WordPress plugins are what can make the difference between an average pro blog and a top Pro blog. One of the primary purposes of these plugins is to help you take your knowledge and share it in the most efficient, user-friendly way possible.
This is a quick resource list with 22 plugins that every pro blog Tech should know about. Chances are that you will find a few plugins you wish you had been using for a long time. The descriptions are short snippets taken directly from the plugin webpage.
Note 1: These plugins will only work on self-hosted WordPress blogs, not the free ones on wordpress.com
Note 2: Be sure to share your thoughts below on these plugins and let us know of ones missing from the list
Note 3: Are you still reading this? Get to the list already!
Best WordPress Plugins for Bloggers
- Contact Form 7 – Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
- TinyMCE Advanced – Enables the advanced features of TinyMCE, the WordPress WYSIWYG editor. (Comment: gives you the ability to write your posts with more control over the formatting)
- WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can also easily add a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page.
- Smart YouTube PRO – Smart Youtube is a professional WordPress Video plugin that allows you to easily insert videos/playlists into your post, comments and in your RSS feed
- WP Super Cache – A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files. (Comment: makes your blog load a lot faster)
- Social Sharing Toolkit – Easy sharing and connecting on social networks. Display on posts or use widgets or shortcode. Also Twitter name/hashtag to link converter.
- WP Table Reloaded – WP-Table Reloaded enables you to create and manage tables, without having to write HTML code, and it adds valuable functions for your visitors.
- Broken Link Checker – This plugin will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.
- WP-Postratings – Adds an AJAX rating system for your WordPress blog’s post/page.
- WP Greet Box – Display a different greeting message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from.
- Page Link To – Lets you make a WordPress page (or other content type) link to an external URL of your choosing, instead of its WordPress URL.
- All in One SEO Pack – WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines.
- Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.
- Redirection – Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files.
- Share Buttons by Lockerz / AddToAny – Help people share, bookmark, and email your posts & pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn and many mor
- Sociable – Congrats for joining the leader in the sharing space of WordPress plugins. “Sociable” is totally FREE, has over 1,7 million downloads
- Fast Secure Contact Form – A super customizable contact form that lets your visitors send you email. Blocks all automated spammers. No templates to mess with
- WordPress SEO by Yoast – Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
- AddThis – The AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget allows any visitor to bookmark and share your site easily with over 330 popular services.
- Search Everything – Increases WordPress’ default search functionality in three easy steps.
- Efficient Related Posts – A related posts plugin that works quickly even with thousands of posts and tags. Can be added automatically to the end of posts. Requires PHP5.
- Twitter Widget Pro – A widget that properly handles twitter feeds, including parsing @username, #hashtags, and URLs into links.
And there you have it – 22 plugins in one post to help you make the best pro blog Tech you can make. Have any questions? Leave a comment below or contact me directly.