Plugins are tools that can be incorporated into your site to extend the functionality of WordPress. Some plugins create widgets that appear in the website’s sidebar and some add extra security to a website. There are close to 23,000 plugins listed in the WordPress directory—but beware, not all plugins are worth using. Below are the plugins that I use the most and highly recommend.
All in One SEO Pack helps optimize your website for search engines.
Akismet checks comments and Jetpack form submissions against their web service. If they appear to be spam they’re moved into the equivalent of a junk folder. You’ll need to purchase an API key for a business site but it’s well worth the $5 monthly fee.
Better Menus Widget makes it easy to customize your menu widgets by adding css styles and a heading link. No surprise this one made the list because I created it.
BWP Google XML Sitemaps creates an XML sitemap that search engines use to help index your website.
Limit Login Attempts limits number of failed login attempts by locking out a username for set amount of time.
Enhanced Text Widget is a text widget with a linkable widget title. There’s also the option to not display the widget title.
Force Strong Passwords forces site Administrators and Editors to use strong passwords when updating their passwords.
Jetpack by WordPress.com brings some WordPress.com features to self-hosted sites like the ability to automatically send blog posts to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. A WordPress.com account is required.
Scribe SEO evaluates text (pages or posts) and shows you how search engines will view the content. It requires a monthly fee.
Slim Jetpack is a streamline version of Jetpack by WordPress.com that can be used without a WordPress.com account. Some features like sending blog posts to social networks are not available.
Widget Logic lets you control which widgets appear on a page or post.
WP Maintenance Mode adds a page to your site’s front end that lets visitors know your site is down for maintenance.
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