12 Necessary Plugins Needed for WordPress Blog with video Tutorials

This tutorial deals about the most wanted wordpress plugins for a blog. WordPress has the plugins option to add some extra functions to your theme. There are lots of plugins are available for wordpress blog to add more features in it. But don’t use number of plugins in your blog, it may slowdown your blog speed because when you installed a plugin it creates new directory inside your plugins directory each plugin has separate css file if you have number of css file in your blog it may slow down your blog speed. So avoid using too much plugins in blog. Here I listed some important plugins that you must have in your blog. Each plugin has the video explanation and here are the more wordpress video tutorials.

Google xml sitemaps

Google Xml sitemaps is important plugin for search engine optimization. We can create xml sitemap  using this plugin it has the options to submit sitemap in google webmaster tools, yahoo, bing and ask search engines. If you submit sitemap in search engines search engines index your site frequently when any change in sitemap.

Watch The video on xml sitemaps


This video explains…

  • How to create xml sitemap for google webmaster tools, yahoo,bing and ask?
  • How to submit xml sitemap in google webmaster tools?
  • How to auto rebuild sitemap when content uploaded in your blog?
  • How to prioritize your blog posts in sitemap?
  • Specify auto or manual location for your sitemap.
  • How daily update xml sitemap?
  • How to give sitemap name whether sitemap.xml or sitemap.xml.gz
  • To create sitemap map use the below url in address bar

www.domainname.com/sitemap.xml.gz or www.domainname.com/sitemap.xml

All in one SEO pack

All in one SEO plugin is very useful for search engine to index your blog contents and reduce duplicate content indexed by search engines by enabling canonical url for your blog in all in one seo plugin. This plugin cover most of the basic s SEO for search engines. It is very useful for increase traffic for your site from search engines.

This video explains about the all in one seo pack options.


WordPress bloggers are very much capable of handling plugins. Isn’t it? At least you and myself. So I explain this method.I tested this method fully and it was fine. I used Wp-db-backup plugin which is available for free in wordpress plugin library.

For more assistance, watch the video on how to take wordpress database backup.

You can also get more details about the how to take back up visit WordPress Backup and Restore-Folders and Database-Video Tutorials

If you are looking for to backup both wordpress folders and database,then backup buddy plugin will helps for you.

Contact form 7

Contact form 7 wordpress plugin used to create your own contact form in pages or posts.

With help of this plugin we can create different types of contact form in different pages like contact us and services according to our requirements. We can also add captcha and file uploading options in comment form. To add captcha in form we need one more support plugin called really simple CAPTCHA. We install this plugin along with contact form 7 wp-plugin. Hre I explained the contact form 7 plugin in two videos.

Watch the video for how to create contact form.

Contact form Part 1 video contains..

  • How to install contact form7 wp-plugin?
  • How to add new input field in the contact form using generate tags?
  • How to add limited size file uploading options in contact form?
  • How to rebuild the default contact form as per your requirement?
  • How to show own messages while submitting contact form?
  • How to increase message field size of the contact form?

Watch video about how to how to add captcha in contact form

Contact form part 2 video contains..

  • How to add captcha in contact form?
  • What are all the necessary things need to add captcha?
  • How to create different types of contact forms in different pages?
  • How to add tile for each input field of the form?

Get some Attractive contact form plugin with low cost here. The main feature it will track the visitors like which page they visited.

Subscribe to comments

This plugin allow subscribed comment readers receive notification by email. If visitor subscribed to the comment, whenever new comments arrived it will notify via email.

Due to this visitors came to know what other people are saying about the post.

Watch the video about subscribe to comments

This video explain about, how to install the plugin in wordpress dashboard?


This plugin used to get more traffic from mobile browsers. Now a day peoples are browsing internet via mobile browsers. It increased rapidly past few months. So we need to design our blog compatible for all mobile browsers. Then only we can get more traffic to blog from mobile internet users. Use mobilepress plugin to display your site in mobile with mobile theme and link to desk top version. This plugin offers analytics report using aduity.

How to optimize your site mobile version watch this video

This video explains about…

  • How to modify a blog mobile compatible?
  • mobilepress wp plugin give better visibility to a blog in mobile browsers.
  • How to use specific theme for mobile version of a blog?
  • How to show ads in your mobile site that only displayed for mobile user?
  • How to give desktop version link in mobile version of blog in order to give more information for mobile users?.
  • How get analytics for your mobile users and mobile ad network?
  • How to display adsense or admob ads to mobile users?
  • How to upload custom theme for mobile browsers using mobilepress plugin?.
  • How to check a blog’s mobile display in desktop computer?

Tweet meme plugin

This plugin add the retweet button in your blog. When, visitors visit your site the visitors will easily retweet your blog post. You can also use tweet meme button, dig button and facebook share. End of the post we can add social book marking icons.

Watch the video on tweet meme plugin.

Capability manager

Capability manager plugin mainly used for the blog which has number of users, each having different role. In order to manage the wordpress admin access for each user role this will help you. With help of this plugin we enable the particular part of admin access to particular user role.

You can watch Capability manager plugin options video here.

This video contains…

  • How to add new user roles in wp admin?
  • How to change the admin access for same user role?
  • How to backup user roles?
  • How to give selective admin access for particular user?
  • How to manage admin access for different users?
  • How to give user access for guest user?
  • How to restore last backup-ed user roles?

Wp greet box

Every blog has multiple traffic sources. In order to welcome visitor from different traffic sources like twitter, facebook, delicious, digg and etc. with the welcome message we can add our subscription link according to the traffic source. Also we can use default welcome message for direct visitors with help of this plugin.

You can watch wp greet box plugin options video here.

This video contains…

  • How to create your own welcome message to your visitors?
  • How to style your welcome box or wp greet box with your own css code?
  • How show welcome message follow us link for a visitor from twitter?
  • Show different greeting messages for readers from different traffic sources.
  • how to welcome a visitor from social media or book marking sites like facebook, delicious, stumble upon and etc
  • How to add java script inside your welcome box?
  • Where you want to display greet box before or after post?
  • How to remove welcome or greet box from pages?
  • How to add own image for welcome message?
  • How to add default welcome message for direct readers?

Wp pagenavi

If your blog contains huge amount of information page navigation help readers or visitors to get the information what they want in much faster. For more in formation about how to install wp-pagenavi click here.

Recent post widget, Popular post and Related post plugins

In this video, I am going to show about how to use above three plugins and what is benefit for those plugins. These three plugins are very useful to decrease your bounce rate.

Popular post- use WP-Popular Posts Tool plugin to show popular posts based on comments, tags and category id. We can select the options to show your popular posts.

Related post- we have number of plugins in worpress. I suggested YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin) it has more options to sow your related post. It selects the related posts based on tag, category, content of the post, title. The above four options you can set which part you need most priority to show related posts. You can also use wp- thumbie related post plugin.

For more about related posts plugins visit Popular Related Post Plugins in WordPress

To watch the action of above three plugins, see video.

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  • Srivathsan G.K February 27, 2010, 12:55 PM

    Great Post and You have covered up everything .. This shows your hard work. I set up my blog with your tutorials only 🙂 thank yo so much .. your doing a great job machi 😀

    • Pascal February 27, 2010, 2:36 PM

      Thanks Srivathsan.

  • Tony M February 28, 2010, 1:52 AM

    Just added Mobile Press, thank you. I seen someone post (not here) about an HTML sitemap, any need for this?

    • Suresh March 1, 2010, 10:47 AM

      hai tony,

      Html sitemap is used to more resources to your readers.. that means Html sitemap contains all hyperlinks that you have in your site.. so if you have more hyperlinks(resource link inside the post content) in your site then you can use html sitemap, it may helpful to your readers to get more informations about the topic you have posted.. other wise it is not necessary..

  • Anish KS February 28, 2010, 12:19 PM

    i am using Ai in SEo and google site map.

    • Pascal March 1, 2010, 10:11 AM

      Oh. Anish. Fine.

      Don’t you use wp-db-backup? Do you use any other plugins for backup? If yes, can you tell me what it is? It will be helpful to us and our readers.

  • aviationMY March 6, 2010, 10:48 AM

    Hi, its over a week and there’s no update in this blog..im gonna missed this blog so much!

    • Pascal March 7, 2010, 6:46 PM

      Hi Aviation, Thanks for your interest on us. Hopefully we have been good at our works till now. To be more helpful to others, we have been working in different things. Soon you will get some nice tutorials. 🙂

      • aviationMY March 8, 2010, 5:59 AM


        i want to know how to show YARP in Thesis Theme?
        as far as i know they customize the output in the YARP template and they manage to get rid of the time-code just after the title..some of them put the code in custom_function.php

        what is the related plug-in you are using in your theme?

        hope you can show me how to customize YARP since i want to publish my site just about this time shortly..

        thank you!

        • Suresh March 8, 2010, 7:14 PM

          In fourblooger.com we are using YARPP related post plugin.. This plugin you have more options to show the related post according to your site.. go through the settings you will get it…

  • BestofBlogger March 8, 2010, 12:21 AM

    Did you go on tutarials about thesis? Please make a tutorial about slideshow.

    • Suresh March 8, 2010, 7:08 PM

      thanks for suggestion we will do it soon…

      • aviationMY March 10, 2010, 10:45 PM


        just want to know..why this blog never update for about a month?
        hope this blog will be updated shortly!

        p/s: NEW customization?? i love this!

        • Pascal March 10, 2010, 11:27 PM

          Hi Aviation, From tomorrow onwards, we will update the blog….

    • aviationMY March 8, 2010, 7:10 PM

      @best of blogger…
      i think just using a Smooth Slider plugin and customize in css

      just for sharing!

  • Suresh March 12, 2010, 10:04 PM


    There is possibility to remove sidebars in pages with help of wordpress admin post editing options…
    we are also processing on them..

  • aviaitonMY April 18, 2010, 10:28 AM

    Hi, why my Contact form 7, when i change the text area size..
    the col and the row..but it doesn’t change anything??
    indeed, im using a Firebug also it doesn’t work..my message area only like a size of text field..

    • Suresh April 18, 2010, 9:20 PM

      hai aviationMY,

      first change this column and rows in new text area field available in right side once you changed all the thing paste the text area code from right side to left side which has contact from structure. finally save it. check weather you are doing with the same form which you embedded in contact us page…

      • aviaitonMY April 18, 2010, 9:33 PM

        i already does like what you ask..but it doesn’t change..

        • Suresh April 18, 2010, 9:46 PM


          I cant find the problem with out seeing your contact form design code..

  • jack July 1, 2010, 4:05 PM

    is there any other method if i dont wanna use custom.php? like plugin?

    • Pascal July 2, 2010, 9:34 AM

      Do you ask about putting Thesis codes inside custom_functions.php?

      If yes, you can go for Thesis open hook plugin.

      You can now join our FourbloggerCLUB for 3 months of access with just $47.

  • Carol July 17, 2010, 12:34 PM

    Thank you very much for yet another first-rate article. I am always searching for original WordPress tips to suggest to my readers. Thanks for creating this article. It’s exactly what I was searching for. Truly great post.

  • Jobawareness August 3, 2010, 11:15 PM

    These are indeed necessary plugins, I use all in seo, Greet box and contact form

  • hard drive recovery tools November 12, 2010, 11:04 AM

    I am searching the plugins and widgets for blogspot blog. How can I more search engine friendly and user friendly a blogspot blog. Kindly give me some tips on this.

  • Sandy December 1, 2010, 1:21 AM

    Your tutorials were amazing..
    I have a question, i am using pixel theme , can you let me know how to add a drop down menu , i am a novoice in webpages or creation. Example : Portfolio> Birds .
    I am not finding thesis option in my dashboard ??

    Thanks in advance.
    Sorry in last comment my email id was a typo error.

  • aang March 4, 2011, 3:14 PM

    Hi Suresh, how to eliminate duplicate title tags?

    In my GWT my site has 190 duplicate title tags issue like this:

    I use thesis theme and I already used canonical (checked in thesis site option). If you know how to solve this problem please help me…

    waiting for your reply…

  • Saleeem Mumtaz August 2, 2011, 9:20 PM

    yes these 12 are really helpful i m using 8 of these and now use others

  • Waleed February 4, 2012, 4:26 AM

    Hi Bro your site is really amazing 🙂 and i learn much more from it please i have one problem, I don’t know how to upload xml file in wordpress. I got it from Bing webmastert tools for verify my site please tell me how i upload that XML file in wordpress.waiting for your reply. Thanks in advanced.

    • FourBlogger February 5, 2012, 7:55 AM

      Waleed, You should upload that file through your hosting cpanel file manager or through FTP.

  • Monty July 30, 2012, 1:39 AM

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