Why these 11 WordPress Plugins are essential on new WP Blogs

If you are a beginner to WordPress and are being a bit indecisive about which plugins to choose and install, dont worry… you are not alone. Every WordPress blogger has been there at some point. Though WordPress in itself is awesome, you need to add a few things to the standard installation to extend its functionality. The following is the list of required plugins and why you need to install them on a new blog even before you go ahead and make your first post.

  1. A standard WordPress installation has some SEO concerns assiciated with it, primary among those is the duplicate content problem where a single post is found in many locations and the second is it lacks the ability to add unique metadata to each individual posts. All in One SEO pack is a simple and excellent all round plugin that takes care of all these. It might take some time for an absolute beginner to get a clearer picture of what this plugin does but nevertheless install this and you’ll get there.
  2. Versions from WordPress 2.3 and on support native tagging but lack the administration to manage these tags in anyway. Now, there are many plugins for this purpose but Simple Tags is the best among these in terms of its features and simplicity. This plugin can do a lot more than just manage tags – it can tag pages and feeds, suggest tags based on the written content, add related posts, generate and display tag clouds and lots more.
    note: Do this if using ‘all in one seo pack’ – go to ‘Options’ and under ‘Meta Keyword’ make sure the ‘Automatically include in header’ option is unchecked.
  3. Backing up your WordPress database is a boring but important task. This plugin called WordPress Database Backup makes this job easy. Just put in your email id and tell it how often you want it to make backups. It does its job and mails them to you at those scheduled intervals.
  4. Another solution to WordPress duplicate content problem is to display short excerpts of the posts everywhere except on the single post itself. WordPress Excerpt Editor is a plugin that can help you customize and auto-create excerpts of posts and pages as well, be it for SEO purposes or otherwise.
  5. Every WordPress blog needs some kind of statistics sytem to keep track of things and Google Analytics is an advanced stats system that can be a bit overwhelming to beginners. Nevertheless I think you must sign up for it right from the beginning and you can analyse your traffic more in depth later on after you get used to things. For google analytics to work, you need to put in the tracking code into your WordPress template by editing it. But instead this plugin Google Analyticator can add the tracking code to your blog without having to edit the template.
  6. Not a substitute but a supplement to Google Analytics is WordPress.com Stats, a simple and concise statistics plugin that shows only the necessary info by plugging in to WordPress.com’s stats system.
  7. In case you want to show ads on your WordPress blog right from the beginning, there are many ways to do it but Adsense Deluxe plugin makes it easy to insert Google or Yahoo! ads anywhere in your post.
  8. You need some way to manage your feed, keep track & analyze your feed traffic and FeedBurner is just that. After you register with FeedBurner, download & install FeedBurner FeedSmith plugin to forward your local feeds to feedburner. This ensures better tracking of every subscriber.
  9. Once your blog starts gaining visitors it’ll be hit by comment spam and Akismet is about the most effective plugin at catching these. This one comes bundled with WordPress and almost every WordPress blog has this installed. All you need, to get this working is an API key which you can get by signing up for a WordPress.com account.
  10. If your readers find your post valuable, they might want to send it to their friends or submit it to social media websites. ShareThis plugin for WordPress adds a button at the end of your posts to make it easier to do this.
  11. Another optional thing that can be done is adding a contact form to make it easy for your visitors to contact you. Enhanced WordPress contact form plugin allows you to add a contact form in your posts or pages.

144 Comments

  1. Plesbeics says:

    Hello my friends :) ;)

  2. Cialissr says:

    Usefool post, thx

  3. Just wanted to say thanks for Primepress, it is awesome! I don’t remember where I found it but it will be used for a paid subscription project I am putting together at http://www.CaminoLuz.com.

    PrimePress is clean, professional and doesn’t smother the content. I’ll let you know when I complete the project.

    Thanks again!

    Victor

  4. Mulyandra says:

    Thank you very much for the Primepress theme. And also for this post about plugins. It is very2 useful to me.

  5. Ravi Varma says:

    Thanks guys..
    watch the theme homepage for some help on customization.

  6. fitzberry says:

    Hi Ravi,

    The prime press theme incorporates all the key features I was looking for in a blog template; and I love the flexibility of the revolving header

    Plus….as a newbee to word press- the article on
    plug-ins saved me hours of work

    Thoughtful really great stuff!

  7. James says:

    Hi, I found your blog on this new directory of WordPress Blogs at blackhatbootcamp.com/listofwordpressblogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, i duno. Anyways, I just clicked it and here I am. Your blog looks good. Have a nice day. James.

  8. holong says:

    Hi Ravi Varma, I am from Indonesia

    I use your themes (PrimePress) and look so good and simply.

    I Hope you can sincronize Recent Post in Sidebar with Blog pages with show at most (n) posts in http://www.domainname.ext/wp-admin/options-reading.php

  9. Holong says:

    (Please delete Leave a Comment before and this text)

    Hi Ravi Varma, I am from Indonesia

    I use your themes (PrimePress) and look so good and simply.

    I Hope you can sincronize “Recent Post” in Sidebar with “Blog pages show at most (n) posts” in http://www.domainname.ext/wp-admin/options-reading.php

  10. Holong says:

    Its a script for recent post in sidebar, but value 5 its change manually. With this, Post in Page not to disply in Recent Post. on WP Admin “Blog pages show at most (n) posts” in http://www.domainname.ext/wp-admin/options-reading.php i give value 6

    Recent Post

    <a href=”">

    This script have problem because manually changes in sidebar, meybe you can make automatically, value on &offset=5 get from “Blog pages show at most (n) posts” = n-5

    Note, with this scipt:
    - 6 post disply show in page
    - 10 Title of post display in recent post
    - The 6 post disply show in page not to disply in Recent Post

    Sorry, i am not fluence in english

  11. Holong says:

    info:
    in # 11 have have type a php script but not displayed in recent comment

  12. Holong says:

    For SEO optimize i add this script in header.php

    <meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”; charset=” />

    <meta name=”generator” content=”WordPress ” />

    <meta name=”title” content=”, , ” />

    <meta name=”description” content=”, ” />

    <meta name=”keywords” content=”, ” />

    I am not fluence in english and dont know with PHP Script, I Recomended you make auto fill with Blog Name, Array the Tags and Array Post Title

    good luck

  13. Holong says:

    info:
    in # 13 have have type a php script but not displayed in recent comment

  14. Holong says:

    Additional for SEO

    I am not fluence in english and dont know with PHP Script, I Recomended you make auto fill with Blog Name, Array the Tags and Array Post Title in to the Content of Keywords, Description dan Title

    good luck

  15. Smithy Jones says:

    Great advice nice to find an article in Google that answers my search query the best on for me at our international real estate blog is Akismet pretty essential plugin

  16. reza says:

    Hi dear

    very nice and useful post , thanks

  17. Thinking about using primepress myself. :) What theme is this blog using?

  18. Ravi Varma says:

    Thanks Ryan,
    That was just a quick theme I made before I put up PrimePress.

  19. shidiq says:

    Thanks for your theme i use this theme for my blog

  20. Nate says:

    Hi Ravi,

    I just started a blog and love this theme. It’s a lot easier to use than many others I’ve tried. I might need to update some pics (with your permission)……the japanese sun isn’t a perfect fit with an Adriatic themed blog. But it’s cool for now :)

    Thanks again!!!!!
    Nate

  21. Nikolas says:

    Hi! Thanks, good blog. Beautiful theme. I like wordpress

  22. conrad says:

    Hi Ravi,

    After trying out a few themes, I’ve decided to use yours. Thanks much.
    I’ve decided to use other pictures.
    question: how would you change the colors on this theme. let’s say I want black background and white letters?
    Thanks again.

    Conrad

  23. ET says:

    love your theme,
    am using it for a few of my blogs.
    thanks for your efforts, they are truly appreciated.

    regards
    ET

  24. Hari says:

    Hi Ravi
    Thanks for sharing this information.

  25. HomeWorker says:

    Hello Ravi,

    First of all I’d like to congratulate you on this exceptional WP theme.

    I consciously choose it to publish this blog Small Business Advertising

    I’m trying to SEO it a little bit, I’d like to insert keywords in the code, like you do with a web page, and I know a bit of html code, but none of this.
    The problem is it asks to make the files writable before saving changes, and for directions offers: See the Codex.
    So before bothering anyone I tried the Codex and then the WP forums, and ended being more confused.
    How can I make the WP files writable so it accepts the changes?
    What’s the php template where I can insert my keywords?

    Thank you very much in advance.

  26. congrats on this great wordpress theme

  27. cake pans says:

    Thanks for these Word Press plugins. I’m about to start a blog for a business website that my wife and I just started and have been searching for the right plugins we should be using. These 11 plugins may be just what we’re looking for. Of particular interest is the All in One SEO pack as I’m fairly new to SEO. If this plugin helps me in that department, then I’m definitely glad I “ran” into your post.

  28. Yuko says:

    Great article

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  30. Thanat says:

    which งาน plugin is the best? I look at many website but it’s very simple plugin.
    I prefer wordpress.

  31. Naya says:

    I like how you said this: It might take some time for an absolute beginner to get a clearer picture of what this plugin does but nevertheless install this and you’ll get there. I’ve been blogging for some time, but I still read articles about plugins to see if I missed something. I’ll try one or two of those you suggested… I got onto your site when I clicked your footer in one of the sites using one of your WP themes.

  32. yahoo alpha says:

    Thank you very much for the Primepress theme. And also for this post about plugins. It is very2 useful to me.

  33. SIPP Pension says:

    This has got to be one of the best WordPress themes I’ve seen in a long time – very clean, professional looking – I’m going to use it for my financial services blog about self invested pensions.

    Thanks, Dave

  34. Allan Tan says:

    thanks so much keep up the great work.

  35. Anika says:

    What a sexy blog, love the theme, what are you using?

  36. Maggie says:

    Great pointers on wordpress! This info is very useful for framing SEO strategies

  37. Thank you very much for the Primepress theme. And also for this post about plugins. It is very2 useful to me.

  38. Very clean and professional theme. Thanks.

  39. very nice and useful post , thanks

  40. Very clean and professional theme. Thanks.

  41. Dark + says:

    thank you veryy much

  42. Hi,

    Thanks for the information,just found this post my technorati news feed section! I was searching for this since past 3 months and i am glad to see it here. Thanking you much

    Martin

  43. I was never concerned about these essential plugin before. I was just trying the plugins and then uninstall if they were useless. The plugin list here helps me to decide the most needed plugin for my wordpress blog.

  44. oguzhan says:

    Very clean and professional theme.

  45. Thanks for the information. It’s been very useful for me!

  46. Kalin says:

    A very nice list, I would add Admin management Xtended – It’s very usefull for improving your admin panel.

  47. Pantura.org says:

    thank pren, maybe only me. not familiar with wp :(

  48. The stats are good! WordPress is the best blogging platform, it is very user friendly with a cool interface. I encourage everyone to make the blogs dofollow!

  49. Google analytics is one of my favourites, such a powerful tool for the internet marketer.

  50. Hi,

    Very Nice Informations, i just found this blogpost story from my technorati profile news feeds section! I was searching for this since past 3 months and i am glad to see it here. Thanking you much

    Jenn

  51. Most essential is an anti-hacker module so your site won’t get corrupted with XSS!!!

  52. RV says:

    thank pren, maybe only me. not familiar with wp

  53. Wow,
    What a nice post,i just found this post story from my technorati profile news feeds section! I was searching for this since past 3 months and i am glad to see it here. Thanking you much

    Kathe

  54. Aaron Wall says:

    Great helpful information, Thanks for this nice post, just subscribed your feed, hope you will update new post soon.
    keep it up.

    Aaron.

  55. Hi,

    Thanks for this nice post, i have found this post Url from my Newswine account recent news options,just subscribed your feed, hope you will update new post soon.
    keep it up.

    Michael

  56. Thanks for the free wordpress template I will try it and report back in a few weeks
    Thanks
    Kevin
    Annuity Rates

  57. Excellent Post, i have found this post Url from my Newswine account recent news options,just subscribed your feed, hope you will update new post soon.
    keep it up.

    Jenni.

  58. good list even backtype should be must have plugin these days…

  59. David Jones says:

    Really Nice Post, Just Read this News from my feedburner news reader feed,Especially I like this site Design Interface.
    Very user friendly design.

    Kind Regards,
    David

  60. Thanks for the list, it’s really help.

  61. Rose says:

    thanks to you i am using all the plugins that you recommended on the my articles blog and its going great.

    BTW your web host must support these plugins so that you can use them flawlessly.

  62. these plugins are very good.I am using some of these plugins.they are very necessary for my Bayilik blog

  63. Hi, I am Sahabat Media from Surabaya Indonesia, I was download prime press theme & sure i like it. Thanks for share about 11 plugins to make it prime press powerfull. Good post Ravi.

  64. oguzhan says:

    thanks you-saollan

  65. Great template , many many thanks

    Pension Release

  66. Acai says:

    A great list of plugins that I’ll install asap ;) thank you for sharing

  67. Group SIPP says:

    Thanks for the plugins, excellent work you do

    Family Sipp

  68. Stelfox says:

    Excellent
    Thanks
    Kevin

    Kevin Stelfox

  69. thanks for the all summary

  70. These plugins are brilliant and will really help me to work smarter on my website
    Thank you for the time and effort you put into doing this.
    Dr Kamal Rauniar

    Equity Release London

  71. thnx admin very very excellent

  72. thnx admin very good than you

  73. I think some the plugins should be replaced in the theme.. Wp supercache should be added to minimize the page load time, whydowork, quick adsense for inserting adsense ads, and many others to make sure that we keep ourself updated…

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    hest site for machines

  75. For SEO optimize i add this script in header.php

    I am not fluence in english and dont know with PHP Script, I Recomended you make auto fill with Blog Name, Array the Tags and Array Post Title

    thankksss!!!

  76. Temizlik says:

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  77. Temizlik says:

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  78. Temizlik says:

    thnx admin very good than you

  79. Temizlik says:

    Thanks for the plugins, excellent work you do

  80. The ability to speak of a source of information was later

  81. I worked a lot of work thanks

  82. Thanks for the free wordpress template I will try it and report back in a few weeks
    Thanks

  83. Thank you very much for the Primepress theme. And also for this post about plugins. It is very2 useful to me.

  84. very nice and useful post , thanks

  85. Thank you very helpful and had a good knowledge

  86. was a very good article and information resources

  87. Thank you for documents

  88. nitin says:

    nice information i have choosen right place. thanks for sharing

  89. this post is useful, thank you sir … :)

  90. solanki says:

    this post is really very useful, thanks for info

  91. Tech Maish says:

    This is great and useful post for newbies. Thank you so much

  92. Gene says:

    This list is a necessity.

    Zemanta vs Simple Tags – which do you prefer?

  93. Your suggestions are sure right on target. I’ll definitely use it on my blog.

  94. I worked a lot of work thanks

  95. This is a great page, I am new to wordpress sites but this has helped me to get a handle on what is required to keep them in good working order.
    Thanks

  96. thanks for poiting out the plugins. now every blog i create definitely carries these plugins mentioned here.

  97. sema says:

    thx for the plug list. it is very helful. sema

  98. I would like to have this in a php4 version.

  99. clara says:

    thanks for this helpful article…

  100. hellen says:

    do blogwalking and find this great blog!

  101. 7afar says:

    thats great!!!

  102. I have been search the web looking for this , thanks
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  103. Great post and very useful in my learning of wordpress

  104. Anna says:

    Why the excerpt editor? Doesn’t “All In One SEO” do the same thing?

  105. liton says:

    Great article on social media. This article points out some good information about how social media is a big factor on business

    Thanks
    Liton mia

  106. Peter says:

    I think text replace should be added to this list of 11…

    Annuity Rates

  107. Matbaa says:

    was very useful article, thanks

  108. I like wordpress, quite easy und very helpful! As a beginner wordpress is a great start!

  109. @Holong: Hey, i think you are missing a charset value.

  110. Steve says:

    Steve
    November 14, 2010 at 4:35 am
    Where is info on Primepress 1.4.1?
    Nothing here or on the WP site
    What are the changes? Additions?

    November 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm
    In the old version in Main Menu Settings I was able to hide pages from the navigation menu tabs at the top of the blog. How can I do this now?

  111. Thanks, good blog poste. I like wordpress!

  112. well of course, everyone loves to get rich but not everyone would love to do hard work ‘;’

  113. Dwight says:

    Great post. I use some of the plugins listed and plan to take a look at some of the others listed here.

  114. Thank you for the great information! I would not have discovered this otherwise!

  115. Atypical this post is totaly unrelated to what I used to be searching google for, however it used to be indexed on the first page. I assume your doing one thing right if Google likes you adequate to place you at the first page of a non related search.

  116. temizlik says:

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  117. These are necessary plugins for the word press customization.

  118. erd says:

    Some very good points, a lot of things need to be done with a new wordpress installation. Thanks for sharing.

  119. Annuities says:

    I love the ‘all in one pack’, this is the best plugin ever made in my opinion. One thing I don’t get is why when you download it, people have only given it a 4 star rating? Sure it deserves more than this?

  120. We use FeedBurner FeedSmith plugin on two of our websites.
    To date its the easiest I know of.

  121. What Would Seth Godin Do is a pretty cool plugin for more advanced bloggers

  122. Love this site is is so informative for things to do with wordpress
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  123. temizlik says:

    Hi

    very nice post , thanks

  124. Sociable is another great plugin. It automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.

  125. Broken Link Checker saved my life!

  126. Has anyone used data feeds on blogs? Need some advice.

  127. Thanks for the info. The fifth section is very important on every wordpress blog.

  128. great article, carefully focuses on the subject

  129. sam123 says:

    is there anything new?

  130. Has anyone used Simple Tags? For some reason it doesn’t quite work as it should

  131. dodo says:

    This is plugin must have for blogger aren’t they ?

  132. Emery cat says:

    All in one SEO plugin is what i use and i also have the seopressor plugin which can help you with onpage seo.

  133. Great plugin list. But I think Antispam Bee is better for the privacy of blog visitor than Askimet.

  134. We build lots of sites in wordpress, really helpfull plugins, thanks for sharing

  135. HVAC Orlando says:

    Also found WP Super Cache to really help load times. And instead of of Giggle Analytics, Piwik is a free open source alternative for tracking everything on your site.

  136. Like the plugins, so thanks for sharing. In all my opinion is that the Antispam Bee is better for the privacy of blog visitor, than for example Askimet. Just bookmarked your site, thanks.

  137. Web Dizajn says:

    Found some new plugins in the article.
    Thanks for the suggestions!

  138. Tony Sale says:

    I love the flexibility of WordPress and plugins just make it soo much better, thanks for sharing these.

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