Since I began this site in May, I have learned quite a few things about WordPress and blogging in general. Some of the things that I have learned deal with search engine optimization techniques (SEO), optimizing your blog for usability and accessibility, while others make the site visitors experience better. These few items will hopefully help you in your site, whether you are planning a new blog or already have a blog.
Here is a list of five of the plugins I use and wish I had known about from the beginning. They are in no particular order, and I hope you enjoy them!
One of the first plugins for WordPress that I wish I had known about and used from the beginning is the All-in-one-SEO-pack. This is a neat little SEO optimizer for your blog that generates the blog title (what you see at the top of the browser window), and creates variable title styles depending upon what page you are currently on. I highly recommend this plugin to create more SEO friendly sites.
There is also a section on your posts page to create a specific title, description and keywords for your new post. This is great SEO in one package!
What good is it if you can’t find what you are looking for when you visit a site? This is a friendly search plugin that allows you to control what your visitors are able to search. They can search comments, pages, excerpts and more! You control it!
This is a neat editor that will allow you to edit all of your posts to create the most user friendly excerpts. This will allow you to over-ride the default settings of wordpress for the automatically created excerpts.
It never hurts to make your blog or site more accessible to Google, so with this plugin, a sitemap is automatically created for you. The Google Site Map Generator will allow you to specify the sitemap file location, gzip it, and ping Google with any changes to your site. Plus several other features.
Akismet is great at preventing spam, in my opinion, as it has saved me a lot of time cleaning up my comments from that junk. Bad Behavior works in conjunction with Akismet and other systems to prevent spam from ever reaching your site.
To quote from the Bad Behavior site:
Bad Behavior complements other link spam solutions by acting as a gatekeeper, preventing spammers from ever delivering their junk, and in many cases, from ever reading your site in the first place. This keeps your site’s load down, makes your site logs cleaner, and can help prevent denial of service conditions caused by spammers.
You can’t go wrong with more protection against spammers!
More to come soon!
Check back soon as I will list a few more of the plugins for WordPress that I am using. There are plenty more good ones, and since I promised to only list five of them in this article, check back soon.
So, what plugins to you find indispensable?
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