Last Update April 6th, 2016 – One of the blogs I read wrote a post a few weeks ago about the WordPress plugins he is using. So I decided to share my list too.
Some of these plugins are must have, others are just personal preference that help me with a particular issue I was having.
When I’m working with clients, I’m always finding new plugins to fit their needs, but in the end these are the ones I use all the time.
A comprehensive security plugin. It helps you prevent brute force attacks, lock acconts, change your login URL, whitelist your IP and overall secure your website.
The most used WordPress form, together with Contact Form DB can be very easy to manage people contacting you. Now it has a new editor and also support for recaptcha.
The famous comment system. I’ve been thinking in adding comment luv because it adds the most recent post of the commentator to my comment section, but I don’t know if or when I ‘m going to make the switch.
This plugin redirects all the subscriber to a feedburner feed. I do this to have more precise stats of my subscribers. Redirect http://ricardonunez.com/feed/ to http://feeds.feedburner.com/RicardoNunez
I used to use Ultimate Google Analytics but that plugin doesn’t get the support from the developer anymore and Analyticator also has some options that allow me to add functionality without it being necessary to edit the source.
This is a very handy plugin to shorten affiliate links. For example, I use it for Amazon by only using http://ricardonunez.com/amazonlink . It works quite well.
A great plugin for SEO. Usually my first pick when it comes to SEO. All the blogs and websites that I create have this plugin. It’s easy to use, allows me to change SEO settings for all the pages and post individually. It has XML sitemaps and other features usually found in multiple plugins.
I’m only using this plugin for a week now and itpromises to easily optimize website speed and user experience. I only saved half a second on the loading time which is not amazing, but I’m sure for a large website that can be a lot.
This plugin is used to greet new readers of the website and asks them to subscribe. There are several alternatives to this plugin, but I choose this one because it has the ability to recognize if the reader comes from a search engines, the rss or from the social networking websites ( I think this is cool).
I’m always trying out new plugins, some of them don’t do exactly what I’m looking for, but that’s nothing what a few tweaks in the code cannot solve.
What must have WordPress plugins are you using? Which ones do you recommend?