Best WordPress Plugins... Updated

Best WordPress Plugins… Updated

WordPressWe 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.

Essential

1. Google Analytics for WordPress

Developed by Yoast, this is an essential one for hooking your WP site into Google Analytics.

2. WordPress SEO by Yoast

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.

3. Contact Form 7

A really good contact form creator, which you can use to easily add forms to any page or post.

4. Duplicate 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).

6. Display Widgets

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.

7. Complete Central Database Backup

Your database is your heart – treat it right using this one. Simply install, generate your first backup, then schedule a weekly backup.

8. WordPress Table Rename

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.

Security

It’s important to keep your site as secure as it can be. These tools add another level to harden your website.

9. Sucuri Security – SiteCheck Malware Scanner

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.

10. Captcha

Adds a small mathematical question at login, adds security to your site.

11. Login Lockdown

Records the IP address (computer location) and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same computer, login is disabled. This helps to prevent brute force password discovery, which are usually automated login attempts.

12. All In One WP Security & Firewall

The All In One WordPress Security plugin will take your website security to a whole new level. This plugin is designed and written by experts and is easy to use and understand.

Useful

13. WP Maintenance Mode

Develop your blog while putting a “Coming Soon” message up to the public. Very useful.

14. CryptX

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.

16. Social Profiles Widget

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.

17. Easy Facebook Like Box

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.

19. Event Calendar Pro

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.

21. Search and Replace

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.

22. Lightbox Plus Colorbox

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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4 Comment on Best WordPress Plugins… Updated

  1. at 12:06 am on August 11, 2012

    You should Check out our new plugin! For Graphic Designers!

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/design-approval-system/

    Reply

  2. [...] does, however, have a significant drawback; a lack of willingness to play nicely with the excellent WordPress SEO plugin by Joost de Valk. An eCommerce plugin needs to help products get found in the search engines [...]

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  3. at 11:43 am on July 23, 2013

    I have one question which plugin will be better to use out of WP Super cache and W3 Total cache. Because few days ago i was using W3 Total cache..plugin bu my website started showing overloaded in just then i removed it from cPanel .. now my website is working well.
    http://onlinetestschool.com/best-or-necessary-plugins-for-your-wordpress-website/

    thanks for your sharing appreciable knowldge

    Reply

  4. at 4:05 pm on July 25, 2013

    Hi Manoj,

    Glad to hear you are using a caching plugin to speed up your WordPress site. Google loves to see a faster site.

    We found that W3 Total Cache is the better choice but if you found it slowed your site down, maybe try the other one and let us know how you get on.

    Thanks.

    Reply

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