Top 10 WordPress Plugins

One of the best things about WordPress is the wealth of plugins available to really let your WordPress website get the most from your WordPress hosting. We have highlighted some of the best ones below to give you the edge over other sites:

WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the most complete SEO plugins that exists. This plugin takes care of all the SEO work that your site should need to let you put your focus back where it belongs on writing good content.

WP to Twitter by Joseph Dolson posts a Twitter status update from your website. URLs can be shortened using a variety of services inclusing Cli.gs, Bit.ly, Yourls, and WordPress.

NextGEN Gallery by Alex Rabe is the plugin to use if you want to have a gallery or portfolio on your website. You can sort all of your images into galleries and then your galleries can be sorted into albums and create slideshows.

Contact Form 7 by Takayuki Miyoshi makes it very simple for you to build your own contact form on your website and features AJAX submitting, Akismet spam filtering and file uploading.

Really Simple CAPTCHA by Takayuki Miyoshi was orignally written for Contact Form 7 but can now also be used with other plugins.

Limit Login Attempts by Johan Eenfeldt is a nice security plugin which blocks an Internet address from making multiple login attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached, making a brute-force attack on your website difficult or impossible.

Broken Link Checker by Janis Elsts checks your website for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.

Smart YouTube by Vladimir Prelovac is a simple plugin that allows you to easily insert YouTube videos & playlists into your post, comments and RSS feed.

Google XML Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold generates a simple XML compliant sitemap of your WordPress website which is supported by Ask.com, Google, Yahoo and Bing.

W3 Total Cache by Frederick Townes is an amazing plugin. It improves the user experience of your site by increasing your website’s performance by caching every aspect of your site and reducing the download times.

We hope you find this list useful and please comment if you think there are any other plugins which should be on this list!


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6 Responses to Top 10 WordPress Plugins

  1. Mark says:

    A WordPress auto backup plugin would be nice. I have tried a few but as of yet not found one I like….

  2. Jill Natalie says:

    Excellent article, trying out a few plugins listed here I’m not using yet. I was wondering if you have tried Login Lockdown in comparison to Limit Login Attempts? Any thoughts?

  3. Gavin says:

    Hi Jill, I’ve not tried that one but I’ll give it a go to see how it compares.

  4. Felicia says:

    @Mark: I would really recommend WP DB-Manager for backing up your database.

    Thanks for the other plugins on this list, Gavin 🙂

  5. Sue says:

    Agreed: A WordPress auto backup plugin would be nice. I have tried a few but as of yet not found one I like….

    this looks good: Broken Link Checker will try it thank you!!

  6. Andy says:

    We’ve used WP e-commerce for about 6 of our sites that reuqired shops.

    Maintenance Mode has also been useful for hiding the site when you’re doing an update.

    Not perfect, but the best we’ve found.

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