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List of the Top 10 WordPress Plugins

written by: •edited by: Robin L.•updated: 3/23/2010

Customize your WordPress blog with these simple plug-ins. These plug-ins can make your blog more attractive to readers, as well as more efficient to use.

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    Possibilities are Endless with Plugins

    WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms available. The standard version of WordPress is useful but it can also be boring. However, by customizing it with the use of plugins, you can turn WordPress into an extremely powerful publishing machine. What are the best plug-ins? Following is a top ten list that features the cream of the crop.

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    Top 10 List

    1. Akismet
    Blogs attract a whole horde of spammers from around the globe. Akismet is a spammer’s worst enemy and will help you keep everything clean and orderly.

    2. Google XML Sitemaps Generator
    When the Google search engine spiders hit your WordPress website, this Google XML Sitemaps Generator plug-in will give all the necessary information to get your site properly indexed.

    3. Post Ratings
    Internet users love interaction. By installing this Post Rating plug-in, you can give visitors to your WordPress the power to rate each individual post with a simple click.

    4. Show Top Commentators
    Getting loyal commentators is a great way to increase the popularity of a website. With this plug-in, the commentators with the most comments will be showcased. 

    5. Twitter Tools
    Twitter is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations on the entire Internet. With Twitter Tools, you can connect your Twitter account with your WordPress website.

    6. Social Bookmark Links WordPress
    Need hits? Social bookmarking websites are one of the easiest ways to draw traffic. This plug-in makes the bookmarking of your blog posts a simple one-step process.

    7. FeedBurner Feedsmith
    Building a base of subscribers who automatically receive your content is invaluable. By using FeedBurner Feedsmith, that process can be handled efficiently.

    8. Adsense-Deluxe
    The most popular way to try to make money on a WordPress blog is by using Google Adsense. This plug-in allows for easy implementation of the Adsense code.

    9. WP-Cache 2.0
    WordPress can be sluggish and slow to load on occasion. By using WP-Cache 2.0, you can speed up the process and make the experience on your website faster for everyone.

    10. WordPress Database Backup
    Once you have your blog and you are updating it regular, your most precious commodity will become your WordPress database. Easily and quickly back it up using this plug-in.