No one can denies that WordPress plugins are so handful. In this post I am going to show you 16 plugins that I believe they are essential to make a blog works perfectly. If you have any suggestions or comments please leave them in comments or send us an Email.
1. WordPress.com Stats
This plugin is really popular, it has more than one million downloads! WordPress.com Stats can be easily used to check your daily visitors in real time tracking. Showing you the referrers and the and the top keywords that made a visitors come to your website. If you need more advanced tracking method maybe you would like to try Google Analytics.
2. All in One SEO Pack
Want to be friend with search engines? Here you go with this incredible plugin. It has many great features such as:
- Automatically optimizes your titles for search engines
- Generates META tags automatically
- Avoids the typical duplicate content found on WordPress blogs
- Canonical URLs
- Fine tune Page Navigational Links
- Provides SEO Integration for WP e-Commerce sites
- Nonce Security
- Support for CMS-style WordPress installations
You must use this plugin if you want to be away from spammers! What does Akismet do? it checks your blogs comments and determine whether it is spam or not and then lets you review the spam it catches in order to delete them or not.
4. WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. If you are not satisfied with WP Super Cache you may want to use DB-CAHCE instead.
5. Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin makes you blog more SEO friendly than it is. By creating XML sitemaps you are making it easier for bots to crawl your blog. all major search engines that support the sitemap protocol, like ASK.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO, are notified about the update. As an example you can see our sitemap.
6. Contact Form 7
You can easily make your readers contact you through a simple form. Contact Form 7 is an amazing plugin that keeps you in touch with your readers. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. Also it supports many languages. if you are willing to install this plugin, please make sure that you install Really Simple CAPTCHA with it for more security.
7. Broken Link Checker
A unique plugin that detects links that don’t work and missing images, once installed, the plugin will begin parsing your posts, bookmarks (AKA blogroll), etc and looking for links. Depending on the size of your site this can take a few minutes or even several hours. When parsing is complete the plugin will start checking each link to see if it works. Again, how long this takes depends on how big your site is and how many links there are.
8. Similar Posts
Displays the most related posts to a particular post. based on any combination of word usage in the content, title, or tags.
Redirection manages 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and let you decide what to do. You can simply redirect it to another URL.This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.
You can give your visitors a page telling that you blog is under maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.
11. PayPal Donations
This plugin adds PayPal donation button to the sidebar or in a page by inserting a shortcode. You have to configure it before make it work by inserting your PayPal ID and some other optional setting such as the buttons design etc.
12. Google AJAX Translation
The Google AJAX Translation WordPress plugin provides a quick, simple, and light way to add translation to your blog.
13. WP Wall
It creates a sidebar widget that make it possible to visitors to leave their message in it without reloading the whole page because it used Ajax techniques, Also it’s fully customizable with CSS.
14. WP Page Numbers
Replace next and previous with page numbers instead. users can easily navigate much quicker to the page they want. and good for SEO as well. Also it works well with the most web browsers.
15. WP Security Scan
This plugins check for passwords, file permissions, database security, version hiding, and WordPress admin protection and security.
WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.