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The Essential WordPress Plugins…


These are the essential WordPress plugins.  I use this list of plugins every time I build a website.  So, if you are new to WordPress and just starting on your first site this video will give you a good baseline to start from.   All the plugins in this video are free plugins.  Below is the list of essential WordPress Plugins…

  • All in One SEO Pack
  • cbnet Ping Optimizer
  • Clean-Contact
  • Easy Privacy Policy
  • Favicon Generator
  • FD Feedburner Plugin
  • Featured Content Gallery
  • Google XML Sitemaps with qTranslate Support
  • PS Disable Auto Formatting
  • Robots Meta
  • Search & Replace
  • SEO Friendly Images
  • Sociable
  • TubePress
  • Ultimate Google Analytics
  • Video Sidebar Widgets
  • WordPress Database Backup (schedule backup once per week)

New List of Essential WP Plugins (updated November 27, 2012)

  • Google Privacy Policy
  • Google XML Sitemaps with qTranslate Support
  • Robots Meta
  • SEO Friendly Images
  • BackWPup (in conjunction with Dropbox)
  • Limit Login Attempts
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  1. Hi, I just read texts on your blog and I became interested in the topic. I like your blog and I am thinking whether I could use your words in my paper? Would it be possible? If yes, please write to me.Thank you very much.

  2. Hi there,

    I have various WordPress blogs online, One of which is using the Revolution lifestyle theme.

    Ive been looking for these kind of tutorials for a long time and i just wanted to say thank you for making these videos! its been a great help to me.

    Thanks again,


  3. Hi Adam, love your videos. I’m a rookie and have found that the theme have (weaver) is having problems with WP Robot (not uploading images). In your tutorials you mention the Lifestyle Theme. It’s exactly what I want (I think) but I need to change the color scheme. Do you know any developers that would do that. It’s a bit out of my league. Also is it compatible with Buddypress?



  4. Hi, I I’m about to finish my site that I builded. Setting up the Fine Art Print shop in photocrati theme with the available ecommerce due to specific needs like shipping to different continents=different prices for one, so the ecommerce possibility is not what I wanted so looked for a 3rd party plug in and arrived at the Woo ecommerce and finally here at your site.
    So the purpose of the shop is to sell my fine art prints. That means photos in different sizes glued on a specific surface, safety packing = diff sizes = diff prizes, tax etc…
    So, I’m looking to implement the woo commerce in to photocrati. Could you set me up with this so I can continue, or ref links to tutorial that show this.
    Would be awesome !
    Thanks in advance,


  5. Hey guys,

    Was wondering with the amount of plugins that you recommend, would you ever consider a tutorial on creating a plugin. Maybe something that could cover as many aspects when designing a plugin.

    Just a thought.


    • Hey Rob,

      Thanks for the suggestion. I think an in-depth tutorial on creating a WordPress plugin is a great idea. I’ll go ahead and add it to our future tutorials queue.

      Thanks again,


  6. Hi, I'm trying to add the plug ins but can't find 'Easy Privacy Policy'. Is there an alternative you can recommend or is it necessary?

    • Hi Kate,

      I recommend using the "Google Privacy Policy" plugin. In the WP admin go to Plugins > Add New > search for Google Privacy Policy

      Let me know if that helps and thanks for your question.


  7. I have installed WooThemes Placeholder after watching Adam's tutorial. It is working fine, except for the FeedBurner email collection facility.

    I have tried two plugins (FD Feedburner Plugin & Feedburner Email Subscription) and I still get the message "The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled".

    What am I missing?

    Also the logo I uploaded is smaller than what I would like. How do I enlarge it please?

    • Hi John,

      To enlarge the logo do the following… In the WordPress admin go to Placeholder > Theme Options > General Settings > upload the logo and make sure to select the "Full Size" radio button before clicking "Use this image". By default, it will have the "medium" radio button selected for logo size so you need to change that to Full size when uploading your logo.

      To finish setup of feedburner watch the following tutorial… In it you'll see how to enable Subscriptions by email in your feedburner account…