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Creating a blog with WordPress part 2: useful plugins

With the standard installation of WordPress you can actually start blogging immediately. But there are some plugins that should be installed to give the user more control or options. These plugins affect the media library, social media implementation, search engine optimization etc.

The following plugins are highly recommended:

 

 

 

  • WP-OGP
    This plugin adds Open Graph Protocol Data to the metadata of a WordPress blog. This metadata is used when sharing a blog post on Facebook. The first image of a post will be shown, like the title and description.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-ogp/

 

  • SexyBookmarks
    SexyBookmarks adds share buttons under a post of a page. The user can define which share services should be shown. Be careful with the URL shortening though, because this can slow down the loading time of the page.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sexybookmarks/

 

  • NextGEN Gallery
    Wordpress comes with a media library that does its job pretty well. NextGEN Gallery is also a media library, but then 10 times better. It comes with tons of options, and a blog post can contain multiple image galleries. The disadvantage is that it needs a lot of memory.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery/

 

 

 

These plugins provide all the functionality that most of the people want/need for their blog. The user can write blog posts that support all kind of media, link related posts to each other, optimize the blog for search enginges and let visitors share their favourite content with just 1 click.

The next part of this tutorial series will describe how to write a blogpost using WordPress.

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