WordPress plugins are essential when it comes to truly tailoring your WordPress blogor website. These are pieces of software that are designed and programmed to give your blog more functionality and more options.
Though it may seem that you don’t need any plugins when you first start out with WordPress, you’ll soon be wondering how your friend was able to add some cool features to his or her page, either from the front end or the backend.
It can be a bit difficult deciding what WordPress plugins you want for your blog, especially since there are so many and each is made by its own developer. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best ones that you will need in order to make your blog awesome.
Plugins To Keep Your Page Fresh
A huge part to generate traffic to your blog is to keep your blog up to date and fresh. This can be as simple as adding in a rotating sidebar image, to a rotating header, and adding random posts.
Featured Content Plugin
The best one that we’ve found for this is the “Featured Content Plugin.” This will add in an automated rotating image gallery right to your blog or to your website. It looks clean, professional, and it will keep your readers intrigued. As a matter of fact, a lot of magazine-style sites like to use this plugin because it can be easily integrated on a site, and it’s fully customizable.
Plugins For Comments
If you want to generate traffic, then you have to engage with your reader, which means commenting on their posts. You want to encourage others to comment on your posts, but this means that you also should also follow up with a personal response. You can “reward” your readers even more than that, though, with a bunch of cool new plugins for WordPress.
Show Top Commentators
“Show Top Commentators” is a favorite that you can easily add to your site. Everyone who responds to your posts likes to get a bit of recognition, and this plugin is a great way to do that. Not only that, but it will help encourage further discussion from your readers, and by displaying their names linked to their websites, you will be giving them valuable “traffic value” and “link value” too.
Another plugin you may want is the “DoFollow” plugin. This one will remove the “nofollow” attributes from any signature link that are in the comments. This enables the search engines to follow them, which is great for SEO purposes. The one drawback to this is that it will attract a lot of spammers and commentators who are there simply to span you with their own link and they don’t provide you with any feedback. For this reason, you will have to keep an eye on the comments that are being posted to your page.
WP Most Commented
A favorite amongst all plugins in any category is the WP Most Commented. This neat one will retrieve a full list of those who post the most comments. This acts in such a way that it will be able to nab the attention of your readers, and it will direct them right to your most controversial posts. This, of course, will help keep your entire community engaged in an interesting and (hopefully) intelligent conversation. So that blog entry will be a place where readers can share and discuss, and you can sit back and play active moderator.
Plugins For Orientation
One thing that a lot of readers of WordPress grumble about is the ability to move content around onto their blog pages.
Multi Page Toolkit
If you want to be able to split your content into more pages than the basic WordPress layout will permit, you can choose the Multi Page Toolkit. This plugin also comes along with “previous” and “next” navigation links, and all of the pages are numbered too.
Breadcrumb Navigation XT
Something that will further help any visitor navigate through your page is the breadcrumb navigation plugin. Breadcrumb Navigation XT will add breadcrumb navigation to WordPress so that any reader will be able to navigate through your page without confusion and frustration.
Plugins To Keep Your Page Hot
We first have to touch on the Twitter plugin since Twitter has gained a ton of momentum. What is a blogger without Twitter nowadays? With Alex King’s Twitter Plugin, you can now add Twitter to all of your blogs posts as “posts and digests.” You can also create brand new tweets on your freshest blog posts, right from WordPress. Make sure you check out the rest of the plugins on Alex King’s site too; he has a lot of great ones on there.
Viper’s Video Quicktags
Video has never been easier to add to WordPress now that Viper’s Video Quicktags is available. Forget having to enter in code-breaking HTML from sites like Vimeo and YouTube, with this plugin, you only need to paste in the URL of the video into the prompt box provided. The plugin will then embed the video automatically into your blog for you, with no coding problems or difficulties. This plugin can easily be used in conjunction with the Seesmic WordPress Plugin, which will allow users to post video comments to your blog.
Plugins For SEO
One must never forget just howimportant SEO is for their blog. One neat new plugin that is available is the MobilePress. This plugin will allow you to create a mobile version of your WordPress site, which is important since more and more people are using smartphones and browsing for data on the go.
All In One SEO Pack
The other notable SEO plugin is the All in One SEO pack, which is often a favorite SEO plugin for regular WordPress bloggers. It’s not only extremely powerful for page title optimization, but even the greenest of bloggers can pick up on it easily. You can change up your page titles, your meta data (such as descriptions and keywords), and you can make sure that you avoid any duplicated content penalties simply by adding “noindex” to your archives, your tags, your categories, and more.