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Top 5 Most Popular WordPress Plugins & Why You Need Them

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Popularity isn’t everything…

…but when it comes to a WordPress plugin, popularity means that it’s working and people are loving it. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms of all time and is amazingly versatile “right out of the box.” A fresh install of WordPress doesn’t do everything for everyone; this is where plugins come in.

Plugins for WordPress allow different features and functions to be added on an as-needed basis to your blog; imagine how bloated WordPress would be if it came with all of the known plugins and installed them automatically! What a nightmare that would be. Instead, bloggers have the opportunity to pick and choose which plugins are best for them, giving them just the right look, feel, and functionality for their blog.

 

And the best WordPress plugins are…

The best WordPress plugins are those that make your blog run faster, cleaner, and smarter. Do you have plugins for:

  • SEO
  • Spam
  • Analytics
  • Speed
  • Inter-linking

If you already have other plugins that bring these features to your blog, that’s great! Please make sure to leave a comment and tell us what they are and how they work, we might be able to include them in our next post!

For SEO:

WordPress SEO by Yoast – This is one of the best SEO plugins out there for WordPress users. Many bloggers are so focused on writing great content that they neglect SEO which is essential for connecting the right people with the right posts. Yoast has done a wonderful job of bundling up all of the tools a blogger needs to get the word out about their posts and make sure that they reach the right eyes via top search engines.

For Spam:

Akismet – Who among us likes spammy comments on their blog? No one does (At least, we haven’t met anyone yet!) One of the necessary evils of blogging, spammy comments don’t have to pile up in your queue and ruin your day with Akismet on guard. Akismet weeds out the spam and lets you get back to doing what you love most, blogging.

For Analytics:

Social Metrics – A social media analytical utility that allows bloggers to see exactly how their posts are being shared across a variety of sites and networks. Curious to know how many people have “liked” your post on Facebook or shared it on Twitter? This handy little plugin also makes it easy for you to share your own posts through your social media accounts right from your WordPress admin area.

For Speed:

WP Super Cache – This plugin helps make your blog load more quickly by serving up static HTML files instead of dynamically generated pages. The difference? The static pages don’t require your server to work quite as hard which can be good news on both speed and cost if your hosting provider charges you for going over your allotted amount of bandwidth!

For Inter-linking:

LinkWithin – While there are other plugins out there that do similar things, LinkWithin is one of the most unobtrusive; it blends in with your existing blog design and looks good doing it. LinkWithin reviews your past content and suggests other posts you’ve made in the past that relate to the post a visitor is currently reading. This helps connect readers with posts they might not have seen otherwise and increases the traffic to different posts in your archives.

 

Awesome! Now how do I add these to my blog?

There are two options at this point:

  • You can add these plugins to your blog yourself
  • You can find someone to add them to your blog for you

If you’re not overly tech savvy, finding someone else to take care of this might be a good idea. Many web developers and programmers would be happy to take care of this for you; an added benefit to hiring someone to help you add plugins to your blog is that you have someone more knowledgeable working with your blog’s code, and if something goes wrong you have an extra set of eyes to look over the problem.

If you are comfortable with working on your own, these plugins are all user-friendly and can be installed by blog owners with minimal effort. See each plugin’s documentation and information to make sure that the current version of the plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress before installing that plugin. The benefit of taking care of your own plugin installation is more security (fewer people accessing your admin area) and of course less money spent on the project. The only caution to this approach is of course making an alteration to your blog that causes some sort of issue later on down the road.

 

Plugins give WordPress users the ultimate opportunity to customise the look and functionality of their blogs. With so many plugins available (free as well as premium versions) it is easy to see why WordPress is such a popular platform for bloggers all over the globe!

 

Which WordPress plugins are you currently using on your blog?

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