My Favorite WordPress Plugins Right Now

Posted on July 26, 2013

I’m a real sucker for a good review.

I like to ask around before I go to a restaurant and will religiously consult the film pages in the newspaper before I pick a movie to see.

It’s no different when I’m looking for a WordPress plugin.

I want to get my information from someone who’s familiar with a plugin’s pros and cons and who has used it enough to get a feel for the features.

Whether you’re just starting out or have been going for a while, your set of WordPress plugins is like a personalized toolbox for your website.

But the sheer number of plugins out there makes it tricky to find out which ones will get the most bang for your buck. Too many plugins will slow everything down, too few will restrict the functionality of your site.

I thought I would share 5 of my favorites plugins of the moment for any of you currently shopping around for new additions to your WordPress toolbox:

All in One SEO Pack

Perfect if you’re an SEO beginner and looking to optimize your site for a bit of search engine traction. All in One generates META tags automatically, is easily customisable and works out-of-the-box so even if you don’t have a clue what you’re doing, it’ll work right after installation.

LinkWithin

Linkwithin displays a handy little box at the bottom of each post featuring other related content from your website. Great for keeping visitors on your site as they browse from one post to another. I like LinkWithin for its super simple setup, but there are a couple of other good related post plugins to check out as well, such as Yet Another Related Post Plugin (YARPP).

Floating Social Media Icon

Don’t want your social media profile icons to look like anyone elses? This fun plugin has over 20 styles to choose from so that your social buttons will attract all the right attention. Not only can you set the icon size and order, but you can even pick whether they float!

Google XML Sitemaps

A website essential, this plugin generates a detailed sitemap which will allow search engines like Google and Bing to better index your site. With a sitemap in place, search engine crawlers can see the overall structure of your website which makes it easier for them to retrieve new info. This particular plugin also notifies all major search engines whenever you’ve created a post with new content.

NextGEN Gallery

If you’re to believe the hype, NextGEN is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin. It’s certainly one of my top picks, as it allows you to display your various image galleries in customizable slideshows or thumbnail galleries. Other great features include being able to crop thumbnail images and add watermarks to your photos.


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