I think it’s fair to say I love WordPress. If you are looking to host your own blog, get thee to and download the latest version. It’s free, and it’s fabulous.

One of my favorite aspects of WordPress is the ability to extend its functionality through plugins. This blog currently relies on a large number of amazing plugins written by a large variety of authors (and some modified by yours truly). I’d like to take the opportunity to tell you what they are, and how to get them for yourself, if you are so inclined.

(The descriptions of each plugin are written in the respective authors’ own words)

Admin Commenters Comments Count 1.9  Admin Commenters Comments Count 1.9
» Scott Reilly (url)
Displays a count of each commenter’s total number of comments (linked to those comments) next to their name on any admin page.

AdRotate 4.13.4  AdRotate 4.13.4
» Arnan de Gans (url)
Monetise your website with adverts while keeping things simple. Start making money today!

Akismet Anti-Spam 4.1  Akismet Anti-Spam 4.1
» Automattic (url)
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started: activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.

AMP 1.0.1  AMP 1.0.1
» VIP, XWP, Google, and contributors (url)
Enable AMP on your WordPress site, the WordPress way.

Around this date in the past, Polka Dot Cottage edition 0.8  Around this date in the past, Polka Dot Cottage edition 0.8
» Lisa Clarke (url)
Widget that shows entries/posts around this date in the past (if they exist)

Classic Editor 1.3  Classic Editor 1.3
» WordPress Contributors (url)
Enables the WordPress classic editor and the old-style Edit Post screen with TinyMCE, Meta Boxes, etc. Supports the older plugins that extend this screen.

Duplicate Post 3.2.2  Duplicate Post 3.2.2
» Enrico Battocchi (url)
Clone posts and pages.

Easy Add Thumbnail 1.1.1  Easy Add Thumbnail 1.1.1
» Samuel Aguilera (url)
Checks if you defined the featured image, and if not it sets the featured image to the first uploaded image into that post. So easy like that…

Facebook for WooCommerce 1.9.8  Facebook for WooCommerce 1.9.8
» Facebook (url)
Grow your business on Facebook! Use this official plugin to help sell more of your products using Facebook. After completing the setup, you’ll be ready to create ads that promote your products and you can also create a shop section on your Page where customers can browse your products on Facebook.

Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP 0.4.3  Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP 0.4.3
» Joost de Valk (url)
Makes sure the default WordPress AMP plugin uses the proper Yoast SEO metadata

Google Analyticator 6.5.4  Google Analyticator 6.5.4
» SumoMe (url)
Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google’s Analytics. After enabling this plugin you need to authenticate with Google, then select your domain and you’re set.

Instagram Feed Pro Personal 4.0.4  Instagram Feed Pro Personal 4.0.4
» Smash Balloon (url)
Add a customizable Instagram feed to your website

Jetpack by 6.8.1  Jetpack by 6.8.1
» Automattic (url)
Bring the power of the cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a account to use the powerful features normally only available to users.

LiteSpeed Cache 2.8.1  LiteSpeed Cache 2.8.1
» LiteSpeed Technologies (url)
High-performance page caching and site optimization from LiteSpeed

Mailchimp for WooCommerce 2.1.11  Mailchimp for WooCommerce 2.1.11
» Mailchimp (url)
Mailchimp – WooCommerce plugin

OneSignal Push Notifications 1.16.9  OneSignal Push Notifications 1.16.9
» OneSignal (url)
Free web push notifications.

Open external links in a new window 1.3.2  Open external links in a new window 1.3.2
» Kristian Risager Larsen (url)
Opens all external links in a new window. XHTML Strict compliant and search engine optimized (SEO).

VaultPress 1.9.7  VaultPress 1.9.7
» Automattic (url)
Protect your content, themes, plugins, and settings with realtime backup and automated security scanning from VaultPress. Activate, enter your registration key, and never worry again. Need some help?

WooCommerce 3.5.2  WooCommerce 3.5.2
» Automattic (url)
An eCommerce toolkit that helps you sell anything. Beautifully.

WooCommerce Blocks 1.2.0  WooCommerce Blocks 1.2.0
» Automattic (url)
WooCommerce blocks for the Gutenberg editor.

WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration 1.4.7  WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration 1.4.7
» WooCommerce (url)
Allows Google Analytics tracking code to be inserted into WooCommerce store pages.

WooCommerce Services 1.18.0  WooCommerce Services 1.18.0
» Automattic (url)
Hosted services for WooCommerce: automated tax calculation, shipping label printing, and smoother payment setup.

Wordfence Security 7.1.18  Wordfence Security 7.1.18
» Wordfence (url)
Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan

WP-PluginsUsed 1.50  WP-PluginsUsed 1.50
» Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan (url)
Display WordPress plugins that you currently have (both active and inactive) onto a post/page.

Yoast SEO: WooCommerce 9.2  Yoast SEO: WooCommerce 9.2
» Team Yoast (url)
This extension to WooCommerce and Yoast SEO makes sure there’s perfect communication between the two plugins.

Yoast SEO Premium 9.2.1  Yoast SEO Premium 9.2.1
» Team Yoast (url)
The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.