Top 15 WordPress Plugins in 2014
WordPress is a powerful and feature rich tool for creating website’s. WordPress offers great features and if you don’t find these feature’s enough you could install plugins from the WordPress plugin directory which currently amounts to 31000+. With the help of plugins you can create any sort of website you want, the plugins allow you bend your WordPress website in a thousand different ways.
There are plugins which you need to create a sort of unique website according to your taste and there are plugins which are generally really useful for people running a WordPress website. This post covers 15 must have WordPress plugins in 2014. All the plugins in this post will be free plugins as I don’t really like paying for WordPress plugins. Below is a list of WordPress plugins that you must have on your WordPress website no matter what sort of a website you are running.
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress is a great platform for bloggers and website owners but it does not has a lot of SEO features this plugin compensates for the lack. It is one of the best WordPress SEO plugins around. It makes it really easy for beginners, in fact it makes it easy for everyone, to check their SEO on a specific post. Visit Plugin Page
2. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is one of the best WordPress plugins to create custom forms for your website. The plugin allows to customize and manage multiple forms on your website. The most common use of the plugin would be create a Contact Us form for your website. The plugin is available in over 50 languages. Visit Plugin Page
The Jetpack plugin provides features that were only available for people using WordPress.com. The Jetpack plugin comes with vast amount of features such as email subscription for posts and comments, creating forms, hover cards for commenters, easy adding to equations and many more. Visit Plugin Page for the entire list of features it has to offer as they will be really hard to cover in this post.
4. Google Analytics for WordPress
Another great plugin by Joost de Valk the creator of WordPress Seo by Yoast. This is a great plugin to integrate Google Analytic in your WordPress website. The WordPress plugin allows you to track visitors easily by simply integrating with Google Analytic API. The plugin also tracks login and registration forms and the ability to track metadata on pages. Visit Plugin Page
5. W3 Total Cache
It is a great WordPress plugin that affects the speed at which your website loads which results in a better experience for users and helps improve ranking in search engines as the speed at which your site loads is also an important factor in search engine ranking. The plugin also offers content delivery network (CDN) integration and promises at least 10x improvement when fully configured. Visit Plugin Page
6. Magic Action Box
Magic Action Box is a really great WordPress plugin used for lead generation. The plugin let’s you create professional looking opt-in forms to be displayed on your site at various places. The WordPress plugin offers to customize the form without any CSS knowledge. It also comes with Mailchimp and Aweber integration, and as well as integration with contact forms to create some complex forms for your website. It is a must have plugin for your WordPress website if you are looking to create beautiful opt-in or email subscription forms for your website with ease. Visit Plugin Page
7. Stop Spam Comments
It is one of the simplest and most effective solution to prevent and stop spam comments completely on your WordPress website. Until last year GASP was on my list to stop spam comments but it stopped working some where in the middle. That is when I we found this plugin. This is one of the best plugins around to stop all the bot comments on your website and give your visitors a much better experience without any CAPTCHA or spam comments by bots. Visit Plugin Page
8. nrelate Related Content
nrelate Related Content is just another related content plugin which allows you to display related content at various places on your website, including sidebar and bottom of posts. Unlike most plugins it offers both related content with images and text based. You can choose the one that fits your needs. There are number of styles to choose from which can be customized according to your needs by CSS which makes it a really great plugin to show related content to your visitors on your WordPress website. Visit Plugin Page
9. Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. Visit Plugin Page
10. Q23W Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget)
This is a really great WordPress plugin and I do like it a lot personally. The plugin can create any widget in your sidebar sticky, that is the widget you made sticky in the sidebar would scroll down with the user giving the widget extended exposure. It could be used to create sticky ads or email subscription forms. You can read about how to create a fixed widget on the sidebar of your WordPress website. Visit Plugin Page
11. Limit Login Attempts
This simple WordPress plugin prevents users from trying for another login attempt after a number of consecutive failed login attempts. Which prevents or makes the brute force attack for your website made difficult or almost impossible. Visit Plugin Page
12. iThemes Security (WP Security)
iThemes Security or formerly know as WP Security is one of the best security plugins available for free which offers variety of features. The plugin offers more than 30 ways to protect your website and make it more secure. You have not taken any steps to keep your WordPress website safe install the plugin and leave the rest to it. Visit Plugin Page
13. Broken Link Checker
A simple yet really useful WordPress plugin which checks for broken links posts, comments and other content and notifies you through the Dashboard if they are found. Great plugin to find any broken links on your website. Visit Plugin Page
14. Share Buttons by Add This
Add This is just another social network sharing plugin which allows your visitors to share your content over 330+ social networking and bookmarking websites (like Facebook, Twitter etc). What make this plugin special from the rest is that recently after a plugin update I have heard people saying that Add This has increase their social network sharing by 30-40%. You should give the plugin a try in 2014. Visit Plugin Page
WP-PageNave provides an excellent technique for user friendly navigation with a list of the page numbers for posts. It lets you get rid of the Older Post and Newer Post links and replace them with page numbers which makes it easier for your users to move through and look for older content. Visit Plugin Page
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