This plugin is invaluable to a self-hosted WordPress site if you don’t like spam. If you like having your inbox swamped with spam emails then please disregard this plugin. You do need to link this to a WordPress.com account (I’m never very good at explaining this to my clients, it usually involves 6+ emails to explain wordpress.org log in information vs. wordpress.com log in information – I need to get better at this!!) and after that you’re golden – no more spam!
Broken Link Checker (free)
As your blog ages so does all of those links you included in your posts. For whatever reason, the site owners may have changed their permalinks, or the website no longer exists, it’s best to use this plugin to keep your site clean of broken links.
About once a month I get a comment from a reader about how much they love that I have CommentLuv on my blog… it’s a nod to your commenters, letting them know you love them right back and want to share their posts, too.
If you need to create a comment form, this is the one to use. They’re easy to construct and a simple shortcode gets it active on your page.
Did you know WordPress stores all of your post and page revisions, trashed items and spammed comments FOREVER? Well, it does and it can really put a drain on your resources and dramatically slow down your site – is you site loading slower than normal? This plugin not only deletes all of that stuff you don’t need, but it also optimized your database, too.
Pinterest RSS Widget (free)
I use this plugin as a widget in my footer – it has a bunch of different layout options which is great! Right now I’m just displaying my most recent pin.
Because I have a creative business I need to display feedback & testimonials from my clients, no duh right?! Well, I could have used a free plugin to do this, but I decided to splurge on this one. You can have testimonials in your sidebar or on a page – mine are on a page. There are also a lot of different layout options to choose from. It’s super simple to use, too!
WPFront Scroll Top (free)
This is my newest plugin, if you scroll down just a bit you’ll see in the bottom right corner of the screen a “back to top” link. That’s a custom image I made to match my logo’s font. The plugin gives you default buttons and text, but also lets you customize your own button. Fancy!
What are your favorite WordPress plugins? Are there any that I didn’t list that you use?