What are your favourite & highly recommended WordPress Pluggins?

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Hi

I've jumped from Dreamweaver to WordPress to build a website and I much prefer WordPress.

I have a contact form 'contact form 7' which i think looks ok on the website.

What WordPress pluggins would you recommened to have on your website?
Ive also installed a social networking pluggin.

Any suggestions would be great and the names of them so i can search for them on WordPress.

Huge help, thanks
#pluggins #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Litherland
    Oh and the website is for lead generation purposes.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    You may want to know these security plugins:

    Bad Behavior
    bcSpamBlock
    BulletProof Security
    Login Lock
    NoSpamNX
    Secure WordPress
    Wordpress Firewall 2

    It's not really necessary to install them all.

    Have you heard of Magic Action Box by any chance? It is an easy to use but powerful lead generation plugin that lets you create a focused and high converting action box in minutes.

    Hope that helps!

    Cheers,
    Louie Tugas
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    • Profile picture of the author Litherland
      Originally Posted by magiclouie View Post

      You may want to know these security plugins:

      Bad Behavior
      bcSpamBlock
      BulletProof Security
      Login Lock
      NoSpamNX
      Secure WordPress
      Wordpress Firewall 2

      It's not really necessary to install them all.

      Have you heard of Magic Action Box by any chance? It is an easy to use but powerful lead generation plugin that lets you create a focused and high converting action box in minutes.

      Hope that helps!

      Cheers,
      Louie Tugas
      I'm new to WordPress only been using it a couple of days. Ill have a look at magic action box for you have any examples of what it looks like please?

      Didn't think of security pluggins, thank you
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      • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
        Originally Posted by Litherland View Post

        I'm new to WordPress only been using it a couple of days. Ill have a look at magic action box for you have any examples of what it looks like please?

        Didn't think of security pluggins, thank you
        Those might come in handy down the road.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Cole
    Litherland, you may need to ensure you have one of the SEO plugins installed for your wordpress site. The one I recommend you install is 'Wordpress SEO' by Yoast.

    I avoided using this for some time as it seemed hard to configure, but since learning how to configure I have grown to love this plugin. It is now the first plugin I will install on any new Wordpress installation.
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
      All in One Seo and I've just started using one that I bought on here called Spyder Spanker to stop some of the spiders using up my resources and block some.

      I was using Contact form 7 but I had problems with my blogs after the last Wordpress upgrade and found that I had to deactivate the plugin. I think Contact form 7 was upgraded a few days ago but I haven't tried it again yet.

      Best not to have too many plugins they slow your blogs down and put your blogs at risk from hackers.
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      • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
        Originally Posted by PatriciaJ View Post

        Best not to have too many plugins they slow your blogs down and put your blogs at risk from hackers.
        Take special notice of this response; it's the star!

        Never ever instal a WP plugin because someone recommends it. Only ever instal a plugin because you need it; it's necessary to perform a specific function on your blog.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michelle Stevens
        Originally Posted by PatriciaJ View Post

        Best not to have too many plugins they slow your blogs down and put your blogs at risk from hackers.
        Definitely if you don't need it uninstall it and make sure the active plugins and your theme are all up to date.

        I have also found that having too many plugins active at any one time can cause them to conflict with each other too
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  • Profile picture of the author Leveragist
    For me, Limit Login Attempts lets me sleep at night knowing it keeps hackers at bay.

    And here's a recent list by Tim Ferriss:

    How I Blog — The 21 WordPress Plugins That Keep Me Sane
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  • Profile picture of the author Harvey Costa
    Don't forget to activate Akismet from plugin settings. It is a good start for security.
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    You can make it.

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  • Profile picture of the author Litherland
    whats a good newsletter one? ive installed a few but it doesnt give me a settings option it just says edit or deactivate so im not sure how to use those.

    Ive installed the wordpress seo thank you, ill take the tour on that to see how it all works.

    ive also installed the wordpress firewall pluggin and Magic Action Box ill have a look

    Do you know if there are any pluggins for a widget image slideshow rather then a header slideshow?

    thank you
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by Litherland View Post

      whats a good newsletter one? ive installed a few but it doesnt give me a settings option it just says edit or deactivate so im not sure how to use those.

      Ive installed the wordpress seo thank you, ill take the tour on that to see how it all works.

      ive also installed the wordpress firewall pluggin and Magic Action Box ill have a look

      Do you know if there are any pluggins for a widget image slideshow rather then a header slideshow?

      thank you
      I have tried this plugin, WordPress › Image Rotator Widget « WordPress Plugins and it worked like a charm.

      Check this site that I built, Valet360.com (I just used 1 image), that is actually a widget. I used the headway theme for that and that theme allows us to put a widget on any part of our site.

      Edit: I am not sure if you say slideshow plugin, you mean image rotator plugin. Anyway, I just thought of sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Litherland
    How many pluggins on a website are recommended like newsletter, social, contact form etc on the homepage or each page?

    thank you for all comments
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  • Profile picture of the author Litherland
    Should i just keep with

    social plug in
    contact form 7
    find a good sign up newsletter one if anyone can recommend?
    Akismet
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  • Profile picture of the author Litherland
    thank you for your comments
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    All in One SEO
    Google Analytics
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  • Profile picture of the author tanshi
    The first 2 plugins I install on every WordPress website I build, after activating Akismet, are:
    1. Wordpress SEO by Yoast
    2. BackWPup
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketer Matt
    Here are some of the best ones I've got:

    Recommended Plugins - There is a Theme For That | There is a Theme For That

    You could maybe add FD Feedburner, Askimet (or Jetpack), Exclude Pages from Navigation, and a few others.
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  • Profile picture of the author zombiehunter
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    These are some recommended free plug ins you will need:
    Broken Link Checker
    Platinum SEO Pack
    Contact form 7
    Custom contact form
    SEO SearchTerms Tagging 2
    cbnet ping optimizer
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  • Profile picture of the author melissatafa
    Or just get XSitePro, which has everything built-in, and you don't have any of this hacker nonsense ;-) hehe!
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I've recently been using WP No Category Base
    WordPress › WP No Category Base « WordPress Plugins

    Really cleans up those nasty category URLs and turn's this:
    domain.com/category/movies

    into

    domain.com/movies

    Love it.

    BP
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    Like several others said, Wordpress SEO by Yoast is amazing. It's a great all-in-one pack.

    My other favorite is WP Super Cache, especially on my high traffic sites.

    Lastly, I'd recommend you use some type of "related posts" plugin on your site. This would boost the readership on your site.

    Good luck with your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wide
    Remember to install a backup plugin as well, I recommend Backuper (free)
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  • Profile picture of the author NeoPy
    I definitely recommend, WordPress SEO by Yoast "wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/"
    all in one, for best visibility.
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    • Profile picture of the author DJL
      Aside from some previously mentioned, I have found the following to be useful:
      Slide Out Tabs (available on WF as a WSO)
      Simple URLS (for cloaking and tracking affiliate links)
      Wordfence (for security)
      resize-twenty-eleven-header (if you use the TwentyEleven theme)
      wp-photo-album-plus (very simple way to display photo albums & slide shows)
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  • Profile picture of the author chungacreative
    Widget logic has saved me multiple times. Allows you to determine the pages and posts that you want to display or not display in your sidebar.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bobby Asburn
    I have two recommendation

    WordPress SEO by
    Yoast
    Akismet
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    Askimet
    All In One SEO Pack
    CommentLuv
    LinkWithin
    WordpressSEO
    Tweet Old Post
    Sharebar
    SEOPressor
    PrettyLinkLite
    Limit Login Attempts
    Google XML Sitemaps
    Fast Secure Contact Form
    Broken Link Checker
    Redirection
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  • Profile picture of the author eWebCats
    I real like SEO Pressor
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  • Profile picture of the author FIERCE IM
    Hello,

    I would recommend this WP that I use:

    All in SEO
    backup wp
    wp optmize
    Seo by YOAST
    Google analytics
    wp onlywire
    wp firewall

    I have many but these are good to start with
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