Plugins are what make WordPress … well, WordPress; and are what I believe sets WordPress apart from so many other platforms. The ability to extend functionality or add features is unlimited. Here is my top 10 list of favorite WordPress Plugins … in no particular order!
Terry’s Top 10 Plugin List!
Cloudflare Cloudflare speeds up and protects websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet. (Plugin is free, but requires a Cloudflare account)
Social Warfare The absolute best social sharing plugin on the planet! ($29 per year but totally worth it!)
CoSchedule An all in one editorial calendar for content marketing and social scheduling! ($15 per month, but again, so totally worth it!)
GM Block Bots A must-have plugin that automatically blocks and stops the onslaught of bots that attack your site! With today’s abundance of the happy hacker mentality, this is one every site-owner should install on their sites. (Free)
Google Analytics Lets you track your blog easily and stays up to date with the newest features in Google Analytics. This one requires a Google Analytics account, but both are free.
Login Lockdown Another security must-have. Login LockDown records the IP address and time-stamp of every failed login attempt. It helps prevent brute force password discovery. With all of the brute-force password attacks we’ve been seeing lately, Login Lockdown really isn’t an option, but a necessity. (Free)[clickToTweet tweet=”Check out Terry’s top 10 favorite, must-have WordPress plugins!” quote=”Check out Terry’s top 10 favorite, must-have WordPress plugins!”]
Optin Cat Business My absolute favorite plugin for easy opt-in forms and popups. This plugin allows me to easily create inline opt-in forms I can add anywhere I choose on posts or pages, as well as pop-up opt-ins. I’m not a fan of being bombarded with pop-ups when I visit a site, so I chose the business version so I could have a less intrusive exit popup, and some of the extra features. ($39/year Personal, $69/year business)
TinyMCE Advanced Extends and enhances TinyMCE, the WordPress Visual Editor. I tried living without it … but couldn’t! (Free)
VaultPress The best backup system out there with real-time back up and security scanning service. Provides required functionality to backup and synchronize every post, comment, media file, revision and dashboard settings on the VaultPress servers.(Not free, but quite reasonable!) The beauty of this one is that it IS real-time back and security scanning. Should something happen and you need to dial back and restore your site from a couple of hours or so, you can!
Yoast SEO Another “can’t live without it” plugin! (Free) Yoast is an incredible plugin that makes it super easy to optimize each page and post on your website. It works best, however, if you go through the complete configuration process to make sure your entire site is optimized. If this is something you can’t (or don’t want to) do yourself … you can hire us to do it for you 🙂
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In business since 1991, Terry Green is the founder/CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, online marketing support company comprised of a team of talented professionals from around North America. BizEase excels at providing speakers and business coaches worldwide with seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up shopping carts and editing video, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the BizEase team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best! Click here to get our weekly tips ezine delivered to your inbox every other Friday, with tips on plugins, apps, and tools to make you more productive today!