Why do people blog? Through blogging, people can express their thoughts and ideas. WordPress serves as the bridge that links bloggers to other Internet users. Thousands of fervent bloggers from all over the world flock around WordPress. And since WordPress is an open-source platform, the community has created tons of useful plugins that allow bloggers to do almost anything you can imagine. There are many plugins available for download, each having a unique assignment yet they all have one common goal: to make your blog interesting so that you will receive more clicks.
Beginners and even expert bloggers all want to include plugins in their WordPress blogs. If you are not sure what plugins suit you, here are the top 15 most popular ones that you might want to consider adding to better enhance your blog account. Please note that I do not provide support for my themes pertaining to the plugin issues. However, due to the strict coding standard that I always adhere to, my themes should work well with most of the popular plugins.
- All in One SEO Pack - This great tool optimizes your blog including the titles and the META tags so that search engines will find your site easily. This plugin also helps you avoid duplicate content found in blogs. With this pack, you can easily modify and tweak everything.
- NexGen Gallery - This is an image gallery plugin, which provides uncomplicated administration for those who have multiple albums and galleries. This allows you to add custom themes, new short codes, set your own collection of photos and use them in the Flash slideshow selection.
- WordPress.com Stats - With this tool, the statistics about your visitors are provided. Just input your API key and let this plugin do the work.
- WP Super Cache - This plugin produces static html files from your WordPress blog.
- Google XML Sitemaps - This tool is generally helpful especially when you have updated your blog, your sitemap will be edited and the search engines will be informed about the change.
- Contact form 7 - It can manage your multiple contact forms and you can also customize the mail and the form contents with just a simple markup. The form supports CAPTCHA, Ajax-powered submitting and Akismet spam filter
- Lightbox 2 - It is used to overlie images on the current page
- Akismet - It will check automatically your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they are spam or not.
- WP-DB-Backup - This will allows you easily backup your main WordPress database tables.
- FlickrRSS for WordPress - This plugin will let you display Flickr photos on the weblog. It will also support set, user, group, favorite and community photo streams, plus it is easy to configure and setup.
- WP PageNavi - This plugin will add more advanced navigation for you WordPress blog.
- WordPress Post Ratings - A wonderful tool where you can be able to see or post ratings on your WordPress blog.
- Twittle tools - This is a plugin that will create a complete addition between your WordPress blog and the Twitter account.
- WP Polls - A plugin to insert your polls by customizing via templates and CSS styles and there are lots of other options to ensure your polls look the way you want it.
- Simple Tags - Simple yet a wonderful plugin to your blog where you can customize your admin features.