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    Best (must have) WordPress Plugins

    I started blogging on this website from December 2007. This blog is on WordPress Blogging Platform( or i can call it as it uses WordPress blogging software). It is free and it is available at wordpress.org.

    Best (must have) WordPress Plugins

    I have spent lot of time searching for WordPress Plugins, liked few and disliked few ๐Ÿ™‚

    Today, I have come up with this post to list out the ‘Must Have Plugins’ for WordPress. This will help people who are looking for Best WordPress Plugins.

    Best WordPress Plugins in alphabetical order:

    Akismet – A very useful plugin to protect your blog from spam. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You can review the spam it catches under โ€œComments.โ€

    All in One Seo Pack – Automatic Search Engine Optimization(SEO) plugin for wordpress. I started using this plugin from Day 1 of my blogging with my first post ThinkersOnMove is now NiharsWorld! and Let me tell you, this plugin really helps you to get search engine traffic. A must plugin for all wordpress bloggers!

    Chunk Urls for WordPress – Most of the readers of the blog sometimes leave comments with url which are really long and it is difficult to shorten it manually without actually changing the URL. wp-chunk is a WordPress plugin to gracefully shorten URLs within submitted comments. It does not affect urls within posts, just comments.

    Full Text Feed – Most of them know, <!โ€“โ€“moreโ€“โ€“> feature in wordpress allows us to have Continue Reading… link in the main page of the blog for each post. But WordPress truncates your feed’s content anywhere you insert a <!โ€“โ€“moreโ€“โ€“> tag. This plugin undoes this functionality, allowing your feeds to contain the full text regardless of <!โ€“โ€“moreโ€“โ€“> tag usage.

    Google Analyticator – This plugin adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging. It has lot of features, but the following two features are very important ones:

    – Automatically tracks outbound links.
    – Provides support for download link tracking.

    Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap complaint sitemap for WordPress blog. Sitemaps help your site getting indexed by the major search engines. This plugin can be put under SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plugin category.

    Related Posts – This plugin is a very useful plugin. It shows similar posts already made on your blog, regardless of their category thereby makes readers read other posts that are related to the current post. It is also one of the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plugin because, it increases internal linking on your blog. After few days i found an “improved version” of Related Entries plugin by Peter Bowyer.

    SimpleTags – This plugin allows you to create a list of Technorati tags at the bottom of your post by providing a comma separated list of tags between the [tags] tags. You can use it with any blogging tool/method, not just when posting from WordPress itself (doesnโ€™t use custom fields). Supports multiple words within tags. Also allows in-post tagging of words by enclosing them in [tag] tags. Works with the WYSIWYG editor.

    Social Bookmarking RELOADED – Lot of sites have links at the top of the post or bottom of the post to allow reader to add in their favorite bookmarking sites. This plugin adds a list of XHTML compliant graphic links at the end of your posts and/or pages that allow your visitors to easily submit them in a number of social bookmarking sites.

    Subscribe To Comments – This plugin allows commenters of the post to check a box before commenting and get e-notification for further comments on the post.

    WordPress.com Stats – This plugin tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Note : Requires a WordPress.com API key.

    WordPress Database Backup – This plugin is very useful and important. It takes backup of all the core wordpress tables and you can also select any new tables that you have. It has an option to take backup and send it as email attachment. I have setup the plugin to get the database backup every day by mail to my Gmail account.

    WP-ContactForm – This plugin allows you to add a new Page Contact Form. Like i have Contact-Me Form link on the top. WP Contact Form is a drop-in form for users to contact you.

    I would like to request you to drop a comment if you know any other useful plugins and if you know any which is better than any of the ones listed above.

    I hope this post helps you manage your site/blog in a much more efficient way.

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    1. Douglas Karr says:

      For some incredible inter-linking, one best kept secret plugin is aLinks. You can find it at http://www.headzoo.com/alinks

    2. Nihar says:

      Douglas Karr,

      Thanks for the wonderful plugin. I will right away start using it and update this post.

    3. Submarine says:

      Hi. I think this plugin would be a good addition to the list :

      Category Icons


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    5. one of the most helpful wordpress posts i have found. thanks for taking the time to put this together.

    6. Nihar says:

      @jackie, Thanks for the complement. I hope it helped you discover some nice plugins and started using it…

    7. James Rosenstein says:

      consider the profanity filter plugin WebPurify


    8. Nihar says:

      @James, hanks for letting me know about profanity filter plugin

    9. geekTips says:

      Nice list, I’m using several plugins on the list.

    10. HeriC says:

      Maybe you should include StatPress.
      it is a great statistic plugin

    11. Atul says:

      1 more entry: WP Super Cache

    12. Deepanshu says:

      hi nihar…can u please tell which plugin are u using to show 3 icons on left (floating type twitter,fb and feed icons) which show even when we scroll down.. ๐Ÿ™‚ i like it very much ๐Ÿ™‚

    13. Winkekatze says:

      Hej! Backups are extremely important. WP’s build-in functions are somewhat limited. BackWPUp is a great Backup-Plugin that allows to backup all or part of your complete WP-Installation including a SQL-Dump to a plethora of Backup-destinations, e.g. ftp-server or Dropbox. Cheers, Winkekatze

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