10 Top WordPress Plugins to Rock Your Blog or Website

Top WordPress Plugins

How can you captivate the visitors to your blog?

How do you entice them to not only read, but to share your blog articles on Social Media?

The competition for blog article writers is extremely intense.  Each and every day thousands and thousands of fresh content is published. The most effective way to captivate an audience is to:

Provide amazing and relevant content

This article will focus on WordPress blogs and websites using WordPress as a CMS, and the plugins that will help you increase the number of shares for your articles and improve performance.

Here are our top 10 WordPress plugins picks in alphabetical order:

  1. All in one SEO Pack
     
    WordPress plugin for search engine optimization.
    There are many fantastic WordPress SEO plugins available.  One of the top solutions that we have found is the All in one SEO Pack.  Highlights include:

    • New users ease of use.  It works out of the box by automatically generating Mega tags to optimize post titles to avoid duplicate content penalties.
    • Advanced users can make manual edits to fine tune each option.
  2. Comment Love
     
    WordPress Comment plugin to reward your visitors.  Highlights include:

    • Encourages visitors to comment and helps build a community by automatically placing a link to your commenter’s last blog post at the end of their comment.
    • Rewards your visitors with a “do follow” link to their latest blog post.
    • Helps fight comment spam.
    • Pro version available.
  3. Digg Digg
     
    WordPress social sharing plugin.  Highlights include:

    • An all in one social sharing blog plugin with share counts.
    • Provides the ability to display all social sharing buttons similar to Mashable’s floating bar.
    • Customizable and includes the options to include Pinterest and Buffer and more.
  4. Fast Secure Contact Form
     
    WordPress plugin to include an online contact form.  Highlights include:

    • Features a  user friendly and easy admin panel
    • Includes multi-form feature, auto responder, no templates to mess with, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent.
    • Provides a CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block all common spammer tactics. Spam is no longer a problem.
    • Customizable to include additional fields including text fields, textarea, checkbox, checkbox-multiple, radio boxes, attachments and more.
  5. Related Post Thumbnails
     
    WordPress plugin that displays related posts thumbnails under the post.

    • Allows users to customize thumbnail sizes, display settings and type of relation for related posts beneath page posts.
    • Encourages readers to visit other posts on your blog with eye-catching thumbnail photos derived from the posts.
  6. Shareaholic
     
    WordPress social sharing plugin. Highlights include:

    • Useful  tool to inspire your readers to submit your blog articles to numerous social bookmarking sites.
    • Customizable to include top social networks, email, bookmarks and more.
    • Includes social analytics to analyze the effectiveness of social sharing.
    • Option to include share counters.
  7. Simple Reach Slide
     
    WordPress plugin to recommend related posts.  Highlights include:

    • Recommends related posts from within your site on a widget that “slides” in at the bottom of the page.
    • Designed to increased page views and time on your website.
    • Designed to increase sharing on social networking sites, Twitter and Facebook.
    • Customizable and recommends posts most likely to be shared on social networks
  8. Social Metrics
     
    WordPress plugin to track how your blog articles are sharedin the leading social networks.  Highlights include:

    • Provides comprehensive statistics on the number of times your blog articles are shared on social network sites.
    • Customizable and lightweight.
  9. Wp Mobile Detector
     
    WordPress plugin to transform your blog into a mobile friendly version.  Highlights include:

    • Automatically detects if your visitor is using a standard mobile phone or a smart phone and loads a compatible WordPress mobile theme for each.
    • Includes mobile statistics, image resizing, automatically formatted content, and detection of 5,000+ mobile phones.
    • Includes option for visitor to view the desktop version if desired.
    • Customizable mobile themes.
    • Allows for option to show desktop version on tablets like the iPad.
    • Premium version available.
  10. WP Total Cache
     
    WordPress plugin to optimize performance.  Highlights include:

    • Improves your visitor’s experience on your site by improving your server performance by caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
    • Reduces page load time – a critical metric for Google ranking in the search engine.

These are our top 10 WordPress plugins to help you increase the number of shares for your blog articles on social networks and to improve the performance of your blog or website using WordPress as a CMS.

Do you have any favorite WordPress plugins?

Fascinated with the growing potential and power of the Internet, Robin founded R & R Web Design LLC in the Chicago area in 2000. As creative director, she is passionate about helping others reach their Internet objectives through a strategic online presence with results driven custom web design, ethical SEO, and social media marketing.

This article was published on: October 5, 2012 and was last modified September 22, 2016
4 comments on “10 Top WordPress Plugins to Rock Your Blog or Website
  1. Oretta Norris says:

    Great post. My fave has to be Comment Love. I’m going to have to check that out. Many thanks.

  2. faysal zazou says:

    You have collected good plugins list for social media with WordPress

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