WordPress is certainly one of the most feature rich and user friendly publishing platforms available today. At the same time it is loved for its openness, extendibility and great open source community. WordPress is today used in serious projects and on large commercial websites besides the millions of hard working bloggers sharing their valuable knowledge. This trend have created a huge market for professional high quality premium themes and recently we have also seen a market emerge for best WordPress plugins as nearly any kind.
In this post, we will showcase some of the best WordPress plugins. All of them are implemented on this website. I hope you will enjoy this tour.
All-in-one SEO pack is a must have plugin for any website or blog. It automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
This plugin creates a sitemap for your WordPress powered site. This is not just another XML sitemap plugin, but rather a true sitemap generator which is highly customizable from its own options page in the WordPress admin panel. Some of its features include: support for multi-level categories and pages, category/page exclusion, multiple-page generation with navigation, permalink support, choose what to display, what order to list items in, show comment counts and/or post dates, and much more.
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. 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 and custom post types, like ours free WordPress themes. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
Modifies RSS feeds so that they include pages and not just posts. Deactivating the plugin restores RSS feeds to their default state. Including pages in your feed is particularly useful if you’re using WordPress as a CMS where pages represent a good portion of your content.
SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more. It can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog. Further SEO Smart links allows you to set up your own keywords and set of matching URLs. Finally, it allows you to set nofollow attribute and open links in new window.
ShareThis plugin allows users to share your content through email and 50+ social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and Reddit. Now with simultaneous sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Email and more: you can broadcast your message more easily and widely than ever before.
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog, heavily utilized on themes wp free site. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. 99% of your visitors will be served static html files. Those users who don’t see the static files will still benefit because they will see different cached files that aren’t quite as efficient but still better than uncached. This plugin will help your server cope with a front page appearance on digg.com or other social networking site.
10. WP to Twitter
Posts a Twitter update when you update your WordPress blog or post to your blogroll, using your chosen URL shortening service.
Please share your best WordPress plugins through post comments! We will be posting revised list in upcoming months.