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    Must have plugins

    Are there any plugins that you simply should have installed when you're running a Wordpress site? I'm guessing we all want traffic so some kind of good SEO plugin would seem obvious. What else? A good gallery or image plugin? A cool slider?

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    I try to keep plugins to a minimum because too many slow the site down, plus there is a higher risk of something going screwy. I've helped people try to figure out problems on their blogs and it is darn difficult and time-consuming to do when they have 20-30 plugins installed. I've seen people have 35 plugins on their blog!
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    Good And Must Have Plugins For Wordpress

    The thing is that you must try your best to keep the plugins count as low as possible, so only use those plugins which you really need for your wordpress Blog. One plugin i have used is WPCache and this i used to make the website speed faster and it worked. This i can say for sure is the must have plugin for a wordpress blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by web-top-mouse View Post
    The thing is that you must try your best to keep the plugins count as low as possible, so only use those plugins which you really need for your wordpress Blog. One plugin i have used is WPCache and this i used to make the website speed faster and it worked. This i can say for sure is the must have plugin for a wordpress blog.
    I tried that plug in and thought W3 Total Cache was a little better. But I guess it all depends on how you configure them and what works best for your site.

    But the Plugins other than that I think are important are:

    Yoast SEO plugin
    Stick Admin bar to the bottom
    Printer Friendly and PDF
    A social plugin <I use sexy bookmarks>
    Google Libraries
    and
    WP optimize

    I know I am missing some other good ones.

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    I must have tried and tested 100's of plugins over the years but usually have the same ones installed in most of my blogs:
    All in One SEO Pack
    bcSpamBlock
    Better WP Security
    Bridge SEO Tag Wrap Keywords
    Broken Link Checker
    EditorFontsize
    Facebook AWD All in One
    Gab Captcha 2
    Google Analytics
    Google XML Sitemaps
    Google Analytics Dashboard
    Moderate Brief Comments
    NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster
    Slick Social Share Buttons
    Subscribe To "Double-Opt-In" Comments
    TinyMCE Advanced
    Trackback Validator
    WordTwit
    WP Captcha Free
    Wp-Insert

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    Ha! Thanks. It does seem counter-intuitive to have over 30 plugins. I'd imagine something like 6 or 7 would be a maximum and then it's just a matter of knowing which of the hundreds available to include in your 6 or 7. Something good for SEO. Then maybe a few more for analytics and optimizing the pages of your site.

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    You can't really put a number on how many plugins you use, you install the ones you need. Some like the Google XML Sitemap one only run once a day, or per published post, depending on your setting so it really just sits in the background and does nothing. Whereas WP-Insert is working every page refresh, it is those one you don't need a lot of.

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    Some of my favorite plugins are:

    - Gravity Forms

    - Headway Theme

    - Loop Buddy

    - Ubermenu

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    Absolutely get a similar posts type plugin on your list. It helps visitors find other important pages and it gives you internal links which Google reports on in GWT.

    I recommend the "similar posts" plugin by Robert Marsh. It might say outdated on wordpress.com but he built it to be timeless since it uses an external library for the heavy lifting and won't be affected by wordpress changes much.

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    All-in-One SEO by Yoast! Great plug-in to check on how well your on-page SEO is, along with great tools such as an automatic sitemap generator and easy meta tag editor. It's completely free, no additional features if you purchase it or anything.

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    I don't use any SEO plugins. I'm very much of the "take it or leave it" mindset when it comes to Google: I produce quality content on the site's topic and if they don't like it, too bad. There's much more money in interested community traffic than in random wanderers anyway and I'm just tired of worrying about the constant Google changes. Keywords, yes... the rest, can't be bothered.

    I always install:

    Google Analyticator
    Editorial Calendar (and Missed Schedule checker)
    W3 Total Cache

    ...and that's about it. Anything else depends specifically on the site.

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    Re: Must have plugins

    If you were to only have one plugin, I'd go with All in One SEO. It's amazing how much it can help your site, by simply installing it. I also suggest to get security plugin also, just incase. If you do require other plugins try to keep the from being too server intensive. You don't want your site running slow or get in trouble with your hosting company. Badly coded plugins can really take up alot of RAM so stick with good reviewed ones.

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    Re: Must have plugins

    Quote Originally Posted by dagscot View Post
    Are there any plugins that you simply should have installed when you're running a Wordpress site? I'm guessing we all want traffic so some kind of good SEO plugin would seem obvious. What else? A good gallery or image plugin? A cool slider?
    I almost always use the following set of plugins on my EP blogs:

    Akismet
    All in one SEO pack
    Exec-PHP
    Google Maps
    Site Map
    Wordfence Security

    Apart from the above base set, I will use other plugins as needed.

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    Re: Must have plugins

    If you have new blog, you should get those plugins first:
    WordPress SEO Plugin - very good and simple SEO tool
    Wordpress Firewall 2 - basic firewall, once it's installed, you can set it and forget it
    Thumbnail For Excerpts - best way to add thumbnail images to a WordPress home page
    Hyper Cache - allows each WordPress post to act as a static page
    Delete-Revision - saves different revisions of documents
    Defensio - comment anti-spam plugin

    After installing them, your blog is completely safe and secure!

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    I always install some Amazon plugins, like Amazon Showcase or EasyAzon, even if I'm not building a review site. You never know when you'll want to link there.

 

 
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