There are tons and tons of plugins available for WordPress. You can check all available plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. You can also search for the plugins from WordPress admin panel. However, the fact that there are so many plugins, it creates so much of confusion: which one to pick and which one to skip!
In this article, we will cover the bare essential plugins that you need to start off. Some of the advanced plugins will be discussed as we move forward in our series of WordPress tutorial.
Best WordPress Plugins
Akismet: This plugin saves you from spam comments. It comes pre-installed with WordPress. However, you need to activate, get API key and then configure it with that key. You can get a key from this link.
All-in-One SEO: This plugin is one of the most downloaded plugins in the history of WordPress. It helps you to improve your search engine rankings by allowing you to enter meta description and titles to individual page/post.
Contact Form 7: This plugin allows you to place contact form on your blog so that visitors can send you email. This one is most downloaded free plugin for contact form.
Google XML Sitemap: This plugin generates an XML sitemap that helps the search engines to better index your blog. You just have to configure it once and forget it. Every time you create a new post or page, a new entry in sitemap will be created automatically. It will also notify the major search engines that the sitemap has been updated.
WP-DBManager: This plugin helps you to take backup of your database. You can configure it to take automated backups and email it to your email id. You can also take adhoc backup of your database.
YARP: Stands for Yet Another Related Posts plugin. It helps you to add links to related posts at the end of each post so that users can further read the contextually related posts.