So you’ve signed up for WordPress, now what? Well, with over 11,000 different plugins, the WordPress Plugin Directory is a great place to start.
Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. They are basically additions to the WordPress blog platform that extend its functionality. Whether it is improving SEO or creating a mobile-friendly version of your website, there’s a plugin for that.
WordPress blogs are great marketing tools for small business owners – and WordPress plugins can boost the effectiveness of those blogs in an instant.
Here are a few of our favorites that we use on our own blog or highly suggest:
1.) All-In-One SEO Pack: This free plugin makes search engine optimization easy and it’s essential for getting your blog found on the Internet. Under the plugin’s settings, you can edit your home page title, description, keywords and other information.
2.) Akismet: Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.
3.) Yet Another Related Posts Plugin: This plugin is responsible for those intelligent suggestions at the end of a blog post saying things like “If you enjoyed this article you might as well read…” Among the advantages, it can help increase the pages visits and time readers spend on your blog.
4.) Redirection: This is a WordPress plugin used to manage your 301 redirections, keeps a list of 404 errors, and generally cleans up any loose ends your website has. It’s great if you’re bringing pages over from an old website.
5.) Sociable: This plugin allows you to add social bookmarks to posts, pages and RSS feeds. Choose from more than 100 different social bookmarking sites like Digg, Facebook, and del.icio.us, or add your own sites!
6.) WPTouch iPhone Theme: More and more people are visiting websites with their cell phone. If your website is not configured properly, it will be a real pain in the backside for your prospect to read your website. This little plugin makes your website more mobile-friendly.
This is not the “be all, end all” list of plugins. It is just a list of very helpful plugins to improve your website’s usability. We offer an Online Form WordPress plugin which makes embedding your Formstack forms as easy as clicking a button.
What are some of your favorite WordPress plugins?