5 WordPress Plugins Worth Checking Out
No matter what you want to do with your WordPress Blog, there is most likely a plug-in for it! In fact, WordPress plugins can extend WordPress to do pretty much whatever you can imagine! They can allow you to effortlessly modify, enhance, and customize your WordPress blog.
In technical terms, a WordPress Plugin is a file written in PHP Scripting language that essentially tells your blog to perform a function or that adds a new design or feature. There are literally thousands of plugins available to you that will drastically increase the ability you have to make your blog function as you desire. For example, the ‘share’ button that you see at the bottom of many blog pages is a Plugin, as are “follow” buttons for social networking services on individual blogs. Are you interested in making your WordPress Blog more interesting and exciting for your readers? Let’s get started!
Here are our top five favorite WordPress Plugins that you should be using now!
1. Thank Me Later- (TML) This program will automatically send a thank you email to anyone that comments on your blog. You can use this wordpress plugin to thank them, and to also further engage them in your blog. This plugin is highly customizable and allows you to select the amount of time before sending it, as well as the ability to send multiple emails. To help you save time and to be a more friendly blogger, we highly recommend this plugin. It can give you an opportunity to invite readers to come back, to join you on your social network, to attend an upcoming training, or even share an HTML banner for your affiliate links without being a pushy sales person. Get it for yourself at: http://blog.pipvertise.co.uk/wordpress-plugin-thank-me-later/
2. WordPress Editorial Calendar- This plugin makes it possible for you to see all your posts, when they have been posted or are scheduled to post, and then lets you drag and drop to move them to different dates if desired. You can quick edit post titles, content, times, manage drafts, and see the status of all posts and manage posts from multiple authors. For those of you who like to write posts in advance and sometimes need help remembering when each one is scheduled for, this plugin is a lifesaver! You can access it at: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/editorial-calendar/
3. SEO Smart Links- SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and this plugin will interlink keywords to your other posts for you. SEO Smart Links can automatically link these keywords and phrases in your posts and comments, and will list the corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog. It will even let you set up your own set of keywords with corresponding URLs. The last feature is that it will allow you to set a nofollow attribute and open links in a new window. All of it is done automatically and transparently, and can be edited through the administration settings panel. Linking your articles is a great way to increase page rank, and this plugin is the easiest way to do it. Get your plugin at: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-automatic-links/
4. WordPress DB Manager- Ever worry about your website not being properly backed up? With this plugin, that problem is solved! Using the WordPress DB Manager you can optimize your database, repair it, back it up, restore it, delete it, drop/empty tables and run queries. You can also select to automatically backup your website and to
schedule when you want to optimize/repair it. You can even have it email your entire WordPress database to you every day if you would like. Find it at: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-dbmanager/
5. WP Super Cache- This WordPress plugin has two phenomenal features. First, it stores a static version of your site that will require lower CPU processing that if you use WordPress alone. Second, it makes your pages load much faster. Your web server, instead of the much heavier and more expensive PHP scripts, will generate the html static file created. The static html files will be served to the vast majority (99%) of your users, which will include users who are not logged in, users who have not left a comment on your blog, or users who have not viewed a password protected post. This plugin will be especially beneficial if your server is underpowered or you’re experiencing heavy site traffic. You can access more information about this plugin at: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-super-cache/
WordPress Plugins by the Hundreds
With all the incredible wordpress plugins available to WordPress users, the sky is the limit for your blog! On the WordPress Directory there are basic descriptions of each plugin, FAQ, Installation Instructions, a Screen Shot of each plugin, helpful notes, a changelog, and even stats on how successful the plugin has been rated by users. If you want to have a successful, highly viewed blog then you can greatly benefit by using these plugins.
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