Which Wordpress Plugins are mandatory for a beginner with new website?

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I admit.

I fell for the over-analysis, distracted by new ways to make money, scattered my energy on too many IM business models.

I became depressed combined with family loss.

Luckily with close friends at work encouraging me and my spiritual beliefs, got back on my feet again.

Now, I am focused. My website is everything about Coconut, as my username suggests.

I am using a simple WP theme.

Now, to my questions:

I got WP installed. I have some pages "About Us", I have some blog posts.

1. What WP plugins are mandatory to install?
2. All my blog posts are showing up only on the home page with the url for example, mysite.com(not my actual site), instead of
mysite.com/coconut-mango-smoothie, mysite.com/coconut-oil-for-weight-loss, etc.,

Please advise.
Coconut Isa.
#beginner #mandatory #plugins #website #wodpress
  • Profile picture of the author Erunhossain
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    • Profile picture of the author DanielPedersen
      I would suggest you use these plugins to start off with.
      • All in One SEO Pack
      • XML-sitemap plugin
      • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
      • Contact Form 7
      • Auto excerpt everywhere

      If you want adsense on your site or other advertising in the post you can go with this plugin as well.
      • Quick Adsense plugin

      Hope this helps you out
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      • Profile picture of the author rleejr
        I would say

        -Yoast Seo
        -XML Sitemap
        -W3 Cache

        To Get started and a backup and security plugin
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        • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
          Originally Posted by rleejr View Post

          I would say

          -Yoast Seo
          -XML Sitemap
          -W3 Cache

          To Get started and a backup and security plugin
          Again, are these free, if not, is it worth the money to get them for a beginner and are they available from wordpress.org?

          Thanks.
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      • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
        Originally Posted by DanielPedersen View Post

        I would suggest you use these plugins to start off with.
        • All in One SEO Pack
        • XML-sitemap plugin
        • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
        • Contact Form 7
        • Auto excerpt everywhere
        If you want adsense on your site or other advertising in the post you can go with this plugin as well.
        • Quick Adsense plugin
        Hope this helps you out
        Are the above plugins and free and available from wordpress.org?

        Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Alves
    Originally Posted by coconutisa View Post

    I admit.

    I fell for the over-analysis, distracted by new ways to make money, scattered my energy on too many IM business models.

    I became depressed combined with family loss.

    Luckily with close friends at work encouraging me and my spiritual beliefs, got back on my feet again.

    Now, I am focused. My website is everything about Coconut, as my username suggests.

    I am using a simple WP theme.

    Now, to my questions:

    I got WP installed. I have some pages "About Us", I have some blog posts.

    1. What WP plugins are mandatory to install?
    2. All my blog posts are showing up only on the home page with the url for example, mysite.com(not my actual site), instead of
    mysite.com/coconut-mango-smoothie, mysite.com/coconut-oil-for-weight-loss, etc.,

    Please advise.
    Coconut Isa.
    I think you should have All in one SEO Pack, Google XML Sitemaps, and W3 Total Cache. There are a lot of other plugins, but I think those are the most important ones.

    For the second question, I'm not sure exactly what the problem is. Are your permalink settings set to post name?
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    • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
      Originally Posted by John Alves View Post

      I think you should have All in one SEO Pack, Google XML Sitemaps, and W3 Total Cache. There are a lot of other plugins, but I think those are the most important ones.

      For the second question, I'm not sure exactly what the problem is. Are your permalink settings set to post name?
      Thank you for the suggested plugins. Are they free or have I to pay for them?

      Second question, I selected a post, used the custom option in permalinks and put in the name where it said mysite.com/%postname% and I replaced the post name with mysite.com/coconut-mango-smoothie

      and when I go to my website, it is not showing as mysite.com/coconut-mango-smoothie but simply mysite.com and all the posts I have in WP are showing there along with the above coconut-mango-smoothie.

      What am I doing wrong?
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      • Profile picture of the author run
        Originally Posted by coconutisa View Post

        Second question, I selected a post, used the custom option in permalinks and put in the name where it said mysite.com/%postname% and I replaced the post name with mysite.com/coconut-mango-smoothie

        and when I go to my website, it is not showing as mysite.com/coconut-mango-smoothie but simply mysite.com and all the posts I have in WP are showing there along with the above coconut-mango-smoothie.

        What am I doing wrong?
        You just need to tick on "Post name" and Save Changes.

        For plugins, there should be free and you could download it Wordpress Plugin Repository.

        Some initial plugins that I'd recommend are:
        - Akismet : if your blog comments are opened, it could block most of the well know spam comments.
        - Yoast SEO: it's used for SEO purpose. It might need a bit more knowledge about the configuartion, but it's worth it.
        - W3TC: speed up your site with caching technologies. Again, you should configure it carefully otherwise it could cause more loading time on the share server.
        - Limit Login Attempts: block the of brute force attack to your admin dashboard.
        - File Monitor Plus: alert you when there is something unknown activities on your server of your files.

        Feature plugin:
        - P3 (Plugin Performance profiler): just install once to see other plugins perform on your site. You could uninstall after analyzing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    I LOVE SEO Yoast plug-in. When you create your content, it automatically tells you the keyword density, number of words, etc.

    I like static home pages. In my opinion, they're easier to rank. I use a static home page:

    1. WordPress Dashboard.
    2. Settings.
    3. Reading.
    4. Select "a static home page".
    5. front page displays: "Home" (or whatever you want to name your home page).
    6. Posts page: Blog (create a blog page and all posts will be truncated on a blog page).

    I also prefer a "www" (www.coconutsareus.com) in my General Settings (WordPress address) rather than coconutsareus.com

    Sorry you were depressed and went down the wrong path. You sound like you're focused now and I'm happy to hear you have good friends and a spiritual belief.

    The best to you. -Lori
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    • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
      So far all the recommendations are great. The only one I would ad would be "Stat Press" so you can see how much and where your traffic is coming from.

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      • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
        Originally Posted by Enfusia View Post

        So far all the recommendations are great. The only one I would ad would be "Stat Press" so you can see how much and where your traffic is coming from.

        Patrick
        Thank you Patrick, this seems a mandatory one. Is it free or expensive and is it available from wordpress.org?

        Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
      Originally Posted by Lori Kelly View Post

      I LOVE SEO Yoast plug-in. When you create your content, it automatically tells you the keyword density, number of words, etc.

      I like static home pages. In my opinion, they're easier to rank. I use a static home page:

      1. WordPress Dashboard.
      2. Settings.
      3. Reading.
      4. Select "a static home page".
      5. front page displays: "Home" (or whatever you want to name your home page).
      6. Posts page: Blog (create a blog page and all posts will be truncated on a blog page).

      I also prefer a "www" (www.coconutsareus.com) in my General Settings (WordPress address) rather than coconutsareus.com

      Sorry you were depressed and went down the wrong path. You sound like you're focused now and I'm happy to hear you have good friends and a spiritual belief.

      The best to you. -Lori
      Thank you Lori for your kind words about my feeling depressed. I bounced back out of it with help from Higher Power (God) and friends and this forum with so many genuine, honest, trustworthy and sincere people.

      Is the plugin you mention is expensive or free and is it worth to get it for a beginner who has around 5 posts now. That's all. I want to know how will google index my posts as and when I publish. Is there a plugin? I am already getting SPAM comments in my email box, asking me if I want to approve the comments?

      I will follow your instructions to set my home page as static and beginning with www

      Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    Ignore the people trying to make a buck off you. And shame on you self-promoting people for sending this person messages.

    The SEO Yoast plug-in is free.

    Permalinks.

    1. Dashboard.
    2. Settings, Permalinks.
    3. Select post name (it's the 5th choice).

    When you do this, this is how your blog posts' URL will show:

    http://www.mycoconuts.com/how-to-cut-a-coconut-open/
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    • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
      Originally Posted by Lori Kelly View Post

      Ignore the people trying to make a buck off you. And shame on you self-promoting people for sending this person messages.

      The SEO Yoast plug-in is free.

      Permalinks.

      1. Dashboard.
      2. Settings, Permalinks.
      3. Select post name (it's the 5th choice).

      When you do this, this is how your blog posts' URL will show:

      http://www.mycoconuts.com/how-to-cut-a-coconut-open/
      Thank you Lori, sent you PM.

      Coconut Isa
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      • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
        Originally Posted by coconutisa View Post

        Thank you Lori, sent you PM.

        Coconut Isa
        You're welcome. I responded with step-by-step instructions to install a few simple free plug-ins. That's all you need for now.

        Now get to blogging so you can add some coconut content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thriftypreneur
    Before you go installing every plugin recommended (or worse, buying recommended plugins - eek), let me share some insight with you.

    When running Wordpress, you want your site to operate using as few plugins as possible. Tons and tons of plugins will not only cause compatibility issues, but they can also hinder your sites functionality when Wordpress does an update on it's core files.

    I can already tell from some of this list, that the recommendations don't keep this kind of stuff in mind. For example, if using Yoast SEO, there's no need to have the XML plugin as well. Yoast SEO has a fully-functional XML feature in it already.

    I also don't see any security solutions recommended. This year has been one of the worst for brute force login attempts and the default Wordpress installation doesn't combat this at all. You must add a plugin to protect yourself from brute force attacks.

    Here's an interesting article from my niche site case study that is all about plugins. It contains what I believe to be the essential plugins and how to set them up, as well as a few addition plugins that I find useful on various sites. Hope this helps.

    Essential Wordpress Plugins for Niche Websites - Thriftypreneur
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    • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
      Originally Posted by Thriftypreneur View Post

      Before you go installing every plugin recommended (or worse, buying recommended plugins - eek), let me share some insight with you.

      When running Wordpress, you want your site to operate using as few plugins as possible. Tons and tons of plugins will not only cause compatibility issues, but they can also hinder your sites functionality when Wordpress does an update on it's core files.

      I can already tell from some of this list, that the recommendations don't keep this kind of stuff in mind. For example, if using Yoast SEO, there's no need to have the XML plugin as well. Yoast SEO has a fully-functional XML feature in it already.

      I also don't see any security solutions recommended. This year has been one of the worst for brute force login attempts and the default Wordpress installation doesn't combat this at all. You must add a plugin to protect yourself from brute force attacks.

      Here's an interesting article from my niche site case study that is all about plugins. It contains what I believe to be the essential plugins and how to set them up, as well as a few addition plugins that I find useful on various sites. Hope this helps.

      Essential Wordpress Plugins for Niche Websites - Thriftypreneur
      Thank you Thriftypreneur.

      I will visit your link and read and get those plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author themichaelcook
    The ones I have installed on my blog are

    Akismet, All In One Seo Pack, Easy Contact Forms, Easy Retweet, Pretty Link so I can make ugly affiliate links to what I want them to look like, Sharebar Plugin so people can share my content on Facebook, Twitter etc., Share Buttons by Lockerz / AddToAny yet another plugin so people can share my content via social media...

    All those plugins are Free... I do have alot more plugins on my site but the ones above are the Free ones!!!!

    Hope this helps...
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielPedersen
    Also a great plugin to use is Search meter. It lets you see what people are searching for in your onsite searchmachine, then you can create content that people actually are looking for.
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  • Profile picture of the author attan
    Here is my list.
    They are all free and i have them installed in many sites


    All In One SEO Pack
    AntiVirus
    Akismet
    contact form 7
    Duplicator (for backup)
    Google XML Sitemaps
    Google Analytics for WordPress
    Pretty Link Lite
    Sociable
    WP Super Cache
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  • Profile picture of the author eClicker
    I agree with Attan and many of the others but what will you be using the blog for because you may also need an Amazon s3 plugin in or a plugin for youtube videos. How about social media if you are doing some affiliate type stuff since social bookmarks are so important now?
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    • Profile picture of the author gohicks
      A few other ones I always use and are good..

      CMS Page Order
      Social Sharing Toolkit
      TinyMCE Advanced
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      • Profile picture of the author eClicker
        Originally Posted by gohicks View Post

        A few other ones I always use and are good..

        CMS Page Order
        Social Sharing Toolkit
        TinyMCE Advanced
        Man I don't see how I forgot about TinyMCE! My favorite
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        Make sure you include a Disclosure policy if you are an affiliate (required by FTC), a Privacy Poilcy (required by Google and good practice) and a Contact section.
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  • Profile picture of the author Beatinest
    All in one SEO
    Pretty Link
    Jetpack - includes a handful of useful options.

    All of the above are free unless you upgrade to Pretty Link Pro
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  • Profile picture of the author FitMarketer
    All in One SEO
    and Google XML sitemaps are essential

    Visual Composer is also great but its paid
    Makes things super easy drag and drop
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    • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
      Thank you everyone for your responses. As I am a beginner, I will choose minimum and go for the other ones by one.

      Much appreciated.
      Coconut Isa.
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      • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
        I have installed most of the plugins recommended here.

        I am getting at least 2 SPAM comments every day and when I get notified to moderate, I am trashing it, there is an option SPAM, should I report as SPAM?

        Please advise.
        Regards,
        Coconut Isa.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Yoast SEO and PopupDomination. If you don't want to fork over cash for PD, try the free lightbox plugins at wordpress.org
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    • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      Yoast SEO and PopupDomination. If you don't want to fork over cash for PD, try the free lightbox plugins at wordpress.org
      Thanks. I got already Yoast SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    Akismet: to prevent spam bot

    SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam: combine with akismet setting that will reduce the pending thousand comments

    Google XML Sitemaps: get index faster

    All in One SEO Pack: I have good experience with powerful single blog post

    BackWPup: can be scheduled weekly

    Contact Form 7: I just like it even classic form

    GD Star Rating: make your post more authority

    Wordfence Security: scan your malware problems

    WordPress Related Posts by Zemanta: increasing your pageviews

    Google+ Comments Widget: for SEO purpose

    Smart 404: good redirect broken links

    Now you have SEO friendly and secure sites if you using some of plugins above.
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    • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
      Originally Posted by sirtiman View Post

      Akismet: to prevent spam bot

      SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam: combine with akismet setting that will reduce the pending thousand comments

      Google XML Sitemaps: get index faster

      All in One SEO Pack: I have good experience with powerful single blog post

      BackWPup: can be scheduled weekly

      Contact Form 7: I just like it even classic form

      GD Star Rating: make your post more authority

      Wordfence Security: scan your malware problems

      WordPress Related Posts by Zemanta: increasing your pageviews

      Google+ Comments Widget: for SEO purpose

      Smart 404: good redirect broken links

      Now you have SEO friendly and secure sites if you using some of plugins above.
      Thank you sirtiman.

      Is Askimet free? I checked and it is installed on my site but not activated. When I click to activate it is directed me to a site where I have to pay per site? Is that true or am I missing something? I don't mind paying for it, but asking just to know because I thought someone said that most of these plugins should be free.

      Others listed by you, most of them, I have except contact form 7, Google+?

      What is contact form 7 for?

      Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Some lists are way too long...!

    Listen to those ONLY who recommend the minimum use of plugins and never listen to those that have long plugin lists. They are the ignorant and uneducated (WP-wise, I mean )

    There are NO mandatory plugins. Period.
    And don't install two plugins that do the same thing... ever.

    Plugins were not invented to get toys in the hands of IMers who don't know better and install 30-40 plugins. They are for adding additional features to a WP installation - depending on the goal and type of the website created by you.

    Which means the question "what kind of plugins do I have to install" is wrong: because it is approaching the problem from the wrong end. One should ask: what kind of additional features do I need in MY blog/site that WP doesn't have out of the box, and how can I achieve to have those features?

    Maybe adding a plugin, maybe deleting/editing one single line of code, maybe using creatively the existing core features...

    90% of the plugins were made for lazy people
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    • Profile picture of the author MonitorScout
      Following 7 plug-ins are compulsory to start up a blog in wordpress
      1. All in One SEO Pack
      2. BackupBuddy
      3. Google Video Sitemap
      4. Google XML Sitemaps
      5. Login LockDown
      6. W3 Total Cache
      7. Permalink
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    • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Some lists are way too long...!

      Listen to those ONLY who recommend the minimum use of plugins and never listen to those that have long plugin lists. They are the ignorant and uneducated (WP-wise, I mean )

      There are NO mandatory plugins. Period.
      And don't install two plugins that do the same thing... ever.

      Plugins were not invented to get toys in the hands of IMers who don't know better and install 30-40 plugins. They are for adding additional features to a WP installation - depending on the goal and type of the website created by you.

      Which means the question "what kind of plugins do I have to install" is wrong: because it is approaching the problem from the wrong end. One should ask: what kind of additional features do I need in MY blog/site that WP doesn't have out of the box, and how can I achieve to have those features?

      Maybe adding a plugin, maybe deleting/editing one single line of code, maybe using creatively the existing core features...

      90% of the plugins were made for lazy people
      Thank you Istvan.

      I have sent you a PM.

      Cococnut Isa.
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