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.
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
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 and PRO 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 the Smooth Slider plugin here
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
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
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
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.