5 Must-Have WordPress Plug-ins

WordPress plugins give you added functionality and the ability to better manage your WordPress website. Plugins can be used to enhance a website’s design, help with search engine optimization, optimize site security, and easily manage online inquiry forms.

In a nutshell, WordPress plugins help you more effectively manage your overall Internet marketing.

There are thousands of WordPress plugins available and it is a BEST PRACTICE to carefully use them. Don’t just add one to your website without a really good reason and without doing your homework. Use plugins from reputable authors that are also widely in use by others. In most cases, I don’t even consider a plugin that has under 5,000 installs and a 4 star rating. Installation, ratings, and reviews are available at WordPress.ORG/plugins/

If you have questions about WordPress plugins open a ticket at the HELP DESK and we’ll follow up with you promptly.

Here are my five “must have” plugins for anyone using WordPress.

With the exception of Backup Buddy, all of these plugins are available in the WordPress plugin repository. https://wordpress.org/plugins/

First on the list is for disaster recovery.

Backup Buddy (https://ithemes.com/purchase/backupbuddy/)

Even if your hosting company says they are backing up your WordPress website it’s a best practice to be doing it yourself. An easy-to-implement effective solution is using Backup Buddy by iThemes. I’ve used it for years and can personally vouch for easy-of-use and functionality. An alternative to Backup Buddy would be UpDraft.

Next on the list is for performance.

WP Super Cachehttps://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-super-cache/

The number one reason people leave websites is because of slowness. Think about it, when was the last time you waited for a website to load. Adding the WP Super Cache plugin to your WordPress website will dramatically improve its speed and support a better user-experience at your website. WP Super Cache is produced by the makers of WordPress, Automattic. No one knows WordPress better than the people who make it, right?

Performance means nothing if your website is hacked, so next is security.

WordFence Securityhttps://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/

This is the big-daddy of WordPress security plugins and offers a lot more than just basic security for your WordPress website. In addition to proactive security like multiple failed login attempts, “brute-force” attacks, and other issues associated with hackers attempting to break into your website, WordFence gives you a full suite of security management options. WordFence is a free plugin, with the option of upgrading to their premium version which gives you even more bells and whistles – and in my opinion well worth the investment if your WordPress website is a critical component of your business – and in the wedding industry the answer to that is always “Yes, it is.”

WPS-Hide Loginhttps://wordpress.org/plugins/wps-hide-login/

This is an automatic install on all the WordPress websites I manage. In my opinion, if you move the front door of your house it makes it harder for troublemakers and amateur hackers to get in. This plugin modifies the standard WordPress login URL to one of your choice.

Finally, you’ll want a plugin that supports your search engine optimization efforts.

Yoast SEOhttps://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

The Yoast SEO WordPress plug-in makes it easy to manage search engine optimization at your WordPress website. I turn off some of the advanced features like “readability” and sitemap creation. An alternative to Yoast SEO is All-in-One SEO, by Michael Torbert.

Again, with the exception of Backup Buddy, all of these plugins are available in the WordPress plugin repository. https://wordpress.org/plugins/

All of these plugins can be added directly to your WordPress installation via your WordPress Dashboard.

Login and from your left column of options select:

Dashboard | Plugins | Add New (top left)

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