Everyone who is using WordPress knows the importance of plugins in the functionality of a site. WordPress plugin facilitate the usability of the program and help users to perform additional task. Some plugins may be replaced by coding but that requires experience as well as knowledge but for a newbie that is completely a mess.
Newbies always wonder for the first time which plugins they should install. Here are the must have WordPress plugin list which every blog should have from their first day.
Essential WordPress Plugins Every Blog Should Have
This is perhaps the most popular WordPress plugin every blog have. It comes pre-installed with WordPress. Unfortunately WordPress blogs got the maximum number of spam comments and to fight with these spams, Akismet is the ideal tool for you.
Another benefit is that you can use ‘Conditional Captcha‘ to ask commentator to fill out captcha when Akismet marks anyone comments as captcha.
Google Sitemap Generator
This is a must have WordPress plugin that automatically submits sitemap to Google and notifies search engines whenever any new post is published, which on the other hand helps to index new post faster. Every blog should have the XML sitemap for better indexing. Besides this, you can also manually submit sitemap through Google & Bing Webmaster Tools.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total cache is the most popular and powerful cache plugin in the market. It combines the power of WP Super cache and WP minify both. A must have WordPress plugin to handle the cache of your site and increase your site speed. Sometimes cache plugins may create issues in WordPress which is rare but the benefit of cache plugin is really awesome.
Contact Form 7
Whenever you have a blog or website, a contact form is a must so that visitors can contact with you through email contact. Contact Form 7 is the most downloaded contact form plugin for WordPress site. This is a simple WordPress plugin with basic contact details by default. If you need more than that you can use Gravity Forms premium plugin, but for basic contact task, “Contact Form 7” should work fine.
WP DB Backup
If you are in blogging, then you must be publishing on regular interval. So you must backup your site on the same way. But it may be tiresome to do manual backup, hence backup plugins come to the rescue. WP DB Backup is a simple WordPress plugin which allows you to do automatic and manual backup both. You can set daily, weekly or monthly auto backup of your site and the plugin will do the rest for you.
Limit Login Attempts
WordPress sites are vulnerable to brute force attack unless you have some protection to prevent any unauthorized login attempt. “Limit Login Attempts” helps to limit the number of attempts to login, and can also ban an IP for certain time period it the option specified by the administrator. It can also email you any unauthorized login attempt with IP address.
MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
One of the strong point of WordPress is that it can automatically ping whenever any new post is published. But there is always a negative issue that WordPress do excessive pinging which may ban a site from search engine. MaxBlog Press Ping Optimizer is such a wonderful plugin which can ping to multiple pinging sites as well as limit excessive pinging.
Whenever any new post is drafted or older post is updated, WordPress keeps the data in its database. WP Optimize not only removes post revisions and drafts, but also delete spam comments as well as optimize the necessary database tables. A must have WordPress plugin in its criteria.
If you are a blogger, then you are likely to be involved in affiliate marketing more or less. Gocodes help to cloack the ugly affiliate link into pretty link like yourdomain.com/go/product. You can also change the default “Go” url trigger as well as make the url trigger no-follow from the plugin.
By default WordPress shows the “older posts” link which is not user friendly to jump into a earlier page. PageNavi plugin helps to paginate the pages so that visitors can jump into any previous page. You can also customize the settings of the plugin and can use additional styling plugin to style more.
Ad Squares Widget
If you are into affiliate marketing, then you know the importance of 125*125 widget. Ad squares widget allows you to show the same. The main benefit is that you can use as little as 2 squares as well as 8 squares maximum and with little HTML can also make the links no-follow or enable to open in new window.
For better SEO and increase page visit, you may frequently need to manually add links for previous posts. “Insights” WordPress plugin help you to search for any post, images or videos from your earlier posts and make link to them without leaving the editing page.
On the above, I have listed all the essential plugins which I feel every blog should have. If you have more great plugins which you use regularly, please share with us.