The Best WordPress PluginsPublished in Blogging
One of the biggest advantages to using WordPress for your blog is the quality and quantity of available plugins (most of which are free). The right plugins will help to increase your productivity and improve the usability and effectiveness of your website. If you are not familiar with WordPress plugins the first place to go is the plugins page on the WordPress Codex.
When looking for the plugins that will make the biggest improvements to your blog, there are a number of plugin directories:
List from the Codex
More from WordPress
We’ve created a list of our favorite plugins below:
Akismet – Most blogs get hundreds, if not thousands, of spam comments every week. Akismet is an extremely effective plugin that will virtually eliminate spam comments. The frustrating and time-consuming task of sorting through spam comments is no longer necessary with Akismet.
Google Sitemap Generator – Sitemaps can be one of the most effective ways to get your pages indexed by Google. Fortunately, this plugin makes the process of creating a sitemap for your blog easy.
Ultimate Tag Warrior – One of the most popular WordPress plugins, Ultimate Tag Warrior will improve your blog’s visibility in search engines like Technorati. Adding tags to your posts is easy with Ultimate Tag Warrior.
Related Entries – This plugin can help to increase the number of pageviews you receive from the average visitor. At the end of each post the plugin will add a brief list of posts that are related to that particular post. It makes it easier for readers to find content that they are interested in, and they don’t even have to search for the content!
Search Pages – WordPress’s search function provides your readers with an easy and quick way to find what they are looking for on your blog. However, if you are using WordPress as a CMS to create static pages in addition to blog posts, those pages will not be included in the search results. The search pages plugin changes this and allows pages to be searched as well as blog posts.
WordPress Database Backup – Backing up your database is a smart move for any blogger. This plugin makes it easy to protect your blog against a situation that could otherwise be catastrophic.
Google Analytics and FeedBurner Stats – Two of the most useful programs for monitoring your blog’s traffic are Google Analytics and FeedBurner. This plugin allows you to easily see all of this data from your WordPress dashboard.
PXS Form Mail – Adding a contact form on your blog or website is a great way to allow your visitors to provide their feedback and interact. Creating and effective form is fast and easy with PXS Form Mail.
Gravatars – You’ve probably visited blogs that display a small picture of readers when they have posted comments. Gravatars makes this possible for your blog if users have a picture registered with gravatar. Pictures allow readers to connect better and it encourages more feedback.
AdRotator – If your blog contains advertisements, AdRotator allows you to advertise multiple products. AdRotator will automatically rotate the ads that you have selected.
Sociable – Most of your blog readers and RSS subscribers are probably users of social media websites like Digg, Netscape and Delicious. Sociable gives your readers the ability to bookmark your posts straight from your pages.
Amazon Media Manager – The Amazon Media Manager plugin helps you to effectively promote affiliate products from Amazon. You can easily create affiliate links with attractive promotions that can help to increase the income from your blog.