Best Free WordPress Plugins to Use in 2012

WordPress plugins are tools that help you to add functionality and new mark to WordPress self-hosted blog. It helps us without editing single line of code and prevent from coding failure. There are many plugin to ‘modify’ your WordPress plugin to make a better blog, but in this post I will share list of best WordPress plugins to use in 2012.

Wordpress plugins
WordPress plugins

Blog Fauzi Ahsan use some of these WordPress plugins 🙂

WordPress plugins

Akismet

Yes, this is the most important WordPress plugin to prevent your blog from spam-commenting attack. Almost 90% WordPress user have installed this.

All in One SEO Pack

This plugin has ability to make your blog better. Directly it will optimize your WordPress powered blog for search engine. Indirectly you can gain a lot of visitors from search engine like Google. One of the most mistake user is they just install it and then forget it — without setting up the plugin. With All in One SEO Pack, you can control title, meta keyword, and meta description.

AuthorSure

AuthorSure is one of WordPress plugins that allow you to show your face in the Google search result by setting up links that allow Google to verify that you are the author. It is more eye cathing so your blog will get  a lot of visitor,

It requires Google+ account.

Contact Form 7

If you use this plugin, you can interact with your subscriber easily. They can send you a post and then you will receive it via email. It is simple but flexible :p

Digg Digg

Social networking is the latest trend and many people said that new Google algorithm is also based on the activities on social network (like, share, retweet, etc). Digg Digg will place a floating bar with share button to your blog. I think this is one of the best WordPress plugins for social media.

Google XML Sitemap

Spidering, indexing and crawling is the essential process to make your blog appear in Google SERP. Google XML Sitemap plugin generate a XML Sitemap many times when you make a post, or make a new category. Sitemap will provide some data that important for search engine crawler so your blog will be more discoverable.

Jetpack by WordPress.com

This is one of my favourite WordPress plugin. Almost all of my blog use this plugin. This plugin is developed by Automattic. Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that turbocharges your self-hosted WordPress blog  with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YAARP)

YAARP is a WordPress plugins developed by Mitcho Yoshitaka. This plugin will show the related post of a content. This plugin was downloaded 1,669,348 times. There are two testimonials from Matt Mullenweg (founder of WordPress) and Matt Cutts (head of WebSpam, Google) here

W3 Total Cache

A must have WordPress plugin in 2012. W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your blog, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. This is make your blog faster to access.

If you have any suggestion about WordPress plugins, you can contact me via comment box 🙂

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