15 Best WordPress Plugins – Every WP Blog Should Have!
WordPress is surely one of the most widely used online publishing platforms available today. There are thousands of WordPress plugins available on WordPress.org and on developers’ own websites to make it more useful and flexible to fulfill Webmasters and Bloggers requirements. It doesn’t matter what you want to do on your blog, there is probably a WordPress plugin that will allow you to do it.
I’ve dug through hundreds of WordPress plugins to compile following list of 15 must-have plugins that will help your WordPress Blog perform like a champion. All plugins are hand-picked and tested by the writer.
15 Best WordPress Plugins
Here is a list of 15 most useful and the best WordPress Plugins.
CommentLuv is a comment platform for WordPress. CommentLuv is a very popular WP plugin which reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment (if they provide a website address). Commentators also have option to choose link from the list of 10 recent posts of their blog. Advanced features are available on CommentLuv Premium Plugin. Commentators can use advanced features after registering on your blog.
KeywordLuv Plugin rewards your commentators by separating their name from their keywords in the link to their website, giving them improved anchor text. For example, leaving “Adam @ KeywordLuv” in the name field will result in the following: Adam from KeywordLuv.
The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your blog easily and with lots of metadata, views per author & category; automatic tracking of outbound clicks and page views.
Google XML Sitemap Plugin will generate a XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the search engine crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. This plugin is great for two reasons. First, it makes your pages load way faster. Second, since it stores static versions of your site, it requires much less CPU processing than using WordPress all by itself.
“All in One SEO Pack WP Plugin” optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines. Once installed this plugin you can focus on writing good content and leave SEO on this plugin.
SEO Friendly Images plugin automatically updates all images on your blog with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. ALT and Title attributes are very important for Search Engine Optimization.
WP Touch is the most popular, easy to use mobile plugin for WordPress. This plugin automatically transforms your WordPress website into an application-like theme, complete with AJAX loading articles and effects when viewed from the most popular mobile web browsing devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile devices, Palm Pre/Pixi and BlackBerry OS6 mobile devices.
The admin panel allows you to customize many aspects of its appearance, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of your site to touch mobile visitors, without modifying a single bit of code (or affecting) your regular desktop theme. It also includes the ability for visitors to switch between WPtouch view and your site’s regular theme.
Thank Me Later Plugin will automatically send a “Thank You E-mail” to commentators who leave a comment at your blog. This Plugin will also prompt commentators of your blog to further engage with your blog. This plugin is highly configurable. It allows you to create multiple e-mail messages and to send the message after a pre-defined amount of time, making messages appear more unique and people-friendly.
This Plugin gives you a list of posts/pages related to the current post, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site. You can customize display of the related posts.
NewStatPress is a new version of StatPress. It is a real-time plugin dedicated to the management of statistics about blog visits. It collects information about visitors, spiders, search keywords, feeds, browsers etc.
This plugin will add a scrolling social sharebar in side of every post of your blog. 7 social icons (Twitter, FB Like, Google +1, Linkedin, FB Share, Stumbleupon and Addthis) are available to add in this sharebar.
Broken Link Checker Plugin will monitor your blog for broken links and let you know if any broken links are found. It will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you via email or dashboard if any are found.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen. Akismet is the best way to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.
This WP Plugin can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. You can create a contact form and embed it on a page with ease.
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