What are the best plugins when starting a website ?

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Hi,

Sorry for the simplistic question but I've just started to create a website and I'm trying to work out what sort of FREE plugins I should install.

I would also appreciate what people consider a good FREE wordpress theme to use. I have created a banner with the name of the site on and have been using a woo themes theme, but it doesn't do what I want.

My website is all about Internet Marketing, my experiences etc etc. I have put a banner on the sidebar but it's only just starting off.

I have about 20 plugins but don't even know what they do or if they are needed.

I know that you should have things like
  • Askimet
  • Google XML
  • Some sort of SEO plugin
  • Google Analytics

But what else is important ? For example I want people to be able to comment below the posts and also like or tweet the posts ...

Thanks for your help
#plugins #starting #website
  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    Use the all in one seo pack!

    also include:
    popular post plugin
    yet another related post
    sharebar
    front page category
    better wordpress minify

    I think I have them all!
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  • Profile picture of the author wordpressmania
    Well, I don't think you should not install a plugin that actually not require for your theme or you do not need some functionality that you want. So uninstall all the unnecessary plugins.

    So, as per your question you need a SEO plugin and I always recommend yosta for this. Also you may need google xml sitemap for the initial sitemap submission to google.

    P.S. If you are using shared hosting you should you a WP super case so make sure your website do not use a lot of server resource.

    Hope this helps
    Sabbir
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLima
    Start with :

    Google Analytics
    Google XML Sitemaps
    All In One SEO Pack
    Pretty Link
    Legal Pages
    Contact
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  • Profile picture of the author trevord92
    Essential in my view:

    Yoast SEO (includes XML Sitemaps so no need for an extra plugin)
    Limit Login Attempts
    Contact Form 7 or similar
    Pretty Link or WP Shorties
    A cacheing plugin - which one works best will depend on your host
    Share Buttons by AddToAny
    Akismet or similar anti-spam
    A database backup - one that emails a copy of the database somewhere so you have an off-site backup

    Optional but useful:

    Exclude Pages from Navigation
    Search Exclude

    Themes are very much a personal choice - I tend to keep with the built in ones such as Twenty Twelve.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    The best plugins are the ones you don't install!

    Way too many people install plugins they don't need.

    First of all, figure out what the most important action you
    want your visitors to take. Do you want them to read and
    share your posts, sign up to your newsletter, buy something
    or do something else?

    What ever that one thing you want them to do... design your
    blog to make that happen. Then install the plugins that will
    help you make that happen.

    Don't install anything that won't help you achieve your objective,
    it will just slow WordPress down.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
      While I agree with JT -- Cue John eyeroll -- I would highly recommend WordFence... and change the username from the default admin...
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  • Profile picture of the author smaddoxjr
    I must say Thanks to all, this is very useful knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Everytime I see a "top 100 wordpress plugin" list I literally get dizzy.

    Less is more.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Salmons
    A good number of WP plug-ins are helpful. Google analytics is mentioned but you don't need a plugin for that. I agree that many are used that are better off forgotten, such as one to install your favicon, etc. You can do these things yourself and it is better.

    However there are a few that are really important.

    Akismet (or potentially a similar plug-in) to stop spam is essential. If you don't get it immediately you will kick yourself the first day your spam comments jump from 5 to 85.

    trevord92 is the only one I notice suggesting Limit Login Attempts but I think it (or another like it) is absolutely essential. I set mine to block a log in attempt after four errors in a row and was amazed to find within a couple days that I had people trying to hack my site all too often. Since hackers can use programs to try thousands of log in attempts in short order, this is critical to prevent unwanted access to your site.

    By the way, changing your admin user name is just as essential for security.

    Not essential, perhaps, if you want to do it manually, but having a good sitemap plug-in is close to essential. I use Google XML Sitemaps to assure that my sitemap is kept up to date and posts are sent to Google immediately after posting.
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  • Profile picture of the author JacobLivingstone
    One plugin that I would recommend is W3 Total Cache.

    You can use this plugin to deliver static html files that don't make database calls and are much quicker than the regular php files that are used.

    You can also integrate this with Cloudflare CDN for free to further increase the speed and reach of your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author damoncloudflare
      Originally Posted by JacobLivingstone View Post

      One plugin that I would recommend is W3 Total Cache.

      You can use this plugin to deliver static html files that don't make database calls and are much quicker than the regular php files that are used.

      You can also integrate this with Cloudflare CDN for free to further increase the speed and reach of your website.
      Just wanted to clarify that while we are an option in W3TC, you still need to signup for CloudFlare for our service to work (the plugin alone doesn't do this).
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  • Profile picture of the author getaprogrammer14
    Try Yoast SEO, it also includes XML sitemaps.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Don't forget about security. If your site get hacked then your everything will be lost. So, use Wordfence security. It is one of the best security plugin for wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author FrasserBeecroft
    Thank you so much to everyone that has contributed to this post. It has really helped me and I'm grateful for all the experience you have shared.

    I hope to be able to give something back to the community too soon :-)

    Frasser
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