I have chosen these plug-ins to fix many common & critical issues with new WordPress websites. This more like a top 10 most needed plug-ins. When I create any site the first thing to do is get all of these plug-ins running. Each one has it’s own benefits that I can’t do without. These plug-ins will fix many issues with spam, security, on page SEO, sitemaps, social sharing and caching.
Top 10 WordPress Plug-Ins:
Copy the name of the plug-in and paste it into the search box inside add new plug-in in your WP Plugins Section. Download and activate each plug-in, most require minimal setup.
#1 Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate By: DSmidgy, NeoEGM, Arne Brachhold – This Plug-in is a must have. Google requires your site to have a sitemap and this plug-in makes it an absolute breeze. In my opinion having your sitemap designed specifically designed for Google makes the most sense.
#2 All in one SEO Pack By: Michael Torbert – This plugin adds a section at the bottom of each internal page and post to add a title, description & keywords. All in one also fixes some minor SEO errors like Robots text and page indexing. This is imperative when you are SEOing your content. I have chosen not to use WordPress SEO by Yeost because I prefer to have specific plug-ins for my individual needs because each issue is more specifically addressed.
#3 W3 Super Cache By: Donncha O Caoimh – This plug-in is a requirement of your websites SEO. Super Cache makes an optimized version of each page that makes load time super fast!
#4 Broken Link Checker By: Janis Elsts – Searches your entire site for bad links and reports it to your email. It also has an admin panel reporter with an easy fix area.
#5 EP Social Widget By: Mattias Hedman – Gives you buttons that link directly to your Facebook and Twitter home pages.
#6 ShareBar By Monjurul Dolon – This plug-in gives you like and share buttons for Facebook, Twitter and others with lots of features. This plug-in is a must! Getting people to like and share your page will broaden your social market.
#7 Akismet By: Automattic – Rejects most spam on comment sections. This plug-in comes with WordPress just activate and go. It needs an activation key to get started.
#8 Contact form 7 By: Takayuki Miyoshi – Very easy to use contact form, comes with WP. I also highly recommend Really Simple CAPTCHA By: Takayuki Miyoshi This will keep the comment form spam to a minimum, and it’s easy to use for the form user.
#9 P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) By: GoDaddy.com – This is a great plug-in created by GoDaddy. It assesses your website’s plug-in impact and displays an easy to understand graph. If you have a plug-in eating up your load time, you will see it with this plug-in.
#10 WooCommerce By: WooThemes – This in my opinion is the best shopping cart available for WordPress.
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