As we know from our blogging experience, we realise that WordPress is the best blogging platform and there is no doubt in it. Some of the well known websites such as CNN, Yahoo trust WordPress and their sites are powered by WordPress. Plugins are the things that add functionality to your WordPress blog. These plugins are chosen based on the need, functionality and the likes of the user. However, there are a set of plugins that any WordPress blog must have for the better functioning of the blog.
Here is my own list of plugins I recommend for using it with your WordPress blog.
Must have Plugins for WordPress
The first enemy of any website or a blog is Spam. A powerful tool to scrub the issue of spam is necessary in the fight against spam users and comments. Akismet checks the comments and track backs for your site and checks with the Akismet web service and mark it as spam or not. It is more accurate than any other system in spam fighting.
However for websites that uses Disqus comment system do not need this plugin as a Disqus has its own spam fighting mechanism.
It is another spam fighting tool but it requires Akismet or Anti-spam Typepad to run. If the IP or e-mail is blacklisted as spammer in Akismet and for those people this plugin shows a CAPTCHA. If the user passes the CAPTCHA the comment is held for moderation or else it can be discarded or sent to trash automatically.
As we are aware that a back link with ‘nofollow’ attribute is not considered for site ranking by various metrics like PageRank and Alexa ranking, we require this plugin to remove the ‘nofollow’ attribute in the comments of the sites for the links the commentator gives. ‘DoFollow’ blogs generally attracts a lot of visitors as more people are after worthy ‘DoFollow‘ back links.
Clean Contact is the easy way to add contact forms to your blog. With short codes you can insert contact form anywhere you like to and also we can customize the forms as we like. The special thing about this plugin is Clean Contact forms hide itself from Spam Bots and filters messages using Akismet. So you won’t be needing CAPTCHA or skill testing questions to protect from Spam.
SEO is the important aspect for any blog. There is no compromise in that. All in One SEO pack provides the best class SEO settings for the blog. It completely optimizes your WordPress blog for search engines. There is a premium as well as free version of plugin available. It’s certainly Out-of-the-box.
CommentLuv is an excellent back link generating tool. It fetches the last post from the user’s blog and posts it in the comments you make. This will let you drive traffic and generate wonderful back links. There is a premium as well as free version of plugin available.
nRelate adds the related content of the article and displays it on every post of the blog. We can customize the way it appears and do a lot with that. By my experience, nRelate is far better than many other plugins.
This one is a clean plugin for social media sharing. It adds a scrolling bar with social buttons like +1, Facebook Like, Tweet, LinkedIn share and StumbleUpon submit. We can change the margins, borders etc and customize it as we like.
This plugin is essential in reducing unwanted use of bandwidth. This plugin is the best caching plugin than the others. It lets us to minimize the size of scripts, cache database queries and more.
#10 Author hReview
This plugin helps users who write reviews of products. It adds a rich snippets box in the post in the beginning and also at the end of the post with star ratings (1-5 stars). In search, these ratings appear at the top of the link.
Dear readers! I hope this list will be of much use to you! Let us know what other plugins you think its must have! Share your thoughts through the comments!