WordPress Plugins You Can’t Live Without
WordPress is among the most well-loved and often used blog and content management software in the world. One of the most commonly asked questions about WordPress by the new user is what they need so far as plugins and add-ons to the CMS.
Several plugins are really recommended, not the least of which are SEO plugins for WordPress.
WordPress by nature is very SEO friendly. It can stand on its own two feet–as it were– when it comes to search engine optimization. One way to give WordPress a little added boost is by the use of an SEO plugin to assist you in becoming more visible in search.
The top SEO plugin that is in use today for WordPress is All in One SEO. This is a free plugin, created by the open source WordPress community. It offers you the ability to send the title and the keywords that you want to the search engines attached to the posts and pages. All in One SEO is a plugin that is available to everyone and is supported by a WordPress community numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
While SEO is important, it is not the only aspect of WordPress with which you might need assistance.
Among the other plugins which can assist you in creating a higher level of visibility are several which make your WordPress website more interactive.
Mingle Forum plugin for WordPress allows you to set up a bulletin board type forum for your customers and readers. They may ask questions, get answers, and interact with other forum members to share information. The posts are widely viewed in search and are helpful both in getting your site viewed more often and in keeping your traffic on your site interacting with each other.
WordPress visibility typically means that you’ll require more security. Among the most important plugins and tools for WordPress are those which will help to make your high profile WordPress website more secure.
Login Lockdown is one such tool which is recommended for every website built with WordPress. While WordPress is a remarkable tool, it has one issue that should be immediately addressed by every website owner. WordPress, by default allows that someone can try to log into your website as many times as they want to attempt it. One issue with that is that when they are using software to attempt to brute force a website or find a password, it can be very successful if the person who is attempting it has the ability to try hundreds of times. What the Login Lockdown password does is to limit the number of attempts that someone may try to log in. You specify the number of times they may try to log into the website. If a single ip address tries more than the allocated number of times, the WordPress site locks down that IP address and will not let them log in for a given time span. You specify the time span, making it from ten minutes up to 24 hours.
There are several other recommended WordPress plugins that we use and suggest that our customers use, including a firewall or Wordfence plugin, which we’ll add to our post list on a regular basis.