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Gini Dietrich

The Best Blogging Platform and Plugins

By: Gini Dietrich | September 1, 2011 | 
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It’s Facebook question of the week time (clap, clap, clap!).

Jeremy Whittaker, my Utah turned Germany friend, asks, “Could you give a rundown of the the best technologies for a corporate blog? I’m looking for the best platforms and plugins that make a blog rock.”

Sure, Jeremy! This is a question we get a lot so I have a handy dandy list already created.

The video has my favorite plugins and which platform you should use. After the video you’ll find an additional list of free and paid plugins that aren’t mentioned in the video.

If you’re curious about my personal Tumblr blog I mention, you can find it here (Del Williams calls it food porn).

And don’t forget to go to our Facebook wall and leave a question on the wall there. I need some questions. I also take dares (within reason).

Without further ado…the video. If you can’t see it in your Reader, click here and it’ll magically appear.

Free Plugins

  • Advanced permalinks
  • Anti feed-scraper message (alerts you if anyone steals your content)
  • Best related posts (creates the links at the end of every post that is similar to the content you just published)
  • Comment notifier (alerts people who leave comments that someone has responded)
  • Dagon design sitemap generator
  • Easy popular posts
  • Exclude pages from navigation (we use this for paid content or private content)
  • Feature comments
  • Google analytics for WordPress
  • Most commented widget
  • Popular posts
  • Post-plugin library
  • Recent comments
  • Recent comments widget
  • Tweetbacks (shows tweets as comments on the blog)
  • Tweet old posts
  • WordPress database backup
  • All-in-one SEO pack
  • Democracy (allows you to create polls)
  • Livefyre (commenting system we recommend to everyone)
  • PostRank
  • WP to twitter
  • WPtouch
  • OnSwipe (allows you to view the blog on the tablet as if it’s a magazine)

Paid Plugins

  • Akismet ($5/month)
  • Scribe SEO
  • Scribe support script (free, but supports the one above)
  • BackupBuddy
  • GetClicky

 

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

95 comments
Taran
Taran

You have posted such nice post.I love your post, its really a interesting post.I want to thank you for this post.

ExpatDoctorMom
ExpatDoctorMom

Wow what a list Gini! Use some of them but will definitely check them out!

Cheers,Rajka

kainth56
kainth56

nice list of plugins what I want to add one of XML site map generator for Google webmaster tool submission

SoloBizCoach
SoloBizCoach

I will add a plugin - WordPress SEO by Joost. It rocks!

feliciahudson
feliciahudson

By the way, Gini, which plug in do you use for your "share" buttons? The plug in I have now only allows visitors to share after they click on the actual link to the post. Since the entire post is on the landing page, there is really no reason for anyone to click on it...

feliciahudson
feliciahudson

Thanks so much for the list, Gini! Thanks, too, @jgwhitt for the question. This is exactly what I need right now! I have a blog on my website that needs a lot of work. I had the entire site moved over to Wordpress a few months ago, so this is extremely helpful. I'm bookmarking this AND saving to Evernote. Thinking of which, I have a few "blog etiquette" questions I think I should post to Facebook. :-)

jgwhitt
jgwhitt

Sorry to be late to comment.This is a great answer to my question @ginidietrich . I really appreciate it!

jennalanger
jennalanger moderator

Definitely checking all of these out as I work on my blog. My problem is I spend more time fiddling with plugins and design than I do blogging, so I feel like I never get content out there. Guess I should just follow your list and get writing!

CharterHomes
CharterHomes

Great post! I was actually debating between Wordpress and BlogEngine.net and leaning heavily towards Wordpress - I think you're swaying me. :) I've been experimenting with Wordpress plugins (including @livefyre of course) and this list was very helpful. Thanks!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

@kbkcomm I'm so happy you're back because I think you love FBQOTW more than anyone.

scribblinghappy
scribblinghappy

I love this, Gini! Way to make it easy for would-be bloggers. I'm passing this on to my friends. Thanks for sharing!

FrankDickinson
FrankDickinson

I hate WordPress. :) Seriously, if yu are not using WP as your blogging platform - well, you are missing out on all the awesomeness.

Fav plugins: LiveFyre (another, if you're not using = missing out) Digg Digg, Tweet Anywhere Plus and nrelate Related Content.

Be awesome!

ArthurAnswers
ArthurAnswers

Wordpress FTW! The new built in plugins from JetPack are quite nice.

CharterHomes
CharterHomes

That's a great idea - I'll have to look that one up.

YasinAkgun
YasinAkgun

@jennalanger as Gini says, write write write! that's the message I'll be giving to a talk I'm due to give to a new intake of marketing students. If I could get away with it I'd force them all to set up a blog and write there and then! lol

kbkcomm
kbkcomm

@ginidietrich WORD. I do love FBQOTW. I do a little happy dance...it's the little things in life :).

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@scribblinghappy I think I'm going to have to take the comments and create a super list of everyone's recommendations.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@FrankDickinson I also love Digg Digg, though it won't install here (drives me nuts). And don't you be giving me a hard time about WP!

jennalanger
jennalanger moderator

@YasinAkgun Can you please keep bugging me about this? I need a good kick in the butt, seriously. :)

FrankDickinson
FrankDickinson

@ginidietrich are you getting a "fatal error 404" message - I was - went through and disabled all my plugins until I found the one it wasn't compatible with (WP minify I think it was) - got it all installed and setup and went back and activated all the plugins - works fine now!

Brankica
Brankica

@ginidietrich I hate WP too, not kidding, but it is the best and most common so it isn't like I would chose anything else, lol

CharterHomes
CharterHomes

Quick question - is your blog automatically set up with the "subscribe by email" widget that appears in your sidebar, or do you use a plugin? @ginidietrich

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