Recently I did a post on WordPress For Your Real Estate Blog http://www.magneticrealestateagent.com/business-blogging-for-real-estate in which I discussed the benefits of having a WordPress blog.
Today I want to give you my personal favourite wordpress plugins to help your blog run smoother. A plugin is a piece of software that is an addon in processing additional content for your blog. They are easy to install; generally with just one click. In your side bar on your dashboard within your blog you’ll notice the word plugins.
Simply click on it and you’ll be given a choice to search for plugins or upload from an external source. In the search box put in what you are trying to do or source. For example if if want to add your Facebook details to your blog, you can get a plugin by typing in Facebook and choosing for the best options. Each plugin has a user rating depending on the ease of use, functionality etc. I generally choose 4stars + if there is a general plugin for a function I want to do.
Here are my favourite WordPress plugins for your blog:
Akismet– Check comments again spam and other robots you don’t want polluting your website. By:Automattic
GetResponse Comment Optin - With this plugin, you now have the ability to add a simple checkbox and message to the end of your comment forms to allow your users to subscribe to a GetResponse list when commenting.
Contact Form 7 - Perfect for your Contact Us page and other ‘form’ options. By: Takayuki Miyoshi
Easy Twitter Button – Add the official twitter button in your articles. Select the position, on what pages to show it and add custom css to the twitter div box. By: DolcePixel
Facebook Meta Tags – This plugin adds appropriate meta tags for facebook share. No Setting required. By: Matt Say
Facebook Social Plugins – Easily integrate Facebook’s social features on your blog. By: Olivier Lussier.
General Headers & Footers – Edit your standard headers and footers. By: David Gibbs
Google Analytics Dashboard - Google Analytics graph integration. By: Carson McDonald
Google Analytics for WordPress – This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics to your WordPress blog, adding lots of features, eg. custom variables and automatic clickout and download tracking. By: Joost de Valk
Online Backup for WordPress– Online Backup for WordPress allows you to easily backup your WordPress site with encryption to email, download or free 100 MB secure online storage. By: Jason Woods @ Backup Technology
Pinterest “Pin It” Button – Add the ability to share on the most popular social network in the world to your blog! By: Phil Derksen
SEO Friendly Images– Just what it says! Make your images friendly with search engines and bring greater results to your blog when it comes to SEO! By: Vladimir Prelovac
SEO Smart Links - provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more. By Vladimir Prelovac
Subscribe to Comments – Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. By: Mark Jaquith
Subscription Options – Adds subscription option icons for your RSS Feed; your FeedBurner Email Service; your Twitter Stream and even your Facebook page. Thousands of colour options. Totally user-defined. By: Tom Saunter
The OpenHook Customizations Manager – This plugin allows you to insert arbitrary content into the many hooks that the Thesis Theme Framework provides. Never again edit a file! By: Rick Beckman
Ultimate TinyMCE – Ultimate TinyMCE will add over 30 new buttons to the default visual tinymce editor, giving you the power to visually create your pages and posts. No need for mucking about in HTML and CSS. By: Josh Lobe
W3 Total Cache – Improve site performance and user experience via caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support. By: Frederick Townes
WordPress Post Tabs - WordPress Post Tabs will help you to easily display your WordPress Post or Page sections in structured tabs, so that if you are writing some review post, you can add distinct tabs representing each section of the review like overview, specifications, performance, final rating and so on. By: Internet Techies
WordPress SEO – One of the best SEO Plugins I’ve seen in a long time that can be used on all themes of WordPress, free or paid. By:Joost de Valk
WP DBManager – Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database. (Does not work if hosted with GoDaddy) By: Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan
WP-PostRatings– Adds an AJAX rating system for your WordPress blog’s post/page. By: Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan
WP-PostViews – Enables you to display how many times a post/page had been viewed. By: Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan
In addition to these you can get specific real estate plugins eg mortgage calculators, stamp duty calculators, listing plugins etc. Search WordPress plugins to find what you need