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WordPress: Top 5 Essential Plug-Ins for your WordPress Website

If you are an avid WordPress user, you already know how fantastic it is and how much time, money and energy it can save you on creating a website. Regardless of your level of expertise in the world of websites and blogs, you have the backing of talented people who have made it easy for anyone to put together a professional looking site. Adding plug-ins that compliments your use of the site can make it even more efficient.

There are so many different plug-ins available for WordPress that it can be mind-boggling on which ones you should use. However, too many plug-ins can slow down your site so you want to choose wisely on which you should implement. Talk to your Virtual Assistant about what plug-ins they recommend but here are five that are essential for the average user.

  1. W3 Total Cache. For many WordPress users, this is the end all, be all of plug ins. Designed to optimize your site, it works to make your site faster by enhancing your servers performance and reducing download times. This makes it user-friendlier for both you and your visitors.
  1. Akismet. Keeping you safe from being bogged down by spam, this plug-in is another essential tool that you should add to your WordPress arsenal. Blocking out the annoying spammers keeps your site looking professional and saves you from wasting time on comment review.
  1. All In One SEO. This time saving gizmo makes SEO a snap even for beginners. Getting your blog or website to show up on the search engine radar is a must to getting the traffic you want. This plug-in takes the work out of SEO and lets you focus on creating content that is worthy of reading.
  1. BackupBuddy. Nothing is more frustrating then losing all the information stored on your site. All the time you put into creating the perfect theme, unique content and useful plug-ins, gone in an instant. BackupBuddy stores all the aspects of your WordPress page including plug-ins and can be set to back-up on an automated schedule.
  1. Jetpack. This nifty plug-in is actually a combination of several features you can get individually all in one, which used to be only available to WordPress.com users. Two of the best are the Sharing and WordPress.com Stats. Sharing allows you to “share” your posts with platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. WordPress Stats shows you how your blog is performing and what content is driving traffic.

 

With so many plug-ins out there, it is hard to narrow down which ones are the “essential” but these five are a great place to start. They enhance the basic functions of WordPress and are tools that will help even the newest blogger or website creator look like professionals. Of course, you also have the option of using one of our experts in our Development and Design department that can put together a fantastic site for you.

 photo credit: Phil Oakley

Posted on September 6th, 2012 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

7 Comments »

moondustwriter says:

Helpful article
I’m using some but not all of these plug-ins
thanks

Posted: September 6, 2012 @ 10:20 am
Patrice Kelly, Compliance Coordinator says:

Dear Moondustwriter,

Thanks for your comment! Always great to know we’ve been of help!

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Posted: September 6, 2012 @ 4:17 pm
Elizabeth Rains says:

I second what Moondustwriter said–I wasn’t aware of some of these plug-ins, and they’ve been a tremendous help. Thanks for sharing!

Posted: September 7, 2012 @ 4:36 pm
Carolyn @ Wonder of Tech says:

Thanks for these. I also like CommentLuv that rewards commenters from leaving a comment on your blog.
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Posted: September 7, 2012 @ 9:15 pm
Yoav Burger says:

Thanks for the post, Rachel. I also know most of these plug-ins, but not all. I will look into the others and may install. To benefit other WordPress site owners, I have included your post in ‘Best of the Web’ http://bit.ly/j3bestweb, Facebook http://buff.ly/TVwkOC and Google+ http://buff.ly/TVwjdx. Thank you.

Posted: September 8, 2012 @ 2:07 pm
suresh khanal says:

Nice article with good suggestions of plugins. I started to blog with those plugins and they are truly greate to begin with. Bowever, by now, I have a different set of plugins working in my blogs. I use WordFence for security, WP SEO rather than AIO. Super Cache rather than W3TC. I believe you’ll agree with me if you checked them once.

Posted: September 9, 2012 @ 2:43 am
dadblunders says:

I use 4 out of 5 of those plug-ins! They are all great choices. the only one I haven’t tried is Backupbuddy….I need to look into that one….

Aaron

Posted: September 9, 2012 @ 7:31 am


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