WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms available since last 10 years. It’s powerful enough to be a complete CMS, has every feature or function a blogger could dream of (either built in or available via plugins or custom functions), and it’s free and open source.
The WordPress Plugins, I feature in this post roundup are manually selected from a dynamic list that filters by various variables (such as average rating and number of downloads). That way we called Best WordPress Plugins of 2013, here you can find only new and relatively unknown plugins.
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Below you can find twenty five fantastic plugins. Most of them would be valuable on any WordPress site, though there are a few included that are more essential only for specific niche sites. In any case, check them out and decide for yourself if they’re essential or not.
Akismet Possibly the best way in the world to protect you from web spam and filters out your comment and track-back spam for you, so you can focus on more important things.
AuthorSure makes it easy to implement Google’s authorship markup on your WordPress site. All you need to do is download and install the plugin, and then sign up to the free membership site to get access to tutorials to help you set things up perfectly on your site. AuthorSure works for single and multi-author sites, and can help you get your face to appear on your category, tag and other taxonomy archive pages.
Make it easy for your readers to share your articles. The Digg Digg bar makes it as easy as pie…
Sometimes, links get broken. A page is deleted, a subdirectory forgotten, a site moved to a different domain. Most likely many of your blog posts contain links. It is almost inevitable that over time some of them will lead to a “404 Not Found” error page. Obviously you don’t want your readers to be annoyed by clicking a link that leads nowhere. You can check the links yourself but that might be quite a task if you have a lot of posts. You could use your webserver’s stats but that only works for local links.
Contact Form 7 is a great for wordpress, its very simple and flexible. It allows you to flexibly design the form and mail. You can manage multiple contact forms as well.
This plugin creates a sitemap for your WordPress powered site. This is not just another XML sitemap plugin, but rather a true sitemap generator which is highly customizable from its own options page in the WordPress admin panel. Some of its features include: support for multi-level categories and pages, category/page exclusion, multiple-page generation with navigation, permalink support, choose what to display, what order to list items in, show comment counts and/or post dates, and much more.
There is a problem with related posts plugins, and Efficient Related Posts is fixing that by approaching the problem from a different direction and offering a very different solution. Basically, current related post plugins build the list of related posts on the fly when the user needs to view it.
When you have a website, you want to track how many visitors you have, where they come from, what they do on your site and much, much more. Google Analytics is the de-facto standard for measuring this, and much more. Adding Google Analytics to your website is as easy as pie with the Google Analytics for WordPress plugin.
The Google XML Sitemaps plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.
A plugin to create a humans.txt file that credits the developers and designers of a website.
Old Post Promoter, is a plugin designed for WordPress by the Blog Traffic Exchange. The primary function of the plugin is its capability to promote older blog posts by reviving them and returning them to the front page and sending them back in to the RSS feed.
Social Locker is a set of social buttons and a locker in one bottle. It allows you to lock a part of content on a web page until a user clicks one of the social buttons (Facebook Like, Tweet Button, Google +1) and help you to get more likes/tweets/+1s, traffic and customers!
This plugin allows you to display a Pinterest feed on any WordPress page or post using a short code. Each short code can display a separate list of most recent pins from a username or board. Shortcode options include Pinterest username, board, and pin count. A global/default settings section is also included with the plugin.
This plugin provides a library of essential routines for the Post Plugins: Similar Posts, Recent Posts, Random Posts, Popular Posts, and Recent Comments. It does nothing on its own but is required if you use the other plugins.
QuickSense offers a quick and flexible way to insert AdSense or any Ad code into a blog post. It comes with a simple settings page, and it does not overwhelm you with complicated options.
Contact Form 7 allows you to insert a CAPTCHA into your contact form to prevent bots from submitting forms. Contact Form 7 utilizes Really Simple CAPTCHA as its officially-sanctioned CAPTCHA module, so you will need to install the Really Simple CAPTCHA plugin before you use CAPTCHA in your form.
This very simple plugin let’s you add an extra line of content to articles in your feed, defaulting to “Post from: ” and then a link back to your blog, with your blog’s name as it’s anchor text, which you can edit like this:
SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog.
When a page cannot be found, Smart 404 will use the current URL to attempt to find a matching page, and redirect to it automatically. Smart 404 also supplies template tags which provide a list of suggestions, for use on a 404.php template page if a matching post can’t be immediately discovered.
WordPress comes with a very extensible framework that allows you to add comprehensive and powerful functionality to your Blog system. WP-Optimize plugin is written to simplify your daily WordPress works simpler. WP-Optimize is a WordPress 2.7++ database cleanup and optimization tool. It doesn’t require PhpMyAdmin to optimize your database tables. It allows you to remove post revisions, comments in the spam queue, un-approved comments within few clicks. Additionally you can rename any username to another username too.
wpSEO optimiert WordPress Blogs für Suchmaschinen. Automatisch und effizient. Ziel: Autoren konzentrieren sich auf Inhalte, wpSEO auf das Ranking.
WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog.
A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files. This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
Import posts from a Tumblr blog.
Easily display random posts in a widget. Allows you to display them with thumbnails, post excerpt, specific category and more. This plugin will enable a custom, flexible and advanced random posts widget. Allows you to display a list of random posts with thumbnail and excerpt also you can display it from all or a specific category.