WordPress is a famous open source blog publishing program in blogosphere where bloggers can easily enhance and manage their blog using tons of free WordPress Plugins available in their plugin directory. Well, you know I’m actually talking about WordPress.org instead of WordPress.com.
WordPress is written in PHP and MySQL database and there are a lot of free and paid WordPress themes available in the web. You can always change the WordPress theme by switching the theme in the admin panel. I have been using WordPress platform to publish all my posts for almost 3 years and I still prefer to use it more than Blogger platform by Google.
Here, I will list top 5 useful WordPress Plugins you should use to enhance your experience in using WordPress platform. I personally use all these 5 WordPress Plugins to manage my blog and I think they have delivered their jobs very well which I would like to recommend to all WordPress users especially new WordPress bloggers.
1) Akismet – Spam Comment Filter
This is my very first plugin that I ever used and I just love it. Akismet checks the comments to see if there’s any spam comments in your blog before publishing to public. It will automatically help you to catch and filter the suspicious spam comments or trackbacks through Akismet Web Service. However, sometimes Akismet may catch the wrong comments as well but it seldom happens to me. Therefore, occasionally you might need to go Akismet spam comments to release those legit comments and trackbacks mistaken flagged as spam.
2) All in One SEO – Search Engine Optimization Tool
This is one must have WordPress plugin as it optimizes your blog for Search Engine. For beginners, the plugin will automatically optimize your post titles for search engine. For advanced users, you can always customize the settings based on your preferences. In addition, All in One SEO plugin also generates META tags automatically which will help your blog easily to be searched by Search Engine.
I use my blog (Money4Invest.com) to search in Google and the result shows as below:
3) Google XML Sitemaps - Build Sitemaps for Search Engines
This is another good plugin that will turn your WordPress more friendliness with Search Engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. It will create a special XML sitemap for Search Engine crawlers to better index your blog. In addition, it also notifies all major Search Engines when you create a new post.
This is one of my favorite plugins which can increase the traffic on your blog because they can easily find the related posts in your post. This plugin uses special algorithm to calculate the best match posts on your blog. Yet Another Related Posts plugin setting allow you to customize maximum number of related posts display on your blog and you can display related posts in your RSS and atom feeds as well.
5) WP Super Cache - Speed Up Your Blog
You already know the meaning by looking at plugin’s name. WP Super Cache will generate static html files instead of generating WordPress PHP scripts which are heavier. The generated html files are useful to serve the blog visitors who want to view your blog faster. By using WP Super Cache plugin, your blog will be speed up significantly and good for your site to be appeared on Digg.com and other social media site.
I believe these 5 WordPress plugins are helpful to your blog appearance and performance either to Search Engine or your server. So, do you use these 5 plugins in your blog now?