The Hanky Pankys of WordPress :: 5 Plugins You Can’t Live Without

5 Must Have WordPress Plugins

One of the greatest benefits of blogging on the WordPress platform is the robust functionality that you can add to your blog through plugins. What are plugins? Glad you asked.

Plugins are to WordPress what accessories are to an outfit. Every girl knows that a waist enhancing belt or a strategically worn string of pearls can take an outfit from blasé to beautiful. There are thousands of plugins out there that help bloggers add “bling” to their site, but today we’re going to talk about the ones you don’t see. These basic plugins work below the surface, a lot like your favorite pair of Hanky Pankys.

First, like Hanky Pankys, these plugins are one size fits all. I install them on every site I manage, be it a one-page static Web site or a robust blog site. Secondly, like a good thong, they are seamless. These plugins work behind the scenes, allowing you to take advantage of their functionality without showing unsightly panty lines. Lastly, you simply must have them. I don’t know about you, but I’m not one to risk it and go commando! These plugins help you avoid an online uh-oh moment.

Keep reading after the jump for a complete list of my five must-have WordPress plugins.

1. Askimet

It should go without saying that if you use comments on your WordPress blog, you MUST activate the Akismet plugin. Askimet identifies and blocks comment and trackback spam on blogs. Without it, you will certainly be doomed to spending countless hours deleting spam comments. Don’t believe me? Trust Problogger, Darren Rowse who says Akismet has saved him 46 days of work!

2. Google Analytics for WordPress

One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is tracking my site traffic on Google Analytics. It absolutely intrigues me to see which posts are most popular, where my readers are from, and what people searched to get to my site. This plugin adds the Google Analytics tracking code to every page of your site, allowing you to these things, and oh so much more! The folks over at Yoast do a great job of explaining the benefits of using this plugin.

3. Google (XML) Sitemap Generator

If you’re at all concerned with Search Engine Optimization, (which, if you are hoping someone besides your mom, best friend or husband will read your blog, you should be) it’s very important to have this plugin installed. I won’t go into details, but basically, it generates a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and to better index your blog. And trust me, you want to be indexed!

4. FD Feedburner Plugin

Just as Google Analytics tracks hits to your blog, Feedburner helps track how many people subscribe via RSS and email. The FD Feedburner plugin redirects your feeds to your feedburner feed so that you can track and promote your blog subscribers.

5.  WP Database Manager

Last, but certainly not least, all WordPress bloggers must, must, (did I say MUST?!) make sure they are regularly backing up their database. This plugin make it easy, allowing you to schedule automatic database back-ups which are sent to your email.

So, as you can see, these plugins are pretty important. Just like Hanky Pankys, once you have them you will wonder how you ever lived without them! You can get all five of these must-have WordPress plugins in the Blogs by Kendall Basic Plugin Package which comes included in any basic WordPress Installation package.

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