What are your favourite WordPress plugins?

October 7, 2011 WordPress

Here is a selection of my favourite WordPress plugins. What are yours?

Akismet – Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

All in One SEO Pack – Automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).

Auto SEO Tags – Auto SEO Tags takes incoming queries from search engines and adds these queries as tags to that post.

Fast Secure Contact Form – This plugin allows a webmaster to easily create and add contact forms to WordPress. The contact form will let the user send emails to a site’s admin. An administration panel is present, where the webmaster can create and preview unlimited forms.

FeedBurner FeedSmith – It detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed.

Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.

Link Juice Keeper – This plugin helps you to keep the link juice by redirecting all non-existing URLs (they return error 404) to the blog front page using 301 redirect.

Quick Adsense – Quick Adsense is an Ads management WordPress plugin. It offers a quicker & flexible way to insert Adsense or any Ads code into a blog post. Besides, it can randomly place the Ads anywhere within a post. It comes with a simple setting page, and it does not overwhelm you with complicated customizable options.

SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam – Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all. In order to post comments or register, users will have to type in the code shown on the image. This prevents spam from automated bots. Adds security. Works great with Akismet.

WP-Cleanup – This WordPress plugin will cleanup your WordPress database, which means that it will perform the following actions: Remove all post revisions, Remove all spam comments, Remove all unapproved comments, Remove all unused tags, Remove all unused post meta, Optimize MySQL tables by removing all unused table space

WP-Paginate – WP-Paginate is a simple and flexible pagination plugin which provides users with better navigation on your WordPress site. In addition to increasing the user experience for your visitors, it has also been widely reported that pagination increases the SEO of your site by providing more links to your content.

WP Super Cache – This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.