20 Best WordPress Plugins That I Used In 2012

New year 2013 has arrived. I am wishing you happy new year. Today I decided to share 20  Best WordPress Plugins That I Used In 2012.


20 Best WordPress Plugins That I Used In 2012

Here I am providing you the list of all the WordPress Plugins that I personally used in 2012 both free and paid, these plugins are best for SEO and Design and are MUST HAVE plugins.

Premium Best WordPress Plugins

1. CommentLuv Premium

Adds CommentLuv links to comments, protects you from spam, encourages twitter followers, adds keywords to names and increases traffic and community!

2. MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate

This plugin Automatically convert keywords on your blog into money making affiliate links. Also manage, track, cloak and shorten unlimited number of affiliate links from one central location of Maxblogpress Ninja Affiliate. This plugin helped me alot in saving my time and managing all affiliate links. Ninja plugin is a must have plugin for serious affiliate marketers.

3. Freebie Subscribe To Download For WordPress

Tap into your sites traffic and turn it into a newsletter / email list super builder! I’ve used this plugin to send iThesis template to those who signup to my email list.

Free Best WordPress Plugins

4. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

5. Disable Directory Listings

Prevent virtual directory listing services from listing the contents of directories, and/or show a page in place of a directory’s listing. This plugin is one of the Must Have WordPress Plugins to protect directories.

6. Google XML Sitemap for Images

This plugin will generate a XML Image Sitemap for your WordPress blog. Just After installing this plugin Open the settings page to create your image sitemap.

7. Jetpack by WordPress.com

Excellent plugin with lot of features.  Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.

8. nrelate Related Content

Easily display related content on your website. Very easy to configure and install.

9. Author hReview
A perfect plugin to boost affiliate sales and to write a great review. Add support for hReview and AggregateRating based on schema.org.

10. Simple Google Sitemap XML

Generates a valid Google XML sitemap with a very simple admin interface

11. Thumbnail For Excerpts

Thumbnail For Excerpts allow easily, without any further work, to add thumbnails wherever you show excerpts (archive page, feed…).

12. WordPress SEO

The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.

13. Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox

All your visitors should know about your facebook page and tell their friends. With this plugin you can display a preconfigured Facebook Page-Like Box inside a lightbox. This plugin is still helping me to get more likes on my ABT Fan page.

14Comment Reply Notification

When a reply is made to a comment the user has left on the blog, an e-mail shall be sent to the user to notify him of the reply. This will allow the users to follow up the comment and expand the conversation if desired.

15. W3 Total Cache

Improve site performance and user experience via caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.

16. Limit Login Attempts

Must have WordPress Plugin to protect blog from hackers and limit the login attempts. It Limit rate of login attempts, including by way of cookies, for each IP.

17. RDFa Breadcrumb

RDFa Breadcrumb outputs fully customizable breadcrumb path. This plugin has inbuild RDFa markup, so google rich snippet will show breadcrumbs in search results. After activating, It started showing breadcrumbs in search result within 12-24 hours for this blog.

18. Smart Archives Reloaded

An elegant and easy way to present your posts, grouped by year and month. You can see live demo here.


Best plugin to stop spam registration.  WangGuard protects each web site in a personalized way using information provided by Administrators who report sploggers world-wide, that’s why it’s very important that you report your sploggers to WangGuard. The longer you use WangGuard, the more effective it will become.

20. WP Smush.it

It Reduces image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress.

So these were 20 Best WordPress Plugins That I Used In 2012. Don’t forget to share this post on social networks. I’m sure your followers will find it helpful! 😀

Don’t forget to look at our recent plugin collection for WordPress Blog

What about you? Which and How many WordPress Plugins you’re using? Do let me know in comments. 

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A blogger, web designer, front-end developer and WordPress expert since 2011. I started this blog during high school. I’ve gone from 0 to $3,000+ per month all in my spare time. Here I share what I've learned so far and what I continue to learn through blogging so that I can be of assistance in some way to improve your blog. Interested?

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Comment below, let me know what do you think?
  1. says

    I checked the list twice and still not sure if there isn’t AKISMET in the list that you mentioned.But I loved the list inspite of that and I recommend all to try the Dilemma WordPress Plugin.It is pretty kick ass.Thank you for such very useful and precise list of plugins.

  2. says

    All plugins are very good. But this list is too big, if all installed , the website may not afford the heavy load. you’re not supposed to install ALL of them. Many offer duplicate functionality anyway. The point is to use this list to find the best plugins suitable to your site.

  3. says

    Thanks Ammar for the great List… I use Jetpack , W3 Total Cache and WordPress SEO… Do u think All in one SEO is better than Yoast?

    • Ammar Ali says

      yup, After you activate plugin goto Media -> Bulk Smash.It

      or you can see the setting page here

      • Jasjot Bains says

        Ok great. Done. Times out after 20000 millisec.

        Do you use DiggDigg on your site? I can see a floating bar on the left. After I upgraded to WP 3.5, it suddenly disappeared from my theme. Using Twenty Twelve theme

        • Ammar Ali says

          This year, I removed diggdigg, Instead I’m using custom code for floating social sharing buttons! 😀

  4. Asif Khan says

    Thanks for this list, Ammar. It is good to know what plugins other bloggers are using. I am also using most of the free ones you have listed but mbp ninja affiliate is the only premium one.

    Good luck to you for 2013, may this year be much better for you.

  5. says

    Great post ! For me, Google XML sitemaps and W3 total cache are essential plugins to keep my blog running smoothly. I am going to try out a few of these plugins that you recommend to see how well they work for me.
    Thanks :)

  6. Khaja moin says

    Thanks Amaar for awesome plugins list, most of them were new to me.

    Will give it a try.


  7. says

    WoW @Ammar. I have need this type “Comment Reply Notification” plugin for my blog. and You have solved my problem. I got it in this post. Really Nice collection and all plugins valuable and useful………… :)

    But can you say me. How many Plugins I can install in my blog?

  8. says

    Hi Ammar, very good collection of plugins. Thanks for sharing and plz tell me how to make my links index in Alexa? I am making links but Alexa does not index them.

  9. Abhishek says

    I have used most of the free plugins you have mentioned and now i wana have the MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate.

  10. says

    Many of the plugins I already use and some of them are new to me which I will surely use on My WordPress blog, well WP Super Cache Plugin is also good as an alternative of W3C.

  11. says

    Great collection of WordPress plugins you have listed here. This are some on the essential needs of a successful WordPress blogs. Thanks for listing them out.

  12. says

    I’m currently using 18 plug-ins on my blog. The premium plug-ins are WP SEO Ninja, CommentLuv Premium, Popular Posts Bar and Pippity plug-in.

    Among free plug-ins I’m using some from the above list. I have one question to you, why you are using both the All in SEO and WordPress SEO by Yoast?

  13. Radhikesh says

    nice plugins definitely use some of ur plugins.
    btw ur sexy bookmark plugin url in not working….:)
    pllss redirect it want to download that plugin or else mail it to my id.
    Thank you..:)

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