WordPress plugins you need on your site

I try and do a lot of regular optimizing on my other blog. Over the years I’ve found a few WordPress plugins I cannot go without. I thought I’d share them with you.

 

CloudFlare/Incapsula

CloudFlare and Incapsula are the two best CDN‘s around, and both have a free version. I use both, on different sites, for various reasons. Many articles have been written on the differences between the two, so I’m not going to spend much time on the subject. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which is best for you.

W3TC

If there is one plugin you cannot go without, it would be this one. You can speed up your blog/website so much by using W3TC. The options for caching content are endless and once again, many articles about this plugin have already been written such as this one from Tuts+

SEO Friendly Images

If you’re anything like me, super lazy and you don’t add ALT text to your images, then you’re going to need this plugin. We all know how important it is for SEO to have ALT text on all your images. This plugin conveniently adds it for you, using the name of the post, or whatever other option you have enabled in the settings area.

Widget Logic

This is another one of my favourites. Sometimes you only need a certain plugin to appear on a certain post/category. With this plugin you can do that. You do need a bit of brains to figure out the ‘logic’ part, but other than that, this plugin works great.

WordPress SEO

Your blog cannot go without this plugin. Besides all the normal SEO stuff like providing you a place to add meta tags for Google Webmaster Tools or adding meta tags for a category/page, this plugin also generates your XML sitemap.

WP Smush.it

Another one for the lazy folk. If you upload images that aren’t web optimized, this plugin will do that for you. In the free version, you can only optimize images that are less than 1Mb, but if you upgrade to PRO, you can optimize images up to 5Mb.

Total Security

Total Security saved my butt a few times already. When you’re done with a clean install of WordPress, there are a few things you can do to harden WordPress against attackers. Total Security scans your WordPress installation and gives you a nice report of all the things you can do to improve security. In addition to this, they also compare your WordPress core files against a known safe version and shows you any differences, meaning modifications to your core code that could have been caused by exploits in some of your installed plugins.