Plugins are an excellent and essential part of WordPress, as they enhance many aspects of your blog. They may not all be of relevance to you, but the ones that are, generally can make life a lot easier as they streamline the administration of your blog, and can help determine the direction of it. These are plugins are very handy if your blog is just beginning or in its early stages.
These plugins listed below may be of use to you. To use them just put them into your /wp-content/plugins/ directory, and turn them on in your dashboard.
Wp Spam free is a great plugin that eliminates spam bots from controlling comments, and even does away with CAPTCHA, though this is the best anti-spam there is.
Ultimate Google Analytics allows your blog to automatically sync with your Google analytics account. This allows the same features to apply to it, so it is easy to track who is visiting your site, from what links, and where they are based. This information works well with Google Adsense.
Speaking of which All in one Adsense and YPN plugin links your Google Adsense account with your WordPress blog. It also does the same for your Yahoo equivalent. Once you provide the publisher channel ID, it automatically creates the ad codes in your posts, which is nifty I’m sure you’d agree.
Feed WordPress allows your blogs to be easily viewed from a feed reader. It works by syndicating your work to make it easily viewable. People in the blog world, use feed readers all the time, and this plugin makes it simple for them to manage your posts.
Add to any, is a plugin that allows you to share your blog across all the popular social networking sites. This is the best way to share your views across the globe, and therefore it is a must have plugin.
Insights is a plugin that allows you to connect to many dynamic websites such as flickr and Google maps. It will help improve the effectiveness of your posts, which is marvellous.
Global Translator. This plugin will help you translate your posts into fourteen different languages very easily. If your blog has a true global audience in non English speaking countries, this plugin will make your life that much easier.
About me widget is a simple widget that allows you to copy and paste a clean-cut, CSS-able/customizable interface, designed for the sidebar of your WordPress blog. Though it is fairly straight forward to do yourself, it is always far simpler to do copy and paste.
NextGen Gallery, is not really an essential plugin, but could come in handy if you are using pictures on your blog. This plugin allows for Jquery’s Lightbox and Thickbox galleries without the hassles of integrating code.
ilastfm plugin connects your blog to your ilastfm account. This creates a sidebar widget that can display CD covers. A great way to share music with your readership.
These plugins can really enhance your WordPress blog. The beauty of plugins is that they make everything much more convenient for both you and your readership. A little thought, and a little application, and you will get the best out of each and everyone of these plugins.
If you are serious about blogging, then these essential plugins, will make your life that much easier, and make your readers lives, that much easier too. The beauty of WordPress is that they are easy to download and apply, so your blog benefits almost straight away.
This is particularly useful, if you are just about to launch a new blog.
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