The WordPress plugins we start every new WordPress site with

The WordPress plugins we use

I was recently asked if there were any WordPress plugins that we always start every new WordPress site with, which made me think, is there a set of plugins that are a must for every WordPress site we build?

Before I get into writing up a list of WordPress plugins, I should state that not every single site needs the same setup as another, so while some plugins might be brilliant for certain sites, they might not be needed on others. That being said, here’s a list of plugins that I find that I end up using at least 90% of the time, and I’d imagine that you would too, although always remember to ask yourself before each install if it’s really needed.

The WordPress plugins

  • WordPress SEO by Yoast – There’s quite a few WordPress plugins that claim to be able to improve your WordPress SEO, but WordPress SEO by Yoast is by far the best as it does that along with having a snippet preview that let’s you see a rendering of what your post or page will look like in search results.
  • Google Analyticator – The Google Analyticator plugin installs Google’s Analytics javascript code on your website and it also displays a widget on your dashboard that displays key performance metrics for your site over the last 30 days.
  • Contact Form 7 – Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customise the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.
  • FD Feedburner – Redirects the main feed and optionally the comments feed to Feedburner.com.
  • Limit Login Attempts – Limit rate of login attempts, including by way of cookies, for each IP. A simple yet effective way of increasing your WordPress site’s security.
  • WP Super Cache – A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.
  • BackWPup – Schedule complete automatic backups for your WordPress installation.

If you run your own website and need any help with WordPress plugins or anything else, then feel free to get in touch with us via out contact page or you can give us a call on 01761 690019