There is a bewildering choice of WordPress plugin for adding to your WordPress.org site. Which are the ones that are most important? Here is a summary of my favourite tools that I install on most sites.
Antispam Bee plugin
- This package helps to minimise spam comment for your blog posts. It will generate some false positives at the start – so it’s important to check the spam folder – but it learns over time to reduce the frequency.
- See: Antispam Bee
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP) plugin
- This tool integrates the wonderful Google Analytics into your WP dashboard. Get detailed analytics about who is looking at your site, for how long, and how they found you.
- See: GAWDP
UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore plugin
- This software allows you to easily take backups of your site. It’s very useful if you suffer a cyber attack, software conflicts or a database crash. You can easily roll-back to a previous version of your site. It allows for automated, periodic backup and storing backups on cloud storage such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
- See: UpdraftPlus
W3 Total Cache plugin
- This is sophisticated software that offers a range of options that can speed up your WordPress site. Choices include content and database caching as well as a CDN (Content Delivery Network) connection.
- See: W3 Total Cache
Wordfence Security plugin
- This package introduces a series of tools that offer a degree of protection against cyber attacks. Features include Anti-virus, Firewall, and Malware scanning.
- See: Wordfence
Yoast SEO plugin
- Yoast adds a range of tools that help improve the visibility of your site. It includes XML sitemaps, content analysis and a lot of other features. If you’re building a site you want it to be seen. This will help you succeed.
- See: Yoast
These are only a few of the packages that you might consider. Depending on your site you might want to consider others that connect to tools such as MailChimp, random quote generators, and smart contact forms. However, each product that you add can introduce a cost and a potential vulnerability to your site. Don’t install anything for which you don’t have a genuine need.