15 Must Have WordPress Plugins

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There’s no doubt that WordPress rocks as a blogging and content-management system. Once installed, you can do amazing things with it right out of the virtual box.In this article, you’ll find 10 excellent WordPress plugins intended to reduce and simplify tasks associated with blogging so that you can spend more time creating content, and less time with site administration.So if you are using WordPress then check out this list of very recommended plugins.

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1.All in One SEO Pack – By far the gold standard of SEO plugins, “All in One” provides a multitude of easy to understand options to get your blog up to par SEO wise. 99% of WordPress users will agree when I say this is an absolute must have when it comes to plugins. With over 2 million downloads and growing, you can’t go wrong.

2. Akismet : The must have spam catcher. It’s already present in your default wordpress installation, if you haven’t activated it, please do it before those spams accumulate.

3.Robots Meta : The Robots Meta plugin has to be installed to add the robots Meta tags onto your WordPress pages. This plugin helps in avoidance of your search results pages indexing by adding noindex robots meta tags and allowing the links on them to be followed by the search engines. It also prevents indexing of the subpages to your homepage, author pages, tag pages and category pages to stop the content from being duplicated.

sitemap-logo4.Google XML sitemap generator : This will be tagged as a must have plugin for any WordPress blog. Anyone who wants to take advantage of every aspect of SEO for their blog, including making Google happy by submitting proper sitemaps, should use this plugin on their blog.This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap  compliant sitemap of your WordPress  blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.Good news, this plugin is free for everyone! Since it’s released under GPL, you can use it free of charge on your personal or commercial blog

5.WP Super Cache : WP Super Cache is a full page caching plugin for WordPress that can dramatically speed up blogs. 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.

6.WP DB Backup: This plugin simple gives you the option to backup your database in one simple click. Definitely a must have plugin. It also allows you to optimize database, repair database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries.

7. Adsense Manager – This plugin will make it easy to add Adsense advertising into your blog posts, and allow you to determine when they will and will not appear. Great for anyone that likes to run ads to make a little extra cash.

simpleheart8. Comment Luv – Comments are a way of your readers showing love for you and your blog. Comment Luv enables you to show some love in return straight away by including a titled link to their last blog post or tweet at the end of their comment. This plugin is responsible for placing the link to your latest posts on comments. Nice plugin, it crawls your site , and get’s the latest URL, parse it as HTML beneath your name.

9.Redirection : Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.

sharethis-logo10. ShareThis : The ShareThis WordPress plugin provides a simple way for users to add your post to many social bookmarking sites, or to send a link to your post via email, AIM, Facebook, Twitter and more.

11.Google Analyticator – This plugin adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging. Google Analyticator also includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data in the admin and on your blog.

12.cformsII – contact form : cforms is a highly customizable, flexible and powerful form builder plugin, covering a variety of use cases and features from attachments to multi form management, you can even have multiple forms on the same page!

13.Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – YARPP provides a list of posts and/or pages related or similar to the current post/page introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site. This plugin utterly improves the click through rates and blog navigation by simply giving the reader more of what he wants.

raw_TwitterLogoBird_twitter_logo_bird14.TweetMeMe – The Easy ReTweet Button. Using TweetMeMe drastically increases your blog’s chance of going viral on Twitter. This plugin optimizes the ReTweeting process to a single click, which makes it much more attractive to your readers.

15.WP Greet Box – Displays different greeting message to your new visitors depending on their referrer URL. For example, when a Digg user clicks through from Digg, they will see a message reminding them to digg your post if they like it. The plug-in also includes out of the box support for getting messages from users coming from Reddit, SU, Facebook, Google , Mixx, etc. You can also easily add your own custom greeting from people coming from any site you choose.

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  • SEO Friendly Images : SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.

Well, these 15 WordPress plugins are some of the finest today and are increasing popular among WordPress user. So if you are still deciding which WordPress plugins to use to kick start your blog, why not take them for a trial.

If you have other plugins that you think are a must have. just leave a comment and share with us now.


Vishal Gaikar

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Meet Vishal Gaikar, the tech wizard hailing from Pune, India, who's on a mission to decode the digital universe one blog post at a time. When he's not tinkering with gadgets or diving deep into the digital realm, you can find him concocting the perfect cup of chai or plotting his next adventure. Follow his tech escapades on Twitter and buckle up for a wild ride through the world of innovation and geekery!

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