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,ย 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, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks,ย co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She alsoย is the lead blogger atย Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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KEXINO
5 years 27 days ago

If you’re using WordPress then using a caching plug-in such as W3 Super Cache or WP Total Cache improves site performance and reduces download times. Both are free.

In a similar vein, using a CDN (Content Delivery Network) speeds-up things considerably. I’m a BIG fan of CloudFlare (www.cloudflare.com) which, as well as speeding-up your site, offers some cool security features too.

I’ve been using CloudFlare since they started, and can only say good things about them. Setting CloudFlare up is a breeze, support is fantastic and (best of all) the entry level package is free!

DannyBrown
5 years 27 days ago
Did you just recommend GoDaddy as a host? OY!!!! They are one of the WORST when it comes to WordPress, and are particularly sensitive to security hacks. If it’s for a corporate site, I’d always recommend a dedicated server via a shared one, so something from RackSpace is ideal. Plugin-wise, I’m not a fan of ScribeSEO since it takes credits away from you on each analysis. To me, this defeats the purpose of it’s use, since you need to run another analysis after you make changes due to its recommendations to see if your score has improved. SEO isn’t as… Read more »
DannyBrown
5 years 27 days ago

Ack, make that DisclosurePolicy.org – grrr…

DannyBrown
5 years 27 days ago

Ack, make that DisclosurePolicy.org – grrr…

NancyD68
5 years 27 days ago

I am going to sit here, make a list, and then start implementing. That is the only way for me to get some changes made to my blog.

KenMueller
5 years 27 days ago
I agree on WordPress, and agree with @DannyBrown re: GoDaddy. I’ve had quite a few developers tell me the same thing. If you like an inexpensive yet reliable hosting option, I work with PowWeb, which is similar, but more stable. As for plug-ins, I also love Clicky, Livefyre (woohoo!), TweetOld Posts, and Anti-feed scraper. My favorite social sharing plug-in is Sexy bookmarks. One thing to remember, as you mentioned in the video, is that sometimes there are conflicts. Things can be running smoothly and as the plug-ins get updates, suddenly something will stop working, or crash your site! All you… Read more »
KenMueller
5 years 27 days ago
Oh, and one other thing to remember. Your plug-ins can also slow down your page load time which is apparently somewhat important in terms of Google’s algorithm and SEO. So the more you have, the slower you will be. I use the WP Optimize, and W3 Total Cache to help speed things up and also minify elements on the site. I’m still a long way from where I need to be in terms of having a faster site, but I’m at the point where I need someone who knows more than I do to take a look at things and… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@DannyBrown Ha! I’ve always used GoDaddy and never had a problem. But now you probably jinxed me.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@NancyD68 Smart girl.

rjfrasca
rjfrasca
5 years 27 days ago

Many if not most of those plugins will only create overhead on the admin side though, so I think the value outweighs the load. The only paid plugin I would add to this list would be Gravity Forms, but I guess that doesn’t apply to blogs so much. Still, I never leave home without it ๐Ÿ˜‰

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@KenMueller I’m with you in that @livefyre always wins. For social sharing, I like Digg Digg.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@rjfrasca What goes Gravity Form do?

KenMueller
5 years 27 days ago

@ginidietrich@rjfrasca I use Contact Form 7 and really like it for that, but I have a client who uses Gravity Form and loves it. I might have to switch. And it works on blogs as well anytime you want to create a form of any type for people to enter information and submit it to you.

Adrian_Dayton
Adrian_Dayton
5 years 27 days ago

Great list!

Shonali
5 years 27 days ago

I was going to say the same thing as you did about OnSwipe, LOL. I removed it, because it’s more important for me to get the @livefyre love. Re: AiO SEO pack – check out Yoast’s SEO plugin – it’s even better than AiO or Platinum Pack (I’d switched to PP from AiO, and now am using Yoast). Great for checking your post against keywords, and it even shows you a snippet of what your post will look like in Search.

Shonali
5 years 27 days ago

@KenMueller@ginidietrich I believe johnhaydon is a fan of Gravity Forms too.

DannyBrown
5 years 27 days ago

@Shonali@KenMueller@ginidietrichjohnhaydon@rjfrasca Gravity Forms is AWESOME!!!

http://www.gravityforms.com/

Definitely worth paying extra for multi-license. Great for simple contact forms, subscription forms, lead gen options, etc.

rjfrasca
rjfrasca
5 years 27 days ago

Honestly.. the best answer to that is anything and everything. You can build any type of form imaginable in about 2 minutes, It is just an amazing product. I haven’t launched a site without it since the day I found it.. Users love it. @ginidietrich

rjfrasca
rjfrasca
5 years 27 days ago

Honestly.. the best answer to that is anything and everything. You can build any type of form imaginable in about 2 minutes, It is just an amazing product. I haven’t launched a site without it since the day I found it.. Users love it. @ginidietrich

TheJackB
5 years 27 days ago

@Shonali I did the same thing with OnSwipe. One of the things that I love about WP is how easy it is to add/remove plugins.

HowieSPM
HowieSPM
5 years 27 days ago

What is Facebook?

And @Shonali wonders why I am blogphobic using Blogger because I am a spaz at this techie stuff. Look at this list my brain hurts. I just want to rant about something and have 2 billion views in the first day. #easylikethat

NancyD68
5 years 27 days ago

@ginidietrich@DannyBrown Evemn I head GoDaddy sucks. If I know it, then it is common knowledge ๐Ÿ™‚

3HatsComm
5 years 27 days ago

@NancyD68@ginidietrich@DannyBrown Heard mixed things about GD, as I use one of their resellers. For clients, also had good luck with 1and1. FWIW.

3HatsComm
5 years 27 days ago

@NancyD68@ginidietrich@DannyBrown Heard mixed things about GD, as I use one of their resellers. For clients, also had good luck with 1and1. FWIW.

3HatsComm
5 years 27 days ago

@Shonali Someone else pointed me to Yoast and it’d probably would give me some nice SEO, if I figured out how to use it. (See that backend stuff, THIS is the kind of tedious techno stuff I wish I could truly automate.)

3HatsComm
5 years 27 days ago
I agree w/ you on WordPress; it has tremendous power, a great community of developers, so many options that make it customizable and flexible for each blogger’s needs. For jgwhitt and anyone else not using Livefyre or Disqus, I have two must pick faves: GASP – the Growmap anti-spam check box plugin is great, works well and you can customize that language with something clever if you like. CommentLuv. I know Livefyre added a similar feature. I like rewarding my commenting community with a little link love, plus it let’s me see their latest posts, what I want to read… Read more »
Shonali
5 years 27 days ago

@HowieSPM Well, after the detailed “how to” I put together for you you have NO excuse on not switching to WordPress, LOL.

Shonali
5 years 27 days ago

@TheJackB That is really an awesome WP feature.

Shonali
5 years 27 days ago

@3HatsComm This is one of those times I say, “If I can do it…” I’d found a “how to set up Yoast” primer a while back… let me find it and give it to you…

Shonali
5 years 27 days ago

@3HatsComm I LOVE Sexy Bookmarks!

JohnHaydon
JohnHaydon
5 years 27 days ago

@DannyBrown@Shonali My fav is conditional responses in forms.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@rjfrasca I did not know about this. Thank you!!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@JohnHaydon Hi John!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@Adrian_Dayton Thank you!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@Shonali I’ll test Yoast – thanks for the tip!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@HowieSPM Howie, please listen to @Shonali . Then I can not only read, but subscribe, to your blog. And, if you change the background to white, I’ll even share it with others.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 27 days ago

@3HatsComm Great tip on LinkWithin!

Katie Gutwein
5 years 27 days ago

Great list, Gini! And, I’m loving all of the suggestions in the comments. You’ve covered most my favs, except for one tiny, little plugin that my anal-retentive self just loves: All in one Favicon! ๐Ÿ™‚

3HatsComm
5 years 27 days ago

@Shonali Thanks, could use all the primers I can get! I’ve watched a few YouTubes on it, have the basic stuff set – I think – but it’s the real stuff, the manual stuff I just suck at or don’t take the time.

ArthurAnswers
ArthurAnswers
5 years 27 days ago

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

TheJackB
5 years 27 days ago

@ArthurAnswers I love JetPack.

TheJackB
5 years 26 days ago

@KenMueller I feel your pain. I have the same issue at my blog.

TheJackB
5 years 26 days ago

@KenMueller I feel your pain. I have the same issue at my blog.

TheJackB
5 years 26 days ago

@KenMueller I feel your pain. I have the same issue at my blog.

FrankDickinson
FrankDickinson
5 years 26 days ago

I hate WordPress. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

scribblinghappy
scribblinghappy
5 years 26 days ago

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 26 days ago

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

CristerDelacruz
CristerDelacruz
5 years 26 days ago

Gees @ginidietrich, I had to look up what FBQOTW was! LOL! @kbkcomm #acronymchallenged

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 26 days ago

@FollowtheLawyer Well, unless I say jump off a bridge

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 26 days ago

@zcommunications I love my WordPress

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