WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) with a market share of over 50%. Most online publishers and entrepreneurs prefer this blogging platform because of the well-known ability to extend features through a huge collection of cheap (mostly free) plugins. “WordPress is used by 17.2% of all the websites, that is a content management system market share of 54.8%,” said W3 Techs, Web Technology Surveys.
Here are our top hand-picked plugins that will spice up your blogging career and give your WordPress website hosted on our servers a much needed ‘boost’.
- WordPress SEO
- Disqus Comment
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Google Analytics
- nrelate Related Content
- RSS Footer
- Scribe SEO
- WP Touch
- W3 Total Cache
Akismet filters the comments if there is track-back spam and flags them accordingly. This plugin is one of the most popular spam killer plugins on WordPress, and amazingly, it’s accurate.
WordPress SEO by Yoast optimizes WordPress blogs for search engines. It’s easier to customize metadata for each blog post. It’s an awesome plugin that provides SEO integration for WP e-commerce sites.
Disqus plugin replaces the stock WordPress commenting system. You need to create an account (free) before you can activate the plugin. Most bloggers use this plugin. It features real-time tracking of your comments and discussions all over the Web.
Google XML sitemaps generates a special XML site map that helps search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Ask to better index your blog. It’s easier for crawlers to filter your site with its complete structure.
Google Analytics plugin easily tracks your site’s outbound links, page views, download, and clicks with lots of metadata. It’s easy to deploy to a self-hosted WordPress platform with integration of Google Analytics API.
The nrelate Related Content plugin analyzes your blog posts and displays all the related content from your site. This will lead your visitors to read other entries related to the current post.
“This plugin makes it easy to add a line of content to the beginning or the end of all the articles in your feeds, for instance to display a link back to your blog,” said RSS Footer.
Scribe SEO optimizes your content and makes sure that you are implementing the best SEO practices using the Scribe Content Optimizer. This plugin is a must-have if you want to increase your blog’s traffic. Scribe charges a monthly fee, which ranges from $17-$97.
WP Touch plugin turns your blog into an elegant mobile theme.
“WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress website into an application-like theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects when viewed from the most popular mobile web browsing devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile devices, Palm Pre/Pixi and BlackBerry OS6 mobile devices.”
This is highly recommended if your blog generates high traffic from mobile devices.
W3 Total Cache plugin is a must-have for WordPress blogs. It improves the blog’s performance and user experience through caching. The loading times of a blog can affect the visiting times of readers or visitors.
“73% of mobile Internet users say that they’ve encountered a website that was too slow to load,” said Sean Work, Kissimetrics.
“47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less.”
“40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.”