Top 5 plugins for the self hosted blogger

Happy Blogger Tip Tuesday! Okay, that’s not really a thing, but maybe it should be! A lot of my blogging friends have just switched to self hosting and I thought I’d share my top five plugins for the self hosted blogger! Keep in mind, I use wordpress as my platform, so if you use blogger or another service, you might not have the same options.


  • Commentluv – by far my favorite plugin! This allows you to link to your readers’ blogs when they comment on yours. It’s fantastic and it really helps to encourage comments.
  • Pin It Button – do you want people to be able to easily Pin your posts? Install this plugin to get the hover Pin It button!
  • Shareaholic – this is an easy way for your readers to be able to share your posts to facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.
  • Online backup – not very fun, but a total necessity. You definitely do NOT want to discover that your site has crashed without all your hard work being backed up.
  • Askiment – many bloggers use captcha (which I loathe) because they can’t figure out how to get rid of spam otherwise. Well this is how you get rid of spam. Use this plugin and you will see little to none. Promise!

What are your must-have plugins? 


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      Meranda…girl I HATE captcha! UGH! Anyway, see below…Chaitali uses commentluv on blogger – maybe she can help you out?

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    I think my biggest and favorite plugin is the comment reply notification on WP. I am amazed at how many bloggers don’t have this turned on. Readers won’t always remember to come back and check for comments, so if we don’t get a notification, we might never know. It takes the work away from the reader and makes it seamless. I did a blog post on it because I’ve slowly realized how few of bloggers actually have it installed!
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    Thanks for these! I definitely need to figure out Askimet. When I went self-hosted, it wanted me to pay for Askimet and I was like NO because I had just paid to go self-hosted 😉 I love the comment reply plugin that (hopefully) let’s people know when I’ve commented back. I’m definitely going to add CommentLuv to my plugins!
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    I think Askimet comes with the Jetpack thing from, right? I don’t think I had to do anything to have it work except enable Jetpack and set up the options I wanted.

    I love plugins and was having so much fun finding ones to set up when I moved to self-hosted. I still have a few things I want to tweak. I use the Pin It button from Pinterest and like it. The shareaholic, and a few other things.
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