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One of the reasons that so many are in love with WordPress is the thousands of plugins available. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish on your on your site, there is probably a WordPress plugin that will allow you to do it.  Today in this post you find a list of the 8 of the best and recommended WordPress plugins for any site.

1. w3 Total Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After an html file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. A must for any WordPress site no matter what size it is.

2. WordPress SEO By Yoast

The most complete SEO plugin that exists today for users. This plugin incorporates everything from a snippet preview that helps you optimize your page titles, meta descriptions and keywords to XML site-maps, and loads of optimization options in between.

3.  All-in-One-SEO

This is an alternative to Yoast’s SEO plugin, This plugin optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines.

4. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

5. Akisment

Akismet filters out your comment and track-back spam for you, so you can focus on more important things. This plugin is by Automattic the creators of WordPress

6. WP-DB Backup

WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to back up your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.

7. Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and 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.

8. WP Minify

This plugin integrates the Minify engine into your WordPress blog. Once enabled, this plugin will combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time.


8 Of The Best & Recommended WordPress Plugins


3 Responses

  1. Charlie says

    Which plugin do you have enabled that adds “notify me of site updates” right underneath the subscribe to follow-up comments check box?

    1. Tim says

      At this current time this blog is hosted on , this isn’t a plugin at all just a setting that they (automattic) have implemented.

      I am believe that you can have this setting is in your self hosted WP site or a plugin can be used.

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