10 WordPress Plugins Everyone Should Have

As a follow up to my earlier post on how to create your own wordpress widget, I have compiled a list of wordpress plugins that everyone should have. You don't necessarily have to use them all the time; however, they should be installed and ready to go. The list is in no particular order.

  1. WP Google Analytics - Easily integrate your Google Analytics code into your wordpress blog and start gaining insights into your traffic.
  2. FeedBurner FeedSmith - Easily redirect all your feed traffic to your feedburner account.
  3. WP-Polls - Add polls to your sidebar or any post with this easy to use poll plugin.
  4. WP-PostRatings - Allow readers to vote on and rate your posts. Easy to use and integrate ajax implementation.
  5. WP-PostViews - Track and display how many times your post has been viewed.
  6. Sociable - Allow readers to add your post to the major social networks in the click of a button.
  7. Google Sitemaps Generator - Recommended for serious bloggers. This plugin generates sitemaps to Google's specifications for better SEO.
  8. CForms - Great contact form; easily allows visitors to contact you through a form instead of an email address.
  9. Search-Highlighter - Seeing my search keyword highlighted in a post makes my life a lot easier.
  10. All in One SEO Pack - This is the most advanced plugin on the list. It helps get your SEO rankings higher, but may take a little tweaking.

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What plugins do you use and find helpful? Let us know in the comments.

7 Comments

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  • Tanguillo on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 11:17 am says...

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    One question: why use the “All in One SEO Pack” and not the “wp-seo” plugin? I find this last one better.
    Do you think otherwise?

  • Scott Spear on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 12:13 pm says...

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    Tanguillo,
    Thanks for the comment! It looks like they both do about the same thing. Why do you like wp-seo better? What features would make me switch?

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  • Stephen Ward on Monday, June 16, 2008 at 3:00 pm says...

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    I’ve worked as an SEO analyst for the past few years, and I find it amusing that SEO plugins for WordPress are so popular. Trust me when I say that on-site optimization is a very small piece of the puzzle. If you’re producing good content and using WordPress, you’ve already done 98% of the work. ;)

  • John Rockefeller on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 12:59 am says...

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    Good list, but my favorite WordPress plugin by far is Social Bookmarking Reloaded. Easily extendible and supports a ton of Social Bookmarking sites like Jack of All Links, Digg, Facebook, …

  • Danh ba web 2.0 on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm says...

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    Great work. I like WP-PostViews and Google Sitemaps Generator. Nice to meet you !