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