7 essential plugins for your WordPress website
When building your WordPress website, give it the best possible start by adding these plugins to back up and secure your site, save you time, fight spam and give you a great chance of being found in the search engines:
1. Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd (https://wordpress.org/plugins/coming-soon/)
When you’re first building your website, you don’t want the whole internet to be able to see all those half-finished bits and pieces, or test features that don’t quite make the cut in the end. You want to be able to unveil your shiny new website when it’s completed. Use the plugin from SeedProd to display a ‘coming soon’ page with fonts and images customised to fit your brand, a progress bar and email capture.
2. BackupBuddy (https://ithemes.com/purchase/backupbuddy/)
Whatever else you do, you need to back up your site regularly. The thought of putting in all that work to build a site and then losing it because you didn’t have a backup of it… Let’s just say you don’t want to go there.
This plugin gives you automatic hourly, daily, weekly or monthly backups, and stores your backup files remotely with Amazon AWS, Dropbox or their own BackupBuddy Stash.
You can copy your site, move it, and if the worst happens, you can do a full restore.
3. iThemes Security (https://ithemes.com/security/)
WordPress is, unfortunately, a target for hackers who love to get into sites and steal data or plant malicious software. Keep them out with a security plugin such as iThemes Security. This one has so many features and we won’t describe them all here, but some of the most useful ones are limiting login attempts, hiding your login URL, enforcing strong passwords and blocking bad users.
4. W3 Total Cache (https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/)
Google is now using site speed as part of its ranking system, so here’s a plugin to reduce page load times and get your site moving as quickly as possible.
5. Yoast SEO (https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/)
Verify your webmaster account in Google, Bing, and other search engines, and tell the search engines what pages to list and which ones to ignore, plus optimise the SEO on your posts and fill in the meta description so Google shows the content you want, rather than their selection of the content on your page.
6. Akismet (https://akismet.com/)
If you have comments open on your blog posts, it’s very likely that you will get spam comments all over your site. You could spend hours playing whack-a-mole and deleting them yourself, or you could install Akismet and never give it another thought.
7. Broken Link Checker (https://wordpress.org/plugins/broken-link-checker/)
This fantastic plugin will continually check your site for you and email you if it finds any links that don’t work, so you can fix them.