WordPress Plugins – 10 useful plugins of 2009

Blogger is there, Movable Type is there, b2evolution is there, Livejournal, Joomla!, and Drupal is there, but nothing compares to the power of WordPress. This is by far the best blogging platform in the market. It is the free plugins and themes that make WordPress the best blogging platform. In this post, we will talk about 10 plugins that kept WordPress users hooked in 2009.

No. 1: All in One SEO Pack

Many SEO plugins came and went, but no plugin could take the place of All in One SEO pack. This is by far the best SEO plugin available. It is quite simple to use, but very effective. You can use this plugin to insert title tag, meta description tag, and meta keyword tag to your blog posts. This plugin has no compatibility issue, and it can be used without any customization. Click here to download All in one SEO Pack.

No. 2: Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin helps you generate XML sitemap for your website, which helps search engine bots to better index your blog. The XML sitemap generated by this plugin will assist all search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask, etc.) crawl each page of your blog. This plugin works well with all kinds of page generated by WordPress as well as custom URLs. It also notifies the search engine bots about the update, as soon as you make it. Click here to download Google XML Sitemaps plugin.

No. 3: WPtouch iPhone Theme Plugin

Gone are the days when people used to access web through computers only. Now a lot of people use handheld devices to access the net. The plugin WPtouch has been designed with this in mind. It will make your WordPress blog accessible from Android, BlackBerry touch, iPhone, or iPod touch mobile devices.

Once installed, this plugin transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme that will have AJAX loading articles and effect when accessed from the handheld devices we discussed above. Click here to download WPtouch iPhone Theme Plugin.

No. 4: Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Once this plugin is installed, it shows the posts and/or pages related to the entry viewed by the users. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin is a nice way to keep the visitors on the website. It also helps you promote your old post. You can control which pages or posts should show related posts and/or pages by disallowing the tags and the categories you wish to hide. Click here to download Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

No. 5: Google Analytics for WordPress

There are lots of Google Analytics (GA) plugin for WordPress, but no one stand a chance with Google Analytics for WordPress. This is simple to use GA plugin that helps you track every part of your blog. You can also track your AdSense clicks, image search queries, blogroll links, and all outbound links from within posts, etc.

This is a must-have plugin for all WordPress users who want to see the number of visitors, their entry, their exit, and bounce rate, etc. You can use this information to improve the surfing experience of your visitors. Click here to download Google Analytics for WordPress.

No. 6: WP Super Cache

Google and other major search engines do not like dynamic pages, as it is hard to index the pages that have dynamic URL, session ID, etc., and generating pages each time a visitor places a request is time consuming. To help you solve these two problems, Donncha O Caoimh has developed a cool plugin called WP Super Cache. This plugin generates static HTML files and serve these when visitors post a query. This will work for most of the users, but not for those who have logged in to post comments.

Click here to download WP Super Cache.

No. 7: WordPress.com Stats

There are many free plugins that track different aspects of your WordPress blog, which is good, but there are times when you do not need detailed analysis of users behavior, all you need is information on some important aspects. Data from Google Analytics and like will overwhelm you. In situation like that a tool like WordPress.com Stats comes handy. It just tells you what you need to know without serving to you too much data. The popularity of this plugin is enough to prove how much people want simplicity in user data.

Click here to download WordPress.com Stats.

No. 8: NextGEN Gallery

This is a wonderful full-integrated image gallery plugin for WordPress. It has an inbuilt Flash slideshow option as well. It has a simple-to-use administration back-end that helps you handle multiple photos, galleries, and albums. This plugin also allows you to add Cooliris effect to the images on your WordPress blog. You can have different authors for different galleries, and you can also add custom template to your theme as well as cool JavaScript effects like Highslide, Lightbox, Shutter, or Thickbox to your gallery. This is by far the best image gallery plugin for WordPress.

Click here to download NextGEN Gallery.

No. 9: Sociable

Sociable fulfill the social needs of your WordPress blog. It helps you add links to social bookmarking sites in the posts as well as in the RSS feed of your blog. This plugin helps visitors share the posts with others. It supports 99 social bookmarking sites, which in my view is good enough. You are not going to need more than this many links in your post, and the social bookmarking sites that failed to make it into top 99 is not good enough. This is must-have tool for any WordPress blog. Click here to download Sociable.

No. 10: WP to twitter

No discussion about 2009 can be complete without mentioning Twitter. WP to twitter is a cool plugin that helps you update your twitter status message automatically with links and information related to the post you made. This plugin uses Bit.ly or Cli.gs URL shortening services to shorten the URL to post in your twitter status message. You can use this plugin to promote your posts as soon as they go live. This is a must-have tool for every WordPress user.

Click here to download WP to twitter.

I hope you like our list of top 10 WordPress Plugins of 2009, I will be back with some interesting facts on stuffs like blogging, social media and website promotions.

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