WordPress, without a doubt, is one of the most popular and widely used content management system in existence. From its start in 2003 till today, wordpress has been used my millions of sites. Various factors including easy setup, seo friendly nature, ease of use, security, huge number of themes and plugins contribute to its success. One of the most applauded features of wordpress is certainly the support for plugins and the immense number of plugins available. Take a look at some of the free wordpress plugins that can help you make the most out of your blog.
Mobile Friendly Version
Gone are the days when blogs were only targeted for desktop and laptop users. If your blog does not support a mobile version, chances are that you are losing on a lot of quality traffic. The Wptouch plugin is an excellent plugin that automatically converts your blog into a mobile version when viewed on a mobile device.
Keeping the backup of your entire site can be very handy while recovering data loss. The BackUpWordpress plugin makes this task automated by taking a backup of all your files and database every day. You can even have a copy of the backup mailed to you.
Anyone who wants to make his blog successful needs to have an effective Search Engine Optimization technique. Thankfully, there are a lot of plugins available that make the job easy for novice bloggers to experts. You can choose any one of the plugins from SEO Ultimate, All in one SEO or WordPress SEO by Yoast to cater to all your optimization needs.
Speed Up Your Blog
Cacheing and compressing techniques are often used by bloggers to render their pages faster on the internet. The WP Super Cache plugin generates static html pages that are faster to load and the WordPress Gzip Compression plugin enables gzip compression. You can even install the WP Minify plugin to further boost loading times.
Social media is a great tool to popularize your blog and a lot of plugins are available in this category to suit your needs. The recommended ones are Digg Digg, Sharebar, Add This and Sexy Bookmarks and you can install any one that pleases your eyes.
Securing your wordpress site is an absolutely essential step if you take blogging seriously. Two highly effictive plugins that help you secure your blog are Bullerproof Security and Wordfence Security. It is recommended to install only of the security plugin to avoid conflicts between the plugins.
If you use the default commenting system, you can easily become a victim of innumerous spams. Askimet is one of the most popular spam prevention system available. As an alternative, you can install Disqus or IntenseDebate to get an advanced and feature rich commenting system for your wordpress blog.
Contact forms not only makes your blog look more professional, but also avoids the need to share your email id publicly online. Contact Form 7 is one the simplest yet most effective contact form plugin available for wordpress.
These are only some of the vast number of plugins available. Do share with us what other plugins you think are absolutely essential for any wordpress blog.
Gourav Mittal is a Computer Science Engineer who loves to blog in his free time. He blogs primarily at Techrav and also maintains Sanjay Tea Company