Managing a WordPress website has never been this difficult before. There has been an exponential increase in the number of websites being run by WordPress – even more in those that are powered by one of the many available and leading content management systems. Thus, it gets even more important for the websites owners, irrespective of whether they are self employed bloggers or small, medium or large scale organizations running their websites, to be aware of the recent plugins and deploy them from time to time to empower and enhance the features of the website.
8 Best WordPress Plugins
1. Jetpack – WordPress Plugin
Jetpack, although requires a WordPress.com account, but in turn makes available a range of features, which will completely take the functionality of your website to an altogether different level. It provides a contact form, which negates the need for you put your email id out in the open, and if you have already installed Akismet, it will filter out any span emails. Besides, there are a number of social sharing options available; it recently added a Pinterest sharing option and other popular social media sharing options and much more features.
2. Google Analytics for WordPress
If you have Jetpack plugin in place, chances are you would already be getting details about the performance analysis of the website. However, Google Analytics for WordPress offers a much more in-depth view at the same. The plugin lets you know important details about the performance of the website; its various inbound and outbound links and a lot more. Use it, for a much improved control over your website.
3. WP Super Cache – WordPress Cache Plugin
We have often heard that WP Total Cache provides a great deal of features and attributes, but WP Super cache is a caching plugin which is superlatively easy to set up, and works perfectly well even on shared hosting. Although for a self hosted website we do recommend W3 Total Cache, but you should consider WP Super Cache if the website is going to run on shared hosting especially.
4. Simple 301 Redirects – WordPress Redirect Plugin
This plugin is required especially if you have just switched to WordPress from a different CMS or HTML static site. Since the URL structures have now been modified and certain pages may have been linked incorrectly, instead of letting users go through an error message, use the 301 redirects. It leads the users directly to the destination, and endeavors to safeguard the page rank of your blog. Besides, the plugin works really simply and does not create much of a hassle for you.
5. WordPress SEO – WordPress SEO Plugin By Yoast
There are a number of SEO plugins available for WordPress and the All in One SEO pack still happens to be a favorite of many WordPress users, but giving it quite competition is Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin. It is considered to be one of the most feature rich and power packed SEO Plugin of the recent times. The advanced feature of Yoast’s SEO is its ability to include the option of no-index, no-follow, thus allowing the website owners to use duplicate content for various product pages etc, without any fear of facing the penalty for duplicate content.
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6. BackWPup – WP BackUp Plugin
Although there are number of WordPress backup plugin out there, but it does not cover everything and often leave people feeling high and dry. This plugin, on the other hand, sends an email of the entire content, the tables, etc. And should the site go down for some server or hosting issue, it will be entirely recoverable. And as a good practice, you should opt for the additional downloads of the plugin and media folder from a FTP client.
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7. Yet Another Related Post Plugin (YARPP) – WP Plugin
In the beginning we never thought YARPP would become this big a success, but to our pleasant surprise it did. A smart plugin to improve the engagement of readers to your blog, YARPP now comes with a lot of templates and design options, hence allowing you to customize it with the look and aesthetics of your website.
8. Akismet – WordPress Plugin
Taking an account of spam comments can be a pretty dexterous task, but not so much now with the availability Akismet. It is a must have plugin, especially for successful or poised bloggers or business website owners. The plugin is free for personal websites, although it necessitates a donation; and is a paid one for the commercial websites. However it is absolutely indispensable for regulating spam comments.
This is all from our end. Let us know the plugins you are currently using and what hot felt about our suggestions, in the comments area below.