This is not just a random list created just to attract visitors, this list has been created to help the new bloggers out there. All of these plugins are currently being used on this site. If you have any problems selecting the plugins or understanding their usage please let us know in the comments section. Have a look at the best plugins for a WordPress blog:
1. All in One SEO Pack
It is the most important plugin for your WordPress blog. It automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
2. Facebook Comments
Every blog needs a commenting section. A blog is incomplete without user feedback. So, why not use the largest social network to do the trick. Use this plugin which provides a full Facebook comments moderation and management for your WordPress site.
Quick and easy to set up. Insert automatically or via a short-code, has a lot of options too.
Adds “paginator3000” paging navigation to your WordPress blog. It is a pagination technique based on the idea of scrolling. Adds a really impressive look to your blog simultaneously accomplishing the purpose of navigation.
4. Shockingly Simple Favicon
A simple way to put a favicon on your site. The “Shockingly Simple Favicon” changes the favicon of your blog without having to edit the theme files, and put a WordPress icon in the admin interface, so you can easily spot the admin tab in your browser.
These changes are fixed so you don’t have to mess with theme code every time you change the theme.
5. Smooth Slider
You can choose some of your posts, pages and media images as featured posts and show them into a slideshow on your blog home page (i.e. Index) as well as in the sidebar. Also, you can show category posts in reverse chronological order.
6. W3 Total Cache
This is the highest-rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. It dramatically improves the speed, performance and user experience of your site.
It adds browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.
7. Digg Digg
It is the best plugin to count your shares on the world wide web. This All-in-One social share count/vote plugin includes buttons of Digg, Reddit, dDone, Twitter, Yahoo Buzz, TweetMeme, Topsy, facebook share, facebook like Polladium, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Sphinn, Post comments, Google Buzz, Designbump, Designfloat, Thewebblend, and blogengage.
8. 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. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.
The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally, it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
9. Compression WP
It allows you to compress your webpages to save bandwidth and make your blog load faster. As soon as you enable the plugin, compression will be automatically enabled and your blog will load much, much quicker!
You should also save between 50% – 80% bandwidth too, just by using this plugin!
10. Login LockDown
It Adds some extra security to WordPress by restricting the rate at which failed logins can be re-attempted from a given IP range. Login LockDown records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range.
This helps to prevent brute force password discovery. Currently, the plugin defaults to a 1-hour lockout of an IP block after 3 failed login attempts within 5 minutes. This can be modified via the Options panel. Administrators can release locked out IP ranges manually from the panel.