Do you have a blog? Which blogging platform are you using? Is it Tumblr, Blogger, or WordPress?
Both Tumblr and Blogger are easy to use but don’t offer the customization options that WordPress does. So if you decide to become a serious blogger who loves to be ‘independent’ (you have no control over your Tumblr or Blogger account), WordPress is the platform to choose.
Why should you use WordPress?
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about the Automattic Empire –the company behind WordPress, where I included the following two stats:
- 66+ million WordPress-based websites worldwide
- 18.9% of websites run on WordPress
Some of the most popular blogs in the world run on WordPress, such as Forbes, CNN, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal blogs.
The coolest part about WordPress is the fact that it’s a free, open source project, which means that there are hundreds of tech nerds and web designers working on it worldwide. The same applies to the numerous plugins (over 30,000 free and premium plugins) that are available. If you want to protect your site against spam… you will find a free plugin for that. If you want to optimize your site in terms of SEO… again you’ll find a free plugin that was developed just for that.
Another major benefit of working with WordPress is the huge theme library (free and paid) available. There are loads of experts that have specialized on developing, designing and customizing websites, which leads to more flexibility and lower costs due to a high supply.
The 25 most popular WordPress plugins
You can use over 30,000 plugins to customize your blog and website. But what are the top 25 WordPress plugins you should know about?
The company LeadIn created an infographic of the top WordPress plugins ranked by the number of downloads.
If you want to have a look at the top 100 WordPress plugins used worldwide visit LeadIn. According to the company, the ranking is updated on a monthly basis.
The fact that there is no backup plugin included in the top 25 list, shows that download figures might not be the appropriate quality criteria after all. So make sure you install a backup plugin on your website to avoid unpleasant surprises right from the start.
What WordPress plugins do you recommend? Any on this list? Look forward to your insights in the comments below.