WordPress Plugins are like additional add on modules to your WordPress site. It helps to extend your WordPress site to make it more powerful. There are literally thousands of plugins which can be found at WordPress plugins page. Below are some popular plugins that might be suitable for your
How to Install Plugins
- Go to Plugins > Add New
- Search for the plugin you want
- Click Install
- Activate plugin to make it work!
Another method is to manually upload the plugin folder to /wp-content/plugins folder using FTP. Next, you have to browse to Plugins page and activate your plugin. Plugins can be downloaded here.
Popular WordPress Plugins
Akismet – Blocks spam comments. Comes installed with default WordPress. You will need to register for an Akismet key for it to work.
All in One SEO Pack – This is my favorite plugin. Simple enable it and it will help you automatically optimize your WordPress blog so that it is SEO friendly (meaning rank higher in Google)
WP Super Cache – Helps to create caches of your site to make your site load faster. Once your site starts to receive lot of visitors, you will need to install this plugin to handle the load.
Google XML Sitemap – Create a sitemap for your site automatically. Helps to bring in more organic traffic from Google
Sociable – Quickly add social bookmarking features to your site. Install this plugin to help bring traffic to your site and increase your site presence in social networks
Contact Form 7 – Add a contact form to your site. Comes with Akismet spam protection and Captcha.
NextGEN Gallery – Make a nice photo gallery in WordPress easily
Easy AdSense – Adds adsense to your sidebar, post and anywhere you want. Helps to monetize your blog with adsense
WordPress.com Stats – Track how many visitors visit your WordPress site. Require you to register for an API key
Google Analytics for WordPress – Add Google Analytics to track your visitors. More powerful than WordPress.com Stats. Requires you to open a Google Analytic account
WP PageNavi – Adds page numbers to your site easily
WordPress Post Ratings – Let your readers rate your post with this rating meter
WP Polls – Create a poll to let your readers vote
Yet Another Related Posts – List relevant topics to your post at the end of your post
Tweet This – Easily let your readers tweet your post