The 10 Best WordPress Plugins

One of the reasons that I’m so madly in love with WordPress is the thousands of plugins available. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish on your blog, there is probably a WordPress plugin that will allow you to do it.

This list is the 10 most incredible WordPress plugins. Only the 10 best WordPress plugins have made it while anything less than amazing has been kicked to the street. Only 5 plugins survived last year’s listing to be returned this year. The rest are fresh to this year.

Each of these WordPress plugins are used at Linuxweblog and I personally recommend each of them to you. The following plugins are posted in the order that I recommend them.

The 10 Best WordPress Plugins

  • W3 Total Cache – This WordPress plugin is great for two reasons.  First, it makes your pages load way faster.  Second, since it stores static versions of your site, it requires much less CPU processing than using WordPress all by itself. This WordPress plugin is number one on the list for a reason.
  • HeadSpace: WordPress SEO Made Simple– Move over All in one SEO. There’s a new guy in town. HeadSpace provides you with the features you need to drive your site to the top.  People spend way to much time working on SEO and too little time writing great content.  This plugin let’s you put your focus back where it belongs.  It takes care of all the SEO work that your blog will need.
  • Gravity Forms – This is without question the best WordPress plugin for forms. There is no competition. This form creates posts, allows image and media uploads, allows conditional logic, and so much more. It is the all-in-one form plugin for WordPress.
  • MaxBlog Press Affiliate Ninja – This WordPress plugin is amazing as it massively cuts down on the amount of time it takes to promote affiliate products throughout your site. It converts keywords that you identify, tracks clicks, and much more. You won’t have to keep chasing down your affiliate links when they’re all stored in your WordPress dashboard and doing the work for you.
  • WP-DBManager – This little gem is amazing for backing up your website. It actually has quite a few functions that it can perform but perhaps it’s most impressive feature is it’s ability to email the entire WordPress databse to me every day.
  • Thank Me Later – This plugin is great.  It sends an email to all first-time visitors.  You can write up the email to remind them about your RSS feed or just to invite them to connect with you personally.  I do both.
  • WP-PageNavi – Those ‘Older Posts’ and ‘Newer Posts’ links are boring.  With WP-PaveNavi you can get page buttons so users can go directly to whichever page they want.  Plus they look a lot better than plain little links.
  • SEO Smart Links – Do you inter-link your articles?  You should.  Linking within an article to other articles is a great way to build Page Rank throughout your site and it’s a great way to get readers to find your other articles on similar subjects.  This plugin will interlink keywords to your other articles for you.
  • ReplyMe – This plugin sends an email to anyone who leaves a comment only when someone comments as a direct response to them. This is a terrific way to help continue the conversations that you’re working to build on your site.
  • Extended Google Analytics – With Extended Analytics you’re given Dashboard stats for key page events and traffic data. Additionally if you run an AdSense account it’s possible to tie in your earnings ID targeting keywords for ad links.

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