WordPress started slow, but later on turned into the world’s most appreciated blogging platform. Millions of people use it daily for both personal and business blogging purposes. The platform has offered its own useful features for over 12 years, but if you want a little extra for your website, a plugin is just what you need.
The best WordPress plugins allow you to improve your website a great deal, either by adding content or making it noticeable to the public. With the right WordPress plugin you can keep your spamming comments to a minimum, optimize your content for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation – or online marketing), and share news on social media sites. All in all, the best WordPress plugins add functionality to any blog.
These plugins, which are very similar to smartphone apps, are each unique in their function. You may find that some of them are not as useful as others. Avoid using too many plugins on your WordPress blog as it will slow things down. You don’t really need to be a computer geek to install a plugin though, and most of them include a quick one-click install button that allows the plugin to be ready within minutes. Many plugins created for WordPress can also help with a business venture. These offer a powerful admin panel with customizable options, plus a variety of extra functions which make your website more aesthetically pleasing.
It’s important to backup your website as well. If you need to change the website’s domain use the Duplicator plugin. This plugin will help you move the whole website to a new domain without having to change things in the database. If you need another reason for Duplicator to be one of the best WordPress plugins, that’s it’s price: Duplicator is available free of charge.
Do you want your website to rank higher in related search results? If so you need an SEO plugin. WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the best SEO plugins available and is definitely worth a try. The first thing you will notice is that this plugin will help you create better content that is directed to rank well in Google search results. It will also force you to choose and use some keywords accordingly. Search Engine Optimisation has many other aspects this plugin will take care of automatically. All in all, a lot of the worry and nitpicking that plagues people trying to write SEO friendly content is addressed.
Thank Me Later is a WordPress plugin that every blogger should use. Everyone commenting on your posts will automatically receive a “thank you” email. Your readers will appreciate this email and will continue coming back to comment.
Do you want to make your website more welcoming to new visitors? If so, then you must use the “What Would Seth Godin Do” plugin. Even with a weird name, this is one of the best WordPress plugins to use because it displays a welcome message to everyone who is new during their first 5 visits. This establishes a feeling that the site really does appreciate them visiting.
Blog readers love seeing related content when they’re done reading something. The nRelate (Related Posts Plugin) is the tool you need to show related posts to your readers. Keep in mind you could even earn some money with the help of this plugin through selling traffic to others. nRelate comes with many settings options, including relevancy strictness and showing posts from partners. Be careful when using the relevancy strictness setting though as it may not show anything at all if you’re too strict.
We hope you enjoyed this list and wish you a great 2014 in both the online and offline world!