WordPress has been growing and never been halted by any descripensies. While this site looks to be well maintained and simple, but actually there are a lot of stuffs that happen at the back of it. I maintain multiple blogs with multiple niche, like I have a tech blog – Technoleash and this one where I cover topics on wordpress, blogging and social media. But in both blogs I use more or less the same plugins and have always loved their utilities. Here is a list of 10 basic must have wordpress plugins.
Must Have WordPress Plugins List:
SEO is a must and I hope everyone knows what it is. Search Engine Optimization is the key in exposing your site in most of the search engines and get traffic from it. If you are not running a personal blog then having this plugin is a must. It optimizes onpage SEO and helps in better ranking of your pages. It generates meta-tags and also allows you to have a Meta-title and meta-description as well. It is #1 Most downloaded plugin ( Some Sources ).
Download All-in-one SEO here
Sometimes it happens that you delete some posts or move its content to another. It may be simple enough but it creates a huge panic for search engines and finally you have to pay for it. Thus if you are moving a post to new url, you can create a simple 303 redirection and forward the requests to new url.
Download Redirection here
Smart Youtube Plugin allows you to directly embed Youtube videos on to your blog with the link to it. It is the best way to have youtube videos on your blog rather than depending on the iframe code which Youtube provides.
Download Smart Youtube here
Google XML Sitemaps
XML Sitemaps is a recommended thing by all Search Engines which improves the indexing of your site in search engines. Google XML Sitemaps takes all your load of manual indexing. Once you have it installed, it automatically generates a sitemap and sends it to search engines.
Download Google XML Sitemaps here
The biggest problems that most blogs face is the number of spam comments they receive. Spams are always a headache and almost all sites on the web have anti-spam mechanisms. Akismet is such mechanism for all the wordpress blogs, it is a kind of system which checks comments against a set of algorithm and determines whether it is a spam or not.
Download Akismet here
Related Posts Plugin
When you start a wordpress blog and if you are doing it to get maximum exposure through search engines then mostly you are going to write articles on a particular niche. While doing that, you actually write a number of posts that are inter-related. Thus, it is a compulsion that you install a related post plugin which will display a list of posts related to the current for every visitor on your blog. This will help reducing bounce rate. You can have any one of the below installed
Download Yet Another Related Posts here
Download n-Relate here
W3 Total Cache
Download W3 Total Cache here
WP Login Security
When blogs have multiple authorship and open for guest blogging, the risk of being attacked grows even bigger. WP Login Secutiry helps in protecting wordpress dashboard login from hackers. Brute-Force attack is completely eliminated and helps in blocking a user from trying after a limited number of tries.
Download WP Login Security here
Broken Link Checker
Broken Links are a major cause in demotion of your search engine rankings. Search Engines hated broken links and they feel that your site cannot be trusted. Links can be broken at any time, for example a site that you have linked might be shut down. So, it is always better to have Broken Link Checker plugin just to have it eliminated.
Download Broken Link Checker here
Contact Form 7:
People have tons of questions that they may want to ask or you may get a client who wants to get in touch with you. Using this plugin you can create a simple contact form on your page through which anyone wanting to contact you can do so.
Download Contact Form7 here
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