There was a time when building a website with a lot of bells and whistles was prohibitive because of the cost. Now we can use WordPress to create fabulous websites that rival major corporate sites for design, functionality and search engine friendliness for a fraction of the cost. The WordPress technology can be obtained free of charge, although when you download a theme or plugin that you like well enough to continue using, it is only right to click on the donation button from the source website and make a “love offering” to the developer. These guys really do work for the love of what they do to provide us bloggers with unbelievable opportunities. The plugins listed here make blogging a richer experience for the writer and the reader.
SEO Friendly Images
The beauty of WordPress plugins is the automation factor. SEO Friendly Images updates all your images with the best TITLE and ALT attributes for search engine optimizing your blog without being prompted. You predetermine the options.
You will love this WordPress plugin! It creates an elegant mobile theme for your blog that can be viewed on an iPhone or other similar mobile devices. You can customize how WPtouch displays from a user-friendly admin panel.
Visitor Maps and Who’s Online
This is a very cool WordPress plugin that adds interest to your blog.Visitor Maps and Who’s Online shows a map with the locations of your visitors with an admin panel showing their details, including their IP address and what page they are currently viewing.
This is a must-have WP plugin if you are concerned at all about your blog traffic and social worth. WP-Stats-Dashboard tracks your ranking across multiple sites such as Technorati and Alexa.
WPaudio MP3 Player
A very nice intuitive plugin that makes you look really good. Once installed you can start embedding mp3s instantly and WPaudio MP3 Player won’t slow down your site.
This great plugin adds 15 more features to your WYSIWYG editor. TinyMCE Advanced comes with a bunch of language translators and several more are available on the TinyMCE website.
Page Links To
A truly useful plugin that gives you ultimate control over the links on your posts and pages. It allows navigation to URLs that are not part of your blog from your navigation menus. Page Links To also lets you create 301 Moved Temporarily redirects.
Another great plugin from the WordPress geeks – don’t ya just love ’em! Exclude Pages allows you to exclude pages that you need but don’t want to show from your page menus. Awesome!