The most useful WordPress plugins
Below is a list of several of the most useful WordPress plugins:
- Akismet – prevents spam in comments. Sometimes ugly people try to place links to dodgy websites or other unnecessary stuff.
- NextGEN Gallery – very useful and sophisticated gallery, with very advanced galleries management, useful options like setting different kinds of layout, watermarks, user friendly widgets and shortcodes, etc. It has additional plugins to extend its functionality.
- Contact Form 7 – standard contact form with very easy and quick installation. Comes with default standard setup of options – installed, activated and set to work within seconds.
- Google XML Sitemaps – every body want to be polite with Google SEO policy. Google XML Sitemaps is very useful plugin with easy to understand management page. Can rebuilt xml file automatically after every page, post or reply is submitted.
- W3 Total Cache – first of all: reduces download time and improves server performance, which means that pages are opened quicker and user experience is much better. W3 Total Cache is essential for busy websites located on very busy shared hosting, where you need to wait ages before page opens.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast and All in One SEO Pack – one or another one, both improve SEO performance of your website. Essential plugins if you want to get better visibility of your blog in searching engines and your WordPress theme doesn’t have its own SEO settings.
- Facebook – an interface between WordPress site, enables for instance automatically sharing new posts to an author’s Facebook timeline or Facebook page.
- BuddyPress – advanced social networking system, can be integrated as plugin or work standalone, to cut it short: it is much more than forum and helps to improve communication between users in niche communities. BuddyPress has over 300 additional plugins which extend its usability.
- bbPress – forum software, designed for WordPress, can be quickly integrated with WordPress site, aimed at ease of use and speed.
- AF Tell a Friend – standard email form, but this plugin (installed on this site) automatically inserts related URL of a page to message form. The message content can not be modified by user, which makes this plugin more safe anti-spam solution. Moreover admin email is not used as sender – your online user puts there his/her own email address. In version 1.0 admin can modify content of the message and the plugin has widget and shortcode options too. More info – see at below link: