After discussing plugins in the WP Quick tip 3, how to install and make the best use of them to extend your site or blog, I guess it’s time to talk about the best plugins you can use and I will give you my personal preferences for the ones that I’ve used and have proved to be reliable to me.
- All in One SEO: Your first choice for making your blog Search Engine friendly, and optimizing your titles to get better reach by search engines and more visitors.
- Contact Form 7: The simplest WP contact form plugin, very easy to use and modify and you get full control over the message a user gets when submitting the form. For more powerful control try, cformsII.
- Google Analyticator: An easy to use plugin to insert your good analytics code and get a snapshot of the visitors your site is getting from within your WP dashboard.
- WordPress Database Manager: Backup often to enjoy the peace of mind, and never risk loosing your site in any accident. It allows you to schedule backups at regular intervals, or do it manually, save to your server, or download or even email it to you.
- Sexy Bookmarks: The nicest way to add social bookmarks to your site, very easy to install and modify and very colorful and nice looking
- Featured Content Gallery: Allows you to add a professional and eye-catchy gallery on your site. Integrates very nicely with WordPress posts or pages to give you full control over what gets displayed.
- Akismet: A must have plugin for anybody suffering from spam comments on his blog. I’ve known this one for long, but never appreciated it until my blog started to get tens of spam comments each day, so I thought I’d give it a try and voila! It works like wonder!
- pageMash: Very powerful for sites with large number of pages, makes controlling, sorting pages a breeze.
- GD Star Rating: A great plugin to enable interactions with your visitors and allowing them to rate your content using stars or thumbs up voting. Very flexible and powerful to allow for any sort of usage.
- nrelate Related Content: Get your site visitors to read more on your site by inserting the related posts after each topic, very powerful and dynamic.
Well, with those ten plugin, you would just be at the beginning of using WordPress plugins, with thousands of more plugins all over the internet and new ones coming out each day.
Hope you find that useful, and please, share with us the plugins you’ve used and found useful.