One of the nicest things about WordPress are probably many, many different plugins. These are available a dime a dozen or as bananas in the jungle. To be precise, you can currently download and install over 20,000 WordPress plugins. That’s a really big lot and you cannot get a real overview.
You quickly arrive at the question: ” What are the best WordPress plugins? Is there this all about? ”
This question cannot be answered with ” Yes ” or “No”. There are just so many plugins and the needs of each individual are also very different. Since it is hard to elect the best WordPress plugins.
But, nothing is impossible and I have searched the World Wide Web, had a lot of research, compared and tested. And yes, I have come to a good result!
But before we get started…
How many WordPress plugins should I or could I install?
Well, generally I am of the opinion that you should install as few plugins as possible. Plugins load the WordPress system and make your website or your blog unnecessarily slow. And neither the visitors nor the search engines are liking this.
I ‘m a fan of simplicity and am always of the opinion that less is more (whether in design, on the desktop or in WordPress plugins). So, choose your plugins wisely and install only the necessities.
Is there some work to do first?
Yeah, a little. After installing WordPress you find already plugins on board. One of them is redundant and therefore, we can first delete Hello Dolly.
In some countries Akismet privacy is legally questionable. I prefer to use an alternative solution, which is designed for the European region. To uninstall a plugin or delete, proceed as follows:
- Once you have logged into the WordPress backend, you navigate left under plugins, choose the plugin and click Delete.
- After you click on “Yes, delete these files.”
- So, that ‘s it. You see, very simple.
Of course you should also see your version of WordPress and the plugins to keep them up to date. But I think this you know anyway.
So now I will not let you wait longer, here is my small but nice collection of the best WordPress plugins…
I spend frankly do not spend much time with the search engine optimization on my websites. But the All-in- One SEO Pack plugin I have installed on all my websites. This plugin creates the web page title and description text. This is conserved even in a theme change. On single posts and pages, you can also still create an extra title and description text and keywords on the plugin.
In order to increase the loading speed of your own WordPress site you use a cache plugin. It compress static HTML pages, dynamic content can be created on the Web server that can be loaded faster. I use as a cache plugin WP Super Cache. If you want to make changes to the theme files or CSS of the theme, you should disable the cache plugin temporarily to test the changes.
For forms, I always use Contact Form 7. You need perhaps extensive forms and you can create them with this plugin. They are inserted using shortcodes anywhere on the website. An extensive and helpful documentation about the plugin can be found on the website contactform7.com.
Oh man, spam is really annoying, right? No one likes spam. To reduce the amount of spam, you should definitely use an anti-spam plugin. As already mentioned above, Askismet, which is included to WordPress here, is legally questionable regarding privacy. So we take the anti-spam Bee by Sergej Müller.It protects your WordPress blog from spam in the comment section and the track – and pingbacks. If you want to know in more detail what the plugin does and can, then discard times a look there.
I am not a supporter of keyword lists. I hate non-Alphabetical lists in the side columns and list never tags by popularity. But since then I have discovered Multi-Column Tag Map, I became a fan of tags.
A simple, lightweight plug-in that all tags of your web page alphabetically arranged and published automatically to a page in columns 2 to 5. This plug-in is ideal for tables of contents in websites with many different posts (home cooking recipes, glossaries, etc) with direct link to the respective post.
Super RSS Reader is jQuery based RSS reader widget, which displays the RSS feeds in the widget in an attractive way. It uses the query ticker plugin easy to add a news ticker like effect to the RSS feeds. Multiple RSS feeds can be added for a single widget and they get separated into tabs.
The plugin is fully customizable with external styles and with some inbuilt colour styles. It acts as a perfect replacement for the default RSS widget in WordPress.
Google Analytics for WordPress plugin is another must . Of course, you could now say, ” Why do I need a plugin if I can just insert the tracking code? “.
But stop! This Google Analytics WordPress plugin really has a little bit Start Address box. First of all you don’t need to play with the tracking code. After you have installed the plugin, you need to make only one authentication and a balance between the plugin and your Google account. In addition, the plugin will track clicks and outbound links as events and can much more!
In order for the search engines, such as Google and Bing to index your blog post and pages neat, clean and fast, you need the Google XML Sitemaps plugin. It will automatically create a search engine friendly sitemap that you can connect to your Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools easy.
Quite often I see that many websites and blogs do not hide or mask their affiliate links. It has nothing to do with the secret hiding places, but rather something for me to do with the optics:
http://mybestinternetmarketingtools.com/recommends/Wealthy-Affiliates looks much better and more engaging than http://www.wealthyaffiliate.com?a_aid=f1337fd0, right?
Above all, here you also have the opportunity to give your link a little creativity, a special flavour. As you can see, I have suggest for / / recommends. If you read the link loudly, then it sounds like this: my site recommends Wealthy Affiliates. Cool is not it? :). Others use / awesome /, I find this not bad either. Still others are not so creative and do not use intermediate path or simply call the link / link /.
In order to mask precisely these affiliate links, I use a really nice plugin called Pretty Link Lite. I did see this plugin at Wealthy Affiliates.
Other useful features are also:
If an affiliate link should change once, then you just have to make the change once and not sift through tens of thousands of articles and change the link manually in the plugin.
How to Install a WordPress Plugin?
Installing a WordPress plugin is just as easy as to uninstall it. To do this you go as follows:
Once you have logged into your WordPress backend, you navigate left under plugins and then click above the top on “Install”.
- After clicking on upload, choose from a plugin (which you’ve downloaded above) and then click on “Install Now”.
- After installation, you only have to click on ” Activate this plugin.”
- Now you have the plugin already installed :).
- For some plugins you have to make the plugin settings.
Even if these plugins are all useful, you should remember that your WordPress blog is not to bang with unnecessary plugins. Your readers do not visit your blog for the plugins. Your readers visit your blog because of your content!
Well, now it’s your turn! What are your favorite plugins?