Every blogger uses effective plugins in his/her site. Normally, after successfully installing the WordPress script, the confusion (choice of plugins) sets in. Visiting WordPress.org today and hitting Plugins will show you 19,368 Plugins and 298,881,751 Downloads (and counting). So whether you’re a newcomer or have been blogging for some time now, you can still get overwhelmed especially on those cool plugins.
I hope you’ll find these Top 10 WordPress plugins helpful in one form or another. After all, they have been keeping their promises of remarkable wonders on my sites since installing them.
1. Akismet – this is a built-in plugin and all you have to do is activate it. For first timers, you just have to acquire your Akismet key once and place it in all of your blogs. Once installed successfully, it’ll catch spam comments for you. I could have hundreds of comments right now, but since I deleted them permanently, some posts have none. But it’s better to have zero than a hundred of spam comments.
2. WordPress SEO by Yoast – Sometimes I use All In One SEO Pack, sometimes I use Yoast. But since I’ve generated some page 1 organic results on some keywords with this, I’ve been using this more lately. Its Page Analysis will check your post if it’s ready or not.
3. Maintenance Mode – With 664,985 downloads as of today, this WordPress plugin is simply my choice. Just set the time and activate. This is especially useful if you’re working on your blog, waiting for some outsourced graphics, editing some posts here and there. You can call it “On Maintenance” or “Under Construction” and your visitors will see “be back on July 4, 2012 12:00AM” or something like that. That’s what I did in my Filblogger.com to buy me some time.
4. WP Super Cache -This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. This will make your site load faster and uses less bandwidth in server. If you are installing a number of plugins, then you should have this.
5. Google XML sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog. Just be cautious though if you want to hide some particular pages as they may just be exposed.
6. Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons – Its simplicity attracted me the most. You can choose which of the social media buttons (LinkedIn, Stumbleupon, Reddit, among others) to include or not. To make it simple, I have checked only Twitter, Facebook, Digg, PinIt and Google Plus to be displayed above my posts.
7. .html on Pages – this appends .html to the URL of PAGES when using permalinks.
8. Fast Secure Contact Form – this contact form lets your visitors send you a quick E-mail message. This is customizable with a multi-form feature, optional extra fields, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent. This Includes CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block all common spam tactics. Spam problems are out of issue. I alternately use this plugin as well as the Contact Form 7.
9. Pretty Link Lite – this is a great plugin for people who want to cloak their affiliate links. It generally increases the reach of their website by spreading these links on forums or comments on other blogs. Pretty Link tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from.
10. CommentLuv -This plugin will reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. It has been found to increase comments and the community spirit for the thousands of blogs that have installed it.
I could have named this as Top 20 WordPress Plugins since I have a few more sets of functional WordPress plugins, but to save some space, let’s just be contented with Top 10 for now. I may have another set of 10 in my next post.
This post was written by Jojo Colinares, an Internet Marketer by dawn, telco executive by day and a happy family man by night. Article writer. Web designer. Chrisfarrellship creator. Coffee Lover.