At the time of writing this, I’m using 15 WordPress plugins on my blog.
My blog is still loading fast(within 2 secs).
The best part about this post is: I’ll tell you why you should use them.
It depends on YOU to whether or not to use them on your blogs.
If you want to run your blog user friendly and super fast, try following WordPress plugins.
I recommend because I’m totally satisfied using them. None of them slows down your blog speed! Because, they’re light weight WordPress plugins and take less time to load.
I hope, I’ll convince you to use them on your blog by the end of this post ;)
So, here we go.
Best WordPress Plugins that You Should Use On Your Blog
1. Akismet – To prevent spam messages
I know every WP blog is using this plugin. If you’re not, start using it now. The best plugin to stop spam comments from your blog posts.
It’s not only important to get more comments, but it also important to make sure you don’t have any spam comments on your blog! So far Akismet has been protected my blog from thousands of spam comments.
Download Akismet (you’ve to enter API key to use this)
2. All in One SEO Pack – Automatically optimizes your content for Search engines
If you’re new blogger then this plugin is a must for your blog. It will automatically adds meta keywords and title tags to your content to better rank in search engines!
All in One SEO Pack plugin is better than SEO by yoast!
3. Contact Form 7 – Professional contact form
Have you seen any blog without contact page?
How horrible it would be to engage with readers or customers without having a contact form in your blog? Here comes a great plugin to help you to create a simple and professional contact form to your blog.
4. Dynamic To Top – Makes your readers navigation comfortable
Adds an automatic and dynamic “To Top” button to easily scroll long pages back to the top.
I think this the best plugin if you write lengthy posts too often. It makes your readers to navigate to the top of your blog without scrolling up!
5. Google Analytics for WordPress - Enables google analytics on all pages
The easiest way to add Google analytics to your blog is by using this plugin. Just install this plugin and add Google Analytics which seems like (UA-0000000-0) in your Google Analytics settings. You’re done!
6. Google XML Sitemaps – Better index your blog for SE
Using this plugin, you can inform search engines about your latest blog posts that are available to crawl.
This plugin creates a sitemap for your blog in XML format which will be supported by all the major search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing to better index your blog content.
In simple words, you can easily inform SE to crawl your posts using this plugin.
7. Jetpack by WordPress – Know your blog growth every day!
Ileane Smith of BasicBlogTips recommended this WordPress plugin to me. I know about this plugin already but I didn’t use because I didn’t know it’s significance before!
8. LinkWithin – Display related posts under the blog posts
The lightest related post thumbnail ever in WordPress! If you want to use related post thumbnail posts at the bottom of your posts, I’d recommend this. It won’t consume much time to load.
9. Most Popular Posts – Show off your blog assets!
This plugin displays the top commented posts on your blog. You know what? You can certainly decrease your bounce rate if you use popular blog posts on your sidebar! So, use this plugin to show your visitors your quality content.
This plugin creates a list of links to the top posts on your blog according to the number of comments on the post.
10. Sharebar – Let your readers share your content
Social sharing buttons are vital to make your blog content go viral, isn’t it?
Here is a better to do that perfectly.
It contains buttons to popular social networking sites like facebook, twitter, Google+ etc.
You can even add custom sharing buttons using sharebar!
11. Smart Arcives Reloaded – Show your content from day 1
If you want to show your whole content to your readers, then create ‘Archives’ page for your blog. Using this plugin you can easily create archive for your blog.
It displays a list of posts grouped by year and month.
12. Top Commentators Widget – Reward your top commentators
Want to reward & make your readers special?
Then show your top commentators on the sidebar or in the footer(like I’m using now) using this plugin.
Here’s a screenshot of it.
BTW this is the best way to get more comments on your blog.
13. W3 Total Cache – Make your blog loading super fast
How can I neglect this amazing plugin?
This plugin improves your blog performance and user experience by caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.
The best way to make your blog loading faster is using this great plugin.
14. WP Comment Auto Responder - Remind your commentators through emails when their comments got reply!
For example, if a reader commented on your blog asking a question/doubt. Even if you reply, how can that reader know that he got a response from you? There’ll be no problem if he/she visits your blog often. If not?
This is where you need to use this plugin which sends automatic emails when your readers leave comments(to remind when their comments got a reply).
15. Database(occasionally) – A must have plugin for every blog
How can I end up without mentioning WP database backup plugin? This is a must for every blog?
I suggest you to backup your blog at least once a week, at least once every month!
From the above 15 WordPress plugins, I personally recommend following for any blog.
- LinkWithin(to show related posts)
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Akismet(to stop spam comments)
- All in One SEO Pack(to do SEO part easily even if you’re newbie!)
- W3 Total Cache(makes your blog really faster)
- WP Comment Auto Responder(no comments! Just use and notice results)
I’ve also written a post on top 10 WordPress plugins, you can check here.
What would you suggest? List any one of your favorite WordPress plugins.