Plugins are additional software which actually makes WordPress a powerful blogging platform. Complex and mostly any kind of tasks can be achieved easily with the use of plugins. WordPress plugin directory is full of plugins, if you are expert in WordPress you might know which plugin to use or which not but for beginner it might be difficult to identify which plugins are essentials or which plugins to start with . Let’s find out which are important WordPress plugins for beginners.
Here are list of WordPress Plugins for Beginners
Akismet : Akismet is the best free plug-in to prevent your website from spam. This plugin checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “comments” admin screen. If you don’t know how to get free API key and activate Akismet check out this article.
Google XML Sitemap : XML site map provides structure of websites to search engine so that they can crawl your website properly and indexed WebPages. This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog.. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
Google Analytics by Yoast : Google Analytics is free service provided by Google, it gives detail statistics on how visitors are interacting with your website. The Google Analytics by Yoast plugin for WordPress allows you to track your blog easily and always stays up to date with the newest features in Google Analytics.
WPSmush.it : Image size is always big concern for bloggers, larger image size reduce the performance of websites because Web Pages with images take lots of time to load . WPSmush.it Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress which helps to increase website performance.
WPSuper Cache : A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files. This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
Yet Another Related Posts Plug-in (YARPP) : It displays pages, posts, and custom post types related to the current entry, introducing your readers to other relevant content on your site. Plugin used powerful unique algoriths to display related posts on your website.
No Self Pings : WordPress usually sends pings to your own site when you write new posts with internal linking to your own posts . Some people do not like this behavior; it clutters up their comments area.This plugin prevents WordPress to send pings to your own site itself when you write posts.
Contact Form 7 : Every website has contact form which lets users to contact with website team. Developers creates form by written long piece of codes, may be beginners don’t know much about programming that’s where Contact form 7 plugin helps to generate form without worry about coding details. In order to prevent submission by bots you can add CAPTCHA to your form by installing Really Simple Captcha it is specifically created for contact form 7.
Digg Digg : Digg Digg lets you share your content to all social platforms .It will display all social buttons either in form of vertical floating bar or in horizontal manner. Display all popular social sharing buttons with count, such as Twitter, Buffer, Facebook Share, Facebook Like, Digg, LinkedIn, Google +1, Reddit, dZone, TweetMeme, Topsy, Yahoo Buzz, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Sphinn, Designbump, WebBlend, BlogEngage, Serpd, Pinterest, Pocket and Tumblr.
Evermore : No body wants to show full posts on home page of blog , it looks really weird so wouldn’t it be nice if you show just few line from the pots to readers and after that provide link like “Read More” or “Continue”. This plugin lets you do that very easily, it automatically abbreviates all posts when they appear on a multiple-post page such as the main blog page. It has the same effect as putting <!–more–> after the first paragraph of every post. All formatting and HTML tags are preserved in the abbreviated post.
FD Feedburner Plugin : Redirects the main feed and optionally the comments feed to Feedburner.com. It does this seamlessly without the need to modify templates, setup new hidden feeds, modify .htaccess files, or asking users to migrate to a new feed. All existing feeds simply become Feedburner feeds seamlessly and transparently for all users. Just tell the plugin what your Feedburner feed URL is and you’re done.
Ithemes security (Better WP Security) : iThemes security plug-in is easiest, most effective way to secure WordPress . It’s a package which provides 14 different features to make your blog Hacker Proof check out details list of features of Better WP Security. Install this plugin and you don’t need to install another security plugin. Currently this plugin is free but they are planning to release premium version with ongoing support and new features.
WP-DB Manager : This Plug-in helps you to take backup database, optimize database, repair database, restore database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries. It also supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.
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