Plugins in WordPress are the most the most important factor that can help you build a successful blog. Among thousands of plugins available following are the few most important plugins that every wordpress blog must have.
Spam or unwanted comments on your blog can be avoided or filtered using a spam filter plugin and Akismet is the best spam filter that a wordpress can have. Its already included with wordpress. All you need is to get an API key from the akismet’s website, which you can get for free.
Having a spam filter like Akismet can filter spam but cannot stop bots or automated programs to post comments on your blog. WP-reCAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA plugin by Google. IT stops automated programs to post comments on your blog. Only those comments are send to Akismet for spam filter which passes the Captcha test thus proving that comment has been entered by human and not a bot. Akismet combined with WP-reCAPTCHA is the best possible way to fight against spam.
If you are have a personal blog then this plugin should mean nothing to you because you don’t need visitors for your blog. But if you are having a money making blog then visitors are a must. All in One SEO Pack is a SEO plugin which helps your blog to become a Search Engine friendly. This plugin takes care of all the Search Engine Optimization that is required. This will help your blog to rank higher for your keywords.
This plugin generates XML sitemaps for your blog. This sitemap is compatable with all major search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. A sitemap tell search engine as to how your site need to be indexed. Using sitemaps the search engine can understand as to how frequently your site needs to be indexed so that your website remains upto date in search engines.
YARPP helps to display a list of related posts to the visitors. May be a visitor like your articles and likes to read some related posts by you. Then this plugin comes for rescue. YARPP has a very complex algorithm to display most related posts to the current post. Its the best related posts plugin that you can have.
WP Super Cache is a plugin which generates static html pages for your blog. Static pages help in speeding up your blog as there is not need to generate pages on the fly with php what wordpress generally do. This not only helps in speeding up your blog but also uses less resource that you should take care specially if you are hosting your blog in a webhosting service with shared resources.