Recommended WordPress Plugins
There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of WordPress plugins available today. These plugins can add all sorts of features to your blog – pretty much anything you can imagine. Finding the perfect plugins for your blog can be tough, and a time consuming process. For every custom blog setup that I perform, I install and configure this list of plugins.
GL3 Media’s Recommended WordPress Plugins
- Akismet – The best anti-spam WordPress plugin available. Akismet does a fantastic job and catching comment spam.
- Broken Link Checker – After months or years of blogging, some links can go cold. Use this plugin to automatically check for broken links.
- WordPress Database Backup – It’s absolutely critical to backup your WordPress database on a regular basis. WP-Database Backup makes this an automatic process, so you don’t have to spend time backing up manually.
- Subscribe to Comments – This plugin adds a little checkbox after your comments section, allowing visitors to receive an email update every time someone leaves a new comment.
- WordPress Popular Posts – Lists your most visited posts in your sidebar, so your visitors can access them quickly and easily.
- W3 Total Cache – WordPress can use a lot of server resources “out of the box.” Using an advanced caching plugin such as W3 Total Cache can drastically reduce server load, and improve the performance of your site.
- Google XML Sitemaps – Automatically creates a sitemap for Google, to help it crawl all the pages of your site. It’s automatically updated every time you create a new post as well – no maintenance required.
- Gravity Forms – *The* only way to create forms on your WordPress site. It takes what used to be a dreaded chore, and makes it the simplest of tasks. If you use more than a single form, then you need to have Gravity Forms. Worth every penny. I’m a Gravity Forms developer, which means every site I create gets Gravity Forms at no extra cost. How cool is that?
- WP-Optimize – WordPress databases need maintenance just like anything else. This plugin handles it for you easily, so you don’t need to get your hands dirty.
A few popular WordPress plugins that I don’t install, and why:
- All in One SEO Pack – A great plugin to be sure. However, since I install the incredible Thesis theme with each custom blog install, there’s no need for this plugin. Thesis has fantastic SEO built right in, which means no need for an additional plugin.
- Google Analytics for WordPress– Guess what? Thesis lets you add your Google Analytics code right in the options panel. No need for an extra plugin.