Why Use Plug-ins Wordpress is a great blogging platform, It has many people working on it all the time to keep on improving it. Its popularity could also be attributed to 3rd party developers building plug-ins to make wordpress do almost anything you want it to do! There are many great plug-ins but here are my favorite 15
All In One SEO All in One SEO The all in one SEO plug-in ensures your blog is correctly optimised, It has automatic features such as filling out your title and description from the information in your post. It can resolve duplicate content issues your blog may naturally create and much more.
WP Database Backup WP DB Backup So you have been blogging every day for 6 months and your blog is popular with 1000 comments, then your database server blows up and there isn't a backup. This plug-in will save your bacon, backup to your server or have it e-mailed to you, once a day, once a week or once a month.
Google XML Sitemaps Google XML Sitemaps Google loves sitemaps and it loves XML. We all know to feed our webmaster tools account with an XML sitemap and we also know to keep it updated and dead link free. This plug-in has a large array of options and is very configurable. Whenever you add or remove posts or pages, it will update your sitemap accordingly.
SEO Smart Links SEO Smart Links A good internal; linking structure can help give pages a push, You can set up this plug-in so when you use certain keywords in your blog posts then they automatically link to a given page. It takes a little bit of time to set up but once it is; it saves a lot of time inserting links manually
Feedburner Feedburner Once your blog is up and running its good to see how many people are subscribing. There are plenty of plug-ins that will do the same thing but the link above is recommended by Google.
Rss Footer Rss Footer Once you establish your blog it wont be a surprise to see its content on other websites. Most of the websites that do this will use your Rss feed to make it all automated. Rss footer will add an extra section to your post which is only visible on your feed, use this to add a link back to your websites and make the most of people using your content.
Simple 301 Redirect Simple 301 Redirect Depending on how you use your blog you may find the need to redirect posts or pages. I use this to redirect posts to more updated versions that i write. Its easy to use and it gives you statistics.
Tweetmeme Button Tweetmeme Button Social media and blogs work hand in hand, People are more likely to tweet a blog or a news article than a category page. Tweetmeme makes it easy for people to tweet your blog posts and they also give you stats on who has been clicking.
Twitter Tools Twitter Tools You want to be the first to publicise your own blog posts, this plug-in packs a lot in but in its simplest form it automatically tweets your blog post as its published.
No Self Pings No Self Pings There is nothing more annoying that linking between your blog posts and these links appearing as pings. This plug-in will simply remove that
Do Follow Do Follow There is a lot discussion about No following links and which links should and shouldn't be followed. This plug-in removes the no follow from the comments section of wordpress, You can configure it so it only follows links of registered users or from everyone. Remember Google works by following links.
Lightbox Lightbox Lightbox gives you the stylish and neat methods to display your images. all you need to do is add rel="lightbox" to your image link and away you go.
WP Touch Iphone Theme WP Touch Iphone Theme Making your blog compatible with mobile devices is becoming more and more important, People using Facebook and twitter on a mobile device means the chance of your blog being read from a mobile device is also high. This plug-in serves a mobile optimised theme which makes your blog easy to read from a mobile device
Facebook Connect Facebook Connect Much like the twitter plug-ins the Facebook connect plug-in seamlessly connects your blog to your Facebook account. Publish your blogs directly to your pages or profile. Also adds a share on Facebook link to your post for others to use.
Intense Debate Intense Debate If you are a power blogger and blog on multiple websites then this plug-in will make moderating comments that little bit easier. Intense debate replaces the wordpress comment system. all your blogs can be moderated from one place. It also gives the option for people to login and comment using twitter, Facebook and open ID logins.