You have just installed your self hosted WordPress blog and you’re ready to begin blogging but you’re wondering what’s the different between self hosted wordpress blog (paid) and wordpress.com blog (free)? So, here is the one benefit, i.e. support for unlimited powerful plugins.
In this post I am mentioning the most essential wordpress plugins that you need to install just after installing wordpress blog so that you begin blogging just right away.
How to install WordPress Plugins?
Installing wordpress plugin is not rocket science. Just login to your wordpress, go to dashboard > Plugin > Add New and you’ll able to search or upload these plugins.
After installing each plugin you have activate it and may have to do customize it according to you. Just Search the Plugins by name to install them.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Plugin
Below are the three SEO plugins and you must install only one. This plugin will allow you to add SEO titles, Meta tags and description to each blog post and pages that you write. I am currently using Platinum SEO but it’s completely your choice which to choose, they all are approximately similar.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast
- All in One SEO Pack
- Platinum SEO Pack
XML Sitemap Generator Plugin
Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search. Here is how our sitemap looks. This plugin is very important if you miss this plugin then none of search engine will be indexing your website completely and you’ll be just wondering why you are not getting traffic even after writing tons of content. This plugin generates a beautiful sitemap that you can easily submit to google webmasters tool.
Blog Security – Most Essential WordPress Plugins
All In One WP Security & Firewall – The plugin is the ultimate security plugin that will take your WordPress site’s security to a whole new level but for a newbie it’s a little difficult to setup and sometimes this plugin breaks websites theme and other plugins it and creates issue. If this plugin creates issue then just deactivate it to revert to normal situation.
Limit Login Attempts: This is really a simple and effective plugin to stop brute force attack on your site. Hackers try to guess your wordpress password with the help of software that attacks your sites with millions of password to find correct password. Limit Login attempt plugin blocks the user/IP from logging who fails to login in certain amount of chances (amount can be set by you, default is 6).
Contact Forms Plugins
Contact form plugins allow visitors to contact you via a contact form on website. You can find our contact page here. I use contact form 7 on my blog again you can choose any plugin.
Contact Form 7 – This plugin can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form also supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
WP Contact form – WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you.
Gravity Forms – Build and publish your WP forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building.
You might like to place a plugin that will help your blog readers to share your blog post easily to their favorite social networking sites via blogging. You can also add these widgets manually but for now a few plugins are
Sociable – Automatically add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed.
Share This – This allows your visitors to share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites.
Other Essential Plugins
Exclude Pages – This plugin lets you manually exclude WordPress pages from the navigation menu. This Plugin comes in handy when you are trying to create hidden pages.
This page list only essential wordpress plugins for your blog that you must install on your new blog before publishing any content but as your blog will grow you’ll need more and some specific plugins according to your need. So for those extra plugins you don’t need to worry now!