Top 10 WordPress Plugins Your Blog Must Have

June 7, 2012

in Blogging

Occasionally, I’m writing topics related to blogging and how to improve your blog to make it more professional and reader-friendly. I’m also discussing the things I’ve learned so far about blogging and how to make money from it.

I’ve been using WordPress as a blogging platform since April 2010, more than 2 years now but I haven’t fully explore what it can give more to my blogs that I have. As newbie blogger, perhaps, you will be overwhelmed by many things that you should do and learn about blogging and making it known to the world.

It is not that easy. Actually, it is really hard at first few months. However, I thanked WordPress for making it more easier and simpler to build a blog compared before without WordPress. I believe one of the most useful features that you should look out into your WordPress blog is what they called “plug ins”. It will make your blogging experience easier and more comfortable.

What is WordPress Plugin?

A WordPress plug in is like an application or tool that you should install to your blog that can improve the functionality of your blog. For example, one of the most common plugins almost all of the blogs has is the anti-spam comment. With this plug in, no spam comment can be posted onto your blog.

WordPress plug in is very easy to install and does not require any software or tools. Most of these plug ins are free but few ones, you need to pay for so you can use it.

Top 10 WordPress Plugins Your Blog Should Have

There are many plug ins that you can choose and install into your blog. Sometimes, some plug ins are not really needed so you don’t have to use it. So in order to use the most beneficial plug ins, I have listed here my top 10 WordPress plug ins that I’m using and most of the bloggers as well. Here it goes.

1. All in One SEO Pack

I think many bloggers use this plug in for enhancing their on-site SEO effort. By using this plugin, you can improve the title of your post, description and post tags so that it will be easier for Google and other search engines to index your post or blog.

All in One SEO pack is developed by Michael Torbert and from its description in WordPress, it is out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. All of my blog have this plug in and I know it really helps a lot. So you should installed it to your blog as well.

You can see below the snapshot of All in One SEO Pack currently installed in this blog. I put it under the post tab so it will be easier for me to add SEO stuffs after finishing my post writing.

 

2. Broke Link Checker

Broken links are not good for your blog because search engines will not index your new post properly. In order to spot these broken links easily, you should install a plug in called Broken Link Checker.

It is a plug in that will check all the links of your blog if it is still active or broken. This plug in is very helpful because you cannot check all the links of your blog especially if you have many published posts. It is very time consuming and needs a lot of work.

Broken Link Checker is developed by Janis Elsts and it checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any error are found. Try it and you’ll be amazed.

3. Contact Form 7 by Takayuki Miyoshi

Creating a contact form is hard if your blog doesn’t have a plug in like Contact Form 7. With this plug in, you can customized your contact form details and install an anti-spam for additional security.

You can also choose which email the message from your readers will be sent through. It is easy to install in your page or post that you will publish.

You can make your blog’s contact page more professional and handy with this plug in. Go and try it with your blog.

4. Dagon Design Sitemap Generator

A sitemap contains all pages and posts you have in your blog. It is beneficial for your visitors and search engine because it will be easier for them to locate all contents of your blog.

Dagon Design Sitemap Generator when installed in your blog will create a customizable sitemap where you can choose whether to make the sitemap in one page or several pages. After you installed this plug in to your blog, you need to get the code in Dagon Design website to activate this plug in.

5. Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps is developed by Arne Brachhold. From the description of this plugin: This plug in will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.

If you want your blog to be indexed by search engines, this plugin is definitely a must-have. It is free and very easy to install. However, you do need to customize some information according to your preference.

6. Quick Adsense

From WordPress definition: Quick Adsense offers a quicker & flexible way to insert Google Adsense or any Ads code into a blog post. This plugin is developed by Phillip Ze.

If you monetize your blog with Google Adsense, Chitika or other ad codes, this plug in will definitely help a lot. You can easily add or remove ad codes whenever you want it.

7. Login Lockdown

I have known this plug in only this year from Vic of  Business Tips Philippines. The plug in was developed by Michael VanDeMar.

It adds some extra security to WordPress by restricting the rate at which failed logins can be re-attempted from a given IP range making your blog more secure against hacking. It is distributed through Bad Neighborhood website.

WordPress Plugins

8. Cardoza Facebook Like Box

A blog must have its own Facebook page for SEO and marketing purposes. If you don’t have a FB page yet, you should create one and then install it to your blog using Cardoza Facebook Like Box.

This plug in was developed by Vinoj Cardoza. It enables you to display the Facebook page likes in your website. Using this plug in, you can control the height and width of your Facebook box to fit in your blog. You only need the URL address of your Facebook page and then input that one on the settings.

9. WordPress Database Backup

It is very important that your blog has a backup in case of unexpected loss of your data in the web server of your hosting company. There are many WordPress plug ins that create a backup for your blog for free.

One plugin that I’m using for backup purposes is WordPress Database Backup which was developed by Austin Matzko. It is a plugin that will backup only the database of your blog.

10. Sweet Captcha

SweetCaptcha is an anti-spam solution to WordPress on the comment form, registration form, and other forms. It is compatible with Contact Form 7 and BuddyPress plug-ins.

This plug in was developed by SweeetCaptcha.com. It is not the usual captcha that you are seeing with most of the blogs and websites because it uses pictures instead of letters and numbers. This plug in is easier to use than other captcha plug ins out there.

Wrapping Up

WordPress plug ins are great tools to build and improve your blog’s functionality. If you are using WordPress as a blogging platform, you should install these top 10 WordPress plug ins that I’m using. Definitely, it will help a lot to your blog and your blogging activity.

 

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About the Author:

GilGil Tenorio is a blogger, a husband, a father, and an active Christian. He likes playing guitar, C.S. Lewis, Plants and Zombies and NBA. Follow him at Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Twitter. Thanks!

 

 

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