3.2,  I will have to downlad the beta and unzip it to the WP Plugins file.

TOOLS – Broken Link Checker, Redirection, WP-DB Manager.
I used my research plus I searched the WordPress Plugins database by looking at the the number of downloads, it   should be no surprise that many of the tools that I’m using are in heavy rotation.


I probably know more than most of the general population about blogging, but I am a relative amateur compared to the people who blog for a living.  I hope that some of my thoughts will help you other aspiring bloggers along the way.  Be sure and check you WordPress Plugins articles below.


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  1. These are of course my top suggested and favorite plugins for WordPress blogs. I’m sure that after you review them, you’ll see why. Most of you will either already agree, or begin exploring to decide or find out for yourself. I am currently using each of these plugins, they are all activated and running on this blog.
    1. The ActiveRain Importer – Zeek Interactive
    This plugin allows you to import all your ActiveRain blog post content into WordPress fairly seamlessly. Get the ActiveRain Importer Plugin – Watch a Video first
    2. ALL IN ONE SEO PACK – Michael Torbert
    This is an obvious plugin you’ll need and want if SEO is part of your online strategy. There is a FREE andPRO Version available. This is one of the first plugins for WordPress I installed.
    Get the All In One SEO Pack Plugin here – Downloaded: 9,979,884 times
    3. dsIDXpress – Diverse Solutions
    This plugin allows WordPress to embed live real estate data from an MLS directly into a blog. You MUST have a dsIDXpress account to use this plugin. See a “live” demo
    Get Your dsIDXpress Plugin here
    4. Google Analytics for WordPress – Joost de Valk
    Adding Google Analytics to your WordPress blog provides stats and tracking you won’t find in WordPress. Knowing and understanding your target audience vs your actual traffic is monumental.
    Get the Google Analytics for WordPress Plugin here
    5. Google XML Sitemaps – Arne Brachhold
    This plugin will generate a custom XML sitemap which helps search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog. Don’t leave your blog without it!
    Get the Google XML Sitemap plugin here
    6. Local Market Explorer – Andrew Mattie & Jonathan Mabe
    This plugin allows WordPress to load data from a number of real estate and neighborhood APIs to be presented all within a single page in WordPress. By far, one of my favorites, you’ll see why.
    Get the Local Market Explorer plugin here
    7. Shareaholic – Email, Bookmark & Share – Shareaholic
    This is that cool set of icons (sexy bookmarks) that pop-up at the bottom of a Blog post that let you email, bookmarks, and share on other platforms with a single click. Another favorite in my plugin toolbox. Get the Shareaholic plugin here
    8. Share and Follow – Andy Killen
    This is a simple plugin to manage sharing and following for social networking. This is a great addition as well as an alternative to social sharing using some of the other similar plugin types.
    Get the Share and Follow plugin here
    9. Slick Social Share Buttons – Lee Chestnutt
    This is the floating share button yo see along the left side of my Blog posts here. This allows you to add a customized selection of social media and bookmarking platforms of your choice.
    Get this Slick Social Share Button plugin here
    10. Smooth Slider – Internet Techies
    The Smooth Slider is a plugin that adds a “smooth content and image slideshow” which is completely customizable and can be added to any area or location of your blog. A 5 star rating for “cool!” Get theSmooth Slider plugin here
    11. Social Connect – Brent Shepherd
    This allows your viewers and readers to comment, log-in, and register with their Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo or WordPress.com accounts. Great for simplifying engagement.
    Get the Social Connect plugin here
    12. WPtouch – BraveNewCode Inc
    An absolute must for mobile user accessibility. This plugin formats your site with a mobile theme for visitors on Apple iPhone / iPod touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm and Torch, Palm Pre and other touch-based smartphones. Get the WPtouch plugin here
    13. WP Super Cache – Donncha O Caoimh
    Does your blog or page load slow? It will with all these plugins, (lol) this plugin does the trick for caching your blog and speeding up the load speed for your visitors. An Awesome plugin, but a lot of options. Get the WP Super Cache plugin here
    14. WordPress Importer – WordPressdotorg
    This plugin allows you to import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file. Move all your WordPress Blogs into one!
    Get your WordPress Importer plugin here
    Needing some Real Estate Specific Plugins? These should keep you busy, I have not tested them.
    I’m still testing out about 10-15 others including the new Jetpack, Page-Peel, WP-Topbar and others. We’ll see if they make the next cut for Top WordPress plugins. Here’s a great plugin resource for finding and downloading WordPress plugins for your Blogs.

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