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Most essential and recommended wordpress plugins of all time

WordPress is the cool blogging platform. Its a software to power a blog. The cool thing that made wordpress apart is the wide range of plugins. WP plugins are easy to install and use, just search, install and activate. As a WP user, I use a range of plugins that I recommend everyone to use. Here they are,

Most essential and recommended wordpress plugins of all time

Comment plugins

Top commentators

WordPress top commentators plugin is a nice tool to increase your blog comments count. By default it shows up the top 10 commentators of your blog with a linkback to their site. For this reward your readers would love to comment on your blog.

Subscribe to comments

After adding this plugin, I saw a lot of people have subscribed to a number of post comments. This will add the option for your readers to subscribe to your post comments via email. This is good to attract returning visitors and make them coming again to your blog.

CommentLuv

This plugin will fetch the last post of your commentator’s blog. This option will allow your reader to promote their post and making him interested to comment on your blog.

WP threaded comments

WordPress has a built in option to thread comments like forum discussions but some templates are unable to use it. This plugin will make your comments threaded so it would be much easier to reply your comments. This plugin has a built in “Subscribe to comments” option.

NoFollow free

By default, comments are set as NoFollow. This plugin will remove the NoFollow tag, making your comments DoFollow. This is a cool way to spread link love to your contributors and to attract more comments.

Promotional plugins

Dandy ID

DandyId.org is a service to keep all of your social profile ID’s in one place. By adding this plugin, you can show all of your social links on your sidebar. For this, you need to have a DandyID account.

Twitter plugin

There are a bunch of twitter plugins available. Some allows you to put the twitter badge, or follow me on twitter link. A must have plugin, which automatically tweets about your new post. Auto tweets about posts saves a lot of time and it’ll bring your friends to the new post.

Add to any Share/ Save button

This is a social bookmarking button which allows your readers to promote your post in different social bookmarking sites. This is an ideal plugin which can be visible from each of your post.

WP related posts

This plugin shows up related posts after each of your article. This is a cool tool to make your readers find another related post and making them stay longer!

SEO plugins

All in one SEO pack

This is the best wordpress SEO plugin. The default options will make your blog search engine friendly. You can rewrite meta data for home page and every singe pages. You can also set no index for specific pages.

Google XML sitemaps

This plugin will create automated search friendly sitemaps for your blog. The sitemap is compatible with google, yahoo, live and all other search engines. You can set other options to set crawl rate for search bots and it sends update to search engines every time you add new posts.

Optimization plugins

WordPress super cache

This is a cool plugin which will reduce excessive load from your server. Your site can handle a big amount of traffic with this plugin. Most of the time a shared server is unable to process the data and it shows, “Server too busy” message; using this plugin will optimize it.

Comment form 7

This plugin will allow you to generate professional looking contact form for your blog. Why show up your email? Add the form and let your visitor contact you directly from your blog via email.

WP limit posts

Another cool plugin, this will allow you to automatically set post excerpt length. With this plugin you don’t have to set excerpts for each of your posts, it can be set automatically. Your homepage, tag and archive pages will show short teasers of your post. All of my articles are too large so I set a small number of words + image to show up in the front page. Readers have to click on the “Read more” button to read the article.

Other plugins

Feedburner feedsmith -redirect to feedburner feed
Fix RSS -fix RSS feed errors
Feedfooter -add a custome footer on your feed
WP poll plugin -create and manage polls
Tweet this -Allows your readers to tweet the post
Sphere -Adds related posts from the web

What’s your personal WP plugins choice?

If you’re using wordpress, then what plugins you’re using for your blog? Please share your recommendations with us and tell us why you love it? Did I miss anything?

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