There are over 10k plugins available in the wordpress plugin directory at this moment and they are still increasing. Now the thing is that, how to choose the must have plugin after a fresh install of wordpress on your blog and what are the basic wordpress plugins needed for your blog. Here I am listing top 10 must have wordpress plugins according to me which I think they should be installed and running on your blog. I am pretty much sure that if you are a blogger then you must be having all of them installed but still I am listing down so that it might be useful for a new blogger.
This plugin is the must have plugin for any blog because this is the plugin which scans the comment you receive and detects if they are spam or not. 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.
This plugin allows you to integrate all your website analytic services and also allows you to submit your sitemap to Google, Yahoo and Bing at just one click. It is a must have plugin if you want to keep away yourself from manually adding codes to your theme files.
3. Do Follow
This plugin, as its name says makes your whole blog a do-follow blog. The dofollow plugin for WordPress lets you remove the evil nofollow attribute from your comments. Because nofollow will not work.
A contact form is a must have thing for any blog and that is exactly what this plugin does. This contact form lets your visitors send you a quick E-mail message. Blocks all common spammer tactics. Spam is no longer a problem. Includes a CAPTCHA and Akismet support. Additionally, the plugin has a multi-form feature, optional extra fields, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent. Super customizable.
Choose easily a favicon to make your site eye-catching and easily recognizable by visitors that have several windows opened on their navigator. Favicon plugin allows you even to use your gravatar. It has got a wide range of icons and it is a must have for your blog.
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. A highly recommended and a must have wordpress plugin. You can check my sitemap built by this plugin here : sitemap.
I have been using All in one SEO plugin till now but after finding this great plugin, I am a regular user of this. This plugin is an extension of All in one SEO plugin with more rich features which allows to enhance your site SEO and per post SEO as well.
This is a latest floating bookmarking wordpress plugin and it looks very beautiful with the site as you can see it on my blog. For more details, read my article : How to have a Mashable like floating sharebar for your blog.
For a better and smooth run of your site, this plugin helps you a lot. It makes a cache of your site which helps you save some bandwidth and increases your site loading time.
10. Your Pick
This last point, I leave it blank for you ! Which plugin you think should be included in the list here or any specific plugin which you would like to recommend ?? Feel free and please help me fill this point by leaving a comment below ! 🙂