Ten Great Plugins for WordPress

One of the questions I often get from bloggers new to using WordPress is, “What plugins should I use?” Because it’s such a popular blog platform I thought I would share some of my favorites here on Cincinnati Women Bloggers.  Here are 10 great plugins for getting started with WordPress.

1)      Comment Luv ~ When readers leave a comment, a link to their most recent blog post is also displayed.  This is a great way for you to see what they’re talking about on their blog.

2)      Yet Another Related Posts ~ Displays a list of related blog posts at the end of each post.  A great way to expose readers to additional content on the same topic.

3)      Link Within ~ Similar to “Yet Another Related Posts” but more visual. The Link Within plugin displays related content along with images at the bottom of posts.

4)      All in one SEO pack ~ Easy to use plugin that allows you to optimize your blog posts.

5)      Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress ~ Generate a special XML sitemap which helps search engines index your blog.

6)      Print Friendly ~ When installed, this plugin enables readers to print a “printer friendly” version of your blog post. Great plugin for those of you who share recipes, write “how to” posts, etc.

7)      Subscribe Remind ~ Adds a subtle reminder to readers to subscribe to your RSS feed at the end of blog posts.

8)      TweetMeme ~ Adds an icon to your blog posts that allows readers to Tweet it to their Twitter followers.

9)      Twitter for WordPress ~ Simple plugin for displaying your recent Tweets in your sidebar.

10)  Sociable ~ Allows you to add links to various social booking marking sites after blog posts. Having these at the end of your post increase the chances that someone might ‘Stumble’ or ‘digg’ your post.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg as far as great plugins that are out there.  What plugins are you using? Any you’d recommend? Any you think people should avoid?

~~ Shannan

PS. I would also recommend using the Akismet plugin for dealing with spam.  It does a great job and filtering out comments from bots.