The last time I wrote about WordPress plugins I wrote a post called: 10 of the most popular plugins for WordPress for the Swedish uptime blog pingdom.
Since then I’ve been keeping my ears open for the best wordpress plugins around and the list below is what I came up with.
Make sure to let me know what your favorite plug-ins are in the comments below!
All Time Downloads: 1,054,757
This plugin takes less than a minute to install.
Even if you don’t have an iPhone I highly recommend you install this plugin.
All Time Downloads: 19,368
This plugin was not developed by Drake, but it does send an email to every new commenter on your blog.
I just installed this plugin so drop a comment if you want to see it in action ;)
All Time Downloads: 1,006,160
This plugin adds a navigation system to your blog (ie.   …,) rather than simple “Older posts” and “Newer posts” links.
This plugin makes alot of sense to install once your content starts to build up.
4. SEO Ultimate
All Time Downloads: 78,026
Every blog needs an SEO plugin. Probably the most popular SEO plugin is All in One SEO pack, which has millions of downloads, and is worth checking out.
For my blog I wanted more flexibility when rewriting my titles and SEO ultimate is perfect for just that.
All Time Downloads: 115,574
W3 Total Cache claims to be the fastest and most complete WordPress performance optimization plugin in the world.
All Time Downloads: 222,259
CommentLuv is my favorite way to encourage blog commenting.
With this pluigin installed commenters will see a commentLuv button and if they leave a message a link will be dropped linking to their last blog post.
I personally comment more often on blogs when I see they have CommentLuv installed.
All Time Downloads: 12,054
The youtube with style plugin allows WordPress users to easily embed a youtube video with a stylish player, instead of the standard boring embed.
With this plugin you can add a widget to your sidebar with videos from your youtube account, and use a lightbox to display them.
All Time Downloads: 434,904
At the bottom of this post you will see the SexyBookmarks plugin in action.
This plugin is a very stylish tool for getting your readers to actually submit your articles to numerous social bookmarking sites.
Plugin Tip: Sexy Bookmarks releases a new update almost every week. Don’t waste your time constantly updating this plugin because the updates are usually minor (they do it so that they can get their download count up) and updating causes you to waste your time re-selecting the social networks you want to display.
All Time Downloads: Unknown
To use this custom forms plugin you will need some coding skills, but if you have them you can wind up with some wicked results.
10. Contact form 7
All Time Downloads: 2,389,781
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. I use Contact Form 7 for the contact form on this blog. It was very easy to install and configure.
All Time Downloads: 254,022
This plugin allows you to display a specific amount of related posts, and to exclude categories if you so choose.
I have not installed this plugin, but with 254,022 installs I’m going to assume it works well.
All Time Downloads: 32,553
Apture works amazingly well on rww, the site where I first saw it in action. Unfortunately when I installed Apture on this blog it did not work the same; it was very laggy, so I removed it.
Apture auto searches any words that you highlight on a page.
Despite it’s failure for me, I still think Apture is a wicked plugin, with alot of promise.
I am not surprised that Rww decided to call Apture one of the top 10 semantic products of 2009
I’ll probably try installing Apture again in the future, hopefully with better luck.
13. Better Tag Cloud
All Time Downloads: 59,112
This plugin creates more options for tag cloud widgets.
This means that you can easily customize things like custom font sizes, colors, HTML markup and ordering.
All Time Downloads: 33,821
If you just migrated your WordPress blog from one permalink structure to another, and you don’t want to lose traffic that accesses your blog through the old permalinks, this is for you.
15. WP to Top
All Time Downloads: 7,166
This plugin will add a “Back to top” link automatically to your blog.
WP to Top features a smooth scrolling effect and customizable options.
16. Digg Digg
All Time Downloads: 114,946
Digg Digg is an awesome plugin that I first noticed on the popular blog Mashable.
Digg Digg is installed on this blog and is responsible for the hovering sharing icons to the left.
The ajax scrolling feature of digg digg is really awesome, and allows custom sharing buttons to follow with a visitor as they scroll down a page.
Since digg digg makes sharing buttons more visible, they increase the likelihood that visitors will share your content.
All Time Downloads: 48,379
This plugin also help you to encourage the commenting in your blog by removing the nofollow attribute from your wordpress blog, and rewarding the commenter with a dofollow link.
With this plugin installed commenters will gain Pagerank for their blog every time they comment.
All Time Downloads: 4,336,184
This massively important and popular plugin will generate a special XML sitemap for your blog.
An XML sitemap helps search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your web pages.
All Time Downloads: 30,709
This plugin is very useful for bloggers who promote affiliate products on their blog.
It works by hiding any URL and converting that URL into your blog URL and when some user click on that URL It redirects the user to your affiliate link.
All Time Downloads: 107,710
For those bloggers who want to monetize their blog through advertising units this plugin can be very useful.
WP125 supports One or two column ad display, and support through template tags to implement your own unconventional design.
Show as many ads as you want, and in either manual or random order
Keep track of how many times an ad is clicked
All Time Downloads: 1,007,686
My favorite feature of Google Analyticator is that it installs a dashboard widget, that allows me to view a graph with my site stats every time I login to my blog.
What WordPress plugins are essential to you? Let me know what your favorite wordpress plugins are in the comments below!