Top 10 most useful WordPress plugins 2011

The end of the year is coming, and for  my blog it is very exciting time to look back at the great products that were popular in the past 11 months. I have received many emails from you, dear blog readers, asking  me to overview some of the hottest WordPress plug-ins of 2011-2012.

Frankly, I found the idea of creating such top very exciting, so it is a great pleasure of mine, to introduce you, “Top 10 most  useful WordPress plugins 2011 by “.

10.  Category and Page Icons

   Category: Interface

    This plug-in adds custom icons to navigation menu items, without css. Icons are connected directly to menu item, thus you can press on them like simple button.

9.  Topsy Retweet Button

Category: Social Networking

Good News: Tweeter is still alive and popular. Users like to re-tweet favorite posts. Topsy had created nice plug-in with a  variety of designs. It is much more stable, than  a popular TweetMeme.

8.  WP-CommentNavy

Category: Usability

Unfortunately basic WordPress is limited in its page navigation by only backward and forward options. But wait! This must-have plug-in allows you to change navigation in comments, allowing for    example to easily jump from page 1 to 71. One more good thing is that it supports different languages! ( Screenshot of Russian version)

7.  WPtouch

Category: Integration

This plug-in optimizes  your page into an iPhone application-style compatible theme, so users can easily view your blog from iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.

6.  ClickDesk Live Support – Live Chat Plugin 

Category: Communication

ClickDesk allows visitors to  make direct calls and chat  with  you from the browser. At this point It is compatible with Skype, Google Talk, MSN, AOL and Yahoo! IM client soon will be supported too.

ClickDesk WordPress Plugin

5. DB Cache Reloaded Fix

Category: Productivity

This is the fastest cache engine for WordPress, with DB Cache Reloaded your site will work much faster and will use less disk space for cached files. Your visitors will always get actual information in sidebars and server CPU loads will be as low as possible.

4. Traffic Counter Widget

Category: Statistics

Simple, but also essential plug-in shows traffic statistics for your blog. Is able to show visitors and unique IP per day, week, month. Nice bonus – if you have non-english blog, you can translate labels for each line.



Category: Security

If you are writing unique content and don’t want that somebody make magic with Ctr+C, Ctrl+V – use WP-CopyProtect. It disallow selection of the text and of course copy.

2.  Smart Ads

Category: Commerce

Smart Ads is definitely the easiest way to add and manage your Google AdSense ads. Plug-in provides controls which allows you to insert ad depending on the post content volume, age, and other factors. Also Smart Ads has options to add ad before or after the post. Moreover, you can add custom AdSense block with simple tag [smartads].

1.  Google XML Sitemaps

Category: SEO

This is the first plug-in to install on your blog. Without this plug-in, nobody will find you on Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. Google XML Stemaps adds a sitemap to your blog in an understandable for search engines form.

That’s it for today!


Anatoly Spektor

If you believe that your plug-in should be in this top, or you   have an ideas about the feature posts, write to us!

About Anatoly Spektor

My name is Anatoly Spektor (originally Anatolijs Spektors) I am Software and Web Developer. I have worked in Seneca Center for Development of Open Technology on Big Blue Button Add-on - Polling Module, Red Hat and some other places :) I am an author of the book 'Eclipse Debugging How To', Muay Thai fighter and amateur photographer ;)
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12 Responses to Top 10 most useful WordPress plugins 2011

  1. charlies says:

    Google XML Sitemaps is the best plugin for wordpress I like it

  2. Rex says:

    Hello Anatoly,
    I’d put in votes for StatsSurfer and the plugin search engine at
    StatSurfer has nice reporting and SearchWordPressPlugins has more advanced search filter to find plugins in the repository.

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  4. Lookbook says:

    Thanks, I use these plugin on my polish fashion website. You are have good tips!

  5. Alex says:

    Here’s a new one for your list! Sendola ( is a small button that sits on your contact page and can send all your contact details – phone number, address, map, Facebook & Twitter links etc. – to your website visitors’ phones. Great for businesses who want to ensure their visitors can contact or find them easily. They also have a free WordPress plugin.

  6. Hi Anatoly,

    There isn’t any other post in the past two years. πŸ™‚
    Hope you would make one for 2014 and mention us

    We just released a wp plugin for VisitorEngage and thought you might like it.


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