Most Useful Plugins for WordPress

Here is a list of plugins that I find to be very useful and these are the ones I recommend all my clients to install. The list is small but it will eventually grow with time. The idea is not to list a bunch of plugins but to list only those that can be considered essential. Basically the ones you don’t want to leave your home without!

Name Comment
All in One SEO Pack This is by far the most commonly plugin I install for clients
Breadcrumb NavXT Another very useful plugin specially if you have sub categories. It will help the visitor figure out where exactly he is on your blog or site
Aksimet Do I have to say more? This plugin is there by default and I don’t see any reason not to enable it. Note: This plugin requires an API key which can be obtained for free from here
Easy Contact A very nice plugin which adds a contact form to any page of your choice
Google XML Sitemaps Another great plugins. It does a great job at generating sitemaps. It also assigns priority to the posts and pages on your blog
ShareThis (also look at the Sociable plugin below) Very useful if you feel visitors would want to share your post with others. By installing this plugin, you’ll make things easier for them. I won’t recommend installing this one if you are going to install the Sociable plugin because both of them basically do the same thing. They let you share posts on services like FaceBook, MySpace etc Stats A very useful plugin provided by which is more of a service than a plugin. If you want a simple way of maintaining stats then this is the plugin you are looking for. You can use it to see which posts/pages on your blog or site are popular and which aren’t. What keywords do users use on search engines to reach your site. And ofcourse, there are more. Note: This plugin requires an API key which can be obtained for free from here
WP-DBManager This one is a must for any WordPress user! Using this plugin you can make a backup of your database right from the WordPress admin panel. Using this plugin you will be able to perform a backup of your database in a matter of seconds. Compare this to performing a backup using either cPanel or some other control panel software of PhpMyAdmin. Clearly, using this plugin making backups on a daily basis would become practical too
WP Super Cache WP Super Cache can be a very useful plugin if you get a lot of visitors to your site. Installing this plugin will improve the health of your server significantly by cutting down load
Subscribe To Comments This plugin let’s your visitors subscribe to the comments of a particular post so that they can receive a notification whenever a new comment is posted on it. It also gives the user the ability to unsubscribe
Sociable (also look at the ShareThis plugin above) This plugin lets you automatically add links on your posts to various social bookmarking sites. Again, I won’t recommend installing this one if you are going to install the ShareThis plugin. You don’t need two similar plugins on one site
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin This one is a very interesting plugin. Once installed, it displays a list of posts related to the one that is currently being viewed. It uses a good criterion on which it bases it’s decision of which posts are related and which ones aren’t.

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Please note, all download URLs in the list point to a section on which is the official website of WordPress.

Posted on: 3rd February 2009 | Comments (1)
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