WordPress.org plugins are software written to extend the functionality, security, and performance of a wordpress.org website. We already covered some of the benefits of WordPress plugins in an earlier post. Plugins are so important that we at syntaxNinjas see the need to further elaborate on the topic. Below are a list of ten plugins every wordpress.org administrator must install on their website.
This WordPress plugin is an “all-in-one” package that serves the purpose of optimizing your website for search engines. The plugin can be downloaded as either a free plugin or in its premium edition. SEO Yoast takes care of things like “Focus keyword and content analysis,” “XML sitemaps” and “Post titles and meta descriptions.” The premium version requires you to pay a fee and further extends the functionality of the plugin. If you are serious about getting good rankings on the search engines, you should install the SEO Yoast plugin.
Social Media Sharing WordPress Plugins
Social media is an important part of any company’s marketing strategy. As a content creator you should ensure your content is as share-friendly as possible. Thankfully, there are several WordPress plugins that aid content sharing. Some social media sharing plugins to consider include Social Media and Share Icons by Ultimate Social Media, Social Media by ultimately social and Social Media Share by Mashshare.
Limit Log in Attempts
Security is a major concern of anyone who creates content on wordpress.org. Security breaches have become so common place that protecting your content is imperative. To prevent an intruder from gaining unwarranted access to your dashboard, you should install WordPress plugins that help limit the number of login attempts to your WordPress account. The limit login plugin freezes up the login area of your website, if your allowed number of attempts are exceeded. This will make it virtually impossible for hackers who use “trial and error” methods to gain access to your website.
W3 Total Cache
We have covered some of the areas of concern like social media sharing and security. Let’s turn our attention to the performance of your website. Websites are delivered to the users of your wordpress.org website from a remote server. Issues like the internet speed of your users, distance between client desktop and remote server affect the speed your website. While some of these fore-mentioned issues might be out of your control, end-users want performance not excuses.
The best way to improve the delivery of content to your users is to add the “W3 Total Cache” plugin to your wordpress.org website. Benefits of W3 Total Cache include improvement in overall site performance when fully configured, reduced load times, and bandwidth savings.
Spam in the comments section of your wordpress.org website is another great bother you will have to deal with as a content management administrator. Unsavory spammers have realized that leaving links on random WordPress sites can have an adverse effect on your google rankings if you get spammed. Other spammers do it just to get your attention in the hopes that you will post their message to your site and they can gain access to your users on your website. Some more sophisticated spammers do it just to be able to crawl your website for information they can steal. To prevent the spam headache, it is best to install the Akismet plugin.
While email marketing has taken a back seat to social media sharing in the past couple of years, more people still sign into their email accounts than they do their social media accounts. They are also more likely to engage with properly crafted messages sent into their inbox. Make sure you download WordPress plugins for email subscribers on your website. Email subscriptions are and remain a great way for content creators to reach their audience.
One of my favorite sayings is “Why build it if nobody will see it?” The Google analytics plugin helps you keep track of who is visiting your website and where they are coming from. It can also help you set goals and parameters that will aid you in crafting a strategy to drive traffic to your website. The great thing about signing up for a Google analytics account by way of a plugin is that you can still login to the Google analytics website independently.
Backup And Data Retrieval Plugins
Backup plugins should be at top of the hierarchy of importance for wordpress.org plugins. These plugins help prevent the loss of data linked to your wordpress.org website. If something goes wrong with your website and there is a possibility of losing all your data, the backup plugin periodically saves all the components of your wordpress.org website in a backup folder. Were anything to go wrong, like during an update, you can simply go back in time and recover all your files.
Google AMP Pages
Google AMP Pages indexes a stripped-down version of your website for lightning fast delivery on mobile platforms. While you might shudder at a stripped-down version of your website being on Google, it is beneficial to download this WordPress plugin because you can incur punitive sanctions for your website not being mobile friendly.
To generate revenue from your wordpress.org website, it might be a good idea to install the AdSanity plugin. It is an “advertisement management plugin” that is very easy to use. This plugin makes the addition of new adverts to your website as easy as possible. It supports widgets and shortcodes which help display ads, so they can be displayed in sidebars, posts, and pages. Adverts that are placed on your site can either be time-based ads or can run indefinitely. Adsanity also comes equipped with analytics that give you insights into how well your website is doing.
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