My 20+ Favourite WordPress Plugins
Today I would like to share my own favourite WordPress plugins. As a webdesigner, I create a lot of websites based on WordPress. So in the past year, I tried and tested a lot of plugins. I devided the list in 2 categories. The essential WordPress plugins should be installed on every WordPress blog. The highly recommended plugins are plugins I also use a lot, but these WordPress plugins offer extra features, so you can install them depending on your needs.Read also my previous post “How to Install a WordPress Plugin” to learn how to install WordPress plugins.
Essential WordPress plugins
Essential plugins are WordPress plugins that actually should be installed by default.
Askimet is a service that removes spam reactions on your blog. You can also manually remove spam reactions, but if you have a popular blog, this can take a lot of time.
Askimet is free for non-commercial blogs.
All In One SEO Pack
All In One SEO Pack is one of the best WordPress plugins to optimize your blog for search engines. It gives you more control about the post and page titles of your blog and a lot more. This plugin is simple but effective.
Google Analytics is one of the best ways to analyze the visitors of your blog or website. There are several very interesting statistics for getting to know your visitors. This tool is essential to optimize your blog or website.
To start with Google Analytics, you need a google-account. Google Analytics is a free service!
Google XML Sitemaps
This WordPress plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
With pageMash, it’s easy to reorder your pages. PageMash has a drag and drop ajax user interface.
W3 Total Cache
Easily optimize the speed and user experience of your site with caching. Especially when you have a lot of traffic, this is an essential plugin!!
WordPress Database Backup
WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables.
Highly recommended plugins
This WordPress plugin lets you administrate the blog advertisements from the backend. It’s a rather simple plugin but it does what it has to do.
This WordPress plugin generates locational breadcrumb trails for your WordPress powered blog or website. These breadcrumb trails are highly customizable to suit the needs of just about any website running WordPress.
If you want to turn your WordPress blog into a CMS, this is the plugin you need!
This WordPress plugin makes it easier for developers to create websites with WordPress and for their clients to manage these websites.
The Exec-PHP plugin executes PHP code in posts, pages and text widgets.
FD Feedburner Plugin
This WordPress plugin redirects the main feed and optionally the comments feed seamlessly and transparently to Feedburner.com.
This WordPress plugin is used to overlay images on the current page.
Page Links To
This WordPress plugin redirects visitors of a page or post to another URL.
Role Scoper is a comprehensive access control solution, giving you CMS-like control of reading and editing permissions. Assign restrictions and roles to specific pages, posts or categories.
SEOPressor is a premium WordPress plugin that analyzes how your post or page will score in Google.
Adds an attractive social bookmarking menu to your posts, pages, index, or any combination of the three.
This WordPress plugin adds a couple of advanced features to this WYSIWYG editor.
Wickett Twitter Widget
Display the latest Tweets from your Twitter accounts inside WordPress widgets. Customize Tweet displays using your site or theme CSS.
WPML makes it possible to turn WordPress blogs multilingual in a few minutes with no knowledge of PHP or WordPress. Its advanced features allow professional web developers to build full multilingual websites.
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