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 2014.
Developed by Yoast, this is an essential one for hooking your WP site into Google Analytics.
It’s still hard to beat Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin for getting your site to rank well in the major search engines. It previews your “search engine display snippet” as you type it, lets you see if you have maximized your visibility for a search phrase, automatically submits (called “pinging”) your “page list” to Bing, Yahoo and Google (useful for getting indexed quickly), and has other highly useful tools.
A really good contact form creator, which you can use to easily add forms to any page or post.
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.
5. 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.
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.
It’s important to keep your site as secure as it can be. These tools add another level to harden your website.
An excellent security tool with almost any feature you want available: database backup, hardening, notifications of attempted logins, malware scanning,
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.
Adds a small mathematical question at login, adds security to your site.
12. Menu Icons
Adds small icons to your navigation bar.
A handy tool for adding a holding page with a place to put your Google Analytics tracking code.
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.
15. Child Themify
Create “child themes” from any non-child theme at the click of a button, which means that if you want to make code changes to your theme, make them to the “child theme” instead to leave your main theme untouched.
This one only LINKS TO your social profiles with a selection of icons, doesn’t add a way for people to like or follow you.
A snip to insert a Facebook sidebar box with “Like” button, faces, and feed.
18. 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.
It’s a bit cheeky for the developers to hide recurring events feature in the Pro version ($65/year) but this event calendar is excellent.
20. 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.