If you’ve been blogging on a WordPress powered site for any amount of time then I’m sure, you will have come across a few plugins that make your life easier. Rather than just sit here and hoard the information I decided today to share a few of them with you so that you can go away and make use of these with your websites from today.
- All in One SEO Pack (Free) – This is the best SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plugin that I have come across in my time working with WordPress to date. Once it’s installed even the most novice of users can set up the basic title structures for their blog. Advanced users will not be disappointed either as there is plenty of flexibility to delve even deeper into the SEO workings of your blog.
- Ultimate Google Analytics (Free) – If you want your blog to succeed then the often overlooked area of tracking can have a huge impact. You can register completely free of charge for a Google Analytics account and easily hook it up with your blog install via this plugin. The functionality that Google Analytics is so advanced that before the original company was bought out it was sold to website owners for upwards of $1000. This should give you an idea of how effective this really can be.
- Twitter Tools (Free) – Everybody is talking about Twitter and regardless of your views it’s likely you will know a few people who are devout fans of it. This plugin is designed for those devout fans, and if you are one of them, you! Automatically create tweets for your new blog posts and hook up your tweets through your blog. This is the most full featured Twitter plugin that I’ve seen even if some of the options from my view are plain daft, use with care!
- Wishlist Member ($97)- You love WordPress but you’ve been thinking of setting up a membership site? Well you finally can have both with this plugin. Built in is the option to protect certain areas of even your entire installation to paying customers or registered members depending on your set up. It fully integrates with major payment providers and auto-responders. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it’s possible to have your own very own paid membership site in a day with this plugin.
- WP DB Backup (Priceless) – It’s the moment that every blogger dreads; you log on to your site and there are error messages left right and centre or even worse… there’s nothing at all… Believe me I have been there in the past and it is not a good place to be. That’s why it’s important to not only keep a back up of all of your theme files etc but also use a plugin like this to regularly backup your WordPress Database. With some hosts charging up to $150 to roll back your hosting account a day or two it’s worth the few minutes it takes to install something like this on every blog, even if it’s “just in case”.
Hopefully within that list there will be one or two that you haven ‘t come across before and are interested in checking out or perhaps you currently use them all already. Either way it would be great to hear some of your favorite plugins for wordpress. If you have a moment why not leave a comment with the plugins that you simply couldn’t do without.