Although WordPress has a ton of features built in as standard, there is still a whole lot of functionality which is missing. This is where plugin’s come into the mix.
In this post I am going to list the must have WordPress plugins that I believe every WordPress blog shouldn’t be without.
So let’s take a look at the top 10 must have WordPress plugins …
Please let me know in the comments at the end of the post if you think another plugin deserves a place on this list.
Best List Building Plugin
As a blogger, building a mailing list is the smartest thing you can do, this is where Thrive Leads comes in.
Thrive Leads not only makes it easy for your visitors to subscribe, it also makes it easy to create enagaing and high converting opt-in forms throughout your blog.
Best SEO Plugin
SEO by Yoast is the must have WordPress plugin, simply because SEO is the most important traffic source for any blog.
Yoast have put together the most comprehensive SEO plugin out there and best of all, it’s free.
Best Security Plugin
Wordfence is the most downloaded WordPress security plugin at WordPress.org.
This plugin is so simple to setup and safe guards your WordPress blog against potential hackers.
Wordfence is an Open Source plugin and 100% free, although there is a premium version available.
Best Backup Plugin
Second on the list is BackWPup which I personally use only all of my WordPress blogs.
It enables you to create backup’s of your entire blog and deliver them in various ways including emails and cloud based storage such as Dropbox.
Best Caching Plugin
W3 Total Cache enhances your visitors experience by speeding up the loading time of your WordPress blog.
This is an essential plugin and again one I personally use on all of my sites, again free.
Best Analytics Plugin
The Google Analytics WordPress plugin brings a basic view of your analytics to your WordPress dashboard, no more switching between two!
This plugin has been downloaded over 10 millions times, all these users can’t be wrong.
Best Social Sharing Plugin
Giving your visitors the opportunity to share your content with their followers and friends is a must for any blog owner. This is the easiest way to get your content out to the masses.
Best Contact Form Plugin
Forms are an integral part of any Wordpress site, from contact forms and optin forms all the way through to billing, and Gravity forms has you covered.
Unlike some of their competitors, Gravity forms doesn’t have a free option but I believe that hands down Gravity forms is worth the investment. Compared to the other options out their, Gravity wins hands down.
Best Shortcode Plugin
Shortcodes Ultimate makes it simple to add beautiful shortcode into your blog.
From buttons, lightboxes and Youtube video embeds to content management such has tabbed content and service boxes with pricing, this plugin has it all.
There is also premium version of shortcodes, this comes with 15 additional shortcodes and 60 skins.
Best Table Plugin
You may have noticed that the WordPress editor does not come with a pre-installed table button. If you want to insert tables into your content then you are going to need the TablePress plugin.
The plugin let’s you create tables and insert them into posts, pages and even widgets within your blog.
These can even be imported and exported using Excel.
Wrapping it up
And there it is, my 10 must have wordpress plugins. Although many bloggers will already be using some of these I do recommend you visit each and see how they can help you in your efforts with your blogging.
Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.