Obviously, I’m a WordPress geek. Some things go without saying…
One thing I really love about WordPress is its ability to expand or morph or evolve, with just the click of a button. The primary way you can easily expand the functionality of your WordPress site is through various plugins.
Here is my quick list of go-to plugins for 2015:
Akismet – The spam blocker.
This plugin has been around a while, but it is still a great one! Akismet is a built in spam filter for all incoming comments on your site. Those nasty spam bots love to try to mess with websites via spam comments and links. Akismet catches those attempts and dumps them in to a spam folder for review, or deletes them all together, based on your specified setup details.
Limit Login Attempts – The bouncer.
Another plugin that has been around a while, and is unfortunately not being maintained anymore, this plugin is still at the top of my list. Limit Login Attempts blocks an internet address (email address, user account, website address, etc.) from making continued attempts to log in after a specified limit of retries is reached, making an attack on your site almost impossible.
WP-Optimize – The cleanup crew.
WP-Optimize is a handy tool for keeping your site database cleaned up. Each time you save a post draft in WordPress, or make changes to a post, the drafts and revisions are automatically saved in your database. Just like when you have too many files saved on your computer’s hard drive, when your database holds too many of these type files, your site will begin to slow down. This plugin is an easy way to manage that from within your WordPress Dashboard.
Google Analyticator – The stats guru.
To put it simply, this plugin inserts your Google Analytics account information right in a widget within your site Dashboard. You can connect the plugin with your Google Analytics account in just a couple steps, and then there’s no need to log in anywhere else to view your traffic any day of the week. I’m all about one-stop shop and saving myself time. This plugin does that, and still allows me to check all my statistics while I work.
Shareaholic – The social media wiz.
Shareaholic is a bit of a beast of a plugin, and I wouldn’t recommend loading it if your site is already a little sluggish. However, this share plugin has so many fantastic features… I would seriously suggest cleaning up your site just so you can run this plugin! If you are a numbers person like me, Shareaholic provides analytics for the shares of your content, in addition to adding the simple to use share buttons at the end of your posts and/or pages. You also have the option of using Shareaholic to provide related content at the end of your posts, so there’s no need for an additional plugin for that.
WordPress SEO by Yoast – The search engine bff.
WordPress SEO makes it super easy for you to add keywords and meta data important for Google to find your content. When installed, this plugin adds a separate area within each of your posts and pages for you to input the keywords and descriptions, and will prompt you when that information has been entered correctly.
That’s my geeky list for this year, so far anyway! 😉
Do you have any favorite plugins? I would love to hear your recommendations!