Wordpress has been a great platform for all the bloggers worldwide to develop their blogs into active websites. According to WordPress, there are over 60 million people using this platform for their websites. With this huge number comes an equally big responsibility to provide these people with the best experience of blogging and a user friendly platform that helps them in every possible way.
One of the most exclusive features of WordPress platform is Plugins. With the help of this extension, a user is able to modify his/her website the way they want. With numerous sites in different niches, I have been using the WordPress platform for all of my websites and similarly several plugins according to the particular niche requirements. However, there are certain set of WordPress plugins that I feel important no matter what the site is.
Here in this post I recommend you some of the must have WordPress plugins for your website.
#1 WordPress SEO by Yoast
Free of charge, this plugin helps you in the on-page optimization of your website. Technically smart, the plugin helps you in writing a better and SEO friendly content. This WordPress SEO plugin forces you to choose a set of keywords and when you’re writing your article, it makes sure that you use these keywords in your post. Moreover, this plugin also helps you in drafting your meta-title and meta-description, ensuring tedious manual insertion of these tags.
Apart from mere helping you with the keywords, title and description, the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin also gives you an indication through a green, orange and red signal. Here, green stands for a perfect post, orange for an ok post and red for a seriously bad post. This indication then helps you to modify the content making it more search engine friendly.
Developed to combat spams, Akismet is a free WordPress plugin that comes with the WordPress platform itself. This plugin help WordPress users to keep their websites off from spammers. To activate this plugin, all one needs to do is get themselves register with Akismet and get an activation key. Once you get the key, insert it in the Akismet WordPress plugin settings and bid good bye to spams.
Another important WordPress plugin, rather, the most important plugin is the Google Analytics for WordPress. This plugin helps you to embed the analytics code in each and every page of your website thus helping you to keep a track of visitors visiting your website. To use to Google Analytics WordPress plugin all you need to do is sync your website with the Google Analytics and get a tracking code. This code is then to be inserted in the Google Analytics plugin settings.
#4 Digg Digg Social Sharing Buttons
Social Networking has become one of the most important aspects in digital marketing as well as making an online presence. The Digg Digg plugin for WordPress helps you to have all in one social sharing buttons on your website. This plugin help you visitors to instantly share your content on several social networking sites including facebook, twitter, linkedIn, google+, stumbleUpon, etc. Simple to use and free of cost, Digg Digg plugin for WordPress is must to have social plugin on your website.
The Google XML Sitemap Generator plugin for WordPress automatically generates a perfect sitemap of your website. No matter how many categories you make, no matter how may pages/posts you write, this plugin ensure to generate a perfect sitemap for you. Moreover, the plugin not just generates a sitemap for Google but also for other search engines like Bing, Yahoo and Ask. Apart from mere generation, it also intimates the search engines every time you update or insert a new post.
The above mentioned five WordPress plugins are must to have in your website. These plugins not just make your site perfect but also help you in increasing the traffic to your website.
Do you think there are any other plugins that help in managing your website? If yes, please share them in the comment section below and help this article become more informative.