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5 Wordpress Plugins You Should Install

admin on March 29th, 2013 with 2 comments

wordpress-pluginsThe power of wordpress lies in its plugins. There are so many of them, free and paid. You get to choose from what’s like a massive library of plugins. But so many options sometimes can overwhelm you. Don’t worry, we’ll narrow the options down for you. In this post, I’m going to discuss five plugins that you might want to use. We have used them and are pretty happy with them. What’s even better, these are all free plugins!

 

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is the single SEO plugin that you’ll ever need to use. It has got all the functions you need to handle on page SEO. Usually, the all-in-one sort of plugins miss out on things but this plugin is an exception. You’ll be able to play with your titles and meta descriptions, decide which pages to index and which pages to noindex, tweak settings for individual posts and pages. It’ll even create the sitemap for you. You’ll be able to paste in the webmaster tools verification codes as well. So this is a good option to go with.

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2. W3 total cache

After Google announced they are going to use page loading times as a ranking factor, the performance of your site is more important than ever before. What’s more important is, a slow website will annoy the users (usually the customers) which cannot be good for business. Other than opting for a faster host, you can speed up your site through caching and this plugin makes caching a breeze. It has general settings and advanced settings. The general settings should be enough to set all things up. There’s an option to turn all options on or off with one click. Don’t tweak the advanced settings if you don’t know what you’re doing. Overall, great option.

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3.Akismet

This plugin comes with the default wordpress install and most people forget to use it. Don’t do that. This plugin provides a great service by protecting you from spam comments. Don’t underestimate spam comments, they’ll often cloud your comments inbox so badly that you won’t be able to filter the real ones. Akismet will do that for you. All you need to do is activate the plugin and get an API key from their site.

4. TAC

It is recommended that you use custom themes for your business website, but, if you opt for free or paid themes, youu should install this plugin. Those themes often contain malicious codes that can hurt your site, or even allow hackers to take control or they simply have a link hard coded that you don’t want. TAC takes care of these things. It’ll warn you if the theme has encrypted code or hard coded links.

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5. Digg Digg

This plugin will insert social buttons into your pages and posts. What we like about this plugins is it’s simplicity. The settings are real easy and the buttons look pretty cool. You could even choose to use the floating bar. It looks amazing and you could customize the colors. In the world of social media, you want to use some sort of sharing capability in your site and this is one of the simplest way to go.

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So that’s our list of five. Have you used them? Let us know what you think through comments.

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