Starting a blog and don’t know what are plugins and how to choose which one to use? Then you can surely start with these 10 listed plugins that will help you give a booster start on your blogging carrier.
I personally use these plugins on my 4 websites and have found them really useful and worthy of installing on my blog wordpress. Most importantly they are free to install and use. They are not very difficult to customize so you won’t face problems in using them. They are compatible with almost all wordpress versions and are liked and used by almost all big names in the blogging industry.
So let’s not wait more and check out the list.
1 FeedBurner Email Subscription:-
If you want to Increase Traffic on your Blog then you must have your email subscription ACTIVE. Some readers might want to get newsletters from your blog.
This Plugin gives your readers another way to keep up with your content feed by applying for email subscription from on your site.
The email subscription uses the Feedburner RSS driven service to fetch your site content, and deliver it to your subscribers. Easy to use and customize, just put your Feedburner site name and you are ready to launch. Email content sent automatically by Feedburner.
With email subscription capability, subscribers can now receive your content update information in their inbox, similar to an e-newsletter.
2 Google XML Sitemaps:-
It helps in SEO. To better your rank in google search results and other search engines like yahoo, Bing and others you need to have a sitemap in xml format. This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help you get indexed in these search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing.
With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content. You can do that manually but then it takes lot of time and resources. This plugins do that all for you automatically in the backend.
WordPress says “Supported since over 9 years and rated as the best WordPress plugin, it will do exactly what it’s supposed to do – providing a complete XML sitemap for search engines. It will not break your site, slow it down or annoy you. Guaranteed!”
3 Google Analytics for WordPress:-
One of the most Important tool for your blog and wordpress. It tracks all your website visits round the clock and the tracking feature is so good that you can view the demographics of the history and data collected.
Simple installation through integration with Google Analytics API: authenticate, select the site you want to track and you’re done.
List of Some Important Features:
It tracks your outbound links and downloads on your blog.
Google Analytics Real-Time:- There are options to have real time view and enabling demographics and interest reports as well. Displays the total number of visitors in real time and their locations. Per page views and bounce from one page to another are all available to record.
This plugin uses the universal or the asynchronous Google Analytics tracking code, the fastest and most reliable tracking code Google Analytics offers.
Option to track internal links with a particular format as outbound links, very useful for affiliate links that start with /out/, for instance.
Possibility to ignore any user level and up, so all editors and higher for instance.
Tracking of your search result pages and 404 pages.
Google Analytics Reports
You can access all websites statistics in a single widget (websites within same Google Account). Have option to choose a default color for your charts, graphs and maps or to display top 24 pages, referrers and searches (sortable by columns), Visitors by Country on Geo Map, option to display Traffic Overview in Pie Charts and much more.
Google AdSense account linking
- page speed sampling rate customization
- track events feature: track downloads, emails and outbound links
- exclude traffic based on user roles
- option to exclude event tracking from bounce-rate calculation
- multiple domains / cross domain tracking
- action hook for code customization
- track authors, publication year, categories and user engagement using Google Analytics custom dimensions
- affiliate links tracking using Google Analytics events
- track fragment identifiers, hash marks (#) in URI links
4 TinyMCE Advanced:-
The available visual editing options in wordpress are very limited and also limits the creativity of the editor. This plugin enables the editor to show more creativity with variety of options available. TinyMCE, the visual editor for WordPress.
This plugin will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar. It includes 15 plugins for TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on what buttons are chosen.
With this plugin you will also be able to enable the TinyMCE menu. It is a convenient way to access a lot of features that are not used frequently.
Some of the features added by this plugin
Support for creating and editing tables.
More options when inserting lists.
Search and Replace in the editor.
Ability to set Font Family and Font Size.
And many others.
5 SEO Friendly Images:-
SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.
ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your images to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match.
TITLE attribute play lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear in the tooltip when mouse is over the image.
6 W3 Total Cache:-
It improves your site rank by improving page speed by 10x times and site performance
The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed.
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
- Improved conversion rates which affect your site’s rank on Google.com
- “Instant” subsequent page views: browser caching
- Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site; visitors view more pages
- Improved web server performance; sustain high traffic periods
- Mobile support: respective caching of pages by referrer or groups of user agents including theme switching for groups of referrers or user agents
It is an extensive database cleanup and optimization tool. This plugin helps you to keep your database clean by removing post revisions and spams in a blaze. Additionally it allows you to run optimize command on your WordPress core tables. It will help you in improving your efficiency over the task. It also helps in improving your website speed on desktop as well as mobiles.
It doesn’t require PhpMyAdmin to clean and optimize your database tables.
How this could help you?
Every-time you save a new post or pages, WordPress creates a revision of that post or page. If you edit a post 6 times you might have 5 copy of that post as revisions. Imagine if your post or pages are long and big. It is a huge number of bytes that’s on your MySQL overhead. Now WP-Optimize allows you to optimize and shrink your posts table by removing not necessary post revisions from the database. As example, if you have a post which is approximately 100KB data and you have 5 revisions of that post, the total space wasted is about 500KB. And if you have 100 posts similar to it, you have 50MB database space wasted.
Similar to the scenario described above, there might be thousands of spam and un-approved comments in your comments table, WP-Optimize can clean and remove those in a single click
WP-Optimize reports which database tables have overhead and wasted spaces also it allows you to shrink and get rid of those wasted spaces
Some of the MAJOR FEATURES are:
Enable/Disable trackbacks and comments for all published post
Removal of stale post revisions and post trash
Removal of stale unapproved, spam comments and trashed comments
Removal of akismet metadata from comments
Cleaning up auto draft posts
Ability to keep selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
Option to add or remove link on wp admin bar.
Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
Apply native WordPress MySql optimize commands on your database tables without phpMyAdmin or any manual query.
Display Database table statistics. Shows how much space can be optimized and how much space has been cleared.
Enabled for Administrators only.
All the potentially dangerous clean up options are marked RED.
Note :- When you use this plugin for the first time or just updated to major version, make a backup of your database. It is always the best practice to make a database backup before using this program first time.
8 WPtouch Mobile Plugin:-
Mobile visitors are increasing day by day and with demand we need to make our blog and website compatible to mobile use. More over giving it a sleek and creative look we need to have some better mobile theme. WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically enables a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors of your WordPress website.
The administration panel allows you to customize many aspects of its appearance, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of your site to your mobile visitors, without modifying a single bit of code (or affecting) your regular desktop theme.
The theme also includes the ability for visitors to switch between the theme on your mobile WordPress website and your website’s regular theme.
9 Social Share plugin (AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget and QuickShare)
If you are on Internet then you need to show up on internet with some promotions. Share your content on internet and spread it to masses. To help you with that we have shared this plugin. It helps your visitor promote your site! The AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget allows any visitor to bookmark your site easily with many popular services. Sign up for an AddThis.com account to see how your visitors are sharing your content–which services they’re using for sharing, which content is shared the most, and more. It’s all free–even the pretty charts and graphs.
Add quick social sharing functions to your content. It has got a flexible design and fast performance.
Are you tired of deleting spam comments and differencing between spam comments and valuable comments then you need to use this plugin. It is used by millions and is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.
To get started:
1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description
2) Sign up for an Akismet API key
3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.
Extra for you:-
Flexible Posts Widget:-
An advanced posts display widget with many options: get posts by post type and taxonomy & term or by post ID; sorting & ordering; feature images; custom templates and more.
Easy Facebook Likebox:-
Increase your Social media marketing approach with this widget. You can place it anywhere you want allowing you to easly display facebook like box fan page on your website using either widget or shortcode to increase facbook fan page likes. You can use the shortcode generated after saving the facebook like box widget. Its completely customizable with lots of optional settings.