With so many websites utilizing the WordPress content management system these days it has resulted in a large number of plugins available to webmasters. They help webmasters do everything from analyzing data on the site to helping improve the SEO.
Using plugins can help improve the performance of a website, the search engine optimization, and the overall user experience. Here are ten must have plugins for 2014, in no particular order.
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
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3. Contact Form 7
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.
4. Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin generates an XML sitemap for the website and helps the pages and posts get indexed by the major search engines. Every time a new post is made the plugin notifies the search engines. This is the easiest way to provide web spiders with an easy structure to crawl.
5. Digg Digg
The Digg Digg plugin provides an all-in-one social sharing tool that displays on the pages and posts that the website owner desires. Social sharing is such an important component of content marketing and as we move forward social signals are beginning to be looked at as an important part of a search engine optimization campaign. This plugin provides a nice looking social toolbar and gives website visitors an easy way to share the content across their social media profiles.
6. 404 to Start
This is a plugin that quickly eliminates any 404 errors by redirecting any error page to the homepage or another URL that the website owner specifies. So, if someone types in a URL incorrectly instead of seeing a big 404 error message they will simply be redirected to another functioning page. Also, if someone attempts to visit a site through a broken link they will land on the homepage (or any other specified page) instead of seeing an error message.
7. Subscribe 2
Subscribe2 is a plugin that provides the website owner with an easy to use subscription management system as well as an email notification system. Website visitors can easily submit their email addresses to be alerted when new content is published on the site. This is great for website visitors that want to be instantly notified when there is new material to read and it is great for the website owner as it helps to bring visitors back on auto-pilot.
8. Google Analytics for WordPress
This plugin provides a simple solution to those that want to quickly connect their Google Analytics to a WordPress based website. This plugin was developed by the same team that brought us the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin.
9. WordPress Related Posts
This is a great plugin designed to keep your website visitors engaged with the content on your website. It allows the website owner to place a specified number of “related posts” at the end of each post. Once a visitor finishes the particular post they are reading they will see several suggested posts that are similar to the content they just read. The goal is to get them to click through to another piece of content. This is a great tool to keep the visitor on the website for a longer period of time.
10. W3 Total Cache
This is a great plugin that impacts the performance of the website by improving the speed. By increasing the server performance it results in a much better experience for the website visitor. Having a slow website that takes forever to load will result in visitors leaving quickly and likely not returning.
These are ten great plugins that are absolutely free to download and use on your WordPress website. We surelly recommend those plugins becouse they are trusted by millions of WordPress users. Of course you can search thousands of different plugins by self, but some of them can be very dangerous for your blog, so be carefully!