10 Free Yet Useful WordPress Plugins to Power-up your Blog

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10 very useful and absolutely free wordpress plugins to optimize your website/blog.  This is a cocktail post so you will find every kind of widget here, from search engine optimization to graphical enhancement.

Some of them are intended for the professionals but some are not. For further information or installation instructions about any of these widgets, please visit the source. To visit the source website, click the heading (name) of that widget. All the widgets are being shared with the original descriptions creators description.

We are looking forward to your feedback. It is only your comments which whisper the zeitgeist in Designzzz’s ear. So keep the comments coming.

A Little apology, since most of the widgets are selected from wordpress.org some of them don’t have any screenshot.

Global Translator

Global Translator automatically translates your blog in the following 48 different languages: Italian, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Greek, Dutch, Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Norwegian, Catalan, Filipino, Hebrew, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese,Albanian,Estonian,Galician,Maltese,Thai,Turkish,Hungarian.

Quick Cache

Quick Cache is one of those plugins that you absolutely MUST have installed. Quick Cache takes a real-time snapshot ( building a cache ) of every Page, Post, Category, Link, etc. These snapshots are then stored ( cached ) intuitively, so they can be referenced later, in order to save all of that processing time that has been dragging your site down and costing you money.

Sliding Panel

The Sliding Panel plugin adds a panel that opens and closes to the top of your WordPress-powered blog. If you’re in need of an area to house more content yet not get in the way, this is the ideal plugin. The plugin is built off the wonderful jQuery library and is fully widgetized, so you can add any content you want. If you want a login form. Add it. If you want welcome text. No problem.

Ultimate Google Analytics

Ultimate Google Analytics

Features

  • Start with a simple configuration screen and hide more advanced/complex configuration in an Advanced Configuration mode
  • Do not make any changes to feeds, as it is not wise to include JavaScript in those
  • (Optionally) add Google Analytics JavaScript tracker code to the footer of all weblog pages
  • (Optionally) add the same JavaScript tracker code to the admin pages if you want to track those as well
  • When adding the JavaScript tracker code to a page, put it at the end of the body. There are quite a few WordPress plugins for Google Analytics out there. Most of them include the JavaScript in the head section. This can delay the loading of your page and is not advised by Google.

(To view the full list of features, kindly visit the homepage by clicking the name of this widget)

SEO Friendly Images

SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.

BuddyPress

Social networking in a box. Build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of WordPress. BuddyPress will let users register on your site and start creating profiles, posting messages, making connections, creating and interacting in groups and much more.

Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator

This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.

SEO Slugs

SEO Slugs plugin strips common words like “what”, “you” or “can” out of your post slug to make it more search engine friendly. With SEO Slugs plugin activated, the slug for our example blog post would look like this:

/immediately-higher-rankings

The slug is generated on saving a post (so you get a chance to look at it before publishing, and change it), or on publish. It won’t overwrite an existing slug. You can force a new slug generation by deleting the existing one.

WP-Backlinks

WP-Backlinks is a plugin that makes it easy to trade and manage your backlinks on a weblog. There will be a form for other weblog owners to fill out in your side navigation with their site details and and the url to the weblog article that has a link to your site.

WP Greet Box

This plugin lets you show a different greeting message to your new visitors depending on their referrer url. For example, when a Digg user clicks through from Digg, they will see a message reminding them to digg your post if they like it.

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Published on: January 3, 2011,

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Tayyab is the Editor at Designzzz. He also teaches design, and he is learning to become a documentary director. When he's not working, he's out doing photojournalism.
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