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The (Must Have) Top 10 WordPress Plugins 2012


 

Whether you are a new WordPress user or have been using WordPress for a while, there are 10 plugins which you should install.

The Top 10 WordPress Plugins

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast or All in One SEO

Once you have set up your website, you need internet users to find it. This plugin makes sure that SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is maximised to enable a high search engine ranking. A higher search ranking = higher visits = higher sales.

2. Broken Link Checker

As its name implies, Broken Link Checker checks for broken links on all your posts and pages and then notifies you of the results. With the majority of website owners making their money from affiliate marketing links, this plugin is a must.

3. Sociable

With the popularity of social media sites such as Twitter & Facebook constantly increasing, you need to make your content is as easy as possible for users to share. Who knows? Your content could even go viral.

4.Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin automatically generates an XML sitemap which enables search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing to index your site. This means your site can be found and crawled by search engines much faster, thus increasing the chances of users finding your website.

5. Akismet

The last thing you want is for all your efforts in creating a website go to waste thanks to spam. Akismet identifies spam, saving you time from having to filter the genuine comments and trackbacks from spammy ones.

6. WordPress Database Backup

When installing new plugins and messing around with code, anything can happen. Make sure you install WordPress Database Backup so you will be able to return to an earlier state before any problems occurred.

7. W3 Total Cache

This plugin makes your pages load very fast and requires far less CPU processing than using WordPress by itself. These means a user is much more likely to stay on your website as his experience will be optimized.

8. nRelate Related Content

Once users finish reading a post, they are unsure as to where to go next. Make sure you install this plugin to ensure users continue to read content on your website thus increasing visit times.

9. Gravity Forms

Undoubtedly, this is the best WordPress plugin for creating forms. It allows you to create posts, allows conditional logic, you can upload images and media to forms, and so much more.

10. WPtouch

With more and more people using smartphones and tablets to surf the net, you need to make sure your website is easily readable on these devices. WPtouch turns your website into an app-like theme to make browsing much more user-friendly.

There you have it, the top 10 wordpress plugins which every wordpress user should install. With more and more people starting to create websites, you need to make sure you hold an advantage over other websites; downloading these plugins can give you that advantage.

Written by Technology-Africa Team

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