Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to compose a definitive list of essential plugins every WordPress blogger should use. I’ve spent countless hours searching the web for the best WordPress plugins for my blog because, I am in the midst of upgrading my blog by adding new plugins to it. Why? Because plugins make your life easier – you can add new features, without having to spend umpteen hours on coding.
Also, if you compare WordPress with other blogging software out there, you will find that since WordPress is an open source initiative, there are tons of free plugins on the web. So, if you arenâ€™t very good at coding, or good with PHP in particular, then the WordPress community has come to the rescue, with the plugins mentioned below.
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 blogs “Comments” admin screen.
2. All In One SEO
All in One SEO optimises your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
3. Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.
4. WordPress Database Back Up
WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.
The Exec-PHP plugin executes PHP code in posts, pages and text widgets.
6. Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will create a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog.
6. MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
Save your blog from getting tagged as ping spammer by installing this plugin.
7. MaxBlogPress Favicon
Help create brand awareness by displaying a little favorite icon (favicon) in the title of your blog next to the URL using this plugin.
WP-Cache is an extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make you site much faster and responsive.
9. Auto Hyperlink URLs
Auto-hyperlink text URLs in post content and comment text to the URL they reference.
10. No Ping Wait
The purpose of the No Ping Wait plugin is to prevent WordPress authors from having to wait for all of the update services to respond to new post pings.
11. FD Feedburner Plugin
Redirects the main feed and optionally the comments feed to Feedburner.com.
12. WordPress.com Stats
This plugin tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks.
13. Popularity Contest
This plugin will enable ranking of your posts by popularity; using the behavior of your visitors to determine each post’s popularity.
15. Google Sitemap
This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.