Over the past few months, I’ve become increasingly more familiar with WordPress and the amazing-ness that it is. From plugins to themes, you can pretty much get it to do and appear like anything you want. I want to kiss the person that invented it… Can anyone tell me where to find him, or preferably, her?!
I’ve started to keep track of the plugins I’m using and installing on practically every website we build. So here is my contribution to what plugins, I think, make every site a little better:
- Backup WordPress (free) – Keeps a solid backup of your site, just in case something ever goes wrong…
- Contact Form 7 (free) – Need a quick and easy contact form? Bingo.
- Google Analytics (free) – Sure, you could always add the content right into your header or footer file, but this makes it a whole heck-of-a-lot easier…
- Lightbox Plus (free) – Make your photos look extra snazzy with this one.
- 404 Plugin (free) – You might not even know what a 404 error is, but Google search sure does. This will help you with SEO by making sure you don’t have any dead links floating around in cyberspace.
- Web Performance Optimization (free) – Speed up load times, which makes everyone a little happier.
- Video User Manuals – New to WordPress? These guys have created a pretty sweet library of videos to help you become more familiar.
- WordPress SEO (free) – This one is absolutely essential. It’s deep, and takes a bit to learn, but totally worth it. Your search results will thank you later.
- WP Touch (free) – Auto-magically turn your site into a mobile-worthy competitor! And for the gold, you’ve gotta download the paid version.
That’s all I’ve got for now, but I’m sure the list will keep growing with time. Did I miss any? Which ones would you add to this list?
Headline: WordPress Plugins are My Best Friends