Theme, Plugins, Widgets, and Addons I use on this Blog

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Theme, Plugins, Widgets, and Addons I use on this Blog

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WordPress Theme:


WordPress Plugins (Free):

— Backend Plugins

  • Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under "Comments."
  • All in One SEO Pack is an Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
  • AntiVirus for WordPress is a smart and effective solution to protect your blog against exploits and spam injections 
  • Bulk Move allows you to Bulk move posts from selected categories or tags.
  • Google Analyticator adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google’s Analytics. After enabling this plugin visit the page and enter your Google Analytics’ UID and enable logging.
  • Google XML Sitemaps will generate a compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.
  • MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer saves your wordpress blog from getting tagged as ping spammer by not ‘pinging’ when you edit a post or too often.
  • Pretty Link lets you shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website.
  • SEO Super Comments allows you to use your blog comments to get more traffic.
  • Smart 404 rescues your viewers from site errors! When content cannot be found, Smart 404 will use the current URL to attempt to find matching content, and redirect to it automatically.
  • StatPress Reloaded gives you improved real time stats for your blog
  • WordPress Exploit Scanner scans your WordPress site for possible exploits.
  • WordPress File Monitor monitors your website for added/changed/deleted files
  • WordPress Firewall blocks suspicious-looking requests to WordPress.

— Social Media & ‘Stickiness’ Plugins

  • Add To Facebook adds a footer link to add the current post or page to a Facebook Mini-Feed. 
  • Facebook Sharecount shows the number of shares on Facebook your posts get and allows users to share it themselves. 
  • Flickr Zoom Badge show photos from Flickr based on user and/or tag(s), with zoom effect without using Flash.
  • I Love Social Bookmarking allows your readers to submit your content to social media services via a clutter-free drop-down list of attractive icons.
  • LinkWithin displays recommended stories and associated thumbnails from your blog
  • SexyBookmarks adds a (X)HTML compliant list of social bookmarking icons to each of your posts. (My Post)
  • Simple Tags gives you Autocompletion, Suggested Tags, Tag Cloud Widgets, Related Posts, Mass edit tags.
  • Social Media Page generates a list of social media profiles on a given page or as a widget.
  • Subscribe To Comments allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry.
  • The WordPress Bar creates a navigation bar for all external links outside of blog. Also features social network links such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and FriendFeed. (My Post)
  • TweetMeme Retweet Button adds a button which easily lets you retweet your blog posts
  • Twitterlink Comments shows a link to follow the comment author on twitter if they have entered in their username at least once in the comment form
  • WP-DownloadManager adds a simple download manager to your WordPress blog.
  • WP-PageNavi adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog.
  • WP likes allows visitors to "like" your posts on the fly if they find it interesting.
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin returns a list of related entries based on a unique algorithm for display on your blog and RSS feeds. 
  • Yoast Breadcrumbs outputs a fully customizable breadcrumb path.

WP Likes, Add to Facebook, Simple Tags



Facebook ShareCount and TweetMeMe

— Other Plugins I use on this blog

  • Enhanced WP-ContactForm is a drop in form for users to contact you. In the message it sends to you it gives the page the user visited before the contact page, as well as the original outside referrer. 
  • Favicon Generator allows you to upload an image file of your choosing to be converted to a favicon for your WordPress site. (My Post)
  • EzineArticles Autoposter automatically post articles related to topics/keywords of your choice from, on a predefined schedule. This plugin is perfect to add guest bloggers or expert articles to your niche blog. But also perfect for posting to your drafts for collecting ideas for what to post about.
  • Get The Image is a highly intuitive script that can grab an image by custom field input, post attachment, or extracting it from the post’s content.
  • Global Translator automatically translates a blog in 41 different languages by wrapping four different online translation engines (Google Translation Engine, Babelfish Translation Engine,, Promt).
  • Recently Popular displays the most popular posts based on history from now to X amount of time in the past.
  • Text Hover adds hover text to regular text in posts. Handy for providing explanations of names, terms, phrases, and acronyms mentioned in your blog.
  • WP-PostViews enables you to display how many times a post/page had been viewed.

WordPress Plugins (Premium):

  • MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate automatically convert keywords on your blog into money making affiliate links. Also manage, track, cloak and shorten unlimited number of affiliate links from one central location of Maxblogpress Ninja Affiliate.
  • JS-Kit Comment System is a fully-featured commenting system with powerful pre- and post- moderation capabilities, automatic spam blocking, RSS feeds, threading, pagination and sorting of comments, and much more.

JS Kit


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Penny (

Who are we? What are we doing here? What is the meaning of life? Penny is a truth-seeker, ever-questioning, ever-learning, ever-researching, ever delving further and deeper down the rabbit hole. This site is a legacy of sorts, a place to collect thoughts, notes, book summaries, whilst providing a searchable archive to easily lookup and reference.


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  2. It looks too much hard to setup this…

  3. pennybutler says:

    Ooopsy, I was confused – most people ask about the sidebar one and I must’ve been having a blonde moment when I read your comment. Now I realize you were talking about the one in the footer.

    That one is a plugin called “Social Media Widget” and you can download it from here:

  4. Shadab says:

    Can you plz tell em the name of the plugin with the title “Connect Elsewhere!” ?

    1. pennybutler says:

      Hiya, the “connect elsewhere” widget is actually part of this wonderful theme that I purchased from Solostream and not an individual plugin, the theme is called ‘WP-Inspired’

  5. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much! I was looking everywhere to try to figure out what plugin it was which ended up being “Sexy Bookmarks”

    Now Im using it on my website related to foster parenting. And will on others.

    you rock!
    Rebecca Osman

  6. benwaynet says:

    Don’t even know how I found this post, but it had good information about your site. I’d love to see an updated post. It looks like you are using some different plugins and removed some.

    1. Penny says:

      You’re very right, I’m always running out of time on my own blogs.. but I definitely need an updated list :)

  7. Penny says:

    Thanks Clayton :) I love WordPress & Social Media stuff and love to keep all my info in one place so that I can refer to it again.. I’m just happy that others find my tidbits & ‘finds’ useful too!
    Looking forward to chatting to you more when I get back from my holiday.. and glad to have you as a new Facebook bud as well.

  8. Clayton Johnston says:

    Hey Penny,

    That is some brilliant information you have shared with your readers.. Your knowledge and in depth understanding of Word Press and blogging is second to none….

    I enjoy your posts and your valuable up to date information : )

    I am happy to let all my friends know about your excellent blog !!

    Have a great day

    Clayton J

    ” Many Minds Make Light Work ”

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