It is a well-known fact that one of the beauty of WordPress is its numerous plugins, which can extend the functionality of a WordPress blog. With WordPress Plugins, we do not need to know programming in other to customize and add functions to our blogs. However, with thousands of plugins available, it might take time to pick which one that best suit your blog for a starter. Getting starter might be tedious work to you so I will be making your work easier by listing here 10 must have plugins to kick start your WordPress blog.
1. Akismet Plugin
Akismet is an anti-spam plugin for WordPress. It is the most popular anti-spam plugin used in wading off comment spammers. WordPress is a good target for spammers, which is why you must use an anti-spam plugin. I do not use Akismet plugin on my blog at the moment, but I am using the GASP Plugin which is also an effective anti-spam WordPress plugin.
2. Google XML Sitemaps Plugin
Google XML Sitemaps is a search engine sitemaps plugin. It helps to create a direction for search engines, hence making it easier for your WordPress blog to get indexed fast. Google XML Sitemaps makes it easy to create effective sitemaps for Google Search Engine, Yahoo Search Engine, Bing Search Engine and Ask Search Engine.
3. W3 Total Cache Plugin
From its name, it is a caching plugin. W3 Total Cache improves the load time of a blog by caching the whole data on your blog such as html code, database, blog content, etc. You will need this plugin so that your blog load speed will be faster.
4. All in One SEO Pack Plugin
All in One SEO Pack plugin is out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. The free version of this plugin is effective enough to configure your blog to optimize it for search engine.
5. MobilePress Plugin
MobilePress plugin turns your WordPress blog into a mobile blog. It allows you to optimize your WordPress blog for mobile devices. This is also necessary because of the increasingly use of mobile phones which might be of great importance in terms of your blog visitors.
6. SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2 Plugin
SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2, as the name implies, is a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugin. It boost up your organic traffic by strengthening on-page SEO, increasing the number of indexed pages, auto convert search terms into post tags, and more. It is a MUST-Have WordPress plugin.
7. Subscribe to Comment Plugin
Subscribe to Comment plugin allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are been posted on their comment/entry on your blog. This is important also as it helps increase your blog interaction by bringing back previous commenters to your blog.
8. WP Complete Backup Plugin
WP Complete Backup plugin is used to backup your WordPress blog including blog content and your database. It is a complete backup solution for WordPress to make a complete file system backup.
9. Digg Digg Plugin
Digg Digg plugin is social networking plugin for your WordPress blog. It is all in one social buttons, which helps to easily integrate popular social networking buttons into WordPress blog. Digg Digg plugin has several options such as ajax floating style, classic placement, and lazy loading style, with many social buttons to choose from.
10. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current post entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your blog. YARPP will find related content across your blog using post titles, content, tags, categories and custom taxonomies. This is important as it helps reduce bouncing rate and make your readers stay longer on your blog reading similar posts.
Since choosing WordPress plugins on a newly created blog can be tasking, I have make it as easy as possible for you to make things easier. This post can help you choose best WordPress plugins for your blog. The above plugins are not absolute but they can help improving your blog.
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