WordPress Tips: Finding the Right Plugin: With the wealth of plugins available on the WordPress platform, it can be a difficult task to determine which ones are right for your site. There are many basic tips and tricks that can help you with this, but ultimately, only you (and your readers, perhaps) know for certain which plugins will be the most useful for your site. In many cases, choosing the best WordPress plugins for your site depends largely on the type of content you produce. For example, a news blog may rely heavily on high volume readership, so you would want to install a plugin that easily allows users to share the content on your site with their friends. This can be in the form of email, but willy most likely be on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Virtually any social media plugin should accomplish this task with relative ease.
Meanwhile, an e-commerce site may choose to install a shopping cart plugin that allows users to make purchases directly from the WordPress platform. This is a useful (and free) alternative to using third party services that can sometimes frustrate visitors. There are some plugins that most, if not all blogs should find useful. These include items like SEO packs, contact forms, anti-spam comment filters, and advanced search options for your site. Email subscription tools are also popular because they allow visitors to see the latest happenings of your site without having to leave their inbox.
Depending on your blogs’ content, you may also be tempted to monetize your blog. Rest assured, there are plenty of plugins available for this purpose. However, remember to place ads in such a way as to not frustrate and alienate your visitors. People don’t like being interrupted from reading by pop-ups or ads that appear over content. Placing relevant ads tastefully can be difficult, but it is the best way to ensure that you will gain maximum results without losing traffic. As engineer of your blog, you are tasked with finding which specific plugins meet the needs of both you and your visitors.
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