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The Top 30 Most Popular WordPress Plugins – Infographic

WordPress is the engine that drives over 150 million blogs on the World Wide Web. It is open source software that provides access for developers to create add on-ons (plugins) that increases its functionality for users with a few clicks. It was first released on May 27, 2003, by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. At last count there were over 22,000 plugins available to download.

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The Top 30 Most Popular WordPress Plugins

One of the reasons it is used by many people as a blogging platform is that it is easy to use without having to be a programmer. It has become the de-facto blogging software for bloggers that  imagine and dream that one day they can monetize their knowledge and escape their day job and pursue their passion.

Turning a blog into revenue can be achieved in a variety of ways which includes on-site advertising, packaging your knowledge and selling it as an online course or as the core web portal that opens up business opportunities.

It is your online billboard and resume.

Flexibility and control

Ultimate flexibility is achieved by setting up WordPress with these three key features.

  1. With your own domain name
  2. A WordPress template
  3. Self hosted with a web hosting company such as WebHostingBuzz.

This set-up allows you to customise almost any feature and functionality of your blog without another providers limitations. It provides you with control of your online destiny without fear of an external blogging or social media network such as Facebook or Tumblr shuttering your service because you didn’t obey their terms of use.

It may not be quite as easy to use, but if you have an inkling that you may take your blogging to a professional level one day or may get more serious about your online publishing. Then make that little extra effort from day one.

Take a closer look

If you want to check out the top 30 most popular WordPress plugins in more detail then here are the links with more in depth information.

  1. All in One SEO Pack
  2. Akismet
  3. Google XML Sitemaps
  4. Contact Form 7
  5. NexGen Gallery
  6. WP Super Cache
  7. Google Analytics for WordPress
  8. WP Touch
  9. WordPress Importer
  10. JetPack by WordPress.com
  11. Fast Secure Contact Form
  12. WP Page Navi
  13. WordPress SEO by Yoast
  14. Share Buttons by Lockerz
  15. WP e-Commerce
  16. Google Analyticator
  17. Yet Another related Posts Plugin
  18. Tiny MCE Advanced
  19. Sociable
  20. Really Simple Captcha
  21. GTrans 
  22. WP to Twitter
  23. Broken Link Checker 
  24. Add This
  25. W3 Total Cache
  26. Buddy Press
  27. WP-DB-Backup
  28. Smart YouTube Pro
  29. Re-Direction
  30. WP Polls

What is interesting to notice is the importance of SEO and AntiSpam with them appearing at the top of the list. Sharing of content functions is also important with the list appearance of social sharing function plugins such as LockerEz and sociable.

Want a Quick Snap Shot?

Here is an infographic that gives you an overview that sums it up in a glance or two.

WordPress Most Popular Plugins Source: WPTemplate.com

What About You?

What Plugins do you use? Have they made a difference to your blogs performance, security or sharing.

Are there any plugins you think are worth a mention?

Look forward to hearing about them in the comments below.




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