Top WordPress Plugins To Use On Your Blog Copyright 2013 I.M.Strategus www.imstrategus.com
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WordPress is arguably the greatest thing the internet has seen and it stands right next to Google, YouTube and Facebook. This free open source CMS or Content Management System was introduced in 2003 and has taken the website programming and ownership away from the tech-heads and big businesses. These days anyone can setup an amazing website or blog using WordPress without a slightest knowledge of web programming. From bored teens to grandmothers, everyone is using WP these days just to blog or make an amazing website for their business. What’s really great about WordPress is that it can be easily tweaked and customized with tons of amazing plugins available for free. You make a simple blog looking site into a world class online portal with the simple use of plugins. Most of the greatest plugins can be downloaded and installed for free and for some really advanced ones you will have to buy a license. If you’re looking to run a successful blog than you can’t bypass the use of plugins, however with millions of them available for free, it’s hard to choose which ones you should be using. I made this list of the best plugins that I use personally and most of the top bloggers use them on their blog.
All In One SEO
Type of plugin : SEO/Site Optimizer. This plugin is no stranger among WP users. It has all you need to optimize each page and single post on your blog for better SEO. If you’re planning on doing SEO on your site than this is the plugin you should definitely use. It’s rated #1 SEO plugin for WordPress and it’s great for those who have no clue about SEO but still want their site to perform well in the search engines. •
Type of plugin : Blogging/Comment Moderation. Very handy plugin specially when you just not a big fan of spam and all those non-sense comments you might get from some clever spam bots. Akismet
comments posted on your blog, allowing you to review them before they go live. With Akismet, you’re protected from desperate link builders
and malicious posters who want to erode what you’ve worked hard to build. •
Google XML Sitemap
Type of plugin : Sitemap Builder. Great little plugin to help you optimize your inner workings of your site. This is the plugins that is recommended by most of the top SEO experts and it has a positive impact on your search rankings. Really easy to setup. Once set, your sitemap will be automatically build everyday. •
Contact Form 7
Type of plugin : Contact Form Generator. Simple and flexible plugin that will help you to generate and manage all of your contact and information submit forms on your site. Can be easily used for marketing purposes as-well as for simple “contact us” form. This plugin is highly customizable and can even let your visitors easily
submit files like images, videos or pdf contracts directly to your inbox. This plugin is used by most WP users for the “Contact Us” page. •
Type of plugin : Social Sharing. Great plugin for letting your visitors easily share your content. I use it myself on all of my blogs and it works like a charm. Easily setup which social networks you want your visitors to be able to share your content on and you can customize the look and position of the plugin. Can be set just to appear on posts, pages and even homepage. Great plugin to use to engage with your visitors and even get traffic from social networks. •
Type of plugin : WordPress Backup/Restoration/Migration. This plugin has three main features and implements it all quite well:
backup your data, restore it when you need it and migrate your site to another server. It also integrates itself with a lot of other applications, such as DropBox and Rackspace, to improve its functionality. In addition, the latest version that rolled out now offers multi-site support as well. â€˘
W3 Total Cache
Type of plugin : Utility. Simple plugin that allows users to cache the siteâ€™s pages, enabling faster load times and less CPU and bandwidth usage. This plugin makes visitor browsers save up your page data so that they wonâ€™t have to load entire pages in their next visits. The result is a smoother experience that your audience is sure to appreciate.
Facebook Comments For WordPress
Type of plugin : Facebook Integration. Easily integrates the Facebook commenting system directly into your site. Any users logged into Facebook while viewing a comment enabled post or article can immediately leave a comment using their Facebook profile. It has a lot of adjustable features for those who want to customize its look, such as setting the number of viewable comments, compatibility with the default WordPress comments, Facebook and WordPress email notifications whenever something is posted and more. â€˘
Type of plugin : Google AdSense Integration. This plugin offers users an easy way to implement their online ads across their site. It strategically places the ads across each page while enforcing the Google policy of having three ads blocks per page. The interface is quite simple so even novice users with little knowledge of
Google AdSense can easily integrate this plugin on their site. •
Type of plugin : Social Profiles Integration. Follow Widget displays image links (icon buttons) to various subscription services and social networking sites on your page. It helps users find links to subscription services like RSS feeds, email subscriptions, podcasts, etc. It can also follow the website’s Facebook and Twitter pages and connect directly to these sites. •
Social Media Widget
Type of plugin : Social Profiles Integration. Similar to Follow Widget, “Social Media Widget” is an easy way to display icons linking to your social profiles anywhere on the site. Many different icon types and sizes.
To install any plugin simply go to your Dashboard. On the left side menu click on Plugins and >Add New. Type the plugin name in the search box and than simply hit install. Once installed you will be able to customize the plugin directly in your dashboard menu. Thanks for downloading and reading this tutorial. Good luck with your blog and marketing campaign.
Watch the video tutorial on how to easily you can install the plugins
Published on Apr 8, 2013