It’s no secret that we think WordPress is the best thing since sliced bread. The content management system allows users to easily add and edit website pages, images, videos, and more, and the WordPress back-end is probably the easiest to navigate and understand.
But what makes WordPress even more powerful is the behind-the-scenes plugins that can take a regular blog platform to a powerful web interface.
Here are the 10 WordPress plugins that we probably couldn’t live without:
1. Digg Digg
Digg Digg embeds a really cool social media sharing bar that allows your readers to Like (on Facebook), Tweet, +1, Stumble, and a number of other social media sharing methods. And, as you can see on the left, it also floats, so it’s visible to users no matter where they are on the page.
So, since it’s so easy, why don’t you like and/or tweet this post real quick. K thanks, that’s our subliminal message for the day.
2. Fast Secure Contact Forms
Fast Secure Contact Forms is the easiest-to-use-and-configure contact form plugin that is available right now. Sure, we’re aware of CForms2 and Gravity Forms, but we love FS’s ease of use and lack of errors. Plus, from our experience, it plays very well with other plugins, and we love anything that plays well with others and saves us time from troubleshooitng compatibility issues.
3. Platinum SEO
It’s been a long drawn-out battle between the Platinum SEO plugin and All-in-one SEO, but we give the upper-hand to Platinum because, once again, it’s extremely easy to use and configure. With Platinum SEO you can configure individual page titles and meta description, get better control of site-wide SEO features such as 301 redirects and canonical URL’s, and you can change each page’s noindex/nofollow settings as well. We couldn’t live without this plugin and we’ve been using it for years.
4. XML Sitemaps
Your site needs an XML sitemap to submit to Google Webmaster Tools, right? Yeah, you already knew that.
5. Smart Youtube
With the Smart Youtube plugin, no more fooling around with embed codes and all of that nonsense. Once you install this plugin, you just add an extra character to the URL of the video you’d like to show up, and BAM! Welcome to my site, awesome video.
6. W3 Total Cache
It’s a fact that, as you continue to add more content and pages to your website, you’re going to need to start adding some cache features to optimize site load time speeds. We’ve used this plugin for years and with satisfied clients like Matt Cutts and Mashable, we’re pretty sure there’s a reason why this plugin rocks.
7. Widget Logic
Only want certain widgets to show up on certain pages. Um, there’s a plugin for that.
8. WP-DB Backup
Do I really need to tell you why you should regularly backup your WordPress database? This plugin stores a backup on a destination of your choice, or regularly e-mails it to you should you fall victim to an angry hacker looking to bring down your empire.
9. Easy Google Maps
Imagine a plugin that would let you easily add a Google Map of your business’ location to a page and/or sidebar. Kind of like the one we have at the bottom of our site. Oh hey, look at that.
With S2Member you can add increased membership roles to specified pages, integrate Paypal, and all of that other stuff that you need to start making money fro the interwebs.
Those are just a few of the WordPress plugins that we use and recommend to make sure your website stays up with the Joneses.