In the 10 years of existence, WordPress has become the top platform for blogging and site construction. Due to its flexibility, WordPress was used to create more than half of all websites that use a CMS and 17% of all online sites. As this platform is constantly developing, plugins (modules) are multiplied and improved variations always occur. In this article we are writing about some of the best plugins you should use actively, and probably don’t, wherever you have the opportunity to manage or develop blogs.
Akismet is one of the best plugins to protect your site from spam. Spam attacks can be e -mail, comments or trackback links to your site.
2. TF Social Share
TF Social Share is one of the easiest plugins for sharing on social networks. In just two minutes (installation + configuration) you have a system of sharing for each article and page.
3. Jetpack by WordPress.com
Jetpack by WordPress.com gives you a wide range of fully configurable functionality: monitoring traffic statistics, social share buttons, subscribe to the newsletter, profile customization for site users, suggestions for content grammar articles (in English), photo gallery and CSS editor directly from the administration panel.
4. WordPress Popular Posts
We chose WordPress Popular Posts because some of the most popular articles on a blog represent the best traffic sources, so we recommend using a widget that displays the most popular items. There are several criteria by which you can choose the items to be displayed, so you can play with it enough, until you reach the desired mix.
5. WP Facebook Comments
WP Facebook Comments is on the list because Facebook is a way to login on most sites for users. If you want to give a helping hand to those who want to comment using their Facebook account, use this plugin. It is very useful in integrating the landing page for a product that gave good results and people are willing to provide testimonials or impressions on the spot.
upPrev is a simple plugin, but it can bring many clicks to previous articles. Its appearance is at the bottom right and the emergence is fully configurable. “When a reader scrolls to the bottom of a single post, page or custom post type, a button animates in the page’s bottom right or left corner, allowing the reader to select the previous or random available post or posts in the selected configuration: just previous, previous in category, previous in tag, random, related using YARPP (only post/pages)”.
7. Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker is a very useful plugin to discover what links on your site are not good. The only problem is when you have so many blog commenters who make bad links, this plugin signals you any links that no longer work. “Once installed, the plugin will begin parsing your posts, bookmarks (AKA blogroll) and other content and looking for links. Depending on the size of your site this can take from a few minutes up to an hour or more”.
8. WordPress Download Monitor
WordPress Download Monitor is very useful to enable users to download free of charge from a given link, the documents you provide.
- Add, edit and remove downloads from a familiar WP interface; just like posts.
- Quick-add panel for adding files whilst editing posts.
- Add multiple file versions to your downloads.
- Define alternative links (mirrors) per version.
- Categorise, tag, or add other meta to your downloads.
- Display download links on the frontend using shortcodes.
- Change the way download links get displayed via template files.
- Track downloads counts and log user download attempts.
- Member only downloads.
- Customisable endpoints for showing pretty download links.
9. WP Smush it
WP Smush it is a plugin that optimizes pictures on your blog helping you save a few kilobytes with each image. Smush it will be:
- stripping meta data from JPEGs
- optimizing JPEG compression
- converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGs
- stripping the un-used colours from indexed images
Wptouch is a cool plugin that within minutes will make your blog will be fully adaptable for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. “The mobile WordPress theme is complete with AJAX loading articles and smooth effects when viewed from popular touch mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile phones, BlackBerry OS6+ mobile devices, and more”.