The Most Useful WordPress Plugins to Build Your Online Business

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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:

1. Akismet

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?


Comments

  1. Nice post and nice site. Clean and pleasant to read.

    I also use WordPress SEO by Yoast. It is similar to All In One SEO plus it gives you a module to evaluate the SEO score of your actual content.

    • Yes John, WordPress SEO by Yoast is another (very) good plugin that you can use for your SEO. I know that you have started using Yoast but in case anyone else is interested in moving from All In One SEO to Yoast or vice versa, both plugins are actually offering you a way to do this through their GUIs. Easy and clean.

      So you can try both plugins and see which one works better for you.

  2. I use most of the plug-ins you’ve listed, apart from Google XML Sitemap for images. I didn’t actually know there was one ’til now. I also use the WP plug-in for Google Adsense and Analytics.

    The one I find to be the most useful is Akismet. It deals with spam a lot better than I ever could. Plus it doesn’t swear, which is what I used to do when I used to have to deal with swarms of spam. Akismet is a godsend as far as I’m concerned.

    • Yeah, Google XML Sitemap for images will help you get the most out of your image content. Search engines become more and more visual and you could get some extra traffic to your web-site by doing 2 very simple things:

      1) Use the right kind of meta data for your images (alt tag, description, etc.)
      2) Make your images available to the search bots (using the sitemap for images)

      As far as Akismet is concerned, you said it just right: It’s a godsend!! ;-)
      Thanks for your comment!

  3. For me, the best WP plug-ins are All in One SEO (though Yoast’s version’s arguably just as good), W3 Total Cache, Yet Another Related Posts, Akismet, CommentLuv and Broken Link Checker. I could quite literally kiss the ground they walk on. I call them my little pets!

    Oh and I almost forgot, Limit Login Attempts is pretty useful too. It does exactly what it says on the tin. When someone who has NO BUSINESS logging into my blog tries to do so a few times, Limit Login takes care of that.

    In answer to your other question, I have 18 plug-ins installed, including the ones I’ve mentioned and the ones on your list, but I only have about 13 of those activated.

    • Hello Ruth,

      every time a visitor comes to your web-site, WP runs a query in your SQL database to see which plugins need to be loaded, including the disabled ones.

      So unless you have a good reason, remove the ones you don’t use (even if they are in disabled state) as they add up to your web-site loading time.

      I wasn’t aware of Limit Login Attempts. I will definitely give it a go, thanks!

  4. I had a lot of plug-ins previously, but I’ve now streamlined them to a handful. I use ten in all at the moment.

    I think a lot of WP plug-ins are really useful. However, I don’t have a list of the best because I have only one plug-in in mind as being the best. And that’s WP DB Backup. It saved me. You know when people say “in case the worse happens”? Well that happened to me with a couple of my sites. If I hadn’t backed up my files, I don’t know what I would have done. WP DB Backup was a lifesaver.

    • I used to use WP DB Backup. It’s really good.

      I now use Backup Buddy. It can also backup your files on-top of the database, but it’s not free (that’s why I didn’t mention it in my post).

      It’s really good if you also want to migrate a web-site to another host or domain. I use it to start up all my new sites by using a local “template” copy that I keep. This copy/backup contains the basic WP installation and the plugins I use so I don’t have to go through these steps each time.

      All I have to do to start my new web-site, is to “migrate” my local copy to the web-space on my host and take it from there.

  5. I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thanks again!

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