As much as there’s an app for that, there’s a plug-in for everything. I count down 10 super amazing WordPress plug-ins to make your life simpler.
Content is king. But optimised content? That’s even better. Optimised content is positively godly. Optimised content loves itself as much as Kanye loves Kanye.
If you’re not too sure about the basics, then WordPress SEO by Yoast is a life-saver. The plug-in, by all accounts, taught me the basics when I was a newbie blogger all those years ago.
WordPress SEO gives you an easy-use Page Analysis tool to track your keyword density and the general SEO of your content, alongside handy tips for stuff like cornerstone posts. As well as general SEO, WordPress SEO comes with a nation of cool features like:
- Social integration
- XML Sitempas
- Meta and Link Elements
See more: Content Marketing Guide.
Sometimes, sites get hacked or compromised or someone does something or deletes something and you enter panic mode. The moment of panic is incomparable to nothing else, so the stress multiplies tenfold for a website—especially if your website is your business or you’re an ecommerce site.
BackupBuddy alleviates much of that worry in probably the simplest way possible. Install and run the plug-in, back up your files to one of the options (Dropbox, FTP, email, etc.) and you’re safe. Should something happen, getting your site back is as simple as uploading the ImportBuddy file and your backup zip file. BackupBuddy will then walk you through the tutorial.
Like most of the widgets on this list, BackupBuddy comes with more functionality too, such as:
- Malware Scan
- Database Scan & Repair
- Server Tools
If you have $100 (about €80) to spare, then BackupBuddy is an absolute must-have. To be honest, even if affording it is a stretch, we still think it’s a must-have.
Members is a plug-in that gives you more control over your blog. It’s a management plug-in, specifically dealing with members: so user, role, and content management is the name of the game, to make WordPress a more powerful content management system.
Feature wise, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it does what you need it to do.
- Role Manager. Editing, creating, deleting, and delegating roles and role capabilities.
- Content Permission. Who has access to what?
- Private Site.
- Widgets. Extras like a login widget.
Members is a specific kind of widget for a specific kind of website. User generated content sites, for example, thrive on plug-ins like Members.
So Dagon Design Site Map Generator sounds pretty cool, yeah? What’s a site map and why would you want to generate one?
Essentially a Site Map is an XML file that lets Google know your site is ready to be crawled and indexed.
Dagon isn’t just another WordPress XML plug-in but a true XML generator, making for a highly-customisable experience. It’s worth noting that this is one of the more complicated plug-ins on the list, though it’s vitally important to your website.
- Support for multi-level categories and pages.
- Category exclusion.
- Permalink support.
- Ordering lists.
If you’ve wandered the web at some point, chances are you’re familiar with Disqus.
This plug-in is simple and does pretty much what it promises: add a Disqus comment system to your website or blog to allow for commenting from guests, anonymous accounts, or users with Disqus accounts.
Comments for all the banter, like.
So this isn’t one you need unless something goes really wrong or you’re in the midst of a complete overhaul. Most people don’t know what way to sort out their ‘coming soon’ page, so this is a tidy plug-in to generate a pretty ‘coming soon’ page.
Jetpack is a WordPress plug-in that promises to ‘supercharge your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.’
Some of the more useful features include:
- Stats! As a digital marketing agency, we’re quite fond of stats.
- Email subscriptions.
- Social networking stuff.
- Cross-platform integration.
- A widget for recent tweets.
- A basic CSS editor.
- Creative formats for image galleries.
- Jetpack Monitor, which keeps an eye on your site and lets you know if it goes down.
Another plug-in that does exactly what it promises to do. Google Analyticator adds your Google Analytics to your dashboard. Handy if you’re too lazy to navigate to your Google Analytics page or you just want a quick check of how your stats are doing.
By the by, sign up to Analytics. The end.
If your site is on the slow loading side, you’ll want to do everything you can to speed it up: compressing everything, clearing the cache, purging past revisions.
All those things help with site latency issues, though sometimes a slow website is just a slow website. Revision Control is a plug-in that gives the user more control of the revision process. Every time you save a post, a new version is born into your ‘revisions’ tab—the number can seriously ratchet up if you’re a fan of editing.
The plug-in gives a site-global setting to enable/disable or straight-up limit the amount of revisions for each post or page, as well as coming with a deletion fuction via the revisions post metabox.
I did a whole blog post on this fecker, so you know it’s good. Essentially, it’s all-in-one plug-in that comes with features like share boxes, sign-ups, and scroll bars. There’s more in here, if you’re curious.
You should read it. Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.
That’s probably what happened to Schrodinger’s cat, the little scrote.
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