My Favorite WordPress Plugins

April 17, 2014 Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging 4


Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging is my opportunity to discuss my bookish and blogging thoughts, whenever I feel like!

One of my favorite blogger friends, Cindy from Cindy’s Love of Books just recently made the switch from Blogger to WordPress. We were chatting about the move and I was telling her how awesome WordPress is and how much I love plugins so I thought I would share my list of favorite plugins with my readers!


Without Akismet I’m pretty sure I would die from spam overload. Akismet does a fantastic job, I’ve had a comment or two sneak in, but Akismet catches 99% of all the spam. Even though I am a small blog the number of spam comments Akismet catches is staggering.


UpdraftPlus automatically backs up your blog, and that’s a must! I’ve used mine before and I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I was to have a back up! The nice thing about UpdraftPlus is that it backs up to Dropbox (or whatever platform you choose) every month/week/day that you choose automatically, so you never have to think about doing it!

Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin

The UBB is the only plugin I have that I paid money for, and it was worth every penny. Seriously it does all the things book bloggers need: it formats all my reviews the same and has automatically updating indexes, those two things alone make the price worth it, but it does lots of other things as well.

WordPress Editorial Calendar and Schedule Posts Calendar

I found the way to schedule posts in WordPress to be pretty unfriendly and these two helped me out a ton. The editorial calendar shows you your posts in a calendar style layout and you can easily move posts around as you want. The Posts Calendar adds a calendar to your schedule options on the posting page which is a huge deal for me as I usually think about my posts as the days of the week, not the date that they will be posted.

Simple Content Templates

Tired of constant formatting the same types of posts (TTT, WoW, StS etc)? This plugin is for you. You set it up one time and then you can just select the template you want when you are starting your new post!


This one automatically links the commenters last blog post to their comment! This makes it super easy to reply back to your commenters, right on their own blog.

What are your favorite plugins?


4 Responses to “My Favorite WordPress Plugins”

  1. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Yeah, I definitely need to move over to WordPress. I hope to do it sometime this summer, if I can afford it, because I think I’m going to hire Ashley from Nose Graze to convert it, buy the UBB plugin, and get a new design, so it won’t be cheap! I’ll have to come back and find this post again when I make the switch!
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