Megalist of WordPress tools and services

Just got back from Wordcamp Montreal 2013 and thought I’d share the somewhat massive list of plugins, tools and services that I accrued there through the recommendations of speakers and guests attending it. Just because something is on the list doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best in it’s category (since everything popular is obviously wrong), but it does mean it’s probably well coded, safe and reputable. Naturally I take no responsibility for them being just that.

This is written in summer 2013. If you are reading it much later, make sure that things are still being properly supported before using them.

Feel free to let me know if I’m missing anything important.

WordPress Plugins

Audio and video

Content organization

Commenting and social

  • CommentLuv – Automatically generates a link to people’s last blog post at the end of their comment
  • Akismet – Anti-spam for comments. Comes with WordPress but needs to be activated.
  • BuddyPress – Set up and manage social networks
  • Trackable Social Share Icons – Social media sharing buttons for your content, with trackable results
  • Guest Posts – A form where people can apply to guest post on your site

SEO and tracking

Misc

  • Easy Tynt – Adds a link to your site on the clipboard whenever someone copy/pastes something from it. Gives you information on how much it’s been done.
  • WPtouch – Mobile interface for websites that don’t have one. (it would be better to use a responsive theme if possible, but this is quicker and easier)
  • Cart66 Lite – Shopping cart
  • Widget Logic – Control which widgets appear on which page

  • Jetpack – Made by WordPress. Contains an amazing amount of functionality. Too much to list here. 
  • WP CleanFix – Optimization and repair errors

  • Better WP Security – automatic security checks and fixes

3rd party services

Hosting

  • pagelines.com – Managed hosting with a drag and drop interface for making custom responsive themes
  • easypress.com – Security-minded managed hosting for WordPress

Security

Tracking and research

  • opensiteexplorer.org – Information on inbound links for websites
  • alexa.com – Page traffic, visitor information, keywords used to find the site, etc.
  • google.com/webmasters/tools – Build a relationship with google. Get notifications when Google has a problem with your website. 
  • polldaddy.com – Create and manage polls
  • tools.pingdom.com – Test your website’s speed, find DNS issues and other problems that make it load slowly

Themes

Misc


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