WordPress was first released in 2003 by its founders Matt Mullenweg (an American Web Developer) and Mike Little (an English Web Developer) and Soon it became one of the most popular CMS and Blog platform due to it’s features. WordPress is an open-source software that provides access for developers to create that increases its functionality for users with a few clicks by using plugins.
Also Read : How to Install a WordPress Plugin ?
WordPress is currently world’s most used CMS and Blogging Platform. WordPress is the only engine that drives over 150 million blogs on the World Wide Web. Main reason of its popularity is that it’s easy to use for users and developers both. Anyone could increase it’s functionality and layout by installing new plugins and themes instead of editing main code . There are more than 20 thousand free WordPress plugins and more than 1900 free themes are available to download on wordpress.org .WordPress also known as most SEO friendly CMS .
Today we are going to talk about Top 10 Most Popular WordPress plugins. These plugins are most downloaded and popular plugins of 2013 and normally found in every blog. I also recommend you that you should also try them once .
Top 10 Most Popular WordPress Plugins in 2013
#1 : Akismet
Most popular WordPress plugin of 2013 is Official Anti-Spam Akismet plugin of Akismet Web Services which prevents Spam Comments on your blog. You’ll need an Akismet.com API key to use it. Keys are normally free for personal blogs. Many other plugins (Like Conditional CAPTCHA) also need Akismet to work . Today it’s being used in almost 99% of WordPress blogs. It’s comes pre-installed with WordPress . If Akismet has been accidentally deleted from you blog , you must re-install it today.
#2 : All in One SEO Pack
All in One SEO pack is another Most Used SEO plugin for WordPress. It Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization). It also supports for Custom Post Types ,Google Analytics,Auto meta tagging , Advanced Canonical URLs and and many more. All in One SEO Pack is ONLY plugin to provide SEO Integration for WP e-Commerce sites.
#3 : Contact Form 7
It’s very popular and powerful WordPress contact form plugin. Contact Form 7 helps you in creating or managing contact forms . You can also customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.It supports Text boxes , Text areas , drawdowns , Radio Buttons ,quiz , file upload and CAPTCHA etc. with custom validation like Email,URL ,Phone No. and Date . You need to add only a short code where you want to display form.
#4 : Google XML Sitemaps
This is most popular sitemap generator plugin for WordPress. This Plugin is great to improve your WordPress site indexing in Google by creating an XML sitemap. This simple but powerful Plugin and has complete settings, so it could be adapted to the needs of your site.
#5 : NextGEN Gallery
NextGen Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin. You can easily upload batches of images via a standard WordPress-style uploader, or upload images via zip file or FTP. NextGEN will automatically import your images meta data. Since I haven’t used it yet, so i can’t recommend this plugin .
Jetpack adds some powerful functionalities to your self hosted wordpress blog with cloud power of wordpress.com . Jetpack allows you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users. It’s main features are below :
- WordPress.com States (Without any additional Load on your Server)
- WordPress.com Email subscriptions
- Akismet-protected contact forms
- Wp.me url shorter .
- Spelling Checker
- Social Enabled comment systems
WordPress SEO by Yoast is another popular WordPress SEO Plugin . It cares your SEO,SMO ,RSS, Breadcrumbs etc. and gives your blog a better indexing in Google,Yahoo,Bing and Other Search Engines. It helps you in better keyword selection and better content writing which are key to SEO. It also can create a sitemap of all content and pings to google . In short it’s a complete SEO kit which every wordpress blogger must have.
#8 : WordPress Importer
WordPress Importer imports posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file. This plugin is useful for who are migrating their blog or WordPress site from WordPress.com blog to a Self Hosted WordPress blog. It also works between two self-hosted or WordPress.com blogs .
#9 : W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework and one of the best WordPress cache plugins. It superchargers your blog by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. It increases page speed and make your blog fast. You should install this plugin to make your site fast .
#10 : WPtouch Mobile Plugin
This WordPress plugin automatically activates a simple mobile theme when anyone opens your site in mobile. This is complete with all mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile phones, BlackBerry OS6+ mobile devices, and more. Visitors can also to switch between your mobile WordPress website and your website’s regular theme.
This top 10 WordPress Plugin List is for Reference only. Feel free to decide whether you need to install or not. Also tell us that which plugins you are using and what is your experience with them ?
Happy Blogging ! ! ! !