WordPress can be a great platform for developing search engine friendly websites, and with the help of some plugins it can be even better. Once WordPress is installed on your server, you should look to setup some foundations before making wholesale template or content alterations. Here we provide 10 WordPress SEO plugins that have been tried and tested by our good selves.

1. WP No Category Base

Remove the mandatory /category/ section from category permalinks, resulting in more search engine friendly URLs.

2. All in One SEO Pack

It’s surprising how many WordPress websites still don’t use this. Customise META and title tags for each page/post, advanced canonical URLs and more.

3. Contact Form 7

Although not an “SEO plugin” as such, this is the best contact form plugin for SEO. Easily add success pages (to monitor conversions) and create page-specific forms to improve the ‘call to actions’ of a website.

4. Yoast Analytics

One of the many great plugins by Yoast. Easily install Google Analytics tracking on a WordPress website, with the added advantage of automatically tracking outbound links.

5. Google XML Sitemaps

An XML sitemap generator that will automatically notify the major search engines each time a new post or update is made in WordPress.

6. HTML Page Sitemap

Does what it says on the tin. Easily create a static sitemap that will help users navigate through your content.

7. Search Suggest

Another Yoast plugin. Provide your users with related queries and spelling suggestions when they perform a suggest, encouraging them to stay on your site for longer.

8. FD Feedburner Plugin

Redirect the default WordPress RSS feed to a Feedburner account, without the need for any template alterations or hassle.

Got a favourite WordPress SEO plugin? Let us know in the comments.