Over the years WordPress gets better and better as a CMS platform for a lot more than it’s original purpose, blogging. Today, most new site developments start in WordPress until there is a reason to move to a more robust CMS. As the defacto web development platform there are a few functionality pieces that get extremely well done by using free plugins. Here is my WordPress stack on Uber.la, where I show you what I use and why. Let me know if you have any contenders that I need to check out.
Security – the hackers have gotten more sophisticated, and WordPress has holes that these plugins can block.
- BulletProof Security < probably comprehensive enough to work without any of these others, but I started using them first
- Extra Security < very simple fixes
- WP-MalWatch < a scanner that will check your code
- WP Super Secure and Fast htaccess
SEO and Spam Killers < there are a few things you can do to improve the seo performance
- Akismet < a built-in stand by, worth keeping on
- Greg’s High Performance SEO < a low-overhead SEO optimizer
- Jetpack by WordPress < some great utilities in one big plugin (constantly improved and updated)
- Link Juice Keeper < if you’re moving or deleting pages, keep the link love
- SEO Friendly Images < have you forgotten to tag a few images, this plugin can help
- Simple Sitemap < a quick plugin to generate a visitor-friendly site index
- Simple Trackback Validation < kills Trackback spam
- Smart 404 < for those dead links, don’t 404 your visitors, give them other choices on-the-fly
- WP-Optimize < you know how tedious it is to delete spam comments etc? This plugin is a god-send
- WP-reCaptcha < so many Captchas, this one seems to work well for me
Special Features < plugins that do other good stuff
- Contact Form 7 < need simple submission forms?
- Count Per Day < how many “reads” are you getting – very different numbers than Google Analytics
- Disqus Comment System < upgrade your commenting process
- FD Feedburner Plugin < good way to integrate Feedburner options to WordPress (you are using Feedburner, right?)
- Feed Statistics < who’s reading via RSS feeds and what apps are they using
- Find and replace < update links and content across drafts, pages, and posts
- Google Analyticator < my favorite Google Analytics add-in package
- Google XML Sitemaps < make sure your XML sitemaps have the latest format and function
- P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) < audit the performance of your plugins and eliminate the speed killers
- Sociable < my favorite add-all-the-share-buttons plugin
- WP-UserOnline < see who’s online in real-time – bots and visitors and where they came from
Let me know what plugins you use, if you have one you’ve tried and think works better than any of these I’ve listed. I’m always trying to improve performance.