WordPress Plugins – Important Plugins for Your Site
See the video tutorial below.
These plugins add important functions or features to your wordpress site.
1. Akismet Plugin
Akismet spam blocker protects your site from spam. It’s used along with the Captcha plugin described next. The Akismet plugin is one of the rare plugins that you need to pay a fee in order to use. But it’s only $5 a month.
2. Captcha Plugin
The Captcha plugin creates the form that people fill out to prove they are real humans and not automatic robot programs. If you have filled out forms on the internet or left comments you will have seen the squiggly hard to read letters or numbers that you need to type into a text box.
3. BP SML Sitemaps Plugin
This plugin will generate a sitemap that you can submit to google. You’ll need to go to Google Webmaster Tools and sign up to create a free account. The directions for adding your sitemap will be there.
4. Contact Form 7 Plugin
This plugin creates an email form and if you have installed the Captcha plugin they will work together to be sure that humans and not automated programs are sending you emails.
5. WordPress All In One SEO Plugin
Search engine optimization is the function of the All In One SEO plugin.
6. WP Super Cache Plugin
To speed up the download time of your website you need to install the WP Super Cache Plugin. A fast website is part of your website performance analysis in Google Webmaster Tools. Visitors will stick around longer if they don’t need to wait long for pages to load.
7. Sharebar Plugin
Social Media sharing is the purpose of the Sharebar Plugin. It creates a vertical bar that shows up next to the page or post that a visitor is reading.
8. Add This Subscribe Plugin
Visitors can subscribe to have the posts by email or by feed. Often this button is seen in the sidebar. Installing and activating this button creates a widget. You go to Appearance, Widgets, and drag the widget over to the sidebar.