WordPress retained it’s position as the World’s Number One Open Source CMS in 2011. Many people must have taken a New Year Resolution to start a Blog and Blogging in 2012. When these decisions are taken, the first thing that comes to mind and people often query about is the Blog’s Customization with Themes and Plugins
Having the right plugin for your blog can help you achieve all the functionality you have dreamed of and can give you a big boost start-up. So today I’ve created a list of plugins that will be hot in 2012 and are recommended for a new blog. Most of these plugins are quiet popular and have been perfectly tuned by the respective developers.
Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep. It’s completely free for personal use. You will need an API key to start using Akismet, which you can get from here. And download the plugin from below :
Alternatives › Bad Behaviour «
Broken Links Checker
This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found. It monitors links in your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, and custom fields. Detects links that don’t work, missing images and redirects. It’s definitely a must have plugin if you have a blog with many posts!
Contact Form 7
A very simple and flexible contact form. It can manage multiple contact forms, and 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. With over 5 million downloads to date, it is by far the most popular free contact form plugin for WordPress.
Cart66 is a simple to use yet powerful eCommerce plugin for WordPress. It has integration with Gravity Forms for customised product options. Sell digital products with Amazon S3 integration, Sell physical products, Sell services, Manage orders, Promotions etc.
Disqus Comment System
The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus. It is the best comment moderation tool that I’ve ever seen. Provides you option to post comments through facebook, twitter, OpenID or from your Disqus Accout. Maintains threaded view of the comment for quicker access.
Easing Slider is an image slider which uses the jQuery Easing Plugin. It comes with many different transition and styling settings so you’ll never have to edit any of the CSS files directly. Images are got from custom fields or Easing Slider’s own ‘custom images’ panel where you can specify particular images via their URL. It is very useful to show your visitors one of the related post as a image slider which pops up at the bottom while he/she scrolls down the current page of the content.
Easy Mashable Social Bar
If you’re planning to make a Tech-Blog then you must be Aware of Mashable ! It’s one of the leading Tech and Social Media site. They have an awesome eye-catchy tool for the promotion of their Social Links which automatically attracts visitors to either Like/Follow/Subscribe them.
This beautiful Easy Mashable Social Bar wordpress plugin is inspired by Mashable.com and gives you a clone of their tool. It includes major Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, RSS Feed.
Feed Stats for WordPress is a plugin that allows you to view your FeedBurner feed stats from inside of the WordPress admin interface.
Currently, this plugin allows you to view the following types of statistics:
- Item Clickthroughs
- Item Views
Google Analytics for WordPress
Google Analytics lets you measure your advertising ROI as well as track your Flash, video, and social networking sites and applications. This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics to your WordPress blog, adding lots of features, eg. custom variables and automatic clickout and download tracking.
Google XML Sitemaps
Sitemaps are a way to tell Google about pages on your site we might not otherwise discover. This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
Jetpack by WordPress.com
This plugin brings 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.
myRepono WordPress Backup Plugin
Automate your WordPress, website & database backups using the myRepono WordPress Backup Plugin & Service.
myRepono is an online website backup service which enables you to securely backup your WordPress web site files and mySQL database tables using an online and web-based management system. It’s a must plugin to secure your content by automated backup !
nRelate Related Content
nRelate is a related content plugin that uses some patent-pending technology to deliver related content to your readers. It offers 5 different styles for showing the content. Choose the one that suits the best to you.
The Popularity Stats plugin is a handy plugin for WordPress which quickly reports the popularity of a website by checking with a number of website sources. The Popularity Stats tool includes details about a websites:
- Google PageRank
- Alexa Rank
- Inbound Links
Alternatives › Blog Metrics «
Scroll To Top
It creates a floating box centered in the footer of your site that only appears when you scroll the page down, and when clicked gently roll the site to the top. It’s a must have if you often write long posts !
SexyBookmarks (by Shareaholic)
SexyBookmarks is a WordPress plugin that inserts a (X)HTML compliant list-
W3 Total Cache
This is the highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress. Literally, The leader in caching technology for WordPress. It improves your site’s loading speed and performance much faster !
It adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog. If you have large no. of posts in your blog then this will help you in better pagination.
A plugin which formats your site with a mobile theme for visitors on Apple iPhone / iPod touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm and Torch, Palm Pre and other touch-based smartphones. Allow your mobile visitors a cool mobile friendly site so that they can enjoy reading your posts.
Alternatives › MobilePress «
The best and awesome SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Tool for WordPress. The first true all-in-one SEO solution, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more. Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. This is a sure have for every bloggers for better optimizing their Blogs in the search engines.
The above plugins will surely help a newbie in prospering ahead much quicker in blogging. If I’ve missed any other then please do let me know :smile: