There is no doubt to say that wordpress is the best Content Management System for Blogs. We are also using the same. There are many CMS in the market but none is in the competition with WordPress. Millions of bloggers give preference to wordpress while choosing CMS for their blog.
WordPress has awesome support for plugins. You can add many more functionalities
Here is the list of top 10 wordpress plugins which you must have on your blog:
This is an anti-spam plugin which is installed by default but you need to activate it using API key which you can get on its official site.
This plugin sends all the spam comments in the spam folder and keeps genuine and spam comments apart.
This plugin generate an XML sitemap for your blog which you can submit to Google webmaster in order to increase the indexing rate of your blog. Search engines love xml sitemaps because they find all the links of a blog on a single page.
This plugin integrates social share buttons on your blog which users can use to share your blog posts. This is indeed required to make sharing easier for your readers.
Alternatively, you can use shareholic, addthis, digg dig plugins.
Showing some of the related posts at the end of the blog post is always good to engage the users. This plugin helps you add multiple related posts in an easy way.
5. Super Cache
Cache plugins are used to give the best user experience. The site opens faster if your user visits second time and so on.Alternatively, you can use W3 total cache.
As your blog gets older, you notice many comment links or in post links are broken but it is tough to find manually and fix them. This plugin lets you know how many links are broken and also give option to fix them.
This plugin helps you add contact form on your pages or into posts. It’s good to give your readers an easy way to contact you.
This plugin helps you block a user trying to access your admin. You can set 3 times or 4 times wrong password block. I mean if you set 3 then if someone tries to login and enter the wrong password 3 times then he/she can be blocked for specified time by you.
This is a backup plugin which takes back up of both files and database. You can get the backup either in your email or anywhere in cloud like Dropbox, FTP etc.
This plugin helps you put Meta tags for each posts and pages and even for home page. It also tells you the SEO score of your post as per the focused keyword.
These plugins are most important ones which you must not miss. However there are many alternatives of these and also many other plugin you can install on your blog to improve its functionality. Let me know your views in comments about these plugins.