Plugins \ Wordpress
August 9, 2012
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WordPress, currently being the most powerful blogging platform has got its fame for its excellence in content management. It is quite factual that several WordPress bloggers are shining out like superstars. So, what is the reason behind the success of these WordPress sites? With some well chosen and quite interesting plugins, your WordPress site will get a new fresh air and feel. In this article, I`ll showcase some nice WordPress plugins which have to be a must for your site!

Social Plugins

Get Social

GetSocial adds an intelligent, lightweight, quick to setup floating social media sharing box on your blog posts. It allows your WordPress posts get published on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. It is up to you to configure to each social networking site and select options to enable or disable for publishing.

Slick Social Share Button

Slick Social Share buttons is a WordPress plugins that comes with social sharing buttons to add Facebook, Twitter, Google +1, Linkedin, digg, reddit, buffer, stumbleupon and Pinterest to your WordPress blog. You have options to add these buttons either in a sliding panel or floating panel. If you are looking for a way to improvise your blog’s traffic, then this plugin can be the perfect choice.

Facebook Comments

This is again a WordPress – social plugin that allows your blog’s visitor to leave comments on your blog’s post by means of their Facebook profile (if logged in). Your visitors can also post their comments on their Facebook wall, by which your blog drives more traffic and exposure.

Disqus Comment System

Disqus is a cool WordPress plugin that is purposely used for comments and discussions. With this plugin, commenting among your blog is made easier, interactive and flexible. The plugin is SEO friendly and hence the comments are made visible on search engines. It also provides options to subscribe RSS feeds. The plugin exclusively filters spam comments, which is the ultimate thing with any blog.

Twitter @AnyWhere

This is a WordPress- Twitter Plugin that lets your blog’s visitors to tweet about your post or anything, directly from being at your blog. It is not needed for the visitor to leave your blog, since the plugin is directly available on your blog. It allows you to embed a box where you can preset the tweet button.

Entertainment Plugins

EmbedPlus for WordPress

This WordPress plugin allows you to embed YouTube videos to your WordPress blog. In addition to the features of YouTube’s standard embed, the plugin also comes with few extra options like relevant user generated content and video reactions from communities like Google+ and Reddit.

Mac Photo Gallery

Mac Photo Gallery is a WordPress plugin that allows you to upload images and create multiple albums in a Mac Dock effect. These albums are displayed in a smooth gallery slideshow. Facebook options for download, share and comment also come along with this plugin. You can also import albums from your Flickr and Picasa albums.

WordPress Video Gallery

WordPress Video Gallery is a WordPress plugin that comes with an in-built HDFLV player. With this plugin, YouTube videos can be added easily to your site. It supports HTML5 to let you play videos in IOS devices. Video commenting, video description and video tag features come along.

Smart YouTube

This WordPress plugin lets you to play videos from YouTube, Vimeo and Metacafe. It supports all latest high quality video protocols like 360p and HD quality 720p. The videos can be viewed in full-screen with xHTML valid codes.

SEO Plugins

Google Analyticator

This WordPress plugin comes with the option to view all Google stats of your WordPress blog. With the corresponding JavaScript, you can enable Google Analytics logging on your WordPress blog. Google analyticator tracks everything that is stats on your site. Almost all advanced Google tracking codes are supported by this plugin.

All In One SEO Pack

The plugin comes with all that is SEO. With this complete SEO pack, you get Google Analytics support, support for custom post types, fine tune page navigational links, and advanced canonical URLs. It has an in-built API, so that the other plugins and themes can access and extend functionality.

Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps is a WordPress plugin that generates a special XML sitemap that helps your blog or site to rank well in search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com.

Blog Management Plugins

WordPress Database Backup

It is a WordPress plugin that maintains a backup of your WordPress database. This plugin allows you to easily backup the content from your WordPress Database table.

WordPress Editorial Calendar

This plugin allows you to filter posts based on the dates on which they were posted. The blog posts can be dragged and dropped from one date to another. There is a new drafts drawer to manage your drafts. You can see the status of your posts and manage the posts from multiple users.

So, these are only a few of the best but interesting WordPress plugins that you can give a try. There are more, of course and if you know some other plugins which you use and think they shouldn`t be missed from any wp installation, don`t hesitate to share them with us!

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Riya holds 3 years of experience as a web developer and wordpress designer. She is an experienced blogger who constantly writes about open source platforms in web development. Presently, she has also started writing for daily deal site software websites for ecommerce platforms.