8 Must Have WordPress Plugins

After blogging for a short time  you learn quickly  what plugins can be your friend or  foe. There are thosounds of plugins through wordpress that are available to the user. In this article we will look at 8 must have wordpress plugins that you can trust to install and start to implement in your blog workflow.

Whether your a new blogger or considered a veteran blogger plugins you will always find yourself looking for tools to make your blogging experience better. There are so many plugins out there too. Plugins are designed to make blogging more productive to the user but there are some designed to make your site vulnerable to attacks as well so be on guard. With so many plugins out there it is hard to know which ones are safe and effective to use. Usually when deciding on a plug in my rule of thumb is to check with credible well known successful bloggers such as smartpassiveincome.com, michaelhyatt.com or problogger.com just to name a few. After looking at resources that I trust I will then test the usage of the plugin, if I find myself not using a plugin I will deactivate it. Below are some amazing plugins that I have tested and have grown to love.


1.SEO yoast  or WordPress SEO

The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.

Version 1.4.18 | By Joost de Valk | Visit plugin site 

SEO (search engine optimization) can take a lot of time. There are actually companies where all they focus is to provide SEO. If your like me and just starting a blog you don’t have money laying around to throw at your blog. WordPress SEO takes the guessing work out of it and helps you in optimizing your content.


 2.WPDB – WordPress to Dropbox

Keep your valuable WordPress website, its media and database backed up to Dropbox in minutes with this sleek, easy to use plugin.

Version 1.7 | By Michael De Wildt | Visit plugin site 

This handy plugin takes the task of backing up your site and puts it on automatic where you don’t even have to think about it. Hopefully you will not become a victim to a hacker but if so with this little plugin will provide you a back up.


3. Zemanta

Contextual suggestions of related posts, images and tags that makes your blogging fun and efficient.

Version 1.2.2 | By Zemanta Ltd. | Visit plugin site 

I love this plugin, it analyses your content and then suggest related content to share with your readers. It also looks for brands and links that are mentioned in your articles too and makes them live. It will also help you with images to use for your articles too. This is a powerful tool.


4. Blubrry PowerPress

adds podcasting support to your blog. Features include: media player, 3rd party statistics, iTunes integration, Blubrry Services (Media Statistics and Hosting) integration and a lot more.

Version 5.0.2 | By Blubrry | Visit plugin site 

Thanks to Pat Flynn for the finding of this one. Blubrry is a great plugin for anyone wanting to start integrating podcasts to their blogs. In a previous article I wrote about starting a podcast featuring  Pat’s incredible youtube video series steps in setting up a podcast.  This plugin was the go to tool when incorporating podcast.


5.Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer

This plugin not only automatically changes any Amazon link on your site to use your affiliate ID, but it also changes the link to point to the user’s local Amazon store. Visit the settings page to enter your Amazon Associate IDs.

Version 1.9 | By Pete Williams | Visit plugin site 

This is a great plugin to have if your ever doing product reviews. It does require you to have a free Amazon Associate ID in order to work. With this plugin it will analyze your content and then finds any amazon links then it will automatically link to your affiliate account. This is a great way to generate some funds from the hard work your doing through your blog.


6. Better WP Security

Helps protect your WordPress installation from attackers. Hardens standard WordPress security by hiding vital areas of your site, protecting access to important files via htaccess, preventing brute-force login attempts, detecting attack attempts, and more.

Version 3.5.6 | By Bit51 | Visit plugin site 

This is a great tool to give you a piece of mind. Some of the settings can be a little overwhelming but if you stick to the automatic settings your are good to go.


7. Jetpack by WordPress.com

Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.

Version 2.5 | By Automattic | Visit plugin site

This is a must have plugin. Jetpack is loaded with tons of tools to make your self hosted site feel more like wordpress.com. It will allow you to have stats and much more like you have grown to love at wordpress.com.


8.Disqus Comment System

The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus. Head over to the Comments admin page to set up your DISQUS Comment System.

Version 2.74 | By Disqus | Visit plugin site 

This is the commenting system most bloggers integrate. So many bloggers utilize this tools. Disqus really have an amazing way to manage comments and interacts them with social media too.


What Plugins do you just love and would recommend others to use? Please Comment Below…. 


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Originally posted 2013-11-06 02:40:30.