WordPress is by miles the most popular CMS (Content Management System) it is used for both businesses and personal use, and is easy to use and maintain. However sometimes there are times where you feel that WordPress is limited and you wish there were options to take your website further, so here are a list of twenty essential WP plugins to take your website that bit further.
Top twenty essential WordPress plugins for any WP user (first 10)
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast – Excellent free tool, that ensures that all of your blog posts are SEO compliant by giving the blogger a load of options such as focus keywords, Meta description, page analysis and much more. When you talk about ‘must-have’ plugins – this is an ultimate must-have for any aspiring web entrepreneur.
2. Akismet Comment and Trackback Spam Plugin – Around 8/10 comments on your site are spam. Akismet have made it their job to block it all. If you need help removing spam comments, then Akismet is the one for you, so tuned to perfection you won’t see any spam at all.
3. WP Touch – Automatically makes your WP blog compatible with mobiles, Iphones, Smartphones and etc… with options to change back to the ‘desktop’ theme. Super quick and easy to set up and fully customisable, WP Touch is a must have for any website that receives traffic from handheld systems. Unfortunately this plugin is not free, but does start with a free trial.
4. Commentluv – Good free tool that helps to make readers more active on your site and whilst also adding more ways to get backlinks to your site. Commentluv does this by giving an extra option for users to post back a link to their site.
5. Statcounter plugin – Excellent add-on that gives you all of Statcounters useful features that tell you who’s been visiting the site, where they come from and etc. the list is endless, Statcounter is an essential tool.
6. W3 Total cache – The ultimate plugin to speed up your WP blog, W3 Total cache improves the user experience of your site by reducing download speed, improving your server speed and lots more!
7. Google XML sitemaps – Free plugin that generates a sitemap of your site which makes it much easier for search engine bots to review your site, which is important for SEO. Another feature is that it notifies major search engines when new content is added.
8. All in one SEO pack – It’s impossible to not include this one, the most popular SEO plugin for WP – All in one includes a massive range of features including: SEO integration for E-commerce sites, Google Analytics, Generates META tags automatically and tons more – awesome must-have tool.
9. Contact form 7 – Easily customise multiple forms with spam filtering, CAPTCHA, Ajax powered submission and more. The best contact form generator on the block and one of the most downloaded plugin’s for WordPress.
10. Jetpack – Make your WordPress.org blog more like a WordPress.com blog with some awesome features that were previously only available for WordPress.com users! Such as: stats, Url shorteners and many more powerful features.
This is the first in a 2 part series of 20 essential WordPress plugins, if you have any suggestions for plugins in the second part I will welcome them in the comments section and if you have any questions – in the comments section.