I pondered for about two years about whether or not I should switch blogging platform from blogger to WordPress, and I finally made the move this past spring. You can read more about my Blogger to WordPress move here. Since then, I have come to realize that switching from Blogger to WordPress was one of the best blogging decisicions that I could make, because it has give me more freedom, flexibility and the pageviews jumped almost instantly.
At first WordPress seemed confusing and limiting, but once I discovered how to utilize WordPress plugins to turn the blog into what I wanted it to be, everything just worked out perfectly. I realize that there are many other bloggers, who are pondering a move as well, so I wanted to share my favorite WordPress Plugins with all of you.
Akismet: Protects your blog from trackback and comment spam
All in One SEO Pack: Provides great tools for easy SEO optimization.
BackWPup: WordPress back up
Broken Link Checker: Gives an easy way to stay up dated on broken links, and makes it simple to fix the links again.
BulletProof Security: Provides added security, adn helps protect again hacking.
FD Feedburner Plugin: Redirects all feeds to a feedburner feed
Google Analytics for WordPress: A simple way to add Google Analytics to your WordPress blog.
Google XML Sitemaps: Helps the big search engines better organize your blog by providing a sitemap.
Image Widget: A great WordPress plugin, which provides you with more flexibility when using images in your sidebar etc.
Maintain Blogger Permalinks: Helps keep your old blogger urls, when you move from Blogger to WordPress.
Official StatCounter Plugin: In addition to Google Analytics, using statcounter provides live keyword and visitor data.
Pinterest “Pin It” Button: A simple way to help other Pinterest users pin your images.
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam: Add Captcha to your readers blog comments. This will help spam comments, and if you do not have it, comment bots can easily overload your website.
Twitter Facebook Social Share: Add social buttons to your blog
Widget Logic: Enables you to have more flexibility over your widgets, images and ads through simple codes. As an example, you can enable ads to be shown only on the main page by using the code: is_home()
WP Super Cache: Helps cashing your blog, and helps keep it running smoothly.
You can find more blogging tips under the blogging tips tab in the top navigation bar.
The plugins above are all free, and I have not encountered any problems using them. You can download the best WordPress plugins here, or you can go to the plugin tab in your WordPress dashboard for a direct upload to your blog.
What are your favorite WordPress plugins?