wordpress plugins

One of the many nice things about WordPress is that you can easily customize your site with free plugins. The beyond-awesome WordPress community provides hundreds of these free functionality tools. Here’s a list of my favorite WordPress plugins. Which WP plugins do you use?

  1. Akismet – Protects agains spam
  2. All in One SEO Pack – Optimizes WP site for search engines. Most popular. Easy.
  3. Backup Buddy – Backs up your WP site. Fee’d.
  4. Backup to Dropbox – Free
  5. Broken Link Checker – Email notification when a link is broken on your site
  6. Google XML Sitemaps – Helps search engines better index your site
  7. Gravity Forms – Intermediate form tool. Includes forms for: contact, payment, membership, mailing lists, polls, surveys and more.
  8. Jetpack – Collection of widgets for analytics, galleries, social integration, contact forms, mobile and more.
  9. Login Lockdown – Login function is disabled after a certain number of login attempts
  10. No Right Click Image Plugin – Protects against right clicking and downloading your images
  11. WowSlider – jQuery slideshow generator
  12. W3 Total Cache – Speeds up your WP site, enhances performance
  13. WordPress Firewall – Added level of security
  14. WP SEO by Yoast – Intermediate SEO tool. All encompassing. Helps you choose the best keywords. Incorporates analytics, webmaster tools, site maps, and social integration.
  15. WP Touch – adjusts your WP site for mobile

Things to remember:

  • Always update plugins to avoid security breaches.
  • To prevent site breakage, avoid loading multiple plugins that perform the same function.
  • Look for plugins with good ratings and documentation.

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