Best WordPress Plugins… Updated
We think WordPress is a wonderful tool but is so much better with some of the best WordPress plugins. Here are our essentials and some favorites, updated for 2013.
Developed by Yoast, this is an essential one for hooking your WP site into Google Analytics.
I thought that the All in One SEO Pack plugin was the best SEO plugin until I tried Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin. It actually previews your title and meta description tags and lets you know if you’ve missed an element in your post based on your targeted keyword phrase. It also allows you to import from other plugins, adds sitemap.xml and Google, Yahoo! and Bing site verification functionality! Joost “Yoast” de Valk rules.
3. Login Logo
By default, the WordPress logo is visible in your login page. Use this one to upload your own logo and brand your login page (you’ll need server access).
This will allow you to display widgets on specific pages using a single sidebar. Without it, your widget would display on every page or post using that sidebar. For example, you might want to have a location map on every page EXCEPT the Contact page.
Your database is your heart – treat it right using this one. Simply install, generate your first backup, then schedule a weekly backup.
You know, small can be beautiful and this one just saves time! Have multiple posts? Use this to quickly duplicate an existing one that took you an hour to create then off you go.
A really good contact form creator, which you can use to easily add forms to any page or post.
By default, WordPress creates a specific database structure, which can be a security risk. Use this plugin to easily change that structure without affecting the site. For webmasters only.
From those great guys at Sucuri, this one can scan your site if you have a malware attack and get the dreaded red screen of death by Google. You can also “harden” exposed directories with one click! It won’t PREVENT malware but will help you remedy a bad situation.
Develop your blog while putting a “Coming Soon” message up to the public. Very useful.
Email harvesters are the scourge of the Internet. Just add an email address to a post or page and let this one automatically encrypt it so the address can’t be recognized by those harvesters.
Adds a small mathematical question at login, adds security to your site.
13. Update Notifier
I find this one useful for sending an automatic email to the client to let them know that there is an update to WordPress. This keeps them on their toes and invested in their blog. It keeps sending emails until it gets updated!
Add your social profiles using this neat sidebar widget. Has some sweet icon options too.
15. Post Expirator
With WordPress, you can schedule a post by putting a future date in but you can’t bring it down. Use this one to do just that.
16. My Calendar and The Events Calendar
Two good calendar plugins plus The Events Calendar has a premium upgrade to a better version.
17. Digg Digg
Social sharing is essential these days to why not add this to every post. And don’t forget to make a donation to these fine WordPress plugin developers.
This one is incredibly useful when you need to change links across your entire site, especially if you have just moved from one domain to another. It won’t, however, change links in your widgets so you’ll need to do those manually.
We have replaced the famous NextGen plugin with this one due to the problems caused by NextGen’s update to version 2.0. This one takes advantage of WordPress’ built-in functionality so works nicely with plenty of options. Check out this excellent setup tutorial as well.
Don’t forget to make a donation to these fine plugin developers. Let us know if we can help you with your WordPress site.
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