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Ten Great Wordpress CMS Plug-ins


WordPress plugins are valuable tools that can help you enhance your website and save time in the process. With so many plugins to choose from, it may be difficult to sift through them all to see which ones are best. This top ten list showcases some of the best plugins that you can use to give your WordPress CMS a boost.

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Akismet

Sticking with the topic of comments in WordPress, one unfortunate aspect of having such a site is the presence of spam.  Whether it's human or bot-driven, spam can clutter up your site's comments and really disrupt legitimate conversations.  Since spam is so omnipresent, trying to detect and delete it manually can be extremely time consuming.  With the Akismet WordPress plugin, you can save time spent on spam detection so that you have more time to constructively build your site. 

Once installed, the plugin will take your site's comments and check them against the Akismet web service.  It shows you the comments detected as spam, highlights links in comments, provides reports on users, and more.

Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

ReplyMe

Conversations are a great way to build loyalty to your site.  If a visitor leaves a comment, a lengthy conversation can ensue if others respond.  This gives visitors a valid reason to come back to your site, and it allows you to begin developing a small community of people with like interests.  ReplyMe is a perfect plugin for comments and conversation building.

ReplyMe works by using a smart response system.  If you post a comment, you will receive an email only when somebody responds directly to the comment.  This allows you to be alerted only when necessary.  ReplyMe also eliminates the need for people to subscribe to comments.

Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/replyme/

Sharebar

Social networking's huge online presence and in the world in general has made it a great avenue for increasing site visibility.  Many Internet users have a social networking profile on at least one site, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or any other network.  By integrating the Sharebar plugin with your WordPress site, you give visitors the power to increase your site's reach. 

Sharebar adds a small vertical box to your site with icons for various social networking sites.  The design is non-intrusive, but just visible enough to get noticed.  It also allows you to customize the setup and order in which the icons appear.

Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sharebar/

Contact Form 7

Forms are an essential part to increasing visitor interaction on your site.  You can use forms to generate feedback, receive requests, build lists, and more.  While there are a ton of contact form plugins that are readily available, Contact Form 7 is hard to beat.

Contact Form 7 is very easy to use.  The layout is basic, and it allows you to create custom contact forms that cater to your site's specific needs.  Each form can be tweaked in terms of its number of fields, field titles, and more.  It also offers features that protect against spam, such as Akismet filtering and CAPTCHA. 

Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/

Smart YouTube

Humans love visual stimulation, and including YouTube videos on your WordPress site is one way to keep visitors intrigued.  The Smart YouTube plugin offers a quick way for you to inject YouTube videos into your site.  If you want video integration on your site with little work, Smart YouTube is the plugin for you.

Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/smart-youtube/

Be sure to visit the official links of these ten WordPress plugins to see which ones can add extra value to your site.


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