I think we can all agree that one of the biggest perks of using WordPress are the plugins. Plugins allow you to increase the functionality of your WordPress site, and improve your user experience. Today I’m sharing my top WordPress plugins.
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1). Antispam Bee
Antispam Bee is a free and powerful spam blocking plugin. Before using this plugin, removing spam comments from my website was a never ending task. With Antispam Bee, the spam is removed from my blog before I’ve even had a chance to see it.
2). iThemes Security
iThemes Security helps protect your WordPress blog from hackers, and so much more. After having my website hacked a few years ago, I knew I had to work harder at keeping my website secure. Having a security plugin on your blog is a must for all WordPress users.
3). Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps will generate an XML sitemap (a list of pages on your site) for your blog. XML sitemaps help search engines like Google index your site. If search engine optimization is important to you, having a sitemap is critical.
4). Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms allows you to create both simple and advanced forms for your WordPress blog. You also have the ability to integrate it with third-party services such as PayPal or MailChimp. Any form that you see on this website has been created using Gravity Forms.
5). Social Warfare
Social Warfare is a social sharing tool that helps increase your social shares. This plugin has a lot of features that you don’t find with other social sharing plugins. Because Pinterest is my #1 traffic referrer, I love how I have the ability to upload a custom image and description for Pinterest into each post.
6). W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is a caching plugin that helps keeps your blog running fast. Learn about How I use W3 Total Cache to Increase my Site Speed.
7). Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a great tool for improving your blogs SEO. Yoast SEO has not only helped me improve my websites SEO, but it’s also made me a better writer as I’ve learned how to write for both search engines and my readers.
SumoMe has a wide variety of tools to help you grow your email list and social shares. The features I love most are the popup list builder, and the heatmap (shows you were people are clicking on your blog).
WooCommerce is a free eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell products (physical and digital) on your site. While the plugin is free, there are extensions (both paid and free) avaiable to further increase the functionality of WooCommerce. My Feminine WordPress Themes are sold using the WooCommerce plugin.
BackUpWordPress creates a backup of your WordPress blog (including your database). Having a recent backup of your blog so important. Imagine if one day you lost all of your content due to a hack, or crash, or whatever, and didn’t have a backup. I love this plugin because it’s easy to use, allows me to set up automatic scheduling, and gives me peace of mind.
What are your top WordPress plugins? Share them in the comments below.
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