We’ve collected 12 most commonly used plugins on WordPress blogs. They include those that provide additional features and those that simply simplify the simple tasks of running a blog.
All in One SEO Pack
This plugin is helpful for optimizing your WordPress blog for SEO. The plugin is easy and works out of the box for beginners. It has advanced features and API for developers.
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will greatly improve SEO to create special XML sitemaps which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your site.
Contact Form 7
This plugin can manage multiple contact forms. You can also customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
This plugin will keep any WordPress site secure, will help to increase traffic, and engage your readers.
The industry’s standard WordPress gallery plugin since 2007. This plugin continues to receive over 1.5 million new downloads per year. It’s easy for simple photo galleries, but powerful enough for professionals.
Google Analytics for WordPress
This plugin allows to connect your WordPress website with Google Analytics, so you can see how visitors find and use your website.
WP Super Cache
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After an html file is generated, your server will serve that file instead of processing WordPress PHP scripts.
Social Share Buttons by Supsystic
This solution includes custom buttons design and placement. Choose any social network button design and share bare location. Save your project and that’s it.
Smart Slider 3
A brand new and intuitive WordPress plugin to create sliders which have been never possible before with any free slider plugins. Smart Slider 3 has every feature you can expect from a free slider plugin.
Whether you’re hoping to sell digital downloads, physical inventory, or subscriptions and memberships – with WP eCommerce, you’re only minutes away from your next sale.
This plugin checks your comments and contact form submissions against a global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
This plugin displays pages, posts, and custom post types related to the current entry, introducing your readers to other relevant content on your site.
And what free plugin do you use for your WordPress blog?