Chapter 3: Add some plugins
There are thousands of different WordPress plugins available that can enable you to do lots of different things with your blog.
Like themes, some plugins are free and others are paid for.
Here's a list of essential plugins you might want to install onto your blog:
Akismet is already pre-installed on every new WordPress blog and all you need to do is activate it. This a great plugin that helps to prevent spam comments appearing on your blog (believe me, spam is a real problem on blogs and if you leave your blog running for just a few days without
Akismet being activated you’ll be amazed by how many spam comments you get!)
All In One SEO Pack – This is a nifty plugin that does SEO on your blog and helps it to rank better in the search
Google XML Sitemaps – Enables your blog to be indexed faster by the search engines. It seems to work pretty well too and even a brand new blog can get indexed in a matter of hours.
Google Analytics – Allows you to see how many people are viewing your blog, where they came from and what content they are looking at etc.
ShareThis – A simple plugin that adds ‘share’ buttons to the bottom of your blog posts, so that your readers can share your content with people on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Twitter Tools – A cool plugin that links your blog with your Twitter account and automatically tweets whenever you make a new post, as well as showing new tweets on your blog.
WPTools – Optimizes your blog so that it can be more easily viewed on mobile devices.
How to install a plugin
Installing a new plugin is easy - just hover your mouse over Plugins on the left- hand menu bar of the dashboard and then click on Add New on the menu that appears:
On the next page simply click on the Upload tab and click Browse to select the zip folder on your computer that contains the plugin, then click Install Now:
Once your plugin has upload you then need to activate it. Just click Activate below the plugin to do this.