Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Install After Creating A New Blog

Created a new blog using WordPress? Congrats! You have taken a fantastic step by using WordPress as your blogging platform.

No doubt, WordPress is the no.1 blogging platform that has almost everything.

The first thing you need to consider after installing WordPress on your sites is installing plugins. Here are few essential plugins list for you!

1. Akismet: If there’s only ONE popular WordPress plugin exists in blogging world, it would be undoubtedly Akismet. Almost every bloggers uses Akismet plugin to prevent spam on their blogs.

What does Akismet do?

Akismet is a spam preventing plugin that go through all the comments on your blog and send those comments into spam box which are on their database list. You can manually throw comments into spam box if you notice one liners from other bloggers, they deserve it!

Download here

2. All in one SEO: All in one SEO is the #1 plugin on WordPress especially it is useful for the WordPress beginners to optimize their blog posts for the search engines.

What does it do?

All in one SEO optimizes your blog posts for the search engines by providing title, meta description and meta keywords on your WordPress dashboard to easily optimize them. You’ll find it extremely easy even if you’re a new blogger.

Download here

3. Jetpack stats: If you want to know and analyze your traffic stats and to get precise page views on your blog posts, you should be using Jetpack stats on your WordPress blogs.

What does it do?

Jetpack helps you analyze

  • how many page views you got
  • top pages, top posts
  • external clicks
  • internal clicks and
  • how your readers came through your site etc

Download it here

4. Google XML sitemaps: This plugin will automatically generates XML Sitemaps for your site and notifies search engines when they’re updated. Extremely easy to use and install, just install the plugin, sit back and relax!

What does this plugin do?

Sitemaps are must for every site to quickly get indexed by Google crawlers. Every time you update your blog with latest blog posts, Google will crawl your site for the latest updates, and XML sitemaps come in handy to easily crawl your site archives. The XML Sitemaps plugin for WordPress will automatically generate XML Sitemaps for your site and notify search engines when they’re updated.

Download here

5. Link Within: This is one of the best and most used related post plugin for WordPress users. The reason why I’m suggesting this plugin to you is because this plugin is not only a lightweight plugin, but also help you track the clicks on your related posts.

What does this plugin do?

LinkWithin is a blog widget that appears under each post, linking to related stories from your blog archive.

Download it here

6. Digg Digg: If you want your readers to share your contents, then Digg Digg is the plugin you should look for. No matter how great your content is, you should always be giving it more visibility to make your blog posts go viral. And the best ways to make your blog posts get more visibility is by giving sharing buttons on your blogs. Digg Digg is the perfect WordPress plugin that help you share the posts on all the social media sites like Facebook, twitter, Google+, Buffer etc

What does it do?

This is almost like an all-rounder social sharing plugin to display all popular social sharing buttons with count, such as Twitter, Buffer, Facebook Share, Facebook Like, Digg, LinkedIn, Google +1, Reddit, dZone, TweetMeme, Topsy, Yahoo Buzz, StumbleUpon, Del.icio.us, Sphinn, Designbump, WebBlend, BlogEngage and Serpd, Pinterest

Download it here

7. Thank me later: If anyone leaves a comment on your blog posts, then don’t leave them like that, you should be engaging with them to make them loyal to your blogs. Here a great WordPress plugin that will makes your job simple by sending thank you emails to your blog commenters, cool, isn’t it?

What this plugin does?

Automatically sends a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages visitors by reminding them to check back for

Download it here

8. W3 Total Cache: This is a must have WordPress blog on your WordPress sites. You should always be worrying about making your WordPress blog loading time faster and better. And you can do it by optimizing and minifying your page cache’s on your blog. Using this plugin you can clear your cache every time you update, install or deactivating a plugin on your WordPress site. This makes your blog loading time faster.

What does this plugin do?

W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.

Download it here

9. BackUpWordPress: When you have a WordPress site, you should consider backing up regularly. Because, you can never say who will hack your site and make changes to gain profits for them, so you should be taking care of backup of your blogs.

What does it do?

BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you.

Download it here

10. Login Lockdown: You should be securing your WordPress site from the crackers and hackers. Here’s a great WP plugin that will limit the no. of attempts to your WP dashboard via WP-admin area.

What it does?

Limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period.

Download it here

Over to you:

Let me know if you’ve any more best WordPress plugins for the beginners..

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About Rahul Kuntala

Rahul Kuntala is a guest blogger at Blogging Shiksha. You can follow him @learnblogtips for more updates on blogging.

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