Great WordPress Plugins You Need to Check Out!

One of the things that separates WordPress from other blogging platforms is that it’s Open Source. There are many benefits that go along with this. The main one being the sheer amount of plugins that are available to save you time, help you make money and organize your online business. You can easily add functionality to your sites without programming experience and this makes the whole WordPress platform flexible.

I often get asked which plugins I use on my WordPress blogs and sites, so I thought I would put together a list of the main ones I use. I don’t use all of them on every site but here’s the best ones I’ve found.

Advertising Manager – Control and arrange your Advertising and Referral blocks on your WordPress blog.

Akismet – Comment Spam Protector

All in One SEO Pack – Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog

Audio player – Audio Player is a highly configurable but simple mp3 player for all your audio needs.

cbnet Ping Optimizer – Saves your WordPress blog from getting tagged as ping spammer

Contact Form 7 – contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

Embedded Video – Easy embedding of videos from various portals or local video files with corresponding link.

Embed QuickTime – Embed QuickTime movies into blog posts easily.

Extended Profile – Detect and import hCard data on new user, extended data for user profiles, easy hCard generation.

FasterIM Opt-In: Free version – FasterIM Opt-In will pop-over opt-in form to your visitor.

FLV Embed – Standards compliant FLV embedding in your blog posts using SWFObject

Free Traffic Getting SEO PluginTM 2.0 – finds the best SEO plugins available for WordPress and then optimizes their settings so you don’t have to.

GoCodes – Create shortcut URLs to anywhere on the internet, right from your WordPress Admin.

GoingUp! Web Analytics – Web Analytics is an advanced website traffic and visitor analytics application which offers comprehensive visitor activity as well as search engine optimization and site ranking.

Google Analyticator – Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google’s Analytics.

Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and to better index your blog.

HeadSpace2 – Meta-data manager on steroids, allowing complete control over all SEO needs such as keywords/tags, titles, description, stylesheets, and many many other goodies.

KB Robots.txt – Manage your robots.txt file from within WordPress.

MaxBlogPress Unblockable Popup – MaxBlogPress Unblockable Popup generates custom popup to power up your WordPress blog.

More Fields – Adds any number of extra fields, in any number of additional boxes in the admin.

openxwpwidget – Sidebar-Widget, display a banner in a sidebar and replace magics {openx:zoneid} with calls to a openx adserver.

Page Link Manager – Adds admin panel to choose which pages appear in the site navigation.

Permalinks Moved Permanently – When permalink isn’t found, this checks if a post with the requested slug exists somewhere else on your blog.

Platinum SEO Pack – Complete SEO solution for your WordPress blog.

ShareThis – Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites.

Simple CAPTCHA – A simple captcha system for comment system to prevent spam.

Sociable – Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.

TinyMCE Advanced – Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE, the visual editor in WordPress.

WishList Member – WishList Member is the most comprehensive membership plugin for WordPress users. It allows you to create multiple membership levels, protect desired content and much more.

WP-DBManager – Manages your WordPress database. Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries.

WordPress Database Backup – On-demand backup of your WordPress database.

Hope you find these useful..

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