Six great plugins to get you started using WordPress.
I’ve put together a collection of six plugins to get you started. Plugins are like mini apps that add certain features to your WordPress platform, they are usually available free and are constantly being updated with new ones being regularly developed, so there is a shelf life to this article although the principle will be the same with all of them, there just may be a newer version available, the best thing to do is to research the name of the plugin using Google to find out if there is a newer or better version and if it’s rated higher by users.
Most of these plugins can be found on the WordPress.org website, you can download them directly from there and then load them into WordPress using an FTP program or you can search directly from the WordPress dashboard, just go down to plugins on the left, click, add new and then type the name of the plugin in the search field, then hit, Search plugin, if the plugin is listed in WordPress you should find it there, once installed you will need to activate it and set it up, go to settings in your WordPress dashboard and you should find it listed.
All in one SEO pack
This is an absolute must have plugin and as the name suggests its going to help with search engine optimization. Whenever you write a new post, just under the post editor you’ll get the option of adding a Title Tag, Meta Description and Meta key words, be sure to check that your theme doesn’t already have SEO !
Google XML Sitemap
This plugin builds a sitemap of your website or blog, the site map enables Google site crawlers to navigate your site in order to index your pages, without a sitemap your pages may not get indexed!
This is great if you want to track your site views which is a good idea, you can also paste the html tracking code Google gives you when you verify your site with them, just go to settings in the WordPress dashboard and look for Google analytics, you should have no problem finding where to paste the code. With some themes like Thesis you don’t need this plugin.
Feedburner Feed Smith
This plugin makes it easy to redirect 100% of traffic for your feeds to a FeedBurner feed you have created. FeedBurner can then track all of your feed subscriber traffic and usage and apply a variety of features you choose to improve and enhance your original WordPress feed. Again with some themes you won’t need this.
Of course prevention is better than cure, but it always pays to have a backup, you can set this plugin to backup your site whenever you want!
Ultimate plugins smart update pinger
Last but certainly not least is the smart up date pinger, this will limit the pings Google or other search engines receive from you. They will only get pinged when you publish a post and not every time you edit or update your posts, search engines can interpret this as spamming, which you definitely don’t want! This plugin is not hosted on the WordPress.org site, so you will need to download it from ultimate plugins and add it to WordPress using an FTP program
How to setup Ultimate plugins smart update pinger.
These are just a few plugins to help you get off to a good start with your blog, there is many more, however its a good idea to think about each plugin you use and if it’s absolutely necessary as too many plugins can slow your blog load time this will annoy your readers and Google can also give you a lower ranking because of this.
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