If you’re like a lot of bloggers, you’re probably always on the lookout for good wordpress plugins and resources that can help you build a better website.
I’m the same way. In fact, my computer bookmarks are just loaded with useful sites.
Some weeks back I was telling someone about my essential wordpress plugins, and he said I should share them with other bloggers. It sounded like a good idea in theory.
However, I have literally dozens – probably hundreds – of resources bookmarked. And the truth is, not all of them are that great.
So here’s what I did – I just spent the last week pouring through these bookmarks.
I kicked out the outdated resources, the dead links and so on. I set aside the average information. And when I was all done, I had 6 of the must have wordpress plugins from around the web.
These are the best plugins, the cream of the crop, so I know you’ll enjoy them too.
This are my personal list of 6 must-have plugins.Yours might be different.
Each offers a free version. Some of them offer a paid version as well. Only you can decide if the free version will do enough for you or you need to upgrade to paid.
I use the free version of each of these. None of the links in this article are affiliate links.
I hope you use, and enjoy these plugins as I do. If you do you will save time, save money and perhaps make more money as well.
What I really like about this plugin is that it saves you time by automatically detecting comment and trackback spam, allowing you to focus on the more important things.Protect yourself and your readers by using Akismet. And it was written by one of the founders of WordPress
All in One SEO Pack:
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is, for most people, a confusing topic. The rules are constantly changing, the results are not immediate and it takes time to do it well.
I find the key to having great rankings is doing some SEO every time I post but not try to “master” SEO. This approach works well for me.
All-in-one SEO makes doing “on page” optimization on a blog very easy.
If you aren’t sure what “on page” optimization, let me explain: All-in-one SEO allows you to choose the title you want the search engines to see, as well as the description, keywords, and whether the search engine should follow (or not follow) the links on the page or post.
This can be a very important factor in search engine optimization.
And it’s easy to do. It doesn’t take much SEO knowledge to get great results. Simply fill in the fields, and you are done!
One of the best things about this plug-in is that it will show you a preview of exactly what your page or post will look like in the search engines when it’s indexed. This gives you a visual representation of what people will see when they find your blog in the search engines.
Also, it’s free! They have a paid upgrade option that gives you more power, but it’s not at all necessary. (I use the free version)
A must-have plug-in.
W3 Super Cache:
I really like this plugin. And that’s because it increases your server performance, reduces download times and improves conversion rates and site performance– which affect your ranking on Google.
It does this by managing your cache, which effects how fast things like images and text load on your site when visitors arrive. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean.
Google XML Sitemaps:
Have you ever tried to make google happy, but you just ended up getting your site buried instead? If so, then you’ll LOVE this plugin. Simply put, Google XML Sitemaps creates a sitemap for your site in the language Google prefers.This sitemap is not meant to be seen by humans like you and me but rather by the“spiders” that Google sends out to gather information about your site.This plug-in creates a XML site map that will be looked upon by Google favorably. It will make your site easier to be indexed by Google, and they will therefore include your content in more search results.
It’s completely free to use and takes the guess work out of creating a XML site map of your own.
You don’t have to understand what it does to use it but by all means do use this tool!
BackWPup allows you to back up your WordPress site’s content quickly and easily to many online cloud-based services.You can back up your entire site as often as you want, either manually or on a schedule, and rest assured that BackWPup has you covered.
I personally use and love Dropbox, and use BackWPup to send daily backups of my blog to Dropbox. Double protection!
That said, I use the free version because it does everything I need done.
Broken Link Checker
While this is the last plugin on my list, it is by no means the least. That’s because Broken Link Checker crawls your website, checking all the links going out from your blog to be sure they are all working correctly.
Following a schedule you set up, Broken Link Checker spiders your site, finds thelinks that aren’t working and reports them to you.
If you want to must have wordpress plugins, then for best results you should be using all 5 of these resources regularly. I do, and I credit these resources for a great deal of my website success.
So give them a try and see what they can do for you too!