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10 Best WordPress Plugins

10 Best WordPress Plugins

Here’s a list of what I think are the Top 10 Best (and most useful) WordPress plugins.

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
    • A fantastic and fully featured plugin to customize the SEO on your WordPress site. You even get advanced options like specific descriptions to use when someone posts your page on Facebook or Twitter.
  2. Akismet
    • For Comment SPAM, the bane of the WordPress existence. Akismet requires you to purchase a key for it to work properly, but the cost is well worth it as it saves the aggravation of wading through mountains of comment spam.
  3. Simple Page Ordering
    • I discovered this plugin early on when I realized that my WordPress theme was only putting pages in alphabetical order in my menu bars (bleh!). Simple Page Ordering allows you to order your pages any way you like in the menu.
  4. Shareaholic Bookmarks
    • This is a new favorite of mine. I have seen it all over, but didn’t know what it was called. They are the cute pop-up social icons at the bottom of posts.
  5. Ultimate Follow Me
    • Another new one for me, this is the nicely formatted social icons on the right sidebar. This plugin is an easy way to connect people to your other online profiles.
  6. AuthorSure
    • As with many plugins, they are an easier way to do something that can be done with programming code (if you know how). This plugin allows you to enter your Google+ Profile page so that every post on your blog that’s “by You” will get the proper Google Authorship Markup.
  7. Google AdSense Plug and Play
    • This plugin makes it SUPER easy to install Google AdWords code to different places on your blog (above and/or below posts), different sized ad-blocks are automatically available to you. All you need to do is add your Google AdSense Publisher code into the plugin settings.
  8. Google Analytics for WordPress
    • Another easy solution for something that would otherwise require editing php files with the Google Analytics code. This plugin only requires you to enter your Google Analytics UA number and it does the rest.
  9. WPTouch
    • There are alot of ways to get a mobile version of your site (and many plugins that can do it) but I found WPTouch to be the easiest to use. As I’ve said before, I am not a programmer, just slightly tech-savvy. So I like to find solutions that don’t require programming.
  10. WordPress Related Posts
    • Another new discovery for me. I had begun following threads of related posts on other blogs while researching and I realized that it’s very handy way to let visitors know what other content on your site relates to the page they’ve landed on. You can even upload your own default image to display with related posts if the post doesn’t have it’s own image.

Do you have others that you love? Please share them here.