The beauty of WordPress is that it can be extended to a whole new level with the help of thousands of free plugins. Once we install WordPress, it’s like bare bones for a power blogger and in order to ensure that the blog is being used with full potential one needs to install the following plugins :
1. All in One SEO Pack : A great plugin which optimizes your blog and lets you optimize the key factors which help in in-site SEO. It’s a must install for everyone who wants to see their blog posts coming high in search rankings. Thanks Uberdose for creating such an awesome plugin.
2. Akismet / Defensio : Without any of these plugins, I’m sure you’ll spend most of your time in dealing with Spam comments. If you want to spend more time in writing and answering the legitimate comments, then you need one of these plugins. Akismet | Defensio.
3. Feedburner Feedsmith : Without a doubt the best feed service available on the internet is Feedburner & Feedsmith plugin allows you to redirect the default wordpress feed to feedburner feed and thus ensure that you get to know that who all are reading your blog.
4. Google XML Sitemaps : It’s always important to have the sitemap and this plugin is a champion in creating the sitemap. You won’t be able to live without it. Although there are few memory related issues, but if you can generate the sitemap manually after 3-4 days, then it will not stress the webserver and things will go well for you.
5. Optimize DB : This excellent plugin helps you in optimizing the WordPress database and tries to remove the wasteful entries and ensure that the database can work at lightning fast speed.
6. WP Super Cache : Are you good in writing posts which attract social networking sites, if yes then you will surely need this plugin. Just enable this plugin at the time of publishing a viral post and you’ll not crib about your web host in coming days.
7. Similar posts : This post displays the related posts which you can put at the end of the post. So when a visitor comes to your blog from search engine, he’ll get a list of articles on a similar topic and thus will help them in reaching deep in your content.
8. WordPress Automatic Upgrade : If you want to ensure that you don’t get in any sort of trouble while doing the upgrade of WordPress then this plugin comes to rescue. You activate the plugin, run it and that’s it, you get an up to date WordPress at your hands.
9. WordPress Database Backup : Having backup of the blog is really important, however taking the backup regularly can be an added task and thus be a pain. This plugin takes the backup of the blog and sends it to you over the email and everything is done automatically. Finally make use of that huge space of your GMail account!
10. WP Security Scan : This is one amazing plugin which tells you all the security holes of the WordPress installation. It gives you some basic security at this time, however in future it will also scan for advanced security loop holes and thus will keep your blog safe from idiot hackers.
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