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In March 2011, I switched to WordPress and I haven’t looked back since. Determined and equipped with a ton of saved html bookmarks I finally relaunched my blog. If you blog you know that switching your blogging platform is a HUGE decision. It can be quite a scary and frustrating moment. Sometimes your blog posts are lost, you can’t find a template that you love, or you just don’t have the time to Google those important “how to’s.”


Switching to WordPress was like buying a home in the blogging community and the plugins have been my amenities. I have about 20 plugins (not all activated) and I am still adding more to my favs list.


Here’s my top five that really allow my blog to totally rock!

1) NextGEN Gallery – I use this gallery plugin when I have more than 5 images that I want to show you guys. I really hate when I’m on a blog and I’ve been scrolling for days — instant way for me to close out of your blog. This gallery is super customizable and you can add a watermark (how cool, huh!). 


2) Tweet My Post – Twitter has really changed how I blog. A lot of my ideas come from what people are tweeting. This post is amazing because I never have to remember to post something to Twitter. It automatically sends a tweet as soon as you press publish. 

3) Tweet Old Post – This plugin is not only great to capture new readers with some of your amazing posts from the past but also for those days were a ‘blogging break’ has occurred. 

4) Socialize – In the beginning I found it hard to manage all of these social networking buttons. I had a plugin for Twitter, one for Facebook, and more buttons for all the other random ones that folks don’t bother with too much. With Socialize you can easily manage all of the networks with a cool side bar that your readers will not miss. 

5) WP Touch – Sometimes this plugin takes the fun outta of your site but it is a cool feature to offer to your readers. Your posts will load much faster on their phone (works with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry) and you just might gain a reader for your courtesy. 


Q: Bloggers — What plugins I am missing out on?


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  1. November 29, 2011 / 10:17 pm

    I switched from TypePad to WP and it’s been quite an adjustment, BUT as you’ve stated the plug-ins are great and i love that the sky is the limit in terms of what you can do.

    These are all great recommendations!!!

  2. December 13, 2011 / 5:12 pm

    Commenting platforms I love are Disqus and most recently I discovered LiveFyre.

    For analytics: Google Analyticator, firestats, and slimstat are great.

    Also other random ones: all in one seo, and search everything

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      December 16, 2011 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks!! I’m gonna try those.

  3. January 30, 2012 / 2:20 am

    Are these plug ins for wordpress.org sites or wordpress.com sites??

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      January 30, 2012 / 12:16 pm

      Dot com.

  4. February 14, 2012 / 11:09 pm

    Hey Ty! Im a new reader (via Bloggers Night Out) and was curious of which platform you used before you switched to wordpress? I use blogger as my host, but a lot of my blog friends have made the switch to wordpress. Im wondering if I should make the switch as well.

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      February 14, 2012 / 11:11 pm

      I used onsugar.com (& blogspot for like 2 seconds). It was hard for me to upload the templates I wanted.

  5. March 8, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    Thanks for this post- I’m currently finishing up an initial “re-vamp” and stumbled upon your tips. Anything to make blogging easier is such a find.

    • Gorgeous In Grey
      March 9, 2012 / 9:18 am

      Thanks for reading. I really should do a part II. I’ve found a few more since I published this.

  6. September 6, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Hey TY,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to check them out. I am planning a relaunch of ladyiwrites this month and I just switch to wordpress.org from wordpress.com. So far I added the Better Click To Tweet plugin. The way it works is you can put quotes in your post, that your readers can tweet. The quotes always link back to your post. So it’s like creating more ways to grab someone interest in your story.

  7. September 8, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    I admit that every now and then I stalk your blog. It really is both beautiful and smart. I just stumbled upon this post that saved my life, and my blog readership- which is basically my life right now. My blog was looking funky on mobile devices and as “responsive,” as my theme claimed to be, this continued to be an issue. As a new blogger, I could not afford to lose my current followers or turn off my potential readers because of a freaking mobile view issue.The WP touch widget got me and my blog all-the-way-together!
    Thanks so much!

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