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Best WordPress Plugins 2012

Last year I have posted my “List of Best WordPress Plugins 2011” and this time I am presenting you my list of Best WordPress Plugins 2012. Hope this will help many new bloggers to choose the best plugins for their wordpress blogs. These are the plugins that I use in my own blogs and feels that these are the best plugins available for wordpress and should be used by every new bloggers. This year I have given more importance to page loading speed and light weighted plugins, to make the blog light, clean and fast. As our blog is growing day by day, we need to be lite on server resources, so this time we need to optimize the blog without compromising the features.

  1. Akismet : Akismet is still one of the most downloaded wordpress plugin and the plugin is improving day by day. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
  2. Author hReview: This is the latest plugin that I have installed in my blog. This plugin is quite cool. It add support for hReview and AggregateRating based on schema.org. You can read more about this plugin at their official site.
  3. Broken Link Checker : Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
  4. Facebook Like Box : Facebook Like Box Widget is a social plugin that enables Facebook Page owners to attract and gain Likes from their own website. The Like Box enables users to: see how many users already like this page, and which of their friends like it too, read recent posts from the page and Like the page with one click, without needing to visit the page.  I was using this plugin till last year, but  recently I have removed this plugin, as I found that the Facebook box takes a few seconds to load, which increases the load time of entire site.
  5. FeedBurner FeedSmith : Originally authored by Steve Smith, this plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.
  6. GoCodes : Create shortcut URLs to anywhere on the internet, right from your WordPress Admin.
  7. Google XML Sitemap for Images : This plugin will generate a XML Image Sitemap for your WordPress blog.
  8. Google XML Sitemap for Mobile : This plugin will generate a XML Mobile Sitemap for your WordPress blog.
  9. Google XML Sitemaps : This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
  10. ILWP Colored Tag Cloud : Till last year I was using wordpress normal tag cloud widget, but after getting my hands on this plugin, I have started using this plugin in my blogs. Just few code customizations according to your blog theme and you are live with this beautiful tag cloud plugin.
  11. Jetpack by WordPress.com : Earlier I was using Visitor Maps and Who’s Online plugin to track my real time and daily visitors but due to heavy usage of server resources I was forced to remove this plugin and I switched to Jetpack, which has no impact on your server resources as all the data by collected by wordpress on their servers. For tracking real time visitors, now I prefer Google Analytics that give us an option to view the Real Time visitors.
  12. MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer : Saves your wordpress blog from getting tagged as ping spammer by installing this plugin.
  13. Ninety Modal Contact Form for WordPress : This is a paid codecanyon plugin. This is only the replacement of our contact page. This plugin is easy to handle and looks clean and nice in any blog.
  14. Peter’s Collaboration E-mails : Enhance the “Submit for Review” feature for Contributor users. This plugin enables automatic e-mails to the relevant users when posts are pending, when they are approved, and when their statuses are changed from “pending” back to “draft”.
  15. Popular Posts Bars : Add your most commented (or viewed) posts in your sidebar with colored bars, Engadget-like. I stopped this plugin from few months due to the change in the style of my blog. This is still a good plugin but it may increase the loading time of your page.
  16. Private Messages For WordPress : Allow members of WordPress blog send and receive private messages (PM).
  17. Quick Adsense : Quick Adsense offers a quicker & flexible way to insert Google Adsense or any Ads code into a blog post.
  18. Redirection : Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors.
  19. Secure WordPress :  This plugin is necessary for basic wordpress securities.
  20. SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2 : This is my personal best free plugin for wordpress SEO. I can easily see a mass traffic drop when I disable this plugin. It Multiply blog traffic by strengthening on page SEO, increasing the number of indexed pages, auto convert search terms into post tags, and more.
  21. SEO Smart Links Business : SEO Smart Links Business provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more.
  22. Social Metrics : This is again a new addition in our best wordpress plugins list. This plugin track how your blog is doing across the leading social networking websites and services like Twitter, Facebook, Google +1, StumbleUpon, Digg and LinkedIn.
  23. Subscribe to Comments Reloaded : Subscribe to Comments Reloaded is a robust plugin that enables commenters to sign up for e-mail notifications. It includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenters can use to unsubscribe to certain posts or suspend all notifications.  Stopped using this plugin due to many comment subscribers and increase in server load.
  24. Thesis OpenHook : Use this plugin only if you have Thesis Premium Theme installed. This plugin allows you to insert arbitrary content into the many hooks that the Thesis Theme Framework provides. Never again edit a file!
  25. TimThumb Vulnerability Scanner : This plugin keep your instances of Timthumb up to date and free from vulnerabilities.
  26. Visitor Maps and Who’s Online : Displays Visitor Maps with location pins, city, and country. Includes a Who’s Online Sidebar to show how many users are online. Includes a Who’s Online admin dashboard to view visitor details. The visitor details include: what page the visitor is on, IP address, host lookup, online time, city, state, country, geolocation maps and more. No API key needed. Stopped using this plugin due to extreme load on the server resources.
  27. WordPress Database Backup : On-demand backup of your WordPress database and send the DB file to the specified email address.
  28. WordPress Facebook Fan Box Widget : Display facebook fan box as widget in your WordPress blog. 
  29. WordPress Mobile Pack : The WordPress Mobile Pack is a complete toolkit to help mobilize your WordPress site and blog. Switched to WPTouch Pro, due to more flexible options.
  30. WordPress SEO-Rank : Seo report on your dashboard of all your statistics ranking in web – PageRank Google- Alexa Rank – Backlinks Google – Backlinks Yahoo – Users Registered – FeedBurner Subscribers – Followers Twitter – Youtube Subscribers – Widget.
  31. WP-PageNavi : This plugin Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog.
  32. WP125 : Easily manage 125×125 ads within your WordPress Dashboard.
  33. WP Smush.it : This plugin reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress.
  34. WP Hide Dashboard : A simple plugin that removes the Dashboard menu, the Personal Options section and the Help link on the Profile page, hides the Dashboard links in the admin bar menu (if activated), and prevents Dashboard access to users assigned to the Subscriber role. Useful if you allow your subscribers to edit their own profiles, but don’t want them wandering around your WordPress admin section. Note: This version requires a minimum of WordPress 3.1.
  35. WP Super Cache : Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.
  36. WP Syndicator : Automatically syndicate your content, dominate the SERPs and explode your traffic.
  37. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin : Returns a list of related entries based on a unique algorithm for display on your blog and RSS feeds. A templating feature allows customization of the display.
  38. YouTube Embed : Embed YouTube Videos in WordPress. Switched to Artiss YouTube Embed.

Along with these plugins you will need to have Thesis Premium Theme, the combination of both these plugins and theme will be a perfect traffic gainer. This is only the list of wordpress plugins that I think are effective for every blogger, if you think there are many more then please don’t shy to share.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gaurav February 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

that’s a quite big list for plugins
i saw hreview plugin does this plugin helps u to get your images next to google results


2 Ashish Soutiyal February 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

nope, it only helps to get the “star rating” before the post in google search..


3 [email protected] February 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Very interesting plugins listed here.OpenHook and secure wordpress is very useful plugin.


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