(Note: This blog was originally written 3 years ago, and we decided to update them once in a year from now on. I know there are people who hate plugins and there is another set, who love to explore plugins. )
WordPress is undeniably one of the most sought-after platforms for bloggers. It is enriched with loads of user-friendly and feature-rich applications that are second to none. Every user loves WordPress for its uniqueness, inclusiveness, and extendibility. Being an excellent open source community, it serves as a gateway for millions of bloggers and readers to share their knowledge and thoughts on a range of informative topics.
WordPress Plugins add more functionality and performance-boosting features to your WordPress powered blogs and keep readers glued to your content. Are you on the lookout for the most attractive WordPress Plugins? With thousands of plugins available, it can be so difficult and time-consuming to find a few good ones. Given below is a great compilation of 20 most impressive WordPress Plugins you should incorporate in your blogs to give your visitors an engaging blogging experience. Read on and check them out!
Your search for the most secure WordPress Plugin should end with Better WP Security. This first-rate plugin incorporates the finest WordPress security features and applications, thereby ensuring that even the most minute security loopholes in your blog site are patched up proficiently. It also detects hidden 404-page errors that can otherwise dent your SEO efforts and cause missing images, broken links, and much more damage. With the one-click activation feature for most of its applications, this should be one plugin that you should integrate your WordPress powered blogs with.
Securing your WP Blog or Website is not a one-time activity. It should be a part of maintaining them. Read how to convince your clients explaining the need for a WP site maintenance.
If you are looking for an all-encompassing SEO WordPress Plugin then this is the right plugin for you. This comprehensive plugin includes snippet preview, image titles, page analysis functionalities, Meta descriptions, XML sitemaps with a string of optimization options at various stages of your streamlining processes. Hence, this plugin is a strong recommendation if you want to optimize your web pages and make it more all the more appealing for users.
Why Yoast? Why not some other plugin? Check the discussion from WP Beginner.
Monitoring all the comments on your blogs can be really time-consuming. And failing to detect spam content might attract your site a heavy penalty from search engines. Your restless search for a spam-free WordPress Plugin should end with Akismet. Just install this plugin and bid adieu to spammers. The latest version of Akismet highlights the links to make it so easy to distinguish between a good link and a broken or bad link. Available free for personal use, Akismet can be installed by default provided you have a WordPress API key.
Are there any FREE alternates to Akismet? Yes. Check this 5 from Wp Dev Shed.
This top-notch WordPress Plugin from Google lets you track a huge amount of metadata on your site ranging from page views and category views by different visitors to 404 errors and a whole lot of other productive stuff at various stages of your optimization process. Besides empowering you to specify the required data for your site using custom variables, it also enables you to track a range of user activities including clicks per link, downloads per link, and much more.
Page loading speed matters a lot for visitors. They aren’t going to think twice to leave a slow loading web page. WP Super Cache is a super-fast caching WordPress Plugin to speed up your web pages. It generates static Html files of your blogs and speeds up the page loading time by several times while reducing the bandwidth considerably. If you want to give your users a faster blogging experience then this is the right plugin for you.
But, How this works? There is a discussion here that explains how WP Super Cache works.
This plugin efficiently redirects the main feed and the comments feed to Feedburner.com. By using this plugin you don’t have to modify templates , .htaccess files or configure hidden feeds. This plugin seamlessly integrates all existing feeds and makes it transparent to the users. Just feed this plugin with your Feedburner URL and you are done!
Easy-to-use, this is the most elegant mobile WordPress plugin for your website. It transforms your WordPress powered blog site into an enticing application-like theme fully loaded with Ajax submissions providing stunning effects for the users when viewed from mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices. The application also enables readers to swap effortlessly between the WPtouch and the site’s default theme, giving your readers the perfect mobile blogging experience that they want.
Do you like to learn more about making your WordPress website responsive with few more interesting plugins? SE Journal has a write-up which is a must check.
Get massive traffic from social bookmarking sites by integrating this social networking-friendly Widget to your WordPress enabled blog site. It allows readers to share your blogs with over 330 popular services at the click of a button. There can’t be any easy way to get traffic from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Digg and StumbleUpon. What’s more, this user-friendly plugin also makes it easy to share address bar in modern browsers with a small quick-to-load button.
Looking for an alternate? 1-click Retweet/Share/Like by LinksAlpha is one solution.
As the name itself suggests, this popular WordPress Plugin effectively creates automated backups for your web content. Besides including the additional option of having the backups emailed to you, it is also one of the most easy-to-use plugins that don’t require any set-up installation. It works well on Linux and Windows even in a ‘low memory’ shared environment.
There are plenty of solution for backing up WordPress with plugins that help to take backup as entire site including plugins, themes, and database. All I recommend is to have at least one and make sure it works.
This is the mother of all comment systems. It efficiently replaces all the comments in your system with Disqus enabled comments thereby giving bloggers an even more engaging experience. Some of the enticing features of this plugin include threaded comments and responses, subscription to RSS feeds, automatic email notifications on the approval status, powerful spam filtering options, and easy-to-moderate admin tools.
Recently we found Disqus has issues in loading, and we decided to write them. They came to help and we found the issue is resolved.
This is a cool plugin which makes it so easy to verify your blog with the world’s most popular search engine- Google, in just a couple of clicks! It relieves you the time-consuming process of copy-pasting tokens. It efficaciously gives you get access to a range of Google services in just a couple of clicks of the button!
This plugin makes the job easier, But you can even do it without this plugin, manually.
With this simple but flexible WordPress Plugin, you can efficiently manage multiple contact forms, and customize the forms and your email contents seamlessly using an easy-to-use markup tool. This user-friendly WordPress plugin supports Ajax submissions and includes CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering and much more!
For a business website, the solution that CF 7 offers is a mandatory solution unless you can write your own.
Optional, install them if you love exploring plugins :
This blog owner-friendly plugin is very different as it comes with an easy-to-use interface that allows you to edit your posts conveniently. Don’t worry if you have a post for Monday but couldn’t publish it as you had an extended weekend outing. This impressive plugin allows you to edit, manage and schedule your blog posts at your convenient time. Use the drag and drop menu to schedule your posts and check the status of your blogs when you are back!
Previously available only to WordPresss users, this powerful plugin turbo charges your WordPress enabled blogs with the super power of WordPress.com. It generates simple but concise stats adding no extra burden on your server. This impressive plugin lets you add a wealth of media-rich content including popular sites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and Digg. What’s more, this plugin lets users share and like your blogs on their favorite social bookmarking sites at the click of a button! The Akismet powered contact forms kick off any spammy content to the trash and keep your blog completely spam-free.
This funky plugin lets you link your WordPress enabled blog to an external URL (rather than a WordPress URL) of your choice. Ultimately, it redirects users who look for your old URL to the new URL that you have linked. This could be really advantageous particularly when you want to set up easy-to-navigate links to the non-WordPress content of your site or to an external site. With this easy-to-use tool, even a newbie can effortlessly create a handmade menu that links to different posts, pages, categories and anything!
Want to halt users multiple login attempts from the same IP or through browser generated cookies? If so, then this is the right plugin for you. As WordPress, by default, allows multiple logins either by means of the same login page or by sending unique cookies, this plugin should be an obvious choice to integrate your WordPress enabled blogs with. It makes it impossible for users to crack your passwords. Available in close to 20 language translations, this fully-customizable plugin expeditiously alerts users on multiple login attempts, retires and lockout page time.
This irresistible plugin identifies any kind of security threat to your WordPress enabled blogs. It effectually scans your blog and generates a reliable security grade based on your blog’s performance in the security test that involves hundreds of crucial issues. Why should you have plugins that aren’t updated for months when you have the Ultimate Security Checker that gets updated regularly? The one-click installation and automatic scanning feature certainly save you a lot of time.
There you go! Each of the above mentioned WordPress Plugins is unique in its own way. It certainly saves a lot of time for blog owners while giving bloggers the most interactive blogging experience that they want! Whether you are a newbie or an experienced blog owner these are some of the most impressive WordPress plugins that you can’t do without! So which is your favorite and why? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section given below.
If you think you have better plugins, evaluated and enjoying please share them in comments. I will include them when we revise this blog the next time.