The beauty of WordPress is its plugins. Thousands of plugins are available which helps us to perform and produce anything we want to do for our site. If You are going to start a new blog or you already have one, then these 8 plugins should be part of your plugins set. These plugins have different purpose from security to maintenance of your blog.

1- All in One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack is a WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines such as Google. This is best and result oriented SEO plugin I have used. Very easy and best given options to provide you ability to control the SEO of each post.

  • XML Sitemap support – submit your sitemap to Google and Bing and improve your SEO
  • Google Analytics support
  • Support for SEO on Custom Post Types
  • Advanced Canonical URLs
  • ONLY plugin to provide SEO Integration for WP e-Commerce sites
  • Automatically optimizes your titles for Google and other search engines
  • Generates META tags automatically

2- Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

3- Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

4- jQuery lazy load plugin

jQuery lazy load plugin helps to speed up blog loading time as it loads images on page once the rest of page has been loaded. It uses jQuery lazy load plugin to do this thing.

5- WP Facebook Open Graph protocol

This plugin adds well executed and accurate Facebook Open Graph Meta tag information to your site. The idea is to keep minimal settings and options as to remain out of your way and in the background while still proving a powerful Open Graph plugin for your WordPress site. This plugin works on Facebook, Google Plus, and Linkedin.

6- WP Super Cache

A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.

7- WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize is a WordPress 3.xx database cleanup and optimization tool. It doesn’t require PhpMyAdmin to optimize your database tables.

It allows you to remove post revisions, comments in the spam queue, un-approved comments, items in trash within few clicks.

8- BulletProof Security

WordPress Website Security Protection. Website security protection against: XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking.

These are few very important plugins which every blog should have. Obviously each website has its own purposes and they surely would need more plugins but these plugins are related to your blog security, SEO and performance.

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J. Morris is the Co-Founder & Editor of DesignLooper. He is also a Web Designer who loves to build responsive web designs.