Plugins are like additional software attachments to WordPress that serve specific purposes on top of what WordPress offers by default. WordPress has been developed flexible enough to incorporate Themes and Plugins from third parties. In this post I take you through the very Essential WordPress Plugins without which your website or blog is incomplete.
In my future posts I will be explaining about each of these plugins (and many more) in detail so that they can be best configured for your site’s requirement.
Plugin for SPAM Protection
Comment Spam is a major issue for WordPress driven sites due to the popularity of WordPress. Akismet is a truly awesome plugin to handle comment spam. Akismet keeps track of spam comments across web and so can easily identify as soon as such comments are submitted on your site. It comes pre-installed with WordPress which also conveys its importance for WordPress sites.
Plugin for SEO
Search Engine Optimization (aka SEO) is very essential for your WordPress site content to be visible to Google like Search Engines so that your site can get visitors searching for such content. Here you have many choices but for the beginners I recommend All in One SEO Pack plugin. It has good features that are simple to understand and use. If you are an advanced WordPress user then I strongly recommend to use WordPress SEO plugin instead. This plugin has lot of customization and is best supported by the author. Google XML Sitemaps is another important plugin that tells search engines about all the different pages available on your site and their URLs.
Plugin for Contact Form
Any website needs a contact form for the visitors to contact you. It is better to avoid mentioning your email address and instead use a contact form for both spam protection and better user experience. Contact Form Plugin is a nice intuitive plugin to include a simple form on your Contact page. For advanced users there is Contact Form 7 plugin that offers a lot more features.
All the plugins discussed here are available free of cost and are quite popular among WordPress users. You can use them without any hesitation.
Finally note that this is a living guide in the sense that I will be reviewing the plugins frequently and will be updating this as necessary.