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WordPress Plugins: 11 recommendations for blog start ups

Aug 27th, 20095 Comments

I am consistently asked which plug-ins I use on my blog and those that I would recommend for a someone just starting up a blog. There are many WordPress Plugins created to add all kinds of functionality to your blog. There are plug-ins for video, podcasting, twitter syndication, and polling. You can install plug-ins for adsense, to process Paypal payments, manage subdomains, and translators so that you can be misunderstood in over 30 languages. (kidding!)

Here’s a list of a few basic ones that add a great deal of benefits and create a great foundation of plug-ins to build on for any blog.

All in One SEO Pack

Now, you can use your WordPress blog for your SEO campaign. The free plugin “All in SEO pack” is designed for SEO with the help of WordPress blogs as it readily optimizes your blog. It automatically generates Meta Tags allowing your blog to get necessary exposure in search engines. While using the plugin, you can find the option to optimize your title and set Meta Description and Meta Keywords for your blog.

Sociable

Many social networking sites allow their users to save and share interesting online blog posts. The Sociable plugin of WordPress adds your blog links to your favorite social bookmarking sites. WordPress allows you to select from 99 different sites and add them to your blogs. The plugin works only on the recent versions of WordPress ie 2.6 or the later versions. The best part of using the plugin is you can distribute your blog posts among your readers on those sites and boost your niche audience.

WP Super Cache

This is a useful WordPress plugin to generate static HTML files from your WordPress blog which is served faster by the web server. Your web server won’t have to process heavier PHP scripts if you use this plugin. The plugin also enables 99% of your visitors to visit static HTML files. The plugin supports multiple storage back-ends such as Disk, eAccelerator, Memcached, APC, XCache. It doesn’t require any admin setting.

Contact Form 7

It is a contact form plugin of WordPress that supports multiple contacts. With the help of this plugin you can customize email content and the contact form flexibly. The plugin also supports CAPTCHA and AJAX powered submitting. You can activate this plugin for your blog from the ‘Plugins’ menu of the WordPress. The particular plugin has been translated into number of languages.

Google XML Sitemaps

The plugin automatically generates XML sitemap for the WordPress blog that is compliance with Google Sitemap. The feature is available with all versions of WordPress and it doesn’t require any PHP skill or file changes. The plugin also generates a zipped version of the file along with the static XML file. It supports all WordPress Generated and customized pages. The sitemap is automatically updated every time you update your existing blog or create new post. The major search engines are also notified about the updates.

FD Feedburner Plugin

The FD Feedburner redirects the main feed and the comments to feedburner.com. The feeds of your blog easily become the feed of the feedburner for all users.  It simply requires informing the plugin about the Feedburner feed URL. The plugin is available with WordPress 2.0 o higher versions of WordPress. It is also compatible with all webservers. It doesn’t require setting up new hidden feeds, modify templates, or .htaccess files.

WP-SpamFree

This powerful plugin is designed with spam filtering features and can check blog comment spam, pingback and trackback spam. The spam-free plugin automatically blocks the spam and displays the statistics of blocked spam on your dashboard. It uses cookies and dynamic combo of JavaScript and can prevent more that 99% of the spam. The plugin helps to keep your database less crowded.  It works like a “Firewall” and works in WordPress menu as well.

Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen. Personally, I can’t live without this one.

Google Analyticator

The plugin appends the tracking support of Google Analytics to your WordPress blogs. Google Analyticator is a customizable widget that eliminates the need of editing of you blog templates. The plugin includes other widgets that help to view visitors’ data generated by Analytics.  The blogger has complete control over the options and can enable and disable any of the option as per the requirements. Just install this plugin and track your visitors’ behavior in real time.

SEO Smart Links

The plugin has SEO benefits as it automatically links the keyword of your blog with corresponding posts, tags, categories. It allows you to select your keyword and phrases, and set up the matching URLs. You can also set the nofollow attributes and option to open the links in another window. The options can be edited from the administration setting panel. You can enhance internal linking of your site with the use of this plugin. It also allows you to control external links. So, you got your smart link builder for free, huh!

Broken Link Checker

The plugin monitors the links on your blog posts, pages, custom fields, and indicates if there is any. It detects the broken links and missing images, and notify on your dashboard. If you enable the option it can display the anchor texts differently on the post. A very useful WP plugin, it can save help you help you trace all broken links and fix them early enough.

Do you have a favorite?Is there are must have plug-in that I left off the list?