Top WordPress Plugins to Have in 2013

Whether you’re creating an regular blog or an e-commerce site, WordPress plugins can really distinguish you and set you apart from other sites. Plugins come in all shapes and forms and for very many different purposes. A plugin can help create more user interaction in you’re site making them stay that while longer either for another interesting read or a potential purchase of your product. A simple plugin can create the difference between a couple of people seeing your site or a thousand people seeing your site. Now that you know the importance of what a plugin can do for your site, here are some of the most popular WordPress plugins used in 2013.

Plugins for SEO

  • All in One SEO Pack- True to its name, this is the Swiss Army plugin for all things SEO. Beginners can use this to automatically optimize titles and the like to optimize your content for search engines, while advanced users can fine-tune the parameters for an even more targeted SEO approach.

  • Google Analytics - for WordPress Your SEO strategy will go nowhere without analytics tracking, and this plugin activates what is arguably the most comprehensive analytics suite on the platform, telling you everything you need to know from visitor count to what search words people are using to reach your site. This is a no-brainer if you want to take your website from a casual blog to a revenue-generating enterprise.

Plugins for Design

  • Sociable- This plugin makes it a breeze to install a sharing tab on your site, and lets you customize what kinds of sites readers can share your content to. It allows you to tweak the text, color and length of the sharing tab so that it fits perfectly with your website design.

  • WPtouch- With the boom of smartphones, websites now need to translate coherently on mobile devices. This is where WPtouch comes in to automatically translate your for-PC-designed site into a mobile-friendly version.

Plugins for User Experience

  • NextGEN Gallery - Does your website upload and display tons of images? Then you will need to manage it, and NextGEN gallery is the top pick for the job. Easy-to-use, intuitive, and packed with loads of options on how to show off your images, it’s easy to see why this plugin is the most popular in its category.

  • Akismet - Spam is a growing problem in cyberspace, but Akismet keeps up and has become the go-to choice for blocking spam comments. Its success rate in filtering spam is close to perfect, leaving your comments section with authentic and value-adding reader responses.

  • Comments Not Replied To - This adds a new column to your comments section which tells you which comments you have replied to or not, making comments moderation and reader cultivation that much easier.

With these plugins you will be able to create more dimensions to your website, increase use engagement, and also track statistics of your site. Managing a website is never easy but can be made easier with the help of quality plugins. Plugins are not always necessarily free but if outcome is great, why not spend a buck or two to purchase the plugin.

About the Author: As a website owner, Greg has dealt with many plugins over the course of his online marketing career and regularly give advice on seo, sem, domain registrar choice, online safety, identity theft, blogging and more on domainraccoon.com and it’s blog.

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2 Responses

  1. Lorenzo says:

    Also check out Digg Digg by the Buffer team. Useful for social sharing.

  2. Jordan McLawrence says:

    Thank you for this wonderful share of information. Plugins do help a lot in fact, we can not live without them anymore. For your photos and images, I’d like to share this one I’m using lately http://wordpress.org/plugins/iframe-embed-for-momentme/. Embeds a photo gallery with a 360° view, providing you with a multi-point-of-view experience and its free.

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