I use WordPress as a CMS, just like millions of other WordPress enthusiasts. I use WordPress Plugins, and I’ll bet you do too! I would guess that most people use 10 to 15 plugins to add different features to their blog. The developers behind WordPress cannot incorporate all functions in the kernel, so therefore it is possible with plugins to integrate all possible functions in a easy and simple way.
The best place to find great and safe plugins are in – WordPress Plugin Directory. Therefore I have collected the 10 most downloaded plugins of all time from the WordPress Plugin Directory. I guess that many of the plugins are pretty familiar, and you use some of them on your own blog.. Anyway… Download, install and enjoy …
1. All in One SEO Pack
All in One SEO Pack is one of the best SEO plugin aroundd that automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization). Some of the features are – Support for Custom Post Types, Advanced Canonical URLs, Automatically optimizes your titles for search engines and much more.
Compatible up to: 3.2.1, Last Updated: 2011-9-1, Downloads: 9,166,661
Akismet is a “must have” plugin! Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
Compatible up to: 3.1.4, Last Updated: 2011-2-8, Downloads: 7,347,203
3. Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo etc, to better index your blog. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs.
Compatible up to: 3.3, Last Updated: 2011-7-19, Downloads: 6,554,606
4. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 well working contact form plugin. It is Simple but flexible and do the work! You can use and manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.
Compatible up to: 3.2.1, Last Updated: 2011-11-3, Downloads: 5,243,739
5. NextGEN Gallery
NextGEN Gallery is one of the most used plugins for images and is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a slideshow option.
Compatible up to: 3.3, Last Updated: 2011-11-27, Downloads: 4,213,611
6. WP Statistics
WP Statistics is simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Future upgrades to WordPress.com Stats will only be available in Jetpack. Jetpack connects your blog to the WordPress.com cloud, enabling awesome features.
Compatible up to: 3.2.1, Last Updated: 2011-9-15, Downloads: 2,819,298
WPtouch is powerful and elegant mobile theme for your website that automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects.
Compatible up to: 3.3, Last Updated: 2011-10-19, Downloads: 2,760,623
8. WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is a plugin that generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
Compatible up to: 3.2.1, Last Updated: 2011-7-12, Downloads: 2,640,539
9. Google Analytics for WordPress
Google Analytics for WordPress allows you to track your WordPress site easily with lots of metadata such as, views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.
Compatible up to: 3.2.1, Last Updated: 2011-10-12, Downloads: 2,563,595
WP-PageNavi adds a more advanced paging navigation interface. This plugin provides the wp_pagenavi() template tag which generates fancy pagination links.
Compatible up to: 3.3, Last Updated: 2011-11-13, Downloads: 2,070,576
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