My favorite plugins for WordPress

I have been doing website development using self-hosted WordPress and since 2005. The plugins that extend WordPress come and go and some plugins are here to stay. Below is a list of my favorite plugins for WordPress. Find your favorite at the plugin directory.

  • Admin Flush W3TC Cache – Admin Flush W3TC Cache works with the W3 Total Cache plugin. It simply adds an “Empty All Caches” option to every Admin page.
  • Adminimize – Adminimize is a WordPress plugin that lets you hide ‘unnecessary’ items from the WordPress dashboard.
  • All in One Webmaster – Sitemap submission to Google & Bing. Webmaster options for Google, Bing, Facebook, etc. Analytics option 4 Google, Quantcast, Clicky, Compete.
  • Autonav Image Table Based Site Navigation – Creates customizable lists/tables of text/thumbnails/links to posts, pages, taxonomies, attachments, custom post types, and image directories. See this in action here.
  • Bad Behavior – Bad Behavior prevents spammers from ever delivering their junk, and in many cases, from ever reading your site in the first place.
  • Block-Spam-By-Math-Reloaded – This plugin protects your WordPress and Buddypress login, comments, and new user/new blog signup process against spambots with a simple math question.
  • Breadcrumb NavXT – Adds breadcrumb navigation showing the visitor’s path to their current location.
  • Category Posts in Custom Menu – Dynamic menus: This plugin automatically replaces selected Category / Post Tag / Custom Taxonomy links in a Custom Menu by a list of their posts/pages.
  • cbnet Favicon – Add a Favicon to your site. No bells or whistles; simply upload a (ICO, PNG, or GIF) file.
  • Clean Options – finds orphaned options and allows for their removal from the wp_options table
  • Emu2 – Email Users 2 – Send email to users, manually or on schedule (digest of newest posts). Users can send emails to each other.
  • Facebook Comments – In the future I will be using Jetpack or Disqus to administer comments in self-hosted WordPress websites but in the past this plugin has been awesome. The Facebook Comments WordPress plugin makes it easier for you to setup, administer and customise Facebook comments from your WordPress site.
  • Featured articles Lite – Put featured posts or pages into a fancy JavaScript slider that can be set to display on any category page, page or homepage.
  • Google Analytics for WordPress – Track your WordPress site easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.
  • Google XML Sitemap for Images – The Image Sitemap plugin will generate an XML Sitemap for Images that exist in your WordPress blog.
  • Google XML Sitemap for Mobile – This WordPress plugin will generate an XML Mobile Sitemap for your WordPress blog.
  • Google XML Sitemap for Videos – This plugin will help you generate Google Video Sitemaps (XML) for your WordPress blog.
  • Google XML SItemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.
  • Jetpack by – Supercharge your WordPress site with powerful features previously only available to users.
  • Limit Login Attempts – Limit rate of login attempts, including by way of cookies, for each IP. Fully customizable.
  • Links Shortcode – The plugin provides the shortcode ‘links’. This shortcode shows all links having specified characteristics, following a specified template.
  • List category posts – List Category Posts allows you to list posts from a category into a post/page using the [catlist] shortcode.
  • Login Logout – Widget with login, logout, admin and register links. Replacement of the default Meta widget
  • MCE Table Buttons – Adds table editing controls to the visual content editor (TinyMCE)
  • Officers Directory – Allows for the creation and management of a directory of officers for your organization. Add the [officers-table] and/or [officers-contact] shortcodes to your pages.
  • Page Links To – Lets you make a WordPress page (or other content type) link to an external URL of your choosing, instead of its WordPress URL.
  • SEO Friendly Images – SEO Friendly Images automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images improving traffic from search engines.
  • Search & Replace – A simple search for find strings in your database and replace the string.
  • Shortcode Collection – Adds buttons to tinyMCE Visual Editor so that no need to remember shortcodes.
  • Shortcode Exec PHP – Execute arbitrary, reusable PHP code in posts, pages, comments, widgets and RSS feeds using shortcodes in a safe and easy way.
  • Simple Contact Form Revisited Widget – A simple, yet elegant email contact form plugin that installs as a widget.
  • Social Metrics – Track how’s your blog doing across the leading social networking websites and services.
  • Simple Tags – Add some tools for taxonomies : Terms suggestion, Mass Edit Terms, Auto link Terms, Ajax Autocompletion, Click Terms, Auto terms, Advanced manage term.
  • SS Downloads – Adds a short code like [download file="path_to_file"] that embeds a form in the post asking for an email address before showing a link to a file for download. Great for promoting white papers and other digital assets on your site.
  • Stout Google Calendar – Stout Google Calendar allows you to add and customize the colors and options of embedded Google Calendars directly within the WordPress admin.
  • Use Google Libraries – Allows your site to use common javascript libraries from Google’s AJAX Libraries CDN, rather than from WordPress’s own copies.
  • Vice Versa – Convert Pages to Posts and Vice Versa
  • WordPress Database Backup – Make sure you use the version number of this plugin to verify that you are installing the correct plugin. WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast - Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
  • WP DB Optimizer – Optimize your WordPress database tables with one click.
  • WP – Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the API within WordPress.
  • WP To Top – This plugin will add a “Back to top” link automatically to your blog.
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Dr. Marcie Visits Area Dentists for National Prosthodontics Week – Madison, WI – Wisconsin Dental Solutions

Happy national prosthodontic Awareness Week

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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Live from my head


Funny company signs, taglines and slogans

This thread comes from my uncle Jim. Follow me on G+ at
Sign over a

"Dr. Jones, at your

In a

"Time wounds all heels"

On a Septic
Tank Truck:

Yesterday’s Meals on

At an

"If you don’t see what
you’re looking for,
you’ve come to the right

On a

"We repair what your
husband fixed"

On another

"Don’t sleep with a drip.
Call your plumber"

At a Tire Shop
in Milwaukee :

"Invite us to your next

At a Towing

"We don’t charge an arm
and a leg. We want tows"

On an

"Let us remove your

In a Non-smoking

"If we see smoke, we
will assume you are on
fire and take
appropriate action"

Room door:

"Push. Push. Push."

At a Car

"The best way to get
back on your feet
- miss a car payment"

Outside a
Muffler Shop:

"No appointment
necessary. We hear you

In a
waiting room:

"Be back in 5 minutes.
Sit! Stay!"

At the

"We would be delighted if
you send in your payment.

However, if you don’t, you
will be."

In a

"Don’t stand there and
be hungry;
come on in and get fed

In the front yard
of a Funeral

"Drive carefully. We’ll

At a Propane
Filling Station:

"Thank heaven for little

And don’t forget the sign at

"Best place in town to
take a leak"

And the best one for
Sign on the
back of another
Septic Tank

"Caution – This Truck is
full of Political

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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Live from my head


How to Create a Blog Post with the Officite CMS

Here’s an instructional video which I will be using to share with key folks at work to help them better understand how to create a blog post using Officite’s CMS.


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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in dental marketing


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How to Succeed in Business Draper Style

Thanks to Journey Film Group, Lionsgate Films and AMC TV for making the Mad Men TV available for us to enjoy. Below is the beginnings of a poster that I am producing at work as a part of my marketing plans. The inspiration quotes are from Journey Film Group’s “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS – DRAPER STYLE” which is one of the special features found on Season 4 and 6 DVDs.

I will continue to post updates as this inspirational business poster evolves.

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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Business and Marketing


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How to Identify Bad Backlinks

As I continue my digital marketing promotions for Wisconsin Dental Solutions (a Madison and Sun Prairie dentist office I help with at work), I am on the search for building relevant dental related backlinks and removing bad links which point to the dentist office’s website which may be harming the search rank.

Below are some tips for identifying bad links which can be removed using the Google Webmaster Tools disavow tool or by contacting the site owner (be polite) directly (you may have to do this up to three times).

  • Websites or directories with no apparent niche.
  • Blogs which look like spam or blogs with spammy comments.
  • Websites which are totally not related to your website’s specialty.
  • Websites which have no social activity.
  • Websites which are just simply article directories.
  • Sites which have links to suspect country codes.

How to discover bad links?

1938 Spam advertisement from the Gallery of Graphic Design

Sources:, The Gallery of Graphic Design, Video by Matt Cutts


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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in dental marketing, SEO


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Needing to make room to park in the garage

This is what I’ve been feeling like in the mornings this winter. From Funny Pictures Of The Day – 88 Pics –

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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Live from my head

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