I have been working as WordPress Developer from last 4 years. There are lot of plugins which makes it easy to add features in your WordPress Site. Previously, I also published articles where I listed my favorite plugins. Since, there is a grand list of plugins. Here I am just going to list top 10 plugins on the basis of stability and usefulness:
- Jetpack : It is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com. Features includes: Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided by WordPress.com Stats. The WP.me URL shortener. Hovercard popups for your commenters via Gravatar. Easily embedded media from popular sites like YouTube, Digg, and Vimeo. For the Math geeks, a simple way to include beautiful mathematical expressions on your site. A widget for displaying recent tweets. Previously provided by Wickett Twitter Widget. Your readers can easily share your posts via email or their favorite social networks. Previously provided by the Sharedaddy WordPress plugin. Your writing will improve thanks to After the Deadline, an artificial intelligence based spell, style, and grammar checker. Previously provided by the After the Deadline WordPress plugin. The team is adding many more features.
- Akismet: Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen. Great spam protection. It is a must for the wordpress site.
- WP Page Numbers: Since there is no good page navigation is WordPress default installation. I recommend this plugin. With page numbers instead of next and previous links users can easily navigate much quicker to the page they want. It is good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as well, because it creates a tighter inner link structure. Works with all well known browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari).
- Disqus Comment System: This is the best plugin for comment as of today. Previously, I recommended IntenseDebate Debate plugin. But the recent problem in it I go for Disqus Comment System
- WordPress SEO by Yoast: The latest and best SEO plugin for WordPress. This plugin also includes XML Sitemap, Breadcrumbs, Social Integration, Permalinks, RSS, Verify Webmaster Tool. I must may this plugin will soon replace the popular SEO plugin All in One SEO Pack.
- AddThis: Get more traffic back to your site by installing the AddThis WordPress plugin. With AddThis, your users can promote your content by sharing to 330 of the most popular social networking and bookmarking sites (like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and MySpace). We also support address bar sharing in modern browsers. Our button is small, unobtrusive, quick to load and recognized all over the web.
- Google Sitemap Generator: How can I forget the Google XML Sitemap plugin. This plugin is must for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). 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. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
- Contact Form 7: Very simple, flexible and easy to use contact form for your wordpress site. 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. You can use Really Simple CAPTCHA plugin is not a strong captcha for advance protection but it is simple and easy to use captcha that goes well with Contact Form 7.
- NextGEN Gallery: Complete solution for your images. NextGEN Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a Flash slideshow option. Before I start writing the plugin I study all photo and picture plugins for WordPress, I figure out that some of them are really good and well designed, but I missed a simple and easy administration back end to handle multiple photos, galleries and albums.
- W3 Total Cache : The fastest and most complete WordPress performance optimization plugin. Trusted by many popular sites like: mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, kiss925.com, lockergnome.com, tutsplus.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, pearsonified.com, css-tricks.com, yoast.com and others — W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download time of your theme and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
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