Social Enteraction Via WordPress Plugins

CommentLuv WordPress PluginYears ago I used to build websites using a WISIWYG html editor like FrontPage or Dreamweaver. It was a pain even with the WISIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor.

Then somewhere along the line I was introduced to WordPress and I have to say that with all the wonderful plugins that you can get with this program, WordPress is in my opinion one of the best ways to build a website or blog.

The most recent plugins that I have purchased are CommentLuv Premium, and Google Plus Poster. I have been busy so have yet to install the GPPoster, but I will get to it soon.

Anyway, there are some very important plugins that you should have installed if you are a blogger. I decided to list a few of them in this post today. You can watch a video that really brings out the importance and reasons for installing social plugins like CommentLuv, click here to watch the video now.

This list is not in any particular order of importance.

1. CommentLuv Premium – There is a free version, but there are just so many great benefits to the paid version it’s well worth the price to get it.  One of the more specific reasons to get this plugin is due to the increase in comments and the community spirit for the thousands of blogs that have installed it. Andy created many great videos to help us understand the real power of this plugin. I highly recommend you watch them to get a clear idea of why it is truly one of the top plugins for WordPress to own.

2. Google Analytics – The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your blog easily and with lots of metadata.

3. All In One SEO – This plugin helps you create a SEO friendly post. Includes adding in your meta description, tags,  and keywords. There is actually a more powerful SEO plugin called, HeadSpace -, which I have not had time yet to fully grasp all that it can do, but if you have a techi spirit, I believe this is a far better plugin than All In One SEO.

4. TweetMeme – There are many ways to add in a Twitter button, this is a nice and quick way for your readers to retweet your post.

5.  SuperCache – (Updated) This is the recommended WP Plugin for this chore over W3 Total Cache and QuickCache.

This WordPress plugin  makes your pages load  faster and stores static versions of your site which means it requires much less CPU processing than using WordPress all by itself.

There are plenty more great WP plugins, but this is my short list of must-haves.  In addition to these I would recommend you get to know Google+ the new social network online. It’s very much like Facebook and not like Facebook. That’s where the learning more about it comes in.

I believe a really good WP plugin to have is the Google+Poster which will automatically add a little snippet of your posted articles to your Google+ account. It also ads in a link to your post as well. Google+ is going to really be “THE Social Network of 2012″.

As I have time I’m going to be making a greater effort to learn more about this new network. There is in fact so many different apps that are intertwined within the Google network it’s almost it’s own Internet all by itself

9 comments
Lorenzo
Lorenzo

Check out Redirection. It helps you correct broken links that may appear on your WordPress site using 301 redirects.

Ntech
Ntech

Thanks for sharing WP plugin list. I used some and they are really worth using.

Laura
Laura

Thanks for this post! I had most of these plugins but wasn't clear on what some of them did exactly (just knew I should add them!). And I didn't have the google+ plugin so I'll be adding that shortly. Thanks!

Graham
Graham

I'm glad there's a WP plug-in for Google Analytics. Even before I owned my own domain and blog on Wordpress, that was my tool of choice. I also use All in One SEO and SuperCache. I haven't added Tweetmeme yet, though I should - long overdue.

Blogging Tips
Blogging Tips

I am not using All in one, instead of I am using the SEO by Yoast plugin. I don't know that all in one is better than yoast or not, but I have no issue with the yoast. BTW thank for the post to know more about the basic plugins.

Steve
Steve

HostGator recommends SuperCache over W3 Total Cache and with the last major WordPress upgrade, I had all kinds of problems with W3 Total Cache on HostGator. I am currently running QuickCache as it said it was compatible with the most recent version of WP. But SuperCache seems to perform better, so I will be switching soon.

Ibnea
Ibnea

I have try all of the plugin above except the last one. It seem good for speed up my blog.

Los Angeles SEO Guy
Los Angeles SEO Guy

WordPress is definitely the best for creating websites. Everyone I know uses it, including myself. Nice plugin list - agree with all of these.

smuigal
smuigal

Thanks for that Steve. I've updated my post due to your helpful comment.

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