20 MUST HAVE WordPress Plugins For You To Get Started Effectively

by in WordPress on 7th May 2009 · Comments

Many bloggers like WordPress because it has the ability to install additional 3rd party plugins free. And with a huge base of plugins to choose from at WordPress Plugin Directory which boost over 4000 plug ins and increasing, it provide huge opportunity for both the blogger and developers.

But with so many plugins available, there are some great and essential plugins that could really make your WordPress experience a lot more effective and easier. Let me now recommend them to you.

20 Must Have WordPress Plugins

Below are 20 WordPress Plugins that you can install to get started.

Akismet

Akismet is a popular spam-fighting service that is different from other spam filter. It checks the content of the comment anonymously with an online server, to determine whether it is spam or not and it pretty good at separating spam and reliable comments.

Akismet

Akismet

cForms II

cforms is a feature rich plugin for WordPress, offering convenient deployment of multiple Ajax driven contact forms throughout your blog or even on the same page. It's versatile and can be customized to your preferred design and feel.

cForm

cForms II

Subscribe to Comments

Subscribe to Comments is a robust plugin that enables commenter to sign up for e-mail notification of subsequent entries. The plugin includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenter can use to unsubscribe to certain posts, block all notifications, or even change their notification e-mail address.

Subscribe to Comments

Subscribe to Comments

WordPress Database Backup

WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.

Wordpress Database Backup

WordPress Database Backup

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize is a database cleanup and optimization tool for WordPress. It doesn't require PhpMyAdmin to optimize your database tables. It allows you to remove post revisions, comments in the spam queue, un-approved comments within few clicks or rename any username.

WP Optimize

WP Optimize

Google XML Sitemap

This plugin will create a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog. It supports all of the WordPress generated pages as well as custom ones. Everytime you edit or create a post, your sitemap is updated and all major search engines that support the sitemap protocol, like ASK.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO, are notified about the update.

Google XML Sitemap

Google XML Sitemap

WP Super Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache

Search Unleashed

Search Unleashed will extend the standard search with a full text search across everything (posts, pages, comments, authors, meta-data), with the output from plugins included in the search. Search phrases are highlighted, as are incoming searches from Google, Yahoo, and most other search engines.

Search Unleashed

Search Unleashed

WP Email

WP Email allows people to recommend/send your WordPress blog's post/page to a friend.

WP Email

WP Email

Simple Tags

Simple Tags is the perfect tool to manage perfectly your WordPress tags.

Simple Tags

Simple Tags

WP Cumulus

WP-Cumulus allows you to display your site's tags, categories or both using a Flash movie that rotates them in 3D. It works just like a regular tags cloud, but is more visually exciting. Clicking the tags can be a little hard (depending on your speed setting) but does take you to the appropriate page.

WP Cumulus

WP Cumulus

Top Commentators Widget

The Top Commentators Widget is a sidebar widget showing the top commentators in your WP site. This widget is easier to manage via the control form (no need to edit the PHP file); additional options are also available to make it more flexible.

Top Commentators Widget

Top Commentators Widget

WP Poll

WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now also supports multiple selection of answers.

WP Poll

WP Poll

Statpress Reloaded

This plugin shows you real time statistics about your blog. It collects information about visitors, spiders, search keywords, feeds, browsers, and their OS etc.

Statpress Reloaded

Statpress Reloaded

Google Analyticator

Google Analyticator adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging.

Google Analyticator

Google Analyticator

Maintenance Mode

This plugin will adds a splash page to your blog to lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance.

Maintenance Mode

Maintenance Mode

WP Security Scan

This plugin effectively scans your WordPress installation for security vulnerabilities and suggests corrective actions.

WP Security Scan

WP Security Scan

All In One SEO Pack

This great plugin will optimizes your WordPress blog for major Search Engines and it's very easy to use.

All In One SEO Pack

All In One SEO Pack

WP Page Navi

WP Page Navi

WP Page Navi

Tweet This

This plugin adds a "Tweet This Post" link to every post and page. Shortens URLs in advance through Th8.us, eating up only 19 of 140 characters. It also includes other social media tools like: Plurk, Yahoo Buzz, Delicious, Digg, Ping.fm, Reddit, and StumbleUpon.

Tweet This

Tweet This

Well, these 20 WordPress plugins are some of the finest today and are increasing popular among WordPress user. So if you are still deciding which WordPress plugins to use to kick start your blog, why not take them for a trial.

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Terrance is a versatile web developer and the technical editor at OXP. He enjoys creating functional websites and is particularly engrossed in all the tiny details mixed together to construct great user experiences. He always believe that every web user deserves the best!