WordPress Plugins Top Ten Recommedations

We have generated top ten list of recommended WordPress Plugins to help with speed and performance for your site. This is a compilation of essential plugins for your brand new or old WordPress site.

W3 Total Cache

WordPress Plugins W3 Total Cache This is the Web performance optimization gadget for WordPress. It speeds up your website significantly, especially if you have a lot of requests. W3 Total Cache combines all your JavaScript and CSS file into one. This technique reduces http requests and load time tremendously.

Better WP Security

WordPress Plugins WP Better Security Better WP Security Plugin protects your WordPress website by hiding core system files and folders. This will prevent backdoor comprise from nulled plugins. It protects against hacking attempts. The Plugin bans bots and blacklisted IP hosts from visiting and crawling your site. It will scan your site and detect vulnerability.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress Plugins Yoast This is a very popular Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugin that does a great job. It contains a detailed documentation and walk through. This will show you how to optimize your website for the best visibility against competitors. Another great alternative to this plugin is All in One SEO. WordPress SEO by Yoast is free but they have a premium version. There are also version for optimizing video SEO, local SEO and News SEO.

WP Thumb

WordPress Plugins WPThumb This a useful function that should be part of WordPress by default but it’s not. WP Thumb controls how images should be cropped and sized. It replaces WordPress image generation interface – Featured image. Featured image helps in uploading images into pages and Posts in the WordPress Admin dashboard.

Easy Digital Downloads

WordPress Plugins Easy Digital Downloads This is the WordPress plugin for you if you are selling digital downloads. It’s a free plugin but it should be a Premium plugin because it does so much. It was created by Pippins Plugins. This WordPress plugin is for you if you sell eBooks, stock photos or mp3.

Advanced Custom Fields

Advanced Custom Fields Plugin Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) allows you to expand WordPress capabilities. It allows you to pass information to the front-end from additional meta-boxes from posts. You can create additional fields for images, video and text with this plugin.

WordPress Jetpack

Wordpress Jetpack This allows you add features form the WordPress.com website to your WordPress.org website. WordPress Jetpack is made by the folks who created WordPress. It adds site statistics, Social Media integration and url shortener. It adds a ton of features to your WordPress website. Jetpacks extend the already existing WordPress functionality.

Backup Buddy

Backup Buddy Backup Buddy by iThemes allows you backup, restore and migrate to new servers. It allows you move a locally developed WordPress site to the live internet server. It’s a premium plugin that allows you backup your database and date. It allows you backup to different locations like Amazon, Rackspace and Dropbox.

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms There are no default forms in WordPress. Gravity Forms by rocket genius helps you create contact forms, quizzes and questionnaires. They also have addons like PayPal and Twilio that extend your forms to receive payments and send SMS. It is a premium plugins and pricing starts from $39.

Restrict Content Pro

Restrict Content Pro Restrict Content Pro is a Premium plugin created by pippins Plugins. It’s great for creating a membership Website. It allows you restrict content behind a pay wall.You can create a website that allows only members access certain contents.

Other recommended WordPress Plugins

This wraps up our Ten WordPress Plugins recommended for beginners. We think you should take a look and explore to see which ones best suit your needs. This post is an excerpt from Justin Seeley’s Tutorial on lynda.com