I have probably built somewhere in the region of around 50 websites/blogs using the WordPress platform, and rely on some really cool plugins which make it a real breeze.
If you want a Blog or Site that rocks, WordPress Plugins are the answer to your own personal coder! No need to learn how to integrate functions such as contact forms, seo, sidebar widgets, downloads etc, quite often, there is a plugin available to do the job for you.
Plug-in Junkies beware though, too many plugins can slow a site down, and some can even cause conflicts depending on which theme or framework you have chosen.
You should always try to map out your Blog / Site before you start building, and have a good idea of the types of wordpress plugins and widgets that you will need to use to complete the look and feel of your site.
Below is a list of Top WordPress Plugins I use on a regular basis.
- All In One SEO
This Plugin Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
- Ultimate GA
- W3 Super Cache
This Amazing Plugin speeds up the load time of your site (keeping it ever so Google Friendly) It makes your pages load faster and stores static versions of your site on the server, decreasing the CPU processing required to view your site. Get it!
- Pretty Link
Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website. Create short links suitable for Twitter using your own domain name!
- Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently
- Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.
The plugins you use will depend on the type of site/blog that you are building. Many plugins will add widgets which you can simply drag and drop into your sidebar, which is a huge time saver and will eliminate the need to write any html code whatsoever.
Looking for More Free WordPress Plugins?
You can visit the Official WordPress site here where you can simply search what you want your plugin to do and WordPress will fetch back the best results for you.
What WordPress Plugins have you found the most useful?