Best WordPress Plugins
As you may know, Bryan and I use WordPress as our standard web site content management system. It is easy to set up and configure as well as use–even for the very casual non-techie.
(If you want a killer video tutorial on WordPress, check out The Ultimate Guide to WordPress.)
One of the many beauties of WordPress is that it is very extensible. If some function you need is not available within the core WordPress code, you can easily add to it, even if you’re not technical at all.
If you know how to search on the internet, odds are that you can find a plugin that will do what you need. Plugins are little snippets of code that are packaged in such a way that anybody can install and configure them. Here’s an old video I did that shows you how to install a plugin right from within WordPress.
This is the preferred method for two reasons. Number one, you can be working on your web site and go find and install a plugin that you need without ever leaving your web site. Number two, the WordPress plugins you find in this manner have been vetted, are free, and you can take a look at user feedback and other data to see if this plugin seems to be what you need.
In that light, we wanted to give you a list of the best WordPress plugins. We don’t necessarily use all of these at the same time, but we can assure you that we have used them all at one time or another. We do have a set of core WordPress plugins that we do use in nearly every web site we set up for ourselves.
This is not an exhaustive list! There are countless plugins available that we have never used, much less even heard of. So take this list for what it’s worth.
So here are the best WordPress plugins that we use:
PushButtonSEO (this is not in the WordPress repository and you cannot just go search for it and install it; you have to buy it and yes this is an affiliate link for which we will receive some compensation if you do. Note, however, that we use this on every site we own and it is the best onpage-SEO plugin we have ever used and we’d say that even if we weren’t affiliates.)
Limit Excessive Updates (Pings)
Social Media Sharing
Of course, there are thousands more WordPress plugins available for your use: Plugins for memberships, contact forms, social media, and the like.
You name it—somebody has probably made a plugin for it. If you use WordPress, become very familiar with how to find quality plugins; doing so will save you a ton of time.