Over the years, as a prolific blogger, I have gathered together a collection of WordPress plugins that I install on every blog. Some of them I have found myself, others have been recommended by other bloggers. The article contains a list of WordPress plugins that I simply can’t blog without. But before we look at them, I’ll show you how to install plugins the quick and easy way.
How to install WordPress plugins
It couldn’t be easier:
- Login to WordPress
- Click on Plugins->Add New (left hand menu).
- Type in the name or subject keyword to locate your plugin. You can also look for the most featured, popular, newest and favorites.
- Click on the ‘Search Plugins’ button.
- A list of plugins will appear. Locate the plugin that you want to install and click on the ‘Install Now’ link beneath it’s title.
- You should be prompted whether or not you want to install. Click on ‘OK’.
- The plugin will then unpack and install itself. Click on Activate Plugin.
Over time, you’ll be prompted to update your plugins. Follow the onscreen instruction to update. Updating plugins ensure against cyber-crime. Keep your plugins up to date!
How to deactivate and delete plugins
- Login to WordPress
- Click on Plugins->Installed Plugins (left hand menu).
- Locate your plugin from the list and click on the ‘Deactivate’ link beneath the plugin title.
Once deactivated, you can then return to this menu and delete your plugin. You’ll be prompted again – just confirm it.
10 plugins that I’d highly recommend
- Captcha: Intended to prove that the visitor is a human being and not a spam robot. Plugin asks the visitor to answer a math question.
- Facebook Button Plugin: Put Facebook Button in to your post for social networking.
- Google Analytics for WordPress: This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics to your WordPress blog, adding lots of features, eg. custom variables and automatic click-out and download tracking.
- Google Analytics Dashboard for WP: Using a widget, Google Analytics Dashboard displays detailed info and statistics about: number of visits, number of visitors, bounce rates, organic searches, pages per visit directly on your Admin Dashboard.
- Google XML Sitemaps: This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
- Social Metrics: Track how your blog is doing across the leading social networking websites and services like Twitter, Facebook, Google +1, StumbleUpon, Digg and LinkedIn.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast: The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
- WP HTTP Compression: This plugin allows you WordPress blog to output pages compressed in gzip format if a browser supports compression. HTTP compression generally means a 60-80% REDUCTION in the size of your pages (broadband usage) as well as an INCREASE in download speeds of 3x to 4x.
- WP Super Cache: Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.
- WPtouch Mobile Plugin: The easy way to deliver great mobile experiences for your visitors.