By AN Jay on October 19, 2009

8 Powerful WordPress Plugins You Probably Don’t Use But Should

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There are hundreds of wordpress plugins available on the internet. Some of them are very useful and some of them are only for sake of existence. But it’s totally up to you that how you can make your wordpress blog more strong and powerful using different plugins to give your blog readers an amazing and wonderful experience. In this post, I tried to list down those powerful wordpress plugins that are really essential for every blog.

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All in One SEO Pack

This plugin is streamlined for some best practices for WordPress SEO. Using this plugin you can automatically optimizes your titles for search engines and generates meta tags automatically. IF you are beginner, you don’t even have to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box. Just install and get relax.

Automattic Kismet

Automattic Kismet (Akismet for short) is a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so you never have to worry about spam again. When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your site it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down to approve or disapprove them to publish on your blog.

W3 Total Cache

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. With this plugin, you can save up to 80% Bandwidth via Minify and HTTP compression of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and RSS feeds.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site. An advanced and versatile algorithm that is using a customizable algorithm considering post titles, content, tags, and categories, YARPP calculates a “match score” for each pair of posts on your blog. You choose the threshold limit for relevance and you get more related posts if there are more
related posts and less if there are less.

Contact Form 7

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.

Wapple Architect Mobile Plugin for WordPress

Wapple Architect Mobile Plugin for WordPress is a plugin that allows you to mobilize your blog in minutes. Every single mobile device is detected and all aspects of your blog are tailored to the visiting handset. Sites aren’t dumbed down to the lowest common denominator but instead use the features and functionality that advanced phones offer.

ShareThis

The ShareThis WordPress plugin provides a simple way for users to add your post to many social bookmarking sites, or to send a link to your post via email, AIM, Facebook, Twitter and more.

Google XML Sitemaps

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.





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Great 8. thanks for the tip

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Fantastic information! For a girl coming from blogger, I don’t know why I stayed there so long!! thank you, gave you the tweet and the thumbs up!!

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Thanks for sharing those plugins.

Gonna install the quick kismet and w3 cache.

Deleting spam comments has been an issue for me
lately, there are so many :)

Igor

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This post rocks.. was totaly oblivous to W3 Total Cache.. amazing, thank you for this

Thanks for this great list. I use almost all of these but Share this and related posts, which I’ve actually been looking for a great bookmarking plugin for my posts. Can’t seem to find one I like, so I’ll try this one. Thanks again :)

We stopped using All-in-one-SEO because we experienced so many conflicts with it on our WPMU systems. In its place we now use Platinum SEO and are not experiencing the same difficulties.

Contact Form 7 is a good plug-in but has some limitations on advanced functionality, although we have not explored modifying the code to do what we need.

I am surprised to not see Hana Code Insert in your list. That has to be by and far the most useful WP plug-in we use.

Thanks for sharing your this insight. The vast availability of WP plug-ins is a major value point for WP.

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I use most of those Thanks :)

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Great post! I had some of them, but added others (like the mobile app and related posts) to my wordpress site (http://thesocialrobot.com)

Thank you!

You’re wrong, I use mostly all of these!

Definitely all very useful.
Only one of them i don’t use, when working with wp.

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I was given a lead on HeadSpace 2 – an SEO plugin – by a twitter friend @RedHeadWriting – just yesterday. I was having the worst time with All In One SEO. I have to say it’s easier to use, and works as well or better. I wont go back to AIO-SEO anytime soon.

She also said AIO is very “heavy” and slows down page loads and HeadSpace 2 is lighter and easier on your page loads. Now, I dont have any statistical data to back that up .. but I trust her. It’s what she does.

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Matt.mmwine – Thanks for the quote :) I personally use both Headspace2 and SEO Nova as my SEO plugins of choice. They don’t slow down page load and are pretty much no-brainers when it comes to getting your meta data in the right place. I also like the follow/no follow, index/no index capabilities these plugins bring to the table, something the AIOSEOP lacks. Glaringly.

Awesome posting. I use most of these plugins on my own site. I find them quite useful. Thanks for the good article.

I’m confused. What is with the link bait title?

All In One SEO, Akismet and Contact Form 7 are three of the most widely used plugins on the WordPress platform.

The title of this post is “8 Powerful WordPress Plugins You Probably Don’t Use But Should” but yet you list plugins that most people DO use.

You really did your homework on this one…

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I will try the seo and mobile plugs tonight. Thanks for the article.

These are pretty good plugins and i have used some of them on several wp blogs. The mobilize one sounds pretty cool, haven’t tired that one yet.

WordPress users normally use all these plugins..Nothing new about the list

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Two (ever-so-slightly) picky issues with this post:

1. As someone else said, the title doesn’t even attempt to be accurate. Several of these plugins are quite popular. Why do you say “you probably don’t use” them? Because that’s common phrasing for lists like this? That’s either poor writing or link-bait.

2. A few of these aren’t even the best options out there. For example, cforms and WPTouch should be on this list but for some reason aren’t even mentioned.

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nice information,, i like your post,,thank dude

Old post but still useful, thanks and congrats.

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