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TOP Plugins for WordPress and What They Do!

TOP Plugins for WordPress and What They DoEver wondered about all those plugins for WordPress and which ones are best for you?  Here’s your answer!  While in your dashboard, go to “Plugins” – “Add New” and simply type these in the search bar!

Akismet – Akismet is the comment spam fighter that comes built into WordPress and it does a mighty fine job.  Activate this plugin and you won’t need to moderate or captcha your comment submissions.  Akismet does 99% of the work for you.

All in One SEO Pack – Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.  Use this ONLY if your theme does not have the metatag fields built-in (Title, Description, Keywords).

FT Signature Manager – FT Signature Manager allows each author on your blog to include a signature at the end of their posts.

Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and to better index your blog.

Post Page Associator – The Post-Page-Associator enables you to attach posts to a page.

Quick Cache (alternative to WP Super Cache) – If you care about the speed of your site, Quick Cache is one of those plugins that you absolutely MUST have installed. Quick Cache takes a real-time snapshot ( building a cache ) of every Page, Post, Category, Link, etc. These snapshots are then stored ( cached ) intuitively, so they can be referenced later.

SEO Smart Links – SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog.

Sexy Bookmarks – SexyBookmarks adds a (X)HTML compliant list of social bookmarking icons to each of your posts.

Thank Me Later – Automatically send a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages the visitor by reminding them to check back for responses or new blog posts. The plugin is highly configurable with multiple messages, variable delay and restrictions.

NOTE: WP-Cron doesn’t seem to be working. Thank Me Later is emulating the behaviour of WP-Cron, which may slightly slow down some page loads. You may wish to seek a solution to this problem, although the impact is usually negligible.

WP-DBManager – Supports automatic scheduling of backing up and optimizing of database.

WPTouch – WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.

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