WordPress makes it easier to manage your website – if your website is built using WordPress.

It’s certainly easier managing a WordPress website than managing a site built in HTML (i.e. Dreamweaver).

There are a lot of other advantages, including using “plug-ins” for added features, functionality, and management of your site.

But keep in mind the following:

  • Plugins should be used sparingly. They can cause too much overhead and slow down your site
  • Plugins may conflict with each other creating problems at your site
  • Only use plugins from reliable sources (check reviews and the number of reviews)
  • Use plugins recommended by trusted sources who probably have already tried them and use them successfully.
  • You can always disable/delete a problem plugin via your hosting server using FTP
  • Keep your WordPress software up-to-date to avoid problems with security and performance
  • Back-up your WordPress site regularly

Here is a list of my favorite “use-on-almost-all-websites” WordPress plug-ins.

Print Friendly
Give visitors the ability to print clean, well-formatted pages at your site.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/printfriendly/

Peter’s Post Notes
Allows you to put administrative notes, reminders, or snippets of code specific to each post or page.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/peters-post-notes/

Google XML Sitemaps
Must have for good SEO, easily creates Google-friendly sitemap.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

Google Analytics for WordPress
Easily add Google Analytics to your WordPress site.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/

Wordfence Security
Powerful security tools to minimize the likelihood of a site hack.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordfence/

Back-up Buddy
Not free but more than worth the price; back-up your complete site.
http://ithemes.com/purchase/backupbuddy/

The All-in-One SEO Pack
A powerful plug-in to help with search engine optimization of your site.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/installation/

WordPress Caching
Speed up your page load times, a must-have if you are using lots of photos.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-super-cache/

Duplicate Post
Save time; allows you to duplicate pages and posts easily.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/duplicate-post/

Post Footer
Add content that shows up “automatically” at the bottom of all your posts and pages.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-post-footer

Easy Heads Up Bar
Creates a customizable message area at the top of your WordPress site.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/easy-heads-up-bar/


Not necessarily my “favorites” but WordPress plug-ins I sometimes use or have used in the past:

Google Analyticator

Places Google Analytics overview in your WordPress Dashboard. Very cool and saves you logging into Google Analytics to see summary information from yesterday, last 7 days, last 30 days.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analyticator/

Bulk Comment Management

There are dozens of bulk comment managers out there. This is the one I use. This plugin allows administrators to globally delete comments (spam, trash, unapproved comments), as well as enable/disable comments on all posts. I love the simplicity of it and you will too.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/bulk-comments-management/

Maintenance Mode
Adds a splash page to your site that lets visitors know your site is down for maintenance. Full access to the back- & front-end is optional. Good for blocking access to the public while you build out your new WordPress site.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-maintenance-mode/

Popular Posts Tabbed Widget for Jetpack
Shows a tabbed widget for most popular, most commented and latest blog posts. Most popular posts tab uses data from Jetpack Stats module.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/popular-posts-tab-widget-for-jetpack/

Rotating Testimonials
This one requires a little more technical skill than most of the others on my list, but it’s WAY cool and a pretty easy way to add rotating testimonials to your WordPress site.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/ivycat-ajax-testimonials/

Pinterest Related

jQuery Pin It Button For Images
Highlights images on hover and adds a Pinterest “Pin It” button over them for easy pinning.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/jquery-pin-it-button-for-images/

Akismet Comment Spam Protection
Not fool-proof but works very well at fending off junk comments. For commercial accounts you are supposed to pay (most don’t).
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

JetPack
Lots of helpful features and functionality that allows you to better manage your WordPress site.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/

Contact Form
Every site needs a contact form!
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-plugin/

TinyMCE
WordPress editing on steroids!
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-tinymce/

Make Your WordPress Blog iPhone Friendly
Transform your WordPress blog into smartphone friendly site.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

Sticky Post
Allows you to “force” posts to show up first, also known as “sticky” status.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-sticky/

Share This
Adds links at the bottom of posts to share via email and social sites.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jw-share-this/

Random Text
Show random text that shows up in a widget. I use it at this site, see my testimonials and how they randomly change with a page refresh?
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/randomtext/

WordPress Plug-in Directory
The best place to find plug-ins with the features/functionality you are looking for!
http://wordpress.org/extend/

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