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The 30 most popular WordPress plug-ins

The Top 30 WordPress Plugins

WordPress is the engine that drives over 150 million blogs on the World Wide Web. It is open source software that provides access for developers to create add on-ons (plug-ins) that increases its functionality for users with a few clicks. It was first released on May 27, 2003, by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. At last count there were over 22,000 plug-ins available to download.

One of the reasons it is used by many people as a blogging platform is that it is easy to use without having to be a programmer. It has become the de-facto blogging software for many bloggers.

Flexibility and control

Ultimate flexibility is achieved by setting up WordPress with these three key features.

1. With your own domain name
2. A WordPress template
3. Self hosted with a web hosting company such as WebHostingBuzz.

This set-up allows you to customise almost any feature and functionality of your blog without another providers limitations. It provides you with control of your online destiny without fear of an external blogging or social media network such as Facebook or Tumblr shuttering your service because you didn’t obey their terms of use.

It may not be quite as easy to use, but if you have an inkling that you may take your blogging to a professional level one day, or may get more serious about your online publishing, then make that little extra effort from day one.

Take a closer look

If you want to check out the top 30 most popular WordPress plug-ins in more detail, here are the links with more in-depth information.

1. All in One SEO Pack
2Akismet
3. Google XML Sitemaps
4. Contact Form 7
5. NexGen Gallery
6. WP Super Cache
7. Google Analytics for WordPress
 8. WP Touch
 9. WordPress Importer
10. JetPack by WordPress.com
11. Fast Secure Contact Form
12. WP Page Navi
13. WordPress SEO by Yoast
14. Share Buttons by Lockerz
15. WP e-Commerce
16. Google Analyticator
17. Yet Another related Posts Plugin
18. Tiny MCE Advanced
19. Sociable
20. Really Simple Captcha
21. GTrans
22. WP to Twitter
23. Broken Link Checker
24. Add This
25. W3 Total Cache
26. Buddy Press
27. WP-DB-Backup
28. Smart YouTube Pro
29. Re-Direction
30. WP Polls

What is interesting to notice is the importance of SEO and AntiSpam with them appearing at the top of the list. Sharing of content functions is also important with the list appearance of social sharing function plug-ins such as LockerEz and sociable.

Want a Quick Snap Shot?

Here is an infographic that gives you an overview that sums it up in a glance or two.

WordPress Most Popular Plugins Source: WordPress Templates

What About You?

What Plugins do you use? Have they made a difference to your blogs performance, security or sharing? Are there any plugins you think are worth a mention?

Looking forward to hearing about them in the comments below.

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