The Best WordPress Plugins Of All Time – Part I
The Best WordPress Plugins Of All Time
I have put together the most important and useful plugins of all time that I personally use as and when required for specific purpose. This list will also be handy for the visitors and all WordPress users. No affiliate links are used in this post. This is purely for your information and knowledge.
Helps filter spammy comments – This plugin is used by millions. Akismet is currently the greatest plugin to protect your blog or site from trackback spam and comment spam.
2. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 provides multiple contact forms to put in one website. It is also highly customizable and can use Captcha Service along with each forms. Provides a provision to attach several types of files too with the forms which can be set from the settings. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
3. Google XML Sitemap Generator
4. FeedBurner Form
Add Google Feedburner® email subscription forms with optional subscribers counter. Feedburner Form is a plugin designed to allow inserting of FeedBurner Subscription forms in Widget areas of your site.
Using this form, all the visitors can subscribe to your blog and feeds and the posts will then be sent to them by emails. You have to not even worry about unsubscribes by visitors and this form and FeedBurner handles it by itself very nicely.
Most eco-friendly tool for WordPress on the planet today. Join the best sites like NBC News, CNN, Fox Sports and Disney who offers similar functionality of this plugin. Eco-friendly printing, saving experience, pdf sharing.
6. Social Networks Auto Poster
SNAP (Social Networks Auto Poster) publishes the perfect formatted messages to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Blogger/Blogspot, Tumblr, Delicious, WordPress.com, Stumbleupon and Diigo accounts.
Use this plugin to reach your target audience and inform all your readers what you just posted on your blog or website. This plugin works well with profiles, community pages, FaceBook groups, business pages, etc.
NoFollowr WordPress Plugin allows an administrator to easily analyse which links (external) are providing search-engine benefits upon another site. The administrator has a privilege to toggle between disallowing and allowing this feature with just a single click. The change will be in effect almost instantly and does not require a page reload, making the moderation of external links a breeze.
8. Trackback Validator
The TrackBack Validator WordPress plugin performs an effective and crucial test on all TrackBacks to prevent spam.
The legitimate TrackBacks are always sent by real people commenting on your weblog, accompanied by a URL that points to that particular commentary. Spam TrackBacks are accompanied by a URL that points to a pay-per-click affiliate website or other irrelevant material. This validator exploits this key difference:
- When a TrackBack is received, the plugin retrieves the Web page located at the URL included in the TrackBack.
- If the page contains a link to your weblog, the TrackBack is approved.
- If the page does not link to your weblog, the TrackBack is flagged as spam and rejected.
Because TrackBack spammers do not set up custom Web pages linking to the weblogs they attack, this simple test will quickly reveal illegitimate Trackbacks.
9. Subscribe To Comments
Subscribe to Comments plugin for wordpress is a robust plugin that enables commenters to sign up for an e-mail notification of subsequent entries. This plugin includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenters can use to unsubscribe to certain posts, block all notifications, or even change their notification e-mail address!
Tweetily is a FREE WordPress plugin that will after a set time randomly pick your posts and tweet automatically to your Twitter account! Just activate and sit back and let the traffic start rolling in.
I like this very much. Set & forget it. It sometimes bring in the visitors for very old posts too.
11. What Would Seth Godin Do
One opportunity that’s underused is the idea of using cookies to treat returning visitors differently than newbies. It’s more work at first, but it can offer two experiences to two different sorts of people. (Source: In the Middle, Starting)
By default, your new visitors will see a a box above each post containing the words “If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!” You can change this wordings. After 5 visits this message will disappear. You are free to customize the lifespan and location of this box. It can also be excluded from some pages if you desire.
New visitors will appreciate some context and background information about your site. This is your chance to offer them a special welcome and invite them to become permanent subscribers. You can also specify a custom message for returning visitors.
12. SEO FaceBook Comments
SEO Facebook Comments embeds a Facebook Comment Form on your blog and also looks at each of your blog posts searching for Facebook Comments already posted. All new found comments will be added to WordPress Database.
Why this is so Good
You will have all your WordPress Comments widgets and plugins still working since all the comments will also be at your database.
Also, even if Facebook goes down or slow it won’ affect the loading of your site content.
And what is the SEO benefit?
Normally the Facebook comment system is embed into your page through an iframe. Because of that Google can’t read those comments or associate them with your page. This plugin changes that game by adding and loading all the comments on your page through your WordPress database like the rest of your site.
It will not hurt my server performance?
What makes this plugin shine is that it is very low server resources intensive. It will search for Facebook Comments specific to blog posts only when those posts are loaded. This will save your server from any stress situation or overload.
13. WordPress Gzip Compression
Enables gzip-compression if the visitor’s browser can handle it. This will speed up your WordPress website drastically and reduces bandwidth usage as well. Uses the PHP ob_gzhandler() callback.
Do not underestimate this plugin. This alone can speed up your blog lightening fast.
14. WP Polls
Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can also easily add a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page.
WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.
15. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
A plugin that is being used by Matt Mullenweg (Creator of WordPress) and Matt Cutts (Head of WebSpam – Google) – Can you imagine how powerful can this plugin be.