By AQ Nizam on October 4, 2012

11 Must Have Free WordPress Plugins For Every WordPress Installation

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WordPress does not need any introduction; it has become one of the most commonly used blogging platforms. It comes with a plethora of plugins to make your blogging experience even more interesting and enjoyable. WordPress plugins not only add additional functionality to your blog but will also make them look visually appealing. If you look into WordPress Plugin Directory, you will find more than six thousands plugins to choose from.

In this round up, we are sharing a collection of 11 extremely important WordPress plugins that are required for every WordPress installation. This list contains some important plugins to let you secure your blog from spam and help you attain good ranking on different search engines.

Akismet

Akismet Possibly the best way in the world to protect you from web spam.

Contact Form 7

It allows you to flexibly design the form and mail. You can manage multiple contact forms as well. In addition, it supports many features including AJAX submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering, file uploading, etc.

Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress

This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.

WP Google Analytics

This plugin allows you to use the powerful Google Analytics to track your WordPress stats. It’s easily configurable to:

All in One SEO Pack

WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines.

White Label CMS

The White Label CMS plugin is for developers who want to give their clients a more personalised and less confusing CMS.

WP-DB Manager

Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.

cformsII

cforms is a powerful and feature rich form plugin for WordPress, offering convenient deployment of multiple Ajax driven contact forms throughout your blog or even on the same page.

WP-PageNavi

Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface.

Conditional Captcha

Essential Plugin Along with Akismet to Combat Real Spam

Login LockDown

Limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period.





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Comments

Hi,

What are the benefits of using both Contact Form 7 and cforms? I have CF7 on my blog and it’s pretty efficient for most purposes.

Also, just wondering if CAPTCHA is really the best way to go since Akismet is pretty good at stopping most spam.

you may want to use the Grunion contact form instead because is made by Automattic, the same company that made WordPress. It’s more light and pretty awesome.

Contact Form 7 is nice simple plugin but if you are doing any kind of customer service then Support Tickets Center is a great plugin. Can’t believe it is free!

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Gotta say, this list seems rather weak to me. Several of these are certainly not top-of-class, even for free.

Having two contact form plugins?

Why “WP Google Analytics” and not the much better “Google Analytics for WordPress” (by Yoast) or even “Google Analyticator”?

The sitemaps and seo plugin can be combined into the absolutely best free SEO plugin, “WordPress SEO” also by Yoast. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/

We should also be skeptical of plugins whose screenshots are from WordPress back a few versions.

I would have had “Digg Digg”, “Display Widgets”, and “Search Everything” on there as well. Sorry, just not seeing that these are 11 Must Haves.

I also recommend using this plugin for easy slideshows and video embedding: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/video-playlist-and-gallery-plugin/

Nice plugins. Still in SEO I prefer Yoast instead of the All in One SEO pack :)

try limit login attempt (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/) it more update than login lockdown

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thnku so much .. it helped me a lot to set up my new blog. . !!

This is nice article. Can you please suggest best plugin for payment gateway/ payment processing.

I am somewhat curious about what advantages Yoast brings to the table compared with All in One SEO Pack? Help please!
Thanks much,
Ted

Really curious as to why so many people use contact form 7 when it doesn’t support GA tracking out of the box. Does nobody care how people find them? :/

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