In this post, I would like to share a list of some of the best plugins for ANY site that you run using WordPress. Plugins are usually made by other users using this platform. They can add some pretty useful functionality to your site, thereby making your end user experience better and more up to date with the latest trends on the net.

1. Google Analytics

This is probably the easiest method you can can use to monitor site traffic on an everyday basis. It is a tried and tested plugin, and you simply cannot go wrong with it if you monitor site traffic every day, and relate it to the posts you have used on the days of high traffic. Pretty simple, isn’t it? Once you have signed up for an account on Google Analytics, the plugin automatically adds the necessary analytics codes to every single page on your site!

2. FeedBurner

This plugin is specifically used to monitor the number of users who subscribe to your site. These statistics would be of little use unless they were precise of course. Feedburner has the answer – it redirects any user trying to access the WordPress feed; to your Feedburner feed address. This ensures that all user activity is monitored accurately. All you need do is to set it, and watch the accurate information start coming in!

3. WP-DB Manager

The database is probably the most important and vital element of your site, if it is powered by WordPress. Imagine if the server was to have major problems and even get destroyed one fine day – you would lose ALL of your hard work in a day! The WP-DB Manager can be used to back up the entire server information related to your account!

4. All in 1 SEO Pack

This plugin helps automatically generate a meta tag descriptive of every page and post on the entire site! It does so based on the page content. Using this, you can easily make individual titles and descriptions for every page on the site.

5. Google XML Sitemaps

This one helps you to make a unique XML site map for your entire site. This map in turn helps Google to index and prioritize your site or blog content. At the end of the day, you know how important it is for a site to be easily accessible to search engines!

6. W3 Total Cache

This plugin helps improve the performance of your site by increasing the page load time. It makes use of a variety of techniques to be able to do so. These include file caching, file compression and CDN integration, among others.

7. Lightbox Gallery

This helps you to change the views of gallery images to the lightbox.

8. WordPress Maintenance Mode

The WP Maintenance Mode plugin adds a ‘splash’ page to the site, which in turn lets users know when your site is down for maintenance. It offers an optional complete access to the back-end and front-end of the site.

9. WordPress Importer

This plugin helps import pages, posts and tags from a WP export file.

10. Similarity Plugin

This is especially good for blogs. It shows you a list of posts which it finds SIMILAR to your current post. Great for keeping an eye on other blogs! It finds similar posts based on categories, on tabs or on both. If you’re looking for additional premium WordPress plugins, check out WPMU Dev, who also provides support as well if you choose a premium subscription option.

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