10 Important Plugins for WordPress Blog by Jay June 17, 2016 3 Minutes ReadBorn in the year 2003, WordPress started just as a blogging platform. Year 2016 – it is one of the most popular platform enabling anyone to transform an ordinary site into a full-fledged digital destination. WordPress has indeed transformed the way websites are built. From Content Management to Page Optimization, here is the list of helpful plugins to customize a WordPress blog. Editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and your publishing schedule, with features like Drag-n-Drop, Blog Management along with multiple authors. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) displays pages, posts and custom post types related to the current entry while introducing your readers to other relevant content in the site. Formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast – one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugin. It incorporates everything from a snippet editor and real time page analysis functionality to XML sitemaps & loads of optimization options in between. It simplifies managing a WordPress site by providing visitor statistics, security services and more traffic with tools like Related Posts, Publicize, Enhanced Distribution in addition to Sharing. Disqus is a tool for web comments and discussions. It is a replacement of your WordPress comment system with comments hosted by Disqus, featuring comment indexing, spam filtering, subscribe, RSS options, and more. This plugin generates a special XML sitemap, which helps search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to index blogs in an efficient way making it easier for crawlers to see the complete structure of your site to retrieve it more promptly. It checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you know to act further. This facilitates your blog as a membership site, providing access to downloads, online content, videos, forums and support. Reduces image file sizes, improves performance and boosts the SEO. It reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities & implementing recommended WordPress security practices and techniques. Over to you! With more than 45,000 WordPress Plug-ins available, there is really no shortage of options while building a website. However, it’s important to do a proper research before installing any plug-in. A quick glance on the reviews won’t be a bad idea to start with. Are you on WordPress or planning for? Write to me at, email@example.com about all the amazing plugins you are using for your website. Would be happy to hear from you. Related Posts: How to Develop a Custom WordPress Plugin “Hello World!” How to safeguard your WordPress site against ‘Hacking’ How to get rid of Slow WordPress Sites Tags: WordPress Plugin Jayadev Das firstname.lastname@example.org Do what you do best in – that’s what I’ve always believed in and that’s what I preach. Over the past 25+ years (yup that’s my expertise ‘n’ experience in the Information Technology domain), I’ve been consulting to small, medium and large companies ‘bout Web Technologies, Mobile Future as well as on the good-and-bad of tech. Blogger, International Business Advisor, Web Technology Expert, Sales Guru, Startup Mentor, Insurance Sales Portal Expert & a Tennis Player. And top of all – a complete family man!