First off I’d like to state that the plugins I’m going to mention are what I think are ‘must have WordPress plugins’.
I’ve created several WordPress themed websites. WordPress is an easy to learn CMS and also a much used CMS because you’ll be able to set it up in 5 minutes. In WordPress you have an option called ‘Plugins’. As many of you probably know a plugin is a part someone has coded and let you use it either for free or paid. The only thing you’ll have to do is install the plugin and go through the options.
So let’s start:
Wordfence is a free plugin you can use in your WordPress site to scan for hacked files and to monitor the access of visitors to your site. You can use the free version, but the premium version comes with more. WordFence has the ability to Scan your files, Watch your visitors live, block IP’s, automate scanning and more.
From their website:
If one WordPress site running Wordfence is attacked, the attacker is blocked and all other sites also running Wordfence block that attacker. You are watching this happen in real-time on the map above. The data you’re seeing is being streamed to your web browser from one of our real-time security servers in our Seattle data center. Green traffic is ordinary WordPress sign-in’s. Red traffic is hack attempts that we’ve blocked.
This is the number one plugin for WordPress to protect your website from potential attackers.
2. WordPress SEO by Yoast
SEO stands for ‘Search Engine Optimization’
What SEO Exactly does for your website and search engines is explained on Searchengineland.com for a beginner.
All major search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo have primary search results, where web pages and other content such as videos or local listings are shown and ranked based on what the search engine considers most relevant to users. Payment isn’t involved, as it is with paid search ads.
So what SEO for yoast does is optimizing your WordPress website for search engines to attract more readers. Plus it also creates a XML sitemap. Which also helps search engines to index your website.
There is also a video on youtube that explains how SEO works for beginners:
Jetpack is a plugin which has more plugin options. For example; you can set a favicon or choose your theme to be responsive. It’s created by ‘Automattic‘. This is the theme behind WordPress. They’ve improved this plugin by adding more and more useful plugins and features which makes managing your WordPress website a lot easier.
From their website jetpack.me:
With Jetpack, you can:
- Install over two dozen popular plugins with one click (and update them all the same way).
- Engage millions of WordPress.com users, allowing them to interact with your site.
- Boost your site’s performance by taking the load of these features off your servers.
- Count on regular updates, enhancements, and troubleshooting from the same folks who build WordPress.com.
What is Jetpack?
Back in the day, WordPress.com blogs had lots of nifty features that were only available to self-hosted sites through a complicated system of pulleys and levers. Tricking out your self-hosted site with all the features of WordPress.com meant installing and maintaining dozens of individual plugins.
Jetpack is a single plugin that gives you the most powerful WordPress.com features, hooking your self-hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com’s infrastructure to take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, and a whole lot more.
A CAPTCHA (an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”) is a type of challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether or not the user is human.
The term was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas J. Hopper of Carnegie Mellon University and John Langford of IBM. The most common type of CAPTCHA was first invented by Mark D. Lillibridge, Martin Abadi, Krishna Bharat and Andrei Z. Broder. This form of CAPTCHA requires that the user type the letters of a distorted image, sometimes with the addition of an obscured sequence of letters or digits that appears on the screen. Because the test is administered by a computer, in contrast to the standard Turing test that is administered by a human, a CAPTCHA is sometimes described as a reverse Turing test. This term is ambiguous because it could also mean a Turing test in which the participants are both attempting to prove they are the computer.
So what Captcha does in WordPress is letting you write down the numbers and letters in an image. Or they’ll let you do an easy calculation for example: ‘5 + 7 = ?’. A calculation isn’t as good as an image tho since most macro’s or bots can solve these.
They let you do this for when you’re logging in or commenting to prevent spammers or hackers. You definitely don’t want your blog to be spammed with foks advertising their website or bullsh*t.
5. Google Adsense
Google AdSense is a program run by Google that allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, or interactive media advertisements, that are targeted to site content and audience. These advertisements are administered, sorted, and maintained by Google.
Google uses its Internet search technology to serve advertisements based on website content, the user’s geographical location, and other factors. Those wanting to advertise with Google’s targeted advertisement system may enroll through Google AdWords. AdSense has become one of the popular programs that specializes in creating and placing banner advertisements on a website, because the advertisements are less intrusive and the content of the advertisements is often relevant to the website.
If you want to make some extra money with your website or blog Adsense is your best choice. Install the plugin connect it with your google account and it will automatically generate money.
6. Share buttons AddtoAny
There is not much to say about this plugin except for that it’s one of the best sharing plugins. As the name says it has a button for every social media page and even outlook or gmail is an option.
From their website:
Share to any service, or add a custom service to share to. AddToAny gets people to the right destination to share or save your content, whether it’s in a native app or on the web.
7. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Google analytics is a plugin to monitor your visitors.
Google Analytics is a freemium web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google launched the service in November 2005 after acquiring Urchin. Google Analytics is now the most widely used web analytics service on the Internet.
Integrated with AdWords, users can now review online campaigns by tracking landing page quality and conversions (goals). Goals might include sales, lead generation, viewing a specific page, or downloading a particular file.
Google Analytics’ approach is to show high-level, dashboard-type data for the casual user, and more in-depth data further into the report set. Google Analytics analysis can identify poorly performing pages with techniques such as funnel visualization, where visitors came from (referrers), how long they stayed and their geographical position. It also provides more advanced features, including custom visitor segmentation.
Google Analytics e-commerce reporting can track sales activity and performance. The e-commerce reports shows a site’s transactions, revenue, and many other commerce-related metrics.
On September 29, 2011, Google Analytics launched Real Time analytics.
A user can have 50 site profiles. Each profile generally corresponds to one website. It is limited to sites which have a traffic of fewer than 5 million pageviews per month (roughly 2 pageviews per second), unless the site is linked to an AdWords campaign.
Google Analytics includes Google Website Optimizer, rebranded as Google Analytics Content Experiments.
Google Analytics Cohort analysis feature helps helps understand the behavior of component groups of users apart from your user population. It is very much beneficial to marketers and analysts for successful implementation of Marketing Strategy
8. EWWW Image optimizer
The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can optimize the images that you have already uploaded, convert your images automatically to the file format that will produce the smallest image size (make sure you read the WARNINGS), and optionally apply lossy reductions for PNG and JPG images.
Why use EWWW Image Optimizer?
- Your pages will load faster. Smaller image sizes means faster page loads. This will make your visitors happy, and can increase ad revenue.
- Faster backups. Smaller image sizes also means faster backups.
- Less bandwidth usage. Optimizing your images can save you hundreds of KB per image, which means significantly less bandwidth usage.
- Super fast. The plugin can run on your own server, so you don’t have to wait for a third party service to receive, process, and return your images. You can optimize hundreds of images in just a few minutes. PNG files take the longest, but you can adjust the settings for your situation.
- Best JPG optimization. With TinyJPG integration, nothing else comes close (requires an API subscription).
- Better PNG optimization. You can use pngout, optipng, and pngquant in conjunction.
- Root access not needed Pre-compiled binaries are made available to install directly within the WordPress folder, and cloud optimization is provided for those who cannot run the binaries locally.
- Optimize everything With the wp_image_editor class extension, and the ability to specify your own folders for scanning, any image in WordPress can be optimized.
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Autoptimize makes optimizing your site really easy. It concatenates all scripts and styles, minifies and compresses them, adds expires headers, caches them, and moves styles to the page head, and scripts to the footer. It also minifies the HTML code itself, making your page really lightweight. There are advanced options available to enable you to tailor Autoptimize to each and every site’s specific need.
10. Limit login attempts
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Limit the number of login attempts possible both through normal login as well as using auth cookies.
By default WordPress allows unlimited login attempts either through the login page or by sending special cookies. This allows passwords (or hashes) to be brute-force cracked with relative ease.
Limit Login Attempts blocks an Internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached, making a brute-force attack difficult or impossible.