Useful WordPress Plugins Part 1

Wordpress logoI have been asked many times what plugins I use on Best Bits and Bobs and really I don’t use a huge amount but I am always looking to improve the blog and make it more appealing with new features. I decided to outline in a number of posts over the next few weeks plugins that I find useful and why.

Akismet Akismet is a plugin to help with that annoying problem of websites that allow comments to be posted SPAM. All websites suffer from it from varying degrees but what Akismet aims to do is prevent what it feels is spam from appearing on your blog. Simple to install and easy sign up make this plugin one of the first you should install when starting a new blog, mainly for peace of mind.

Full details can be found on their website : The WordPress version can be obtained from here.

Google Analytics If you are looking to use your blog for marketing or earning a living from it one of the most useful things is finding the statistics about your blog like viewers, who they found the site etc. Google Analytics is a great tool for this for web developers and users alike. Once you have created your account and entered your website information it records information and shows it in a graphical manner on a google created page. You can avoid the plugin and just enter the HTML coding but the plugin I use goes alot further. Website : Yoast.coms Google Analytics Plugin.

StatPress Similarly to Google Analytics StatPress tracks the users on your site but allows you to view in a little more detail the pages they look at and gives you information like their IP address and all the pages they look at. It also records in a easy to understand table Page Views, Visitors, Spiders and feeds. The plugin also shows you targets if calculates of how your views and hits are comparing month to month. Simple to use and another plugin that’s easy to install makes this in my opinion one of the must have plugins for WordPress. Website : WordPress Download : Here

If you have a plugin you think other bloggers should be aware of let me know and I will include it in future posts of this nature.



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