Today’s post will cover some of the more important WordPress plugins you need to add right after setting up your blog.
There are tons of plugins available out there. I am certain many of you wouldn’t even be using the service if there wasn’t such a variety.
Below is a list of five useful WordPress plugins you may want to add to your blog:
WordPress SEO by Yoast
On-site SEO is an important ingredient to a well-optimized blog. Letting the search engines know what your article is about right away is almost as important as a good link building campaign.
The WordPress SEO plugin helps you do just that! To start using it you simply add a focus keyword – the keyword that the tool will monitor. With a rating system (located below the post editor) you learn just how well you have optimized your post for that specific word. You will be able to check keyword density, readability score (very useful metric), image optimization, etc.
An additional feature gives you the ability to add specific descriptions for when you share your post on Google Plus and Facebook. Those will overwrite the meta description, which is generally used.
Additionally of what you get with WordPress SEO by Yoast is a fully functional XML sitemap. This means that you don’t have to worry about your posts and pages not being indexed. You also don’t need to resubmit your sitemap or ping your content. That is done automatically.
W3 Total Cache
Talking about WordPress plugins, one that you simply can’t go without is W3 Total Cache. The sole purpose of this add-on is to improve browser caching. That is aimed towards all visitors who have already been on your blog.
What browser caching does for you is that it saves all of the scripts and images to your browser so that they don’t have to be loaded with every visit.
If you are a tech-savvy person, you will find lots of useful options within W3 Total Cache’s interface. Best thing to do if you aren’t one is to leave the default options, as they work pretty good.
NOTE: in alternative to W3 Total Cache, you can choose WP Super Cache plugin.
Broken Link Checker
That one is here for a good reason! Broken Link Checker gives you HUGE helping hand in fixing all the broken links in your blog.
Here we have yet another easy-to-use WordPress plugin that works on a semi-automatic mode. It is simple – the tool starts looking for broken links whenever your WordPress dashboard is opened. You can access the list of dead links by going to Settings –> Link Checker –> General (tab) –> Found # Broken Links.
From that point on, it’s your turn. You have to replace the broken link with the original. An added bonus is that you don’t have to change each instance of the link – all are replaced automatically.
NOTE: For maximum efficiency while on the General tab click on the Settings tab. For the timeout setting insert 4 seconds.
Under Construction Page
Do you need a coming soon or a maintenance mode page? This plugin lets you easily create this.
Whether you need to update the design of your site or simply change the layout, here’s a no-nonsense plugin for all those situations when you have to hide the site behind an Under Construction page for a while.
Remember. When you work on your site, there are many things that can go wrong. For this reason, it’s important you proceed to backup, before start making any changes to your blog.
There are tons of page designs to choose from and new ones are added twice a month. Here’s one I particularly like:
Limit Login Attempts
There are many other security plugins, but I found this one particularly easy to use.
This nice plugin will limit the login attempts, including by way of cookies, for each IP, and will block for a fixed time the user.
I have set up just 2 login attempts, and 120 minutes lockout. After 2 more lockouts, the block is increased to 24 hours.
These are some of my favorite WordPress plugins!
Now on to you.
Which are your favorites and why do you like them?
Let me know by leaving a comment!