The beauty of an open-source CMS, whether it’s WordPress or something else, is that there is a lot of developing going on, therefore we have a wide range of plugins (aka as modules, extensions or add-ons) to choose from. Since a lot of our readers are interested in what WP has to offer, we put together a list of 6 plugins every blogger (or WordPress user for that matter) should have.

W3 Total Cache

According to Yoast, who is indubitably an authority in the industry, this is the best caching plugin for WordPress at the moment. There are few people who understand the importance of caching, but here’s an idea for a future post, so stay tuned. Basically, it all comes down to performance. If the caching is poor, the higher the traffic, the lower the server efficiency will be.

Broken Link Checker

No one wants to hit a dead end when clicking on a link, but, as posts pile up, especially if you are often linking to outside sources, it gets close to impossible to verify which destinations are still good. This plugin will do the job for you.

Redirection

We can’t stress enough the importance of redirects, especially the 301 redirect that eliminates the “duplicate content” issue SEO-wise. This plugin allows you to manage and automate redirects, so you don’t have to “get your hands dirty” in .htaccess.

Front-end editor

This plugin allows you to edit your articles on-site, without having to go back through the dashboard. Whether you have a typo or you forgot to include an image, this will save you a lot of time.

All in One SEO Pack / SEO by Yoast

SEO optimizing your blog might be a challenge if you don’t have the proper tools. The plugins above make it easier for you to add proper page titles and meta descriptions. Also, every one of your posts will be graded SEO-wise. You will be shown where you need to work a little more to have the best possible results in SERPs.

Media RSS

Although it sounds weird, you should always subscribe to your own RSS feed. This way, you will see exactly how it looks, without having to wait for feedback (that may come or not) from your readers. This plugin helps you embed media files in your feed, therefore making them a lot more attractive and improve the Click Through Rate (CTR).

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