WordPress plugins are used to extend the functionality of WordPress. These are the 8 plugins I install by default with every installation. I’m not saying these are the only plugins you should have, I have some sites that have 10-15 plugins installed. It all depends on what type of functionality you need to add to your site. These 8 plugins will give you a great start in getting your site up and running.
8 Plugins Every Site Needs:
- All in One SEO Pack
- Contact Form 7
- Google Analyticator
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Subscribe To Comments
- W3 Total Cache
- WordPress Database Backup
Akismet - This is one of the plugins installed by default with your WordPress installation. It does a great job of checking comments against the Akismet servers to see if they look like spam and filtering them out if needed.
All in One SEO Pack – Want to get your site ranked by search engines? Then this is a must have plugin. This plugin makes it easy for you to add unique meta descriptions, keywords and titles to each page and post you create.
Contact Form 7 – Extremely flexible and easy to use for creator. This plugin will let you create any kind of form and place it in any page or post you want. Every site needs at least a contact page, use this plugin to easily create one.
Google XML Sitemaps – Creates an XML sitemap and submits it to search engines. This allows Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.. to crawl your site more efficiently. It also notifies saerch engines of new content on your site so that it can be re-indexed.
Subscribe To Comments – Allows your visitors to subscribe to the comments of a post. This keeps them updated on the latest discussion and has the potential to bring them back to your site to contribute more often.
W3 Total Cache – The fastest and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress. Install this just in case your site gets picked up by a social media site such as Digg or StumbleUpon.
WordPress Database Backup – Create automated backups of your database. These backups can be scheduled at any interval you want and can be saved to the server or emailed to you for safe keeping. I recommend having them emailed to you, if something happens to your site or the server your backups could be gone also if that is where you are backing them up.
These plugins will give you the basic functionality that every site needs. Like I mentioned earlier these aren’t the only plugins you will need, there are certainly more depending on the type of site you have.
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