For every WordPress website I work on,
I will install the following plug-ins for FREE
Automatically filters out your blog comment spam for you.
WordFence (Standard) FREE
Real-time blocking of known attachers, block malicious networks, enforced strong log-in security, notification of malicious log-in attempts, plus many more built-in features. (Note: This free plug-in does require manual security updates)
Yoast SEO (Standard) FREE
Yoast SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the most complete WordPress Search Engine Optimization plugin. It handles the technical optimization of your site & assists with optimizing your content.
There are over 10,000 plug-ins available, some are free, while others are paid. Below are some general categories that I can implement for you to customize your WordPress website to fit your exact needs.
Backup, Backup, Backup, it always good to have multiple backups… just in case! Imagine having spent weeks, months or years of writing blog posts. Then imagine that your web host experiences a severe server crash. All of your hard work…gone. Your host provider should have a backup on file, but it depends upon the quality and professionalism of your host provider. Think of it as your responsibility as a website owner to make sure your site is backed up – particularly the database. Here are some popular plugins that will help:
- BackupBuddy (My Favorite)
Security should be on every website owner’s mind these days. Remember that while a specific group of hackers may not target your site, any number of automated “bots” are out there looking for ANY WordPress installs that they can infiltrate. You should have at least something in place to help thwart most normal attacks. Depending on your level of need, there are both security suites that perform several functions or more simple plugins that prevent multiple failed login attempts. Here are some popular plugins:
- WordFence (Both Standard and Premium versions: My Favorite)
- iThemes Security (Both Standard and Premium versions: My Favorite)
WordPress Search Engine Optimization
Having great content on your website is vital to drawing visitors into your site. When someone is searching for a specific topic, search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, scan your website for content and then ranks it against your competition. SEO Plug-ins help you define and then refine your content to help improve your rankings. While they won’t re-write your content, they help you understand what you can do to improve your content and they make the process easier than ever. Here are some popular plugins:
- Yoast SEO (My Favorite)
- All In One SEO
- SEO Ultimate
- Google Keyword Planner
WordPress Social Media
Social sharing is an absolute must-have feature for any website – particularly a blog. Giving visitors to your site an easy way to share your content with a multitude of different services will help bring more traffic and (hopefully) lots of new loyal readers. Here are some popular plugins:
- Shareaholic (My Favorite)
- Social Media Auto Publish (My Favorite)
- Easy Social Share Buttons
All of the WordPress categories listed above are just the tip of iceberg. While picking the right plugin for your site is a personal choice, making sure you take care of important items like backing up your site, promoting better security, etc. are essential no matter which plugin you choose. Call me today at (314) 346-0660 to discuss how you would like to improve the features or functionality of your WordPress website.
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Rod Rice Design LLC
13045 Pagada Parkway
Saint Louis, MO 63127
Serving the entire St. Louis Metro Area