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WordPress is an amazing platform which provides solution for almost any problem. There are about 23,000 WordPress plugins downloaded over 1 billion times. Plugins extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. I am using WordPress for the last 3 years and i am madly in love with the free themes and plugins and excessively use them on my web projects. In this article I am writing about the most popular WordPress plugins of 2012. I have used these popular plugins on every WordPress installation. You should try these plugins on your WordPress site and explore your option. If you have some in your mind let me know i will add them in the revised version. Thanks!

Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

All in One SEO Pack

WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines.

WPtouch

WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress website for mobile devices, complete with ajax loading articles and smooth effects when viewed from popular mobile web browsing devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile phones, BlackBerry OS6+ mobile devices, and more!

WordPress Importer

The WordPress Importer will import the following content from a WordPress export file:

  • Posts, pages and other custom post types
  • Comments
  • Custom fields and post meta
  • Categories, tags and terms from custom taxonomies
  • Authors

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, It provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more.

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.

WP Super Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

Google Analytics for WordPress

Track your WordPress site easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews. The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your blog easily and with lots of metadata.

WP PageNavi

Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface to your WordPress website.