5 WordPress plugins you should be using

WordPress is the World’s most popular Blogging tool and is included in the 100+ 1-Click Install web applications, FREE with Namesco’s new Web Hosting plans.

Now we all love WordPress, but even straight out of the box, it could with a little more TLC to shine and by TLC – we mean plugins!

You can install plugins from your WordPress dashboard – just click on Plugins > Add new or you can manually install them.

Akismet
Akismet is a spam filtering plugin developed by Automattic (the people behind WordPress) that will prevent link spam. The Akismet plugin is actually ‘plugged in’ by default as part of WordPress, however it still needs to be manually configured in order for it to start filtering comment spam. All you need to do is click on ‘Plugins’ in your WordPress dashboard, and then follow the steps on the page.

WP Super Cache
WP Super cache is a caching plugin that will speed up your site alot. Rather than invoking PHP and accessing the MySQL database to retrieve your posts every time someone visits, this plugin will create flat HTML files of the pages that make up the site and serve these up instead.

Amendment: WP Super cache doesn’t play ball with Zeus, try this one instead!

Hyper Cache

Hyper Cache is a caching plugin for WordPress that caches commonly served content to speed up your WordPress site. It doesn’t rely on mod_rewrite and according to the developers site – should play nicely with IIS too.

All In One SEO Pack
If you want your blog to be noticed, then Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is something that you should be thinking about (if you aren’t already). Thankfully, you don’t need to start sifting through log files and fiddling with server configurations, – you just need to install All In One SEO Pack and run through a few basic options (page titles, keywords etc.)

Fast and Secure Contact Form
Fast and Secure Contact Form is a plugin that will let you add a contact page to your WordPress site. Once you’ve activated the plugin, you simply need to run through a few options and then add a page for the contact form to go on. It also comes with a CAPTCHA straight out of the box to prevent spam comments.

NextGEN Gallery
NextGEN Gallery will let you add an image gallery to your site in just a few clicks. Once you have activated the plugin, you will see a new option on the left called ‘Gallery’ – this is where you can create new galleries and upload images.

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