Recently I was reading a very good article that had some of the online world’s heavy hitters weighing in on what WordPress Plugins they “couldn’t live without.” The list was impressive and ranged from the critical (backup and security) to the quirky, but there were few that stood out to me:
VaultPress is an automated backup and security plugin all rolled into one. VaultPress makes it easy to keep an up-to-date backup of your site with both daily and real-time syncing of all your WordPress content. To ensure your site stays safe, VaultPress performs security scans daily and makes it easy to review and fix threats. VaultPress has Lite, Basic and Premium membership levels and their services range for $5 to $40 per month.
Inspiring Dashboards: Sometimes the hardest part of updating your blog is deciding what to write about. This widget offers writing prompts as soon as you log in to help get your creative juices flowing. Having a moment of writer’s block? Maybe the Inspiring Dashboard widget can help you.
Has your site been running slow lately? Images can use up a lot of resources, both for storage space and bandwidth, and yet they’re not something you want to do without. Smush.it reduces image file sizes and improves your site’s performance.
Pretty Link Pro is a Plugin for WordPress that will enable you to shrink, cloak, track, organize, share and test all of your links on your own domain and server. Pretty Link Pro also acts as an affiliate link cloaker and URL shortener, but also allows you to automate repetitive tasks, optimize your site with testing, see the results of your campaigns immediately and virally spread your links (including all your affiliate links) within minutes.
Fanciest Author Box is a plugin that allows you to add some “pop” or “bling” to your current author box. The author box is what appears at the bottom of each blog post , and helps reader’s connect with you other places and get to know more about you. Fanciest Author Box allows users to add an additional layer of identity to their work and potentially increase conversion rates.
Don’t let your readers end up Error 404 la-la Land. Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.
A Word to The Wise: Although it is tempting to download and add every single one of these plugins, we would recommend limiting your overall plugin count to 8 or less to prevent your site from running slow or bogging down.
What WP plugins do you recommend?