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WordPress Plugins

THE Definitive List of the BEST WordPress Plugins.

This list is actively managed so it is always up-to-date.

WordPress Plugins | SEO by Yoast (also via @michaeljbarber )

Improve your site's SEO on all needed aspects.

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Pikiz

WordPress Plugins | Pikiz

The Pikiz WordPress plugin allows you to create and customize images before inserting them in your blog post. The plugin is free and once installed, you have access to all Pikiz editor features. You can add text to images, upload your own stickers or logos, customize and automatically set your blog post featured image.
Moreover, if you have no idea of what kind of images to use,the Pikiz plugin offers you a comprehensive collection of photographs, just pick one.

WordPress Plugins | Newsletter Subscription (also in popup) for WordPress

Easily add sign-up forms and sign-up checkboxes to your WordPress website. Get reports on the sources of registration. Define popup layouts by choosing predefined styles or creating your own style based on dozens of options! Live previews of the final project as it’s being created.

WordPress Plugins | W3 Total Cache « WordPress Plugins

Improve site performance and user experience via caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.

WordPress Plugins | Google XML Sitemaps « WordPress Plugins

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

WordPress Plugins | Zemanta (via @JTDabbagian )

Quick and easy way to search for pictures you can legally use.

WordPress Plugins | Twitter Tools

Creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.

WordPress Plugins | WP Smush.it (via @michaelcarusi )

Reduces image files. Your site will load faster if it's image intensive. (Perfect for photography bloggers or magazine-style sites)

WordPress Plugins | Google Analytics for WordPress

The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your blog easily and with lots of metadata. Check out the Google Analytics for WordPress video: Full list of features: Simple installation through integration with Google Analytics API: authenticate, select the site you want to track and you're done.

WordPress Plugins | Sharing Buttons & Analytics by AddShoppers

This free plugin installs smart social sharing buttons that allow your visitors to easily share content on your WordPress site. These sharing buttons are tied to powerful analytics that allow you to track sharing activity and identify the influencers that are sending you traffic.

WordPress Plugins | WordPress Newsletter plugin

Easily add sign-up forms to your WordPress website. Get reports on the sources of subscription. Define popup layouts by choosing predefined styles or creating your own style based on teens of options with WHSYWYG editor. Get reports on the sources of users’ registration in a selected period and check which form or checkbox generates the most new subscribers.

-Choose one of the default form themes or use your own styles.
-Integrates with Contact Form 7, WooCommerce checkout and other popular form plugins.
-Get reports on the sources of users’ registration in a selected period and check which form or checkbox generates the most new subscribers.

An awesome plugin to create a highly customizable sign-up form which you can display wherever you want it to display using a simple shortcode, widget or template function.

WordPress Plugins | Disqus Comment System

Disqus, pronounced "discuss", is a service and tool for web comments and
discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive,
while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion
community.

WordPress Plugins | Livefyre

Livefyre replaces your outdated comment section with a real-time
social conversation. Post comments live, tag friends from Facebook and
Twitter, and s

WordPress Plugins | Nrelate (via @barbchamberlain )

Continuously analyzes your website content and displays other related posts from your website. This ultimately leads to higher page-views for your site, and a better user experience for your visitors.

WordPress Plugins | Tweet Blender – Twitter Widget for websites and WordPress blogs

Tweet Blender is a widget that lets you add Twitter stream to your site or WordPress blog. Can show tweets from one user, multiple users, lists, hashtag search results, and keyword search results. Includes filtering features. Allows to place multiple widgets on the same page. Caches tweets to work around Twitter API limit.

WordPress Plugins | Best WordPress Plugins - The Secret to your Blog's Success

For a successful blog, you'll need these Best WordPress Plugins! One thing: Only use the strict minimum number of plugins as each of them do impact overall blog performance. Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam.

WordPress Plugins | Text Replace

This plugin allows you to easily define text or HTML that should be used in your posts in place of words or phrases that are actually present in the posts. This is a handy technique for creating shortcuts to common, lengthy, or frequently changing text/HTML, or for smilies.

WordPress Plugins | How the WP built-in search could compromise private content

A lot has been talked about how the "out of the box" Wordpress search functionalities are... well, not the best. Most wordpress developers know it and that´s why we tend to avoid it installing alternative search plugins. Other developers, as they do not need search functionality , simply do not put the search box or icon anywhere, but...

WordPress Plugins | A Journey of WordPress 4.0, "Benny"

Image credit: wordpress.org WordPress 4.0 is available with name "Benny" after jazz musician Benny Goodman. This latest version of WordPress are in the process of upgrading by millions of sites. This year, WordPress 4.0 may be considered as one of the important update notwithstanding WordPress itself have talked about the importance of the .0 version number.