Best WordPress Plugins for your Blog
Everyone knows that WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms in the world and this is due to the fact that you can do anything you want on your website with the help of WordPress plugins.
Although there are thousands of plugins to choose from but here is a list of the Best WordPress plugins that you’ll need to start your blog and get the most from it.
The W3 Total Cache tops our list of the Best WordPress Plugins as it improves the user experience on your website. It increases your site speed by improving server performance and catching the pages.
It is recommended by all major hosting providers and even supports CDN integration. Read our W3 Total Cache Configuration Guide.
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the key step for a website to get listed in search engines and WordPress SEO by Yoast is the best SEO plugin available for WordPress.
It will help you rank higher in search engines like Google, making more traffic for your blog, with features like on-page SEO, site SEO, Sitemaps & more. In the age of Google Panda and Google Penguin this plugin is a must.
Akismet is the best Anti-Spam WordPress plugin and is the most trusted plugin as it comes with every WordPress installation by default. It removes all the spam comments thus reducing your labor of removing them. But sometimes spam comments do pass through Akismet filters and some legit comment to go to the spam folder, so keep a check on your spam folder as well.
Many of the users that come to visit your website like to interact with you more or ask some questions directly rather than commenting on your blog and so the Contact Form 7 plugin helps you create a contact form easily through which users can write there query/suggestions and send them directly to your mail. It doesn’t need any coding and gets ready in just a few minutes.
Due to the increase in smartphones and tablets it has become a necessity for all bloggers to make their blogs readable on all the phones and tablets.
WPtouch is a highly recommended plugin as it does the same by making your blog mobile friendly and opening it in a faster and good looking mobile theme.
This is a recommended plugin as it helps you visitors to subscribe to the comments on your blog posts. It adds a check box after comments giving your users change to subscribe to the comments and receive notification about any new comment on the post by email. Also, you can even a list of all the users subscribed to a blog post comments.
When a visitor click on a link on your website and gets a 404 page it becomes very annoying and he doesn’t return your site. Thus to prevent this Broken Link Checker plugin checks all hyperlinks on your site and notifies you if any of them is broken.
A must use all in one social sharing plugin, Digg Digg displays all the social sharing buttons on your blog wherever you want either as a fixed block or as nice floating buttons on the side of the content. You can easily modify it to include the buttons you want and exclude the others. Thus now your reader can tweet, like or +1 your posts easily.
WP MashSocial Wigdet is a nice widget that can be added to a blog to increase social interaction with the viewers. It has buttons for twitter, facebook, google plus, pinterest and even feed subscription and so you don’t need to do any coding to add all these buttons to your sidebar.
Every blog needs some sort of monetization to continue its services and Adsense is the most commonly used source of income. Quick Adsense helps you insert Adsense adds wherever you want (before content, in middle of content, at the end etc) easily.
WordPress Firewall 2 is an updated version of WordPress Firewall and helps you in securing your blog from attacks. It checks the web requests to identify and stop the most obvious attacks and sends you a mail informing you about the attack and the IP address of the attacker. Thus you can block the IP and prevent any further attacks from the same person.
YARPP or Yet Another Related Posts Plugin gives you a nice way to show the posts related to the current post. The plugin has options for template customization and for adding related posts in feeds. It even catches the related post data thus increasing performance.
Optimizing images decreases your page load time and thus increases performance of your site. WP Smush.It compresses your images using yahoo’s SmushIt Developer Tool decreasing the images size without any loss in picture quality.
WP-Optimize is a database cleanup and optimization tool that doesn’t need any coding or PhpMyAdmin access. It removes spam comments, trashed comments, post revisions and cleans up your database to free up space and increase performance.
These plugins are a must if you have a multi Author Blog where you allow guest posts too.
Sabre or Simple Anti Bot Registration Engine prevents spam registration on your blog and even gives you option to add your policies on the registration page which the user will have to agree to. You can add a captcha or math test or even a simple text test and also choose its compexity.
The plugin send automatic emails at the different stages of submission of a post by a contributor. When a contributor submits a post the authors selected by you get an email to approve or reject the post. Once approved, the contributor gets an email notifying him about the approval and also the link to the post. If the post is drafted by the author, the contributor gets the notification about the same with link to edit and resubmit the post.