One of the great things about using the open source WordPress platform to create a website, is that in addition to the great themes available, there are literally thousands of plugins, which makes your WordPress rock!
According to www.wordpress.org,
Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine!
Many great plugins are available at no cost and those that require a fee, are available usually at a very affordable price.
I believe that it is probably true that anyone who knows even the basics about Worpress, uses at least one plugin.
Here are 15 (in alphabetical order) that I use on every wordpress site I create.
I use others on some sites depending on the nature and purpose of that site but these 15 are included as a standard part of setting up/creating the site:
- Askimet: This plugins comes installed with WordPress. You need to purchase a key and activate the plugin. You can use the same key on all your WordPress sites.
- Broken Link Checker: Now you can monitor your website for broken links and be notified if any are found. Links in your posts and across your site can become broken for many reasons. This tool ensures you are aware when it happens.
- Duplicate Post: Clone a post or page, or edit it as a new draft with this easy to use plugin. It saves you time if you want to maintain say a certain layout for your posts and just change the content. It is also useful if say you are writing a series.
- Google Analytics For WordPress: To stay on top of your website traffic and other critical information, GA for WP lets you track your WordPress site easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.
- Google XML Sitemap: This MUST HAVE 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. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
- Hide Trackbacks: With this installed, you have the benefits of track/ping backs so you know when someone writes about or links to your post, while keeping the comments clean and uncluttered with trackback links and code.
- MHR Anti Copy: Works on pages/post content protection. Protect your content from being copy-paste via right click and words selection. It comes with powerful custom settings. You can protect a single page/post or overall pages. Everything can be done with a few simple steps. With short codes you can protect a single page that you want to protect. To see this in action, right click on any part of this site!
- Next Question: You can post a link to subscribe to your feed by placing a question at the end of the post. To see this in action, check out this post and scroll to the bottom of the post: (This plugin is no longer available from the developer for download but I would be happy to send it to you. Just hit me up in the comment box below)
- Pretty Link Lite: Shrink, beautify, track, manage and share any URL on or off of your WordPress website. Create links that look how you want using your own domain name!
- Premise (Premium plugin): This plugins lets you “quickly and easily create 8 critical landing page types, control fonts, colors, and styles without code, included custom graphics, and copy writing advice from the WordPress interface. This is perhaps the best investment I have ever made and my clients agree that it makes their life easy!!! You can see some samples here:
- Really Simple Facebook, Twitter share: In contrast to several other sharing plugin, this one aims to use only original code provided by any social network. There is no other service in the middle, you are not required to register or get a key to use it. It puts Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google “+1”, Pinterest, Tumblr and other share buttons of your choice above or below your posts.
- Tweet Old Post: An easy to install tool that helps you to keeps your old posts alive by tweeting about them and driving more traffic to them from twitter. It also helps you to promote your content. You can set time and no of tweets to post to drive more traffic.
- Uber Login Logo: This is a simple plugin that lets you customize the login screen on your wordpress website. The kewl thing is that is utilizes existing WordPress media uploader. There are no fancy bells and whistles but, this plugin delivers what it promises, and does it well.
- WP Backup (by BTE): Although I also use a premium plugin for certain kind of back-ups, this plugin is one that I use as a standard part of any wordpress set up. It performs regular backups of your upload (images) current theme, and plugin directories. Backup files are available for download and optionally emailed to a specified email.
- WP Smush It: Provides an automatic way to reduce image file sizes and improve performance within WordPress. Every image you add to a page or post will be automatically re-sized behind the scenes and, you don’t have to do anything different.
While not everyone will agree that you need each of these plugins, based on my experience and clientele, these have emerged as the most commonly required and useful plugins.
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