I am not the addict who spends his days trying different plugins, messing around with his blog. In fact, I try to keep the number of the plugins that I use on all my sites to a bare minimum, for all the known reasons (stability, speed, resource consumption, etc.). The free Wordpress plugins that I list below, are irreplaceable for me and I would strongly recommend them to anyone who wants to build his online business using WordPress. So without further ado, here are is a list of the 7 most useful WordPress plugins:
There is no single site of mine, without the Akismet plugin installed. In my opinion one of the most useful WordPress plugins around. If you hate spam (who doesn’t anyway?) then you need this in order to keep all those unwanted spam comments, detected and deleted.
2. W3 Total Cache
Anyone who receives a decent amount of traffic to his website, must have the best WordPress cache plugin around: W3 Total Cache! Although I use a fairly powerful server for my sites, W3 Total Cache spares my hardware resources even further and adds speed to my website’s performance. A definite must have if you are serious with your online business.
3. Google XML Sitemaps
We all want our pages and posts to be crawled and indexed by Google right? Well this is exactly what Google XML Sitemaps does for me. It creates an XML sitemap which is placed on my server and provides accurately and effortlessly all my website’s pages and posts for Google bot to crawl! This is one of the best WordPress plugins for business sites with thousands of pages down to your personal blog with only a few.
4. Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons
I know the added value of having a suit of social share buttons on my site but I was always very disappointed with the visual result of the plugins I tried. It is only with Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons plugin that I have total control of how my suite looks, what kind of buttons it is comprised of, what’s the spacing between them and much more.
5. Yet Another Related Posts
If you are scratching your head trying to find ways to decrease your bounce rate and keep your visitors longer to your site, then Yet Another Related Posts plugin is the solution. It will display related posts and pages at the bottom of your post and will provide more relevant content to your readers.
6. All In One SEO Pack Plugin
Do you want your website to be automatically optimized for Search Engines? Then you need All In One SEO Pack plugin. I cannot think of blogging life without this plugin. As it’s name suggests it has everything you need to fine tune in order for Google and the other search engines to love you.
7. Google XML Sitemap For Images
Similar to Google XML Sitemaps, this plugin creates an XML sitemap with your images URLs and places it on your server for Search Engines bots to find and crawl. Image search is becoming more and more popular and helping Google and the other search engines to provide the best and more relevant results to their users will also bring more targeted visitors to your website. Google XML Sitemap For Images will do this exact thing for you with the minimum effort from your side (just install and activate).
So there you have it! These are the WordPress plugins that I currently use and will continue to use to all my future projects online.
Most Useful WordPress Plugins For You – Discussion
Let’s discuss this in the comments below. What’s YOUR list of the best free WordPress plugins comprised of? How many do you use?