WordPress is considered as the best blogging platform mainly for its great functionality like themes, plugins support, auto-ping, Best for SEO and overall for its simplicity. Today, let us see the plugins support which makes people to go behind WordPress. Here, I’m going to list out the 10 must have WordPress plugins and the listed one’s are being used on this website (www.madrasgeek.com)
Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. They allow easy modification, customization, and enhancement to a WordPress blog. They just boost up your WordPress blog. It’s actually a program which is written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog. Before getting into the list, let me show you a simple tutorial on
How to Install Plugins on WordPress Blogs ?
1. Download the plugins from the Plugins page
2. If you’re using latest version of WordPress, you can just upload the zip file to the plugins directory which automatically unzips it and activates the plugin.
3. If you’re using older version of WordPress, I strongly recommend you to upgrade.
4. For installing plugins in older version, click on the Plugin tab.
5. Just unzip and upload the plugin to wp-contents/plugins folder.
6. Once you have uploaded a plugin to your WordPress plugin directory, activate it from the Plugins Management page.
10 Plugins used on MadrasGeek.com
Sitemaps provides a way for websites to get indexed easily by major search engines like google, yahoo etc. Once your sitemap is submitted and If your site is indexed better, you will get more traffic from Search engines. So, how search engines will come to know that new content has been added on your website ? Manually you cannot be submitting sitemap whenever you add a new content to your website. So, Google XML Sitemaps plugin, will generate a special XML sitemap and submit to the search engines automatically whenever you add a new content to your website, which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
This plugin helps users to play with robots.txt file at their websites. If you need to prevent indexing of your search result pages, while still allowing the search engines to follow the links on them, by adding noindex ? or prevent admin, login pages. In brief, edit your robots.txt and .htaccess from within your WordPress.
Images play a major role in traffic, adding alt and title attributes to all your images will bring you more traffic to your website. So, to reduce the work load, SEO Friendly images plugin Automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images. Improves traffic from search results and makes them W3C/xHTML valid as well.
Twitter is major source of traffic next to Search engines. Tweet Old Posts randomly picks your older post based on the interval specified by you. The primary function of this plugin is to promote older blog posts by tweeting about them automatically and getting more traffic round the clock. I recommend this plugin because, twitter followers are all over the world, and time zone differs. So, tweeting all 24 hours will get you more traffic to your website.
If you have read the 10 security tips for newbie WordPress blogs, the first thing is to back up backup and backup ! I suggest to daily backup your WordPress blog, because anything may happen at anytime. So this WordPress data backup plugin helps in a great way to automatic backup your post, comments and etc. Just schedule for auto backup and send the backup file to your email id, which you keep it separately for this alone.
This is a must have plugin for every WordPress site. The logic behind the plugin is simple, it takes a copy of your web page on the server and by doing so it speeds up page load time and reduces the resource consumption. Just incase if your website hits the front page of Digg or stumble upon, that’s it. Without this plugin, your server cannot handle the traffic and will crash.
This plugin reduces the bounce rate of your website. It shows the related post and by doing it, readers can get to know more about the site. It increases your page views and the avg time visitors on the website.
This plugin plays a great role in community interaction and increases the comments spirit. By installing the comment luv plugin, if someone comments on your website or blog, it fetches a titled link for their last blog post and gets added on the end of their comment. So that, everyone can come to know about their blogs etc.
Number one plugin to prevent spam comments. It protects your blog in an excellent way and 100% effective service to catch spam comments. You don’t have to do anything to configure Akismet besides entering your API key, just activate and relax.
The effect of traffic which is coming from mobile devices like iPhone, Android phones are of greater importance in recent times. So, optimizing the website to suit for mobile devices should be favoured first. Wptouch iPhone theme plugin which formats your site with a mobile theme for the Apple iPhone / iPod touch, Google Android and other touch-based smartphones.
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If you’re using Adsense in your website/blog, You can use Quick Adsense Plugin – Quick Adsense offers a quicker & flexible way to insert Google Adsense or any Ads code into a blog post.
For social bookmarking and sharing the post, I’m using Sociable Plugin which automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.
So, I consider the above 10 plugins + Bonus plugins should be must for a blog/website and I have stated the reasons too for using it. So, if you think any other plugins must for a website or blog, you can share it with us.
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