Here’s our round-up of seven essential WordPress plugins for your self-hosted WordPress website.

Akismet

Akismet (pronounced ‘a-kĭz-mĭt’) is billed as “Possibly the best way in the world to protect you from web spam” – and we agree! Using Akismet you’ll drastically reduce the amount of spam reaching your WordPress blog.

Akismet protects your blog from comment and trackback spam by running each comment through the Akismet system. Akismet tells your WordPress blog if the comment is ham (good) or spam (bad).

You can then set your WordPress to approve or delete the comment using your WordPress admin.

Akismet is free for non-commercial use.

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WordPress SEO by Yoast

Yoast WordPress SEO plugin
Billed as an “all-in-one SEO solution” this WordPress SEO plugin really does live up to its name.

WordPress SEO by Yoast includes on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps, breadcrumbs, Facebook features and lot’s more. The great thing about this plugin is it does the job of two or three plugins in one. You might also want to check out All In One SEO and Google XML Sitemaps.

WordPress SEO by Yoast is free for non-commercial and commercial use.

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Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is flexible contact form creator for WordPress.

Using Contact Form 7 you can quickly create and add attractive forms to your WordPress blog. We like Contact Form 7 so much we use it ourselves!

Contact Form 7 has many smart features. We like that Contact Form 7 comes with default contact form that’s ready to go. You can also build your own form using the smart drag and drop interface. If fighting spam is your thing, you’ll also like how Contact Form 7 offers built-in support for Akismet (see above) spam filtering, CAPTCHA and AJAX.

Contact Form 7 is free for non-commercial and commercial use.

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WP-DBManager

Allows you to easily backup and restore your WordPress site from within your WordPress admin area. Includes tools to repair, optimise, delete and run SQL commands against your WordPress database.

WP-DBManager is free for non-commercial and commercial use.

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WordPress Importer

WordPress Importer imports your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from your WordPress export file.

WordPress Importer makes transferring your WordPress blog to another web host easy.

We think that WordPress Importer is a simple plugin that just works which for us makes it’s an essential plugin for transferring your WordPress blog.

WordPress Importer is free for non-commercial and commercial use.

WordPress Importer

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache makes your WordPress site faster.

WP Super Cache improves your site performance by using caching code that saves each of your WordPress pages as static HTMl files. Static HTML files load faster than normal WordPress pages meaning faster load times.

Faster loading pages can improve the chances of your website ranking highly in search engines.

WP Super Cache is free for non-commercial and commercial use.

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WP-PageNavi

WP-PageNavi adds more advanced page navigation to your WordPress blog.

Using WP-PageNavi you can improve the default “newer / older” WordPress pagination and replace it with page numbering instead.

This improves the navigation on your WordPress blog.

WP-PageNavi is free for non-commercial and commercial use.

WP-PageNavi

Have we missed a great WordPress plugin? Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below.

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