As WordPress becomes more and more popular for people to build websites, plugins for wordpress are also getting a lot of attention. What are plugins exactly? They are actually add-ons that the Bloggers and Webmasters can use to enhance and add functions to their sites easily.
Installing plugins are fun but you may want to minimize the number of plugins as they will slow down your site if you have too many of them installed at the same time. But no matter what you do, there are 3 plugins that all wordpress sites must have. If you are new to wordpress, you should at least install the following plugins:
Contact Form 7
I like this plugin very much (my contact form is powered by contact form 7 plugin) as it not only allows you to create a contact form easily but you can also use this plugin to create sophisticated forms to capture customers’ orders if you need it. This is the most flexible contact form plugin that I have used so far! Definitely a must for all wordpress users. You can install contact form 7 via this link.
This plugin comes with the default wordpress installation but you will need to activate it in order for it to work. The purpose of Akismet is to help you filter and delete spam comments. Do not underestimate the power of this plugin! Without this, you will be receiving emails everyday on comments from the spammers.. You would need a Akismet key to activate this plugin. You can apply a key here for free.
I believe your purpose of the website is to help you spread awareness about you or your products / services. To do this, you will have to know how many visitors you have per month and how are they viewing your web pages. How they came to know about your site? Where are they coming from? These are just some of the important questions you need to answer in order to design and improve your site for your targeted market.
As a fan of Google Web Analytics, I use the plugin – Google Analyticator to help me install analytics and start tracking my site visitors within minutes! You can download and install Google Analyticator here.
If you do not have time to find the most appropriate plugins for your wordpress sites, then just install the above 3 plugins to get your website going! I hope these information helps!