There are over 12,000 plugins counted by wordpress.org so far, even more out there as third party plugins by different developers. WOW!!! That’s great then!! I do have so many options right? Well it is good to have so many options but it rises a problem at the same time. Which one we should chose? We can not download all the plugins and install them one by one to check which one suits my blog best?
Last one year while working on this blog I have used so many different plugins to make it better, faster and usable. Some of those are really good and still using them and most of them were useless and resource taker. Below I am going to give a list of some good plugins I think you should have installed:
Best wordpress plugins you should have for blog
If you want to get rid of spam don’t forget to use this. A life saver to me. I see everyday there are more than 30 spam which were protected already by Akismet itself. It will automatically grab all those spams and will be resolved for you. Install it and forget about spammers. It comes with WordPress installation.
Automatically create and submit your Sitemap on favorite search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing when ever you will submit any news post, alter update or delete. They will be notified about changes to search engines. Options are pretty straight forward and esy to setup. Install and active then forget about your sitemap issues.
I would recommend to use feedburner feeds as your default RSS. It gives you option to count and manage your subscribers subscribers. It also redirects your visitors towards feedburners feed page when clicked on RSS.
Best SEO plugins for your blog so far in my count. I really works great for me. Simple easy to handle. Moreover it offers different option to configure your SEO related issues. It also offers a paid plugin which is more robust.
Generate a related posts list via tags of WordPress
Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API. It makes your post loading time even faster by reducing image size.
Automatically send a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages the visitor by reminding them to check back for responses or new blog posts.
This plugin allows you to automatically post your new posts on the twitter website.
The Top Commentators Widget a sidebar widget to show the top commentators in your WP site. That means you are promoting your commentators which encourage them to comment even more.
One of the best plugins to speed up your wordpress page loading time by enabling caching. It generates html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly.
Lightweight and easy navigated options to install. Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites.
Manages your WordPress database. Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up and optimizing of database.
Now its your turn
There might be few other plugins which you may find better. Then please let me know on the comments section.
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