WordPress Plug Ins – You Must Have It in 2012

This is the lecture of the basic and essential plug ins that every wordpress site (blog) must have it.

What are Plugins? In computers era, a plug-in (or plugin) is a set of added value on software components. It adds specific abilities to a larger software application. If supported, plug-ins enable customizing the functionality of an application. For example, plug-ins are commonly used in web browsers to play video, scan for viruses, and display new file types. The most famous plug-ins examples include Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, and Microsoft Silverlight. This is plug ins for web browsers (like Mozzila, Internet Explorer).

In WordPress, this is the same function. Little software that help big one to do additional functions.

In wordpress, you can install every plug in, in 2 different ways:

  • Click on Add New button in plugin section in wordpress panel. And then you can search for plug in you want it. Below every plug in you have two options: Details and Install now. Than, there is a question? “Are you sure you want to install plug in? Yes. And then Activate Plug In.
  • Download plug in on your computer. Unrar it. Upload the full directory into your wp-content/plugins directory by your favorite FTP program. And then in back panel in section plugins, activate it (plugin administration page).
They have one whole section (tab) for Plug Ins in WordPress Panel. Plugins tab in administration panel.
  • Installed Plugins
  • Add New
  • Editor

Here is the “The List” of essentially very usefull and basic wordpress plug ins:

1 Akismet


 

akismet wordpress pluginAkismet came with every wordpress installation together with Hello Dolly (so far) and this is the best solution for spam. Akismet is used by many, and it is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog and your contents from spam comments and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from the most spam out there. And it is free. And what is important, it is automatically reduce and block unwanted content. Many of you thinks, that you need to pay for Akismet, but you don’t have to. You can donate if you want .

To activate, you need to do following: Click on Activate. You will got a message: “Akismet is almost ready. You must enter your Akismet API key for it to work.”. You can get one API from  Akismet.com. When you get on website click on “Get an Akismet API key”, than click on personal plan and write down your contact info. If you don’t have money, place down the slider on 0, yearly contribution. After you make it, it will be written: “Done, Your Akismet subscription is now active.”. Go to your mail and find your API key. Plan: Personal. Price: $0.00 (It’s free). Then copy it in Askimet place in your wordpress plug in section, in the blank text field and click update. “Your key has been verified. Happy blogging!”. This is it! Good luck! Now you have forth position: Akismet Configuration. Version at the moment: 2.5.3

There are various different settings you can figure it out and more things you can learn, which might become increasingly important when you get more traffic or have spam
issues. Try visiting the Akismet site for further information.

 

2

All in One SEO Pack


 

This Plug In help you to optimize your wordpress blog for Search Engines, like Google, Yahoo and Bing. It is called SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Latest version is 1.6.13.4. After you activate it, you get this message:

All in One SEO Pack must be configured. Go to the admin page to enable and configure the plugin. All in One SEO Pack now supports Custom Post Types.

Go to All in One SEO Pack in section “Settings” and place Plug In status from disabled to enabled. You have 3 empty colons:

This is globally for your entire site. All-in-one SEO pack is a second must have plugin for your website or blog. It works by writings in a box unique title and meta tags for each page and post.

For Home Title, look at google adwords keyword tool, to find right phrases, and than place it in home title. Home description describe your blog. Home keywords is most important keywords of your website.

All in one SEO pack is the most popular wordpress plugin with the most downloads.

3

Google XML Sitemaps


 

Google XML Sitemaps plugin will generate, when you activate it, a special XML sitemap, www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml, which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing 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 with successes and efficiently.

After you activate it, go to your section “settings” in wordpress admin area, and you will see new one called: XML-sitemaps. Click there. You will see your basic options. And you finish the settings, click to update on button below. Build sitemap for the first time. After it, you will have two files in your FTP directory: sitemap.xml and sitemap.xml.gz.

The plugin will automatically update your sitemap wherever you published a post, so there is nothing for you, to do. Current version: 3.2.6.

 

4 WP-DB-Backup


 

Backing up WordPress is a really good idea, there are so many reasons for that. One of that, is often theme, wordpress and plugin updates. If you like a risk, you could try updating WordPress without backing up your blog, but you’ll probably want to make a regular habit of either manually backing up your blog or using one of the automatic blog backup services.

There is one great plugin for this. WP-DB-Backup

Find WordPress Database Backup, this is a longer name, shortly WP-DB-Backup , install and activate. Now, in your Tool section, in your WordPress admin area, you will have new interactive button “BackUp”.

  • Available Tools
  • Import
  • Export
  • Backup

Go there, click and make your first backup database. You will have 3 options to save it.

  • Download to your computer
  • Send backup to your email
  • Save to server

Click on backup now :). You also have Schedule backup, and this is automatic area. You can choose one of options offered:

  • Never
  • Once Hourly
  • Twice Daily
  • Once Daily
  • Once Weekly

5

Contact Form 7


 

You will need Contact Form plugin, because if someone want to contact you, this is best plugin aviable for this purpose. As you should see in every serious website nowadays,  have page or menu “contacts” in their website.

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms. Contact Form 7 in 2 words describe itself: simplicity and flexibility. It supports many features including AJAX submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and file uploading.

After it, you will have one more box in wordpress admin area, (plugins tab in administration panel):
  • Installed Plugins
  • Add New
  • Editor
  • Akismet Configuration