for bloggers / favorite wordpress plugins

I’ve been asked a few times what wordpress plugins I use + love, so I thought I’d do a little round-up post. Please note that these are subjective and there are usually several kinds of plugins for any given need out there! My suggestion would be to do your research and test em’ out to see what you like best. So without further ado, here are some sweet plugins :

PINTEREST PIN IT BUTTON Nowadays, it’s trendy to have an image hover that allows your readers to “pin” images straight to their boards. There are a TON of options out there for this, but I’ve been most successful with this plugin. The reason I love it is because a separate pinterest box pops up that doesn’t interfere with your actual site. Beware of some plugins that actually take visitors away from your site.

COMMENT REPLY I personally use WordPress’ native “reply to comments” feature in my theme, but if yours doesn’t have that enabled and you don’t know how to do so – I would suggest using a simple plugin like this one or this one. These work straight out of the box and send an email to anyone who has received a reply to their comment. I think having something like this enabled is KEY for communication within your blog. I absolutely love replying to comments on my end and the discussions that ensues!

CONTACT FORM Since my early days, I’ve been an avid Contact Form 7 user. I know there are literally hundreds of forms you can install + use, but this is what I’ve loved so far. It’ll take a bit of CSS knowledge to get your forms looking pretty, but it’s not too scary is you do a little google searching for help.

BACKUP YOUR SITE Again, there are so many options out there for backing up your wordpress website. I peronsally use the WordPree Backup to Dropbox plugin, because it literally drops my files right into DP, which is nice + simple. You can schedule these routine backups and sit back + relax knowing that your site is covered.

GALLERIES One of my hands down favorite wordpress galleries is the Nivo Slider. While I don’t use it on any of my websites, I’ve played around with it for a few of my clients. It’s easy to use with a variety of options, which makes for a very versatile plugin.

ETC. Because there are a handfull of plugins I use that aren’t entirely interesting to talk about, I’m going to throw them into this last category here. Please click around + explore the following as they are all useful in their own way : Limit Login Attempts, Google XML Sitemaps, Askimet, and All in One SEO Pack.

Enjoy these! And make sure to share your own favorite plugins below in the comments. I know there must be some goodies out there that I’ve never even heard of. Let’s discuss!

  1. alicia says:

    Fellow Contact 7 Lover right here!!
    I always struggle with photo gallery plug-ins. They all seem to work differently and it’s always a hassle downloading it, figuring out how it works, customizing it and then realizing it doesn’t quite work the way you want it to.
    Although I have my design portfolio up on my website right now I still have not updated my photography section. Besides being indecisiveness about layout and navigation I can never quite find a plugin I am happy with.
    Open to suggestions :)

  2. Christine says:

    The WordPress Backup to Dropbox is JUST what I needed!

  3. Melanie says:

    I’m personally a Blogger user, but am considering moving over to WordPress after this post. As a graphic designer I’ve been really interested in totally transforming the look of Blogger blogs because they can just look SO similar to each other. After a lot of research there seems to be only so much you can do with a limited knowledge of coding.

    I’ve been meaning to delve into the world of WP so I can expand my customer market, and this might have been the push I needed to actually get started on it! I’ll definitely be back to check the comments for this post to see what other plug-ins are found to be useful : )

    • Melanie says:

      Plus the WP commenting platform is a MILLION times better than Blogger. I’m definitely lacking in the reply/discussion area with my readers. I can’t seem to find a commenting platform for Blogger that incorporates everything I want!

  4. These are great! I have been looking for a Contact form for a long time. this one looks perfect.
    Thanks Breanna
    Xo, Elba

  5. Jenni says:

    Thank you! They are so helpful!

  6. Leah says:

    How would I get a “pin” button that’s more minimalist, like yours? I’m assuming I’d have tot create the image in photoshop, but what comes after that?


    • breanna says:

      Yes, unfortunately that involves a bit more work. If you go into the forums for the plugin I suggested, there SHOULD be some tutorials to help walk you through this!

  7. Jasmine says:

    I’ve been looking for a Pinterest Pin app! Thank you!

  8. This is super helpful!! Dyou have any recommendations for avoiding spam comments?? I get like 12 everyday its really frustrating haha

    Thanks for the post!!

  9. Katie says:

    Great list!! I’ve been searching for a nice Pinterest plugin for a while, and will be installing this one tonight. While I don’t have a lot of content yet, I can see that I’d be really sorry if I didn’t have some sort of backup – so I’ll be installing that as well. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  10. stacy k says:

    I just have to chime in and tell you how much I love all of your posts! So helpful in steering me in the right direction (and so beautifully designed.) Keep up the great work!

  11. Joanna says:

    First of all I am so inspired by your blog and all your work! Im a graphic design student in college and im working on building a blog on wordpress! Ive designed it but im having a hard time with coding it. I would love to just be able to design it and have someone else program it for me buuut Im a broke college student! I was wondering if you had any websites or tutorials that you would suggest on creating one. Its a super minimal design but im still having a hard time haha. thank you so much!

  12. Shannon P. says:

    Thank you – these are great suggestions!!

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  14. Kristenhanna says:

    Good list of WordPress plugins. For Pinterest I have also seen a perfect Pinterest theme for wordpress website.

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  17. lauren says:

    I struggle with spam both in comments (galore!) and sometimes in fake inquiries through my contact form…any suggestions?

  18. This is GREAT! I just started my blog, but started out on blogger because I had no idea what was better. I’ve read so many reviews and suggestions about wordpress that I plan to make the switch in the near future while my blog is still VERY new lol. I am pinning this to use for once I make the switch! Thank you so much for this great list!!

    –Michelle @The MaMade Diaries

  19. sara says:

    hello; I know I am a bit late commenting here, but what are the best Share buttons? I’m looking for ones for TW, FB, Pinterest and possibly some others. but mostly these three.

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  21. Michelle says:

    Really enjoyed this. Thanks so much for sharing!


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