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Best Wordpress Plugins via #blogchat

Source: http://www.stephaniebice.com/2012/07/23/top_wordpress_plugins.html

SEO by Yoast (also via @michaeljbarber )

Improve your site's SEO on all needed aspects.

W3 Total Cache « WordPress Plugins

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

Akismet (suggested via @mackcollier)

Spam filtering service that attempts to filter link spam from blog comments and spam TrackBack pings. I would say this is almost a requirement.

Listly (via @nickkellet)
  1. Listly (via @nickkellet) - Is a way of creating and sharing lists, as well as integrating collaborative lists into your own blog posts, acting as a catalyst for others to build upon the lists you share
Livefyre

Livefyre replaces your outdated comment section with a real-time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

BuddyPress (via @angiemeeker )

Described as a "social network in a box", BuddyPress lets users register on your site and start creating profiles, posting messages, making connections, creating and interacting in groups and much more.

CopyLink

People copy content from websites they visit and spread it around via email, social media, blogs and other online channels. Content copied from a CopyLink enabled website receives automatic links to pages content was copied from.

Editorial Calendar « WordPress Plugins

Did you remember to write a post for next Tuesday? What about the Tuesday after that? WordPress doesn't make it easy to see when your posts are scheduled. The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog.

Tweet Old Post

This plugin helps you to keeps your old posts alive by tweeting about them and driving more traffic to them from twitter. It also helps you to promote your content. You can set time and no of tweets to post to drive more traffic.For questions, comments, or feature requests, contact me! Ajay Matharu you can follow me twitter at @matharuajay.

Sociable (suggested via @mackcollier)

Social sharing plugin that is extremely customizable.

Popular Posts (via @mackcollier )

Displays your most popular posts (even older ones) based on views. Can increase traffic to your site if you post is picked up by another blog.

Magic Action Box ( via @mikestenger ) -

This lead generation plugin lets you create a focused and high converting action box in minutes.

Google Analytics Plugin (via @careerpivot )

track your blog easily and with lots of metadata to see what posts are performing well, how visitors are finding your site and much more.

Contact Form 7 « WordPress Plugins

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

Broken Link Checker (via @ShielaS )

This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.

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.

WP Photo Album Plus « WordPress Plugins

This plugin is designed to easily manage and display your photo albums and slideshows in a single as well as in a network WordPress site and
is appli

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.

BackupBuddy

Backup your entire site, files & database, on a scheduled basis. Send backups offsite to Dropbox, Amazon S3, and more for additional security. Migrate sites easily. Free security scans.

Comment Redirect (via @mackcollier )

This plugin allows commenters the option of not only leaving their comment, but also linking to their own blog. As we all know, bloggers are always looking to get more exposure, and this plugin can help.

Better WP Security (via @michaelcarusi )

Better WP Security takes the best WordPress security features and techniques and combines them in a single plugin thereby ensuring that as many security holes as possible are patched without having to worry about conflicting features or the possibility of missing anything on your site.

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.

Automatic WordPress Backup (via @mikestenger )

Easily and automatically backup important parts of your WordPress install to Amazon S3. (NOTE: This plugin requires Amazon S3 subscription and currently has to be run on a linux server.)

Revision Control (via @michaelcarusi )

Gives the user more control over the Revision functionality. The plugin allows the user to set a site-global setting for pages/posts to enable/disable/limit the number of revisions which are saved for the page/post

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)