WordPress is the premier blogging platform in the world. Its interface is extremely intuitive and makes it easier than ever to produce quality websites. However, WordPress would not be nearly as popular without all of the amazing plugins that are available. WordPress plugins allow you to do just about anything you want to your blog or website. With vast amount of plugins available it can be hard determining which ones are the best of the bunch. Here are the top three plugins of 2012 that everyone should have in their blogging arsenal.
This is a must have for anyone with a WordPress site that they value. It is imperative that you have backup copies of your site in case of a server malfunction. As the saying goes, “You don’t want to put all of your eggs in one basket.” If there is a server problem and you do not have a backup of your site all of the data could be lost, causing you to potentially start over from scratch. BackWPup allows you to save a backup of your site files at whatever intervals you specify, whether they be daily, weekly, or monthly. This gives you the ability to have multiple backups of your site at any one time. Instead of just one backup location, this plugin allows you to save your backup files to multiple external sites, such as DropBox, Amazon S3, Google Storage and more.
All in One SEO Pack
The importance of SEO to a site cannot be stated enough. Though search engine algorithms are constantly changing, certain aspects of site optimization, like properly optimized Meta and title tags, will always have a powerful effect on a site’s rankings. There are similar SEO plugins, but the All in One SEO pack is very reliable and user-friendly. In fact, users do not even have to know anything about SEO. The plugin automatically generates Meta tags for your pages and optimizes your blog titles. This makes it much easier for the search engines to index, update, and rank your blog.
SPAM Free WordPress
SPAM commenting is a major problem for almost anyone with a blog. Until now, SPAM comment blockers were services you had to pay for, and the few free ones that were available didn’t work nearly as well as they were supposed to. The introduction of the SPAM Free WordPress plugin has changed all that. This revolutionary free plugin reduces SPAM comments by up to 99%. The only potential drawback of the plugin is that it only works for the newer 3.0 WordPress comment form function. To use the plugin, users with older themes that don’t use the new function must get a new theme or contact the publisher to see if they can update the theme with the function. However, with the right theme, your blog site can be virtually SPAM free.
There are many new useful WordPress plugins being released each year. Some serve trivial purposes and others are truly necessary. These three plugins represent the best working and most valuable plugins that were released in 2012. They each provide valuable functions that are truly needed by anyone with a WordPress site.
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Jason Potter is a web designer and guest author at Top Web Design Schools, where he has contributed helpful articles on schools for web design and development.