WordPress is the best blogging platform which is used by millions of users. WordPress supports plugins which make WordPress more than a blogging platform. We can do lot more tweaks with plugins. Plugins make it easy to use WordPress even if you do not know coding. You can do almost anything with plugins. Plugins are free and paid both. But most of tasks can be done by freely available plugins.
In this post, I am going to write some useful WordPress plugins which every blogger should try once. All these plugins are free and will surely enhance your WordPress experience. These plugins will help you to take your blog optimization to next level.
These are some must have plugins for every WordPress blogger:
1. WP super cache :
WP Super Cache is the best WordPress cache plugin which adds all useful caching and compression features. This plugin makes website faster by caching all static elements of the website. And we also know that Google ranks fast website better. So, you must install Wp Super Cache and configure it to work properly.
2. WordPress SEO by Yoast:
This is one of the best SEO plugins available for WordPress. This plugin is used by most of the bloggers include me. WordPress SEO by Yoast provides all the features which include Meta tags, keyword density check, optimization, RSS footer by Yoast, XML sitemap and much more. It also helps to remove duplicate content issue by no indexing category, tag and author pages.
This is the only plugin you should use for the SEO and it works fine. You can easily optimize the blog posts and fix most of the SEO related issues you theme could have. This plugin also offers sitemap option. So, you do not need to download a separate plugin for the sitemap.
BackWPup is a nice plugin that helps you in backing up your WordPress installation including the important content. You can set it to push the backup to services like Dropbox, S3, FTP and many more. This plugin also offers database optimization, and XML import option.Dropbox, S3, FTP and much more.
4. Share Bar:
Social bookmarking is an important part of SEO. According to many SEO experts, +1 button is playing an important role in website ranking. So blog must have easy sharing options. Sharebar is a nice plugin which adds a floating social media vertical bar to every blog posts. You can also add are remove social media buttons according to your choice.
In case you are not happy with this plugin, you can look for other social media plugins for WordPress.
WordPress blogs are mostly targeted by spam comments and spam user registrations. To protect your blog from spams, you must have a plugin which prevents spam. Akismet is an official WordPress plugin from Automatic to prevent spam comments in WordPress.I think this is must have the plugin to prevent spam and protect the database of your website database. Comment spams only place links through comments. They do not have any interest in your blog.
It is also an important plugin for WordPress. This plugin helps you to reduce the size of the database without affecting the data stored. Thus it helps in making database query fast. It optimizes database tables and removes unnecessary comments and trash posts. It also helps to remove post revisions. You can also take backup of the database of your blog with this plugin.
7. SEO Friendly Images:
It is also a nice plugin which helps you to optimize images for your blog for search engines. Thus, you will get good traffic from image search engines. It automatically adds ALT tag based on the rule you had defined in the settings page.
This is the best related posts plugin for WordPress. It automatically adds links to old stories related to the content of the post. Thus, it helps to reduce bounce rate of the blog.
Now Users also have the option of displaying only content of their site or can make extra money by displaying sponsored content.
WPtouch is the most popular WordPress plugin used to optimize WordPress blog for mobile devices. It automatically switches on a mobile theme for mobile visitors and helps in improving better user experience on smartphones and mobile devices.
10. Login reCAPTCHA
Login reCAPTCHA is now another important plugin to keep your website safe from brute force attack. Even if you use the strong password, brute force attack consumers resources of your server and make your website slow. So, you should not avoid this and must install this plugin;
This is not the end of useful plugins for WordPress. But these are some must have plugins for WordPress blogs. There are many other plugins available for tweet management, database backup, user management.
If you would like to suggest more WordPress plugins which must be in the list, do let us know via comment.