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10 Nice To Have WordPress Plugins For Your Blog

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In my previous posts in this Blog Expert Series, I discussed the ‘Mandatory WordPress Plugins Your Blog Should Have‘ and the ‘WordPress Plugins Definitely Worth Adding To Your Blog’.

In this post, I shall share with you the plugins I have installed that I feel are ‘Nice To Have’

Contact Form 7

You can just use the contact page template that comes with your theme but if you want to add certain fields for your customers to enter data in, the Contact Form 7 plugin is simple and easy to use.

Max Banner Ads

Allows you to easily rotate banners. But I would recommend you don’t add too many banners. Your site is about sharing knowledge not just about making money.

Post Teaser

Post Teaser generates a preview or “teaser” of a post for the main, archive and category pages, with a link underneath to go to the full post page. It includes features to generate a word count, image count, and an estimated reading time.

Rotating Text

A plugin that rotates text using animation to fade the text in and out. I use it to display my testimonials in the sidebar.

This is a premium plugin: Rotating Text

Subscribe To Comments

Allows commenters to see all comment replies.


Displays YouTube and Vimeo galleries in your posts, pages, and/or sidebar.

I have my videos displayed here:


Tweet old post

Randomly Tweets your old posts – good for bringing some old posts back to life.

Twitterlink Comments

A plugin to show a link to follow the comment author on twitter.

Where did they go from here

Show “Readers who viewed this page, also viewed” links on your page. Helps reduce your Google Bounce Rate.

WordPress.com Popular Posts

Shows the most popular posts.

Which plugins would you add / remove under this category of ‘Nice To Have’?

Please share your views in the comments below.

Previous posts in this series:

15 WordPress Plugins Definitely Worth Adding To Your Blog

16 Mandatory WordPress Plugins Your Blog Should Have

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35 Responses to 10 Nice To Have WordPress Plugins For Your Blog

  1. Steve March 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    I have been using the Tweet old post for sometime and it does a great job of posting old tweets to your twitter account. Probably hasn’t resulted in too much traffic, but it has the potential.

    • Andrew March 29, 2011 at 8:01 am #


      I agree it has the potential. Traffic will depend upon how enticing the tweet is, I suppose.


  2. Joe March 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    seo smart links, quotes collection, rss footer, no self pings, sexy bookmarks and wp-pagenavi.. these are other plugins that I use

    • Andrew March 29, 2011 at 7:59 am #


      Are the plugins you mention in your ‘nice to have’ list? Or mandatory?


  3. TrafficColeman March 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Tweet old post works for me..you always have to give love to the past post..just keep the traffic alive..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  4. Jake March 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    nice list of plugins.. i don’t think i use others than this.. but I have one question. what’s the plugin that you use to tell how many words it has, the reading time, etc? this is pretty nice

    • Andrew March 29, 2011 at 8:02 am #


      That is the Post Teaser plugin.


  5. Helmi Asyraf March 29, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    Good tips Andrew. However, it will be better if you can provide link to those plugins. I’m sure others are feeling the same too.

    For me, i love pretty links plugin for link cloaking and smart sharing plugin for social sharing button.

    • Andrew March 29, 2011 at 8:03 am #


      I understand about the linking but I thought people could easily search.

      Thanks for sahring the others you use.


  6. Delena Silverfox March 29, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    Post Teaser is my favorite! I love visiting other blogs and being able to scan the page and see what’s there that’s interesting rather than having to scroll aaaaall the way down the page.

    I keep checking to see if Blogger has a widget or option like that. I’m still stuck with Blogger. I like it, but it just doesn’t have some of the features I really like.


    • Andrew March 29, 2011 at 8:04 am #


      I am the same…I like the scan…first with the title.

      Must admit, if the title doesn’t grab me…I don;t read any more.


  7. Alex March 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    Hello Andrew,

    Nice list! I recommend the subscribe comments plugin if you have a multi-author blog, because people can get alerts when someone posts a comment on their guest posts.

    Where did they go from here, is also a great plugin, like you said, to decrease that nasty bounce rate and maybe gain some new subcribers if they find a lot of related posts on your blog that they like.

    • Andrew March 30, 2011 at 11:04 am #


      2 great ones you have pointed out!


  8. Dennis Edell March 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    I need a good contact form and I’m looking at tweet old posts and where do they go from here, thanks!

    • Andrew March 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm #


      I hope they help!


  9. dan March 30, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Here are two nice to have plugins on my list:

    1. SEO smart links – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-automatic-links/

    automatically create links if certain keywords appear on posts.

    2. Pagemash – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pagemash/

    an easy way to manage WP pages using AJax. however, its not frequently update so some people might have problems with it.

    • Andrew March 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm #


      Thanks for sharing. It’s always nice to see what others recommend.


  10. Kimi March 31, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    Hi Andrew,

    I haven’t tried most of them. But the twitter old post is the plugin I have heard often for a long time, though I haven’t tried it yet, since I don’t really use Twitter much.

    Those are nice, though some aren’t free..

    • Andrew April 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm #


      Unfortunately some are not free but I do feel you have to invest in your business…to gain from your business.


  11. Anna March 31, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I only use a few plugins for my blog (wp-pagenavi, SEO smart links and rss footer). I like to keep it simple..in my opinion, less is always more.

    • Andrew April 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm #


      I understand your position. I’m just a bit of a plugin lover!


  12. Neil March 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi Andrew

    These are 10 great plugins plus the ones that have been shared in the comments.


    • Andrew April 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks, Neil.

      Do you use them all?


  13. TechJ April 3, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    wordpress plugins are good..but to optimize blog for speed use of plugins should be minimized

  14. pravakar April 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    I have only used contact from 7 for one of my blog. After reading your post i will try it.

  15. Bit Doze April 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    I use WordPress popular posts for quite a while and I am very happy with what he has to offer. You have build a very nice list of plugins here and defenetely most of them are very helpful.

    • Andrew April 10, 2011 at 6:47 am #

      Bit Doze

      Great – I’m glad you liked the list.


  16. Felicia April 7, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    Hi Andrew,
    I agree these are nice WordPress plugins. I didn’t know about the plugin “Where did they go from here”.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Andrew April 10, 2011 at 6:48 am #


      You are welcome – I’m pleased you found “Where did they go from here”.


  17. Bryan Long April 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Thanks for the list. It’s always helpful to go beyond the “must have” WordPress lists that seem to be everywhere.

    • Andrew April 10, 2011 at 6:48 am #


      That’s exactly why I listed the plugins I use in 3 different lists.


  18. Petra April 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    The “Twitterlink Comments” plugin is definitely an awesome plugin. I don’t use it on my blogs (at least not yet), but I definitely appreciate a blog that gives me the option to enter my twitter username, so that people who see my comments can follow me on twitter, too. Now that I think of it, this is probably something I should look into for my own blogs as well! If I appreciate it, others are sure to also 😉

    • Andrew April 19, 2011 at 9:48 am #

      Good luck, Petra. I hope the TwitterLinks plugin makes a big difference.


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