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Essential plugins when starting your own WordPress blog

I’ve been blogging for some time. When I got into blogging, I have found some very useful free plugins that have been created by very good PHP developers. I thought I’d share them by starting off a list here on my personal blog. I’ll start off with several and update the list regularly.

To start off the list, I’ve listed five plugins that I found very essential in a basic blog. If you are a new blogger and trying to find what plugins you need to start your own WordPress site, read the list. I’ve found the plugins very useful and usually recommend them to those who wants to start their own blog.

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My List of Essential WordPress Plugins

There’s tons of available WordPress plugins out there. A lot of them are very useful when you have a WordPress blog. The list below is by no means an exhaustive list of what WordPress in terms of plugins have to offer. The list I have compiled below are in my opinion what the average individual would need when they want to start their own blog. I have found them very useful when I started blogging on the web and find them essential if you want to start a blog.

  • Akismet wordpress plugin by Matt . This plugin is included by default in WordPress although it’s not enabled by default. It is so useful that this should be the first thing on your list when starting a WordPress blog. One of the very first concern you’ll have when starting a blog is the amount of comment spam a blog can receive. To solve this, Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress, was to create Akismet. To activate the plugin, you will need to get an Akismet key.
  • All in One SEO wordpress plugin by Uberdose. Blogging is about sharing yourself on the Internet. One of the many ways that people will be able to find about you and your blog is via search engines like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Live. This WordPress plugin provides some basic optimizations that make it easier for the search engines to index your blog and make your content available when someone is searching for a topic using the search engines.
  • Simple Tags wordpress plugin by Amaury Balmer. Some versions ago, WordPress introduced tags as a means of grouping your articles / posts. When I first got this plugin, I was amazed of the functionality that this plugin provides to make life simple when it comes to managing your WordPress tags. It can do simultaneous tag updates to several articles, replaces the default tagging feature with extras when creating posts, provide several usable template tag functions to enhance your web site / blog.
  • Redirection wordpress plugin by John Godley. If you’ve been blogging for quite a while you may have experienced the need to move certain articles or pages around. WordPress makes it quite easy to do so. The only concern is when you do something like moving around articles, People may not be able to find that page / post that has been indexed by the search engines using the old link. Here’s where the redirection wordpress plugin comes in handy. It allows you to setup redirections from your old link to the new ones. It even detects when you are moving posts and try to make automatic redirections for them.
  • Admin Management Xtended by Oliver Schlöbe. When I first used WordPress, one of the first things I noticed when I am managing my posts was that I had to go into the full edit screen for each post to make some simple changes in meta data like categories for instance. I thought I had to create a plugin myself just to make life a bit easier for me. Well I’m glad I found this plugin by Oliver. It provides some very usable features for a blogger to manage the content of his/her blog. The features provided by this plugin are so usable that in WordPress 2.7 some of the features have been added to the core. I still find the plugin useful because it provides a way for me to publish / unpublish a post or page with just a single click of a mouse.

I’ll update the list from time to time so you may want to subscribe to my blog to keep yourself updated.

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.

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