5 Must Have WordPress plugins

When I logged into my WordPress dashboard today, I noticed that there were about 98 spam comments. And thankfully, none of them got through the Akismet spam filter. I couldn’t help but wonder the kind of time I would’ve had to spend if I had not installed this plugin. So I decided to pick a few plugins that are absolutely necessary for everyone who has a WordPress blog. Here is my list.

  1. Akismet: This is an absolute must-have for all the WordPress blogs out there. Spam is one of the biggest headaches on the internet. Akismet acts like the spam filter in your email. It automatically puts all the spam comments on hold, so you can approve them later if you feel they are not spam. You would be surprised how many comments you get are spam.
  2. Ultimate Google Analytics: Once you get on the internet with a blog, I am sure the next thing you want to know is how many people actually visit your blog. Google Analytics is a stats tool that helps you with that kind of information. It tells you where all your visitors are coming from, what browser they use and a lot of other things you might or might not be interested in. To get that information, you have to place Google’s code in  your blog in all the pages. This can be a headache if you don’t like messing with the templates. UGA, does it all for you. All you have to do is give your Google Analytics UID in the options page and it will be up and running. It even has the option of not logging your own visits. Use WordPress.com stats plugin if you need a simple plugin. (I use both ;) )
  3. WordPress video plugin: Do you like to embed a lot of videos without copy pasting all the embed tag? Well this plugin is a perfect choice if you like to embed a lot of videos from video sharing sites in your blog. All you need to do is get the video id and knowing how to use simple BB codes. You can even set the height and width of the video.
  4. Google XML sitemaps: This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search. XML-Sitemaps are basically used to index your site. This plugin automatically generates sitemaps for your site periodically telling the search engines.
  5. All in SEO Pack: Search Engine Optimization helps your site get noticed on search engines. This plugin collects keywords from your blog titles, description and tags and sort of increases the volume of traffic you get to your blog through search engines.

I also use YARPP which displays related posts at the bottom of the each post, (C) Feed which puts a footer in the RSS feed to prevent splogging, WP-Cumulus to display the awesome 3D tag cloud in the sidebar, Tweet this for twitter integration.

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