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7 Essential WordPress Plugins for the Power User

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If you have a standalone WordPress installation on your own domain, then you are aware of WordPress Plugins.

WordPress Plugins are like Apps that can be added to WordPress to extend its functionality.

The following are just a few WordPress Plugins that we feel will help improve the performance of your website, and thus we have labeled as essential.

1

Akismet

Aksimet is the must-have plugin to prevent the proliferation of SPAM. You will need to keep this plugin up-to-date as it will successfully handle all your SPAM. From personal experience, not having Askimet installed and active will make it quite the chore when removing SPAM comments. Akismet will essentially do that work for you.

2

All In One SEO Pack

All In One SEO Pack is the must-have to get your wordpress site SEO-friendly. It can help you change your titles so that they are canonical and help you prevent getting penalized by Google for repetitive titles and such. This plugin will basically do all the needed tasks to get Google to properly index your site. And there is the option to upgrade to the PRO version with even more features and support.

3

Allow PHP in Posts and Pages

By itself, WordPress doesn’t allow you to add PHP code to your posts and pages. Allow PHP in Posts and Pages is a great plugin for the PHP Developer, and is quite simple to use. It basically allows you to use PHP scripts within any post or page in WordPress, further extending the funtionality of your website, and allowing for more custom features.

4

Clean Up Users

Clean Up Users will go through your list of registered users and delete those suspicious users that have never posted comments. This is good for deleting those registered SPAMMERS.

5

Simple Google Sitemap

You will need to create a sitemap in XML format so that the Google Search Engine can properly index your site. Simple Google Sitemap takes the fuss out of the task by generating a sitemap for you. You just have to go to a settings page to configure how your sitemap will look to Google.

6

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache improves the performance of your website. And speed is important especially for your visitors. There are numerous options, including connecting with a CDN type service like Cloudflare to help show visitors your webpages even if your server and site are down.

7

EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer is essential as it optimizes all your images that are uploaded to your website. This is essential for creating graphic images that load fast. There are quite a few extras attached to this plugin that help reduce file sizes for GIF, JPEG, PNG, etc. This is an essential tool for speeding up the loading of your webpages.

Do you use a WordPress Plugin not listed here that you think is essential?

Let us know in the comments section below…



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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