After deciding on WordPress for my latest blog, I immediately started by googling the latest WordPress Plugins and Tools. I searched through 35 plus Top WordPress Plugins articles to see what the 2012 WordPress plugins the blogosphere is using these days. In this post I will:
- 1) Analyze Results of WordPress Plugins Research
- 2) Explain which Worpress Plugins I chose and why I chose them.
- 3) Links to 27 of the 45+ Worpress Plugins articles that I Used. I will attach an Adobe .pdf that shows sorted search results via category.
- Close Battle for best SEO plugin. WP All In One was recommended by 17 articles, and All In One By Yoast was recommended by 11, Several sources said you couldn’t go wrong with either. I am having a blast as I’m working with the Yost SEO on my first post here. The light is finally turning on regarding SEO Optimization. Yost SEO uses the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Test to score content readability.
- For Sitemaps, 16 of 18 researched WordPress Plugins Articles Recommended XML Sitemaps
- Broken Link Checker, Jetpack, and Redirection were tools that constantly recommended.
- Caching was dead heat between WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache. Neither one requires cash $$$$.
- Contact Form 7 was often recommended, if you are willing to pay it appears Gravity Forms would be a great option.
- SEO Friendly Images ran away with the Image SEO title, a unanimous decision for the most part.
- For Analytics, the vast majority recommended Google Analytics, and other Google derivations such as Google Analyticator and Google Analytics Injector.
2) WordPress Plugins I used for my New Personal Distortion Blog. I’ve linked every plugin for so you can take quick look.
SEO – All In One by Yoast (confirguration is required)
After using WP All-In-One I was ready to move on to something that was bit more tweakable.
Caching – WP Super Cache (confirguration is minimal)Have used before, seems to work. W3 Total was should work fine as well from what I’ve Read.
Social – Social Media Widget (configuration is intuitive and easy)
Seems to be a Good Clean Way to Get Social Buttons right in the post via Widget. Looked deeply at Sharebar and DiggDigg and Sociable.
Spam – Askimet (Configuration is Minimal, you will have to subscribe)
Pretty much the defaul in WP Blog land, have used before.
Comments – CommentLuv
It came down to this or Disqus, CommentLuv seemed a bit more limited and simple, I went for simplicity.
Images – SEO Friendly Images (Configuration if Minimal)
Sitemaps – Google XML Sitemaps Seems to be the WordPress plugins Standard.. but… the readily available version is not compatible with WP 3.3.2, I will have to downlad the beta and unzip it to the WP Plugins file.
TOOLS – Broken Link Checker, Redirection, WP-DB Manager.
I used my research plus I searched the WordPress Plugins database by looking at the the number of downloads, it should be no surprise that many of the tools that I’m using are in heavy rotation.
Links to the 27 ARTICLES I READ TO FIND MY WORDPRESS PLUGINS:
I probably know more than most of the general population about blogging, but I am a relative amateur compared to the people who blog for a living. I hope that some of my thoughts will help you other aspiring bloggers along the way. Be sure and check you WordPress Plugins articles below.