When creating a WordPress site, people tend to get confused by the sheer number of WordPress plugins available in the system. Though you may want to add each one to your site, you need to understand that too many plugins can slow down the performance of the site.
Here are some of the best plugins among the lot that you can consider using for your site.
All in One SEO Pack
The ALL in One SEO Pack is your best option, in case; you know nothing about search engine optimization. Just activate the plug-in and let it do the job for you. While the default settings would help you get started, you can tweak the same to better the performance of your site along the way.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
Another SEO plug-in, this one also helps with the site’s SEO formalities. Another advantage of this plugin is that it has a preview snippet, which would let you have a glimpse of how your blog/article would look like in the search engines while you are editing it.
WordPress Database Backup
An amazing utility plugin, the WordPress Database Backup helps back up your site data, including your articles and blogs, in case, something happens and you end up losing the website. The backed up data can be retrieved via email of file downloads.
Akismet Comment Spam Killer
No one likes spam on his or her site. Therefore, you must activate the Akismet Comment Spam Killer plugin on your website to protect your blogs from spammers. The plugin can also stop automated spam tools from gaining access to the contents on your site by disabling the comments section for these tools.
Fast Secure Contact Form
Your readers would want a way to contact you. Therefore, you must activate the Fast Secure Contact Form plug-in, which would help you build an easily customizable contact form for your blogs. The form would also contain spam protection features via captcha or askimet so that spammers do not bog you down.
Google XML Sitemaps
Integrated with the search engine, the Google XML Sitemap would index the individual pages and articles in your WordPress site, and maintain the same as well. Therefore, the next time you make a change to a specific blog or article, or post something new, the plugin would create an XML sitemap, which would send intimation to the search engine about the change that you have made.
WP Database Organizer
Your WordPress database would become bulky with too much data as your site grows. Using the WP Database Organizer plugin would enable you to keep the database organized by removing unwanted and unused data from it, thereby improving the speed and performance of your blog.
W3 Total Cache
WP Security Scan
Activate this plug-in and it would do the job of scanning your WordPress installation regularly for any security risks, vulnerabilities and threats.
This plugin enables users visiting your blog to set up a robust username and password. It also lets you monitor their login attempts discreetly, intimating you and blocking the IP of a particular user/visitor after a particular number of failed login attempts.
A social media sharing plugin that definitely needs to be on your WordPress blog, Digg Digg makes it easy for users/visitors/readers to share your blogs/articles with others over several social media networking websites. When activated, the plugin would integrate these social media buttons to the blogs you post as well as the pages you create.