These components also make the development and design of our sites easier to work with and more fun to look at.
Below are 21 WordPress plugins that I believe are great for new/and or existing blogs.
- Akismet – a default in WordPress installs – helps keep your comments clear of spam
- Google XML Sitemaps Generator – this creates a sitemap of all articles on your site to aid search engines to index your articles
- Broken Link Checker – keeps track and notifies you of any broken links within your blog
- CommentLuv – this plugin displays a link to your latest post from the commenter´s blog.
- W3 Total Cache – this plugin is great because it makes your pages load faster and improves user experience
- Theme Test Drive – safely test themes and theme options on your blog while visitors continue to view the default one
- Maintenance Mode Plugin – adds a splash page to your blog letting visitors know your blog is down for maintenance
- WordPress Editorial Calendar – this plugin provides a calendar of your posts–old, new and scheduled. You can move them around and edit them right from the plugin. It’s a fantastic organizational tool
- WP-DBManager – it is crucial to backup your blog. This plugin allows you to optimize, repair, restore and even schedule when you want to back up your blog
- Tweet Old Post – this is a great way to keep your old posts alive
- PodPress – this is great for those who utilize their platform for podcasting
- WP Touch – turn your blog into an smartphone app. This plugin also allows visitors to switch between WP Touch and regular view of your site
- SEO Smart Links – great for inter-linking your posts and attracting readers to find other articles within your site
- Widget Context – this plugin gives you the flexibility of creating different sidebars for different sections of your blog
- Permalink Redirect – say goodbye to those weird entries in your links. This plugin redirects and ensure that only one URL is linked with each post
- Thank Me Later – a fantastic plugin. It automatically sends a ‘thank you’ email to first-time visitors who comment on your site
- Quick META Keywords – automatically adds META keyword tags to all your posts based on how they are categorized
- All in One SEO Pack – helps optimizes your blog for search engines
- Google Analytics – a no fuss way of integrating Google Analytics within your theme
- Thesis OpenHook (for Thesis users) – allows you to easily and quickly customize Thesis via your blog
- Search Meter – this is one of my many faves. This plugin tracks what your readers are searching for within your blog
So tell me, which plugins do you use?
Check me out next week as we discuss Mistakes Every Blogger Should Avoid.