Top Seven WordPress Plugins For Your Blog

Many bloggers are using WordPress and with good reason. It is the most popular blogging software in use today, and one of the biggest reasons is the ability to add functionality through plugins. Plugins can turn your run-of-the-mill blog into a high-powered online tool capable of bringing traffic and profit to your site. Consider using the top WordPress plugins on your current WordPress blog or a future blog. You won’t be disappointed. Happy Blogging.

7. Page Mash

This is a simple WordPress page management plugin. The Ajax interface allows you to drag and drop the pages in the order you like, modify the page structure by removing a page to become a child or parent and toggle the page to be hidden from the output. You can also see the page ID, which is often helpful for theme developers. If you have a WordPress site with more than just a handful of pages, PageMash is extremely helpful.

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6. All-in-One SEO Pack

The All in One SEO Pack plugin automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engine by allowing you to fine-tune things like your page title and meta tags. This plugin is straightforward, as it works great out of the box. If you are an advanced user, you can customize virtually everything. If you are a developer, this plugin has an API so your themes can access and extend the plugin’s functionality.

5. Google XML Sitemaps

Perhaps the most downloaded WordPress plugin, the Google XML Sitemaps plugin, automatically creates a site map linking to all your pages and posts and notifies Google, Bing, Yahoo, and when you make changes to your site. You can also include pages that are part of your site but not part of your WordPress-managed content.

4. WP Super Cache

If you have a popular WordPress website, you should seriously consider running WordPress Super Cache to improve the performance of your website. If you are not caching your pages, then whenever a visitor comes to your site, WordPress has to pull together various pieces of information from a database to put your page together. If you have a high-traffic area, this can become a problem. WP Super Cache will store a copy of each page on your website so that after the page has been assembled from the database, WordPress can rest and keep serving the static HTML copy of the page. This might be a bit technical, but you can dramatically speed up your site and reduce the load on your server by using WP Super Cache. If for no other reason, use this plugin so you don’t have to panic when your friend says, “I just Dug your site.”

3. NextGEN Image Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is a fully integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a Flash slideshow option. If you want to display a photo gallery, show a series of product images, or publish a slide show from your most recent vacation, the NextGEN image gallery is the plugin. NextGEN Gallery includes a thumbnail generator, sortable albums, and a watermark function, among other features.

2. Forms Form Plugin

If you’re looking for a free form management plugin, form is potent for setting up contact forms on your WordPress site. You don’t need to know any PHP or write any code. You can visually build forms in the WordPress admin panel. Then, navigate to the page or post where you want to use the form. You click a button in the WYSIWYG editor, thaa list of forms you have made pops up. Click on the one you want, and your form is inserted into your page. Update your page, and the form is live. You can specify required fields and default values, and there are plenty of styles to make your form blend in perfectly with your site.

1. Gravity Forms

If you want the best forms plugin WordPress offers, you need Gravity Forms. Gravity Forms is an amazing plugin for managing online forms. Some handy features include conditional form fields, which means you can show or hide an area or entire sections of the form based on a value selected in another area. You can pre-populate form fields using the query string, shortcode, function, or hooks. You can even schedule when forms are available by assigning a start date and end date for when your form is live on your site. Suppose you want to run a contest where the first 50 people who fill out the form win a prize. Gravity Forms lets you limit the number of entries a form can receive. Gravity Forms can do pretty much anything you ever wanted a form to do.


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