As WordPress users, we all love to know what the best plugins are and what they can do for us. I know you’ve read many articles about Highly Recommended Plugins, Top 10 WordPress Plugins to Use, See Why 6 Awesome Plugins Help Online Blogging for You, and so many others and I still wanted to share my Top 5 Favs with you. Sometimes having a bit of a different perspective can help. Let’s get to it!
My Top 5 Most Essential WordPress Plugins
This is one of my most recent acquisitions. When working on my client’s websites, it’s nice to be able to have a landing page with a pleasant greeting than just a blank maintenance mode. Lisa Sicard recently wrote about the Under Construction plugin on her website and I was intrigued enough that I had to try it out for myself.
The Under Construction page was created by Web Factory Ltd. This is such a great plugin that I now use it for my client’s instead of my previous Coming Soon plugin. I just so happen to want to change my theme on my other blog, so it gave me prime opportunity to test drive this plugin. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to configure. Note: You must first install the plugin. You can obtain it here.
Not bad, right?
I love it! There are so many templates that you can use. Check out a few of them here. This plugin also comes highly recommended by many respected Entrepreneurs and Influencers, like Erik Emanuelli, in the online community.
So, if you’re like me and often need to put a website into Maintenance Mode or Coming Soon for a new launch, you must check out this awesome plugin!
There are many Security plugins out there in the WordPress world to help protect our sites. But let me tell you this. Not one is like the other. There are about 3 that I would recommend to my clients and use on my own site. However, I find WordFence about the most user-friendly one to configure, as well as, multi-functional with amazing features.
Some free features include:
- Scan (Malware)
- Live Traffic
- Ip Address Tracking and Blocking
- Advanced Comment Filter
- Monitor Disk Space
- and so many more!
Trust me when I say, WordFence has not only saved my sites from malicious attacks, but my client’s as well! Highly recommend you use WordFence if you aren’t already.
A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog. But that’s only the beginning….. I’ve written about Social Warfare many times in the past, The Best All-In-One Social Media WordPress Plugin and I still continue to recommend it to my client’s and friends. As a matter of fact, my good friend Lisa of Inspire to Thrive recently bit the bullet and purchased a license. I knew she would love it! She loves it so much that she even wrote about it on her blog!
Social Warfare is always making improvements to its Premium plugin and adding new features! Most recently, they add more Pinterest features to help us Optimize our traffic!
I know if you take a look at the amazing features, you too, will fall in love and just have to purchase your very own license.
Here is another great plugin that I started using a while back. I was having issues with spammy comments and was tired of all the work I had to do to weed through them. Not only did I add a different antiSpam plugin (FV Antispam), I also am now moderating first-time commenters.
I’m sure you’ve left comments on blogs where you were told the comments were being moderated but never received a notification if and when you comment was approved! By using Comment Approved, you can notify, via email, the commenter when you approve their comment. This lets them know:
- Your comment was approved (and/or valuable enough)
- You should be expecting a reply to your comment
There have been many times I leave a comment only to wonder “Was my comment even submitted?” By using Comment Approved, your readers will at least know that their comment was submitted and pending approval. Don’t leave your readers guessing! Start using this today!
Oh yes, we all love to see those Related Posts at the bottom of our content. We like to entice our readers to continue clicking through our websites and read more of our hard work. But sometimes, a reader may not read all the way through to the end. Yes, I said it! It’s True! So, why not dangling a little goodie for them in your actual content?
Inline Related Posts is a very cool plugin. Check out this video from their site!
I know you’ve seen the pretty little links in my content and possible wondered how they got there.
Now you know! You, too, can use this fabulous plugin and customize it to meet your needs!
So, There You Have It
My Top 5 Most Essential WordPress Plugins that will make your blogging experience easier and more efficient!
Of course, there are many other plugins that I cannot do without but I’m sure you’ve heard of them over and over again. Oh heck, a quick mention won’t hurt, right?
- Revive Old Post
- Regenerate Thumbnails
- FV Antispam
- Broken Link Checker
- Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions
And one that not business site should be without BNE Testimonials.
Just One Thing We Must Remember
And I cannot stress this enough:
Do Not Use Outdated Plugins!
If you’re not using it, Remove it!
Now, It’s Your Turn!
Share some of you favorite WordPress Plugins with us and let me know if you’re using any of my recommended plugins! I love learning about new ones, but even better, I love to know if you’re using the same ones as me!