There are hundreds of WordPress plugins out there and you can use as many as you want. However, there are some plugins that are must-used for all. This is a list of 11 such plugins that you just can’t live without.
In no particular order…
Akismet – This plugin that seemingly seem to do nothing visible has protected my blogs from over thousands of spam comments. Need I say more.
You need your WordPress.com API key to activate akismet. You can get it by registering at WordPress.com and by going to your profile page.
Feedburner Feedsmith – Sooner or later, you are going to burn your blog’s feed on Feedburner, and when you do that, this plugin will make sure all the default WordPress feeds of your blog points to the Feedburner feed. For example, http://advocable.com/feed will always point to the Feedburner feed – http://feeds.advocable.com/newposts
Google Sitemaps – Ah! Who wouldn’t want to use Google Sitemaps. This plugin creates that necessary sitemap for your WordPress blog effortlessly.
WordPress Mobile Editon – Today, people are increasingly using mobile phones to browse the net, and you don’t want your site to look garbled on their handsets. This plugin displays the content of your blog in a mobile phone screen friendly format that is easy to browse and read. this is one of those just-installed-and-forget-it plugins.
Maintenance Mode – When you are fidling with the design and layout of your blog, you don’t want your visitors to see you site all crippled. Right? This plugin will display a simple note to your site visitors saying your blog is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance and so please try back after some time. You, as the admin, can continue to work and see how your site actually looks like on screen.
Subscribe to Comments – When I comment on blog post, I ask questions and give my views on a particular topic and expect the post author or other readers to reply to my comment. Now since I can’t be bookmarking or remembering all the comments that I keep making, I’d love it if the replies are somehow sent to me. This plugin does exactly that by giving me the option of subscribing to the follow-up comments when I am leaving a comment on a blog. For a blogger, this is a good way to keep their readers engaged.
All-in-One SEO Pack – This plugin is no longer supported but is still one of the best out there to ensure that your post titles, descriptions, and keywords are in place, duplicate content are in check, and other on-site SEO optimisation is done.
Similar Posts – You can use this plugin to display a list of 5-10 or more similar posts below your blog posts. This helps in atrracting your readers to other similar content on your blog and perhaps make them stay longer on your site.
Popularity Content – This plugin helps you to display a list of the most popular posts on your blog based on certain criteria you have set. Displaying such list is important as your visitors know what are the best your blog has to offer.
WordPress Automatic Upgrade - WordPress keeps updating itself to new versions every now and then, and who would have the time and patience to delete some folders from the server, upload the newer versions, and take care that nothing is wrong in all these deleting and uploading. And plus the reinstallation. You can escape all this by getting this plugin do the upgrading for you automatically.