WordPress is the Best Blogging and Content Managing Software(CMS) today. There are several reasons why WordPress is rated as the best CMS software. Despite of everything else, the most awesome and rocking feature of WordPress is its Plugins known as WordPress Plugins. Me myself and many other bloggers likes WordPress very much just because of its WordPress Plugins which allows us to do almost everything we want without touching the code and without any coding knowledge. The only drawback of WordPress Plugins is that it decreases the Loading time of Website but if we use plugins in a controlled way then they neither harm our website nor increase the loading time of website. According to me, Using 10-15 or upto 20 Plugins is good as it do not harm your website in anyway.
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Lets come down to the Topic Again. Today i am going to share with you the ultimate list of 10 Plugins you must use on your WordPress Blog.
10 Most Important and Must Have WordPress Plugins List
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
As Per I know, this is the best wordpress seo plugin till date. It optimize your website blog posts, pages automatically for search engines. It is best WordPress SEO Plugin around.
However if you use Genesis or Thesis Framework then you do not need this Plugin as they already have inbuilt seo options.
The Biggest Advantage of this plugin is that its completely free of cost. It means you do not need to spend money to optimize your blog posts and pages for search engines and for Search Engine Optimization(SEO).
This awesome plugins tell you the SEO score of your post and informs you how can you optimize your Post to make it rank better in search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. When you write a post, it asks you to enter a Focus Keyword, then it will calculate the SEO score for your post and reminds you which parts of the post can be improved and seo score can be increased. SEO score is given to you in the form of the color. Light Green Color is suggested as Dark Green Color makes it over seo optimized and Google Panda may hit your blog.
Installing This Plugin is really easy. You can install it directly from wordpress dashboard or you can download it and then install it.
2. Google XML Sitemaps
As you know, If you want proper and good ranking in search results then you need to submit sitemap regularly to search engines but doing this manually is really a difficult task.
Therefore, This is another most important and must have plugin for your WordPress Blog. Using this Plugin is very easy, just install Google XML Sitemaps Plugin. submit your sitemap to google, bing etc. and after that this plugin update the sitemap whenever you publish a post and inform all major search engines. It also have many customizing options for sitemp.
3. W3 Total Cache
This is best and most downloaded cache plugin for wordpress. It is said that it increases your Website Speed upto 10 Times. It removes your website cache and decrease the load on server. This is a must have wordpress plugin for your blog, if you want to setup a better user experience for your blog.
This Plugin has became very famous in last few days. It is created by Andy Bailey. It allows your customers to add a link to their recent posts with their comment. It increases your Comments Counter by huge as it also benefits to your commentators as they Get Backlink to their blog posts.
5. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin
You might noticed that we havn’t included the Akismet Plugin in the List because we find Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin better than Akismet. We are using this plugin from last few months and find it much better than Akismet because Akismet also send some Original Comments to spam as well with spam comments. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin adds a Tick Box to your Comment Box and every commentator need to tick that box to comment otherwise comment will go in spam.
MobilePress converts your blog to mobile theme to make it compatile for Mobile Devices. According to Some Bloggers WpTouch is a better plugin to convert WordPress Blog to mobile theme for mobile devices but we find MobilePress better. It comes with many options like different theme, designs and other customizable options for menu, posts etc.
7. WP Socializer
This is best social Plugin i have ever used till now. It allows me to add Social Sharing Button almost anywhere on the website. It comes with the floating share bar and bottom fixed share bar. Other then this, it offer two templates for putting social icons anywhere on the website. You can customize according to your needs. If you use this plugin then you do not need any other social plugin at all.
8. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is the best free pluging to create contact forms and put them on your website. This Plugin has worked great for me. You can design your own contact forms and insert desired fields in your contact form. It generate a short code for every contact form you make and you can put that short code anywhere in your website Pages or Posts. The best place to insert contact form is, create a Contact Us Page and then insert the shortcode in the html of the Page.
9. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin allows you add related posts of a post in the post page. This is the most famous related posts plugin as much i know. It allows you to customize YARPP according to your needs. It displays thumbnails and title of related posts on a Post Page. You may use this plugin easily to show related posts of a post.
I have listed this Plugin at 10th Position because this is a heavy plugin and it increase the website loading time and decrease the loading speed. However, this is a very useful plugin. It contain many inbuilt plugins in itself. It allows you to modify Comment box, allows you to add social sharing buttons, allows your readers to subscribe to your upcoming Posts and it supports many other features as well. It also comes with stats feature, you can easily track your visitors. It also comes with some extra widgets for your blog. At all, its a useful plugin. It is created by official WordPress Developers. It allows you add WordPress.com features on your self hosted wordpress blog.
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I have included Plugins almost for every need like for Search Engine Optimization(SEO), Contact Form, Social Sharing, Comments, Spam, Related Posts, Mobile Theme, Sitemaps etc.
I have discussed Top 10 WordPress Plugins in my opinion but everyone’s opinion might not be it. Therefore, If you have any question in mind, Don’t Hesitate, Lets Discuss in Comments.