One of the questions posed to me recently was what plugins I would use as a default set of wordpress plugins to ensure we had a standard base that met the following requirements:
- Core functionality
I thought it would be a good idea to share this list so that others can throw in their 2 cents.
Out of the box WordPress features very little in relation to SEO, the disadvantage of this is the average blogger may not realise they need an addon of some kind to allow them to feature more favorably in search engines.
SEO by Yoast adds the ability to easily customise several aspects that effect SEO, these include the title tags and meta tags.
ServerBuddy is a handy little plugin which does the simple job of ensuring your WordPress installation is setup correctly. This includes checking all your file permissions to check that you have set them up correctly.
One of my clients once told me they did not want to use WordPress for their new site because they were concerned about security. With Bulletproof WordPress Security it gives you the extra control you need to be sure your site is as secure as possible, it does this primarily by using .htaccess security. This works because .htaccess files are processed before any other code on your site which means that they are able to stop malicious scripts before they reach WordPress.
This is a lifesaver if you ever want to move servers, restore a broken site (especially after a failed WordPress update), or even just move your site from your development environment to live. It backs up your entire WordPress installation, this includes your widgets, themes, plugins, files and the database.
Contact Form 7 has long been my go to plugin for forms until a friend told me about Gravity Forms. One of the core benefits of Gravity Forms is that it stores all the data from form entries into the database, has a really powerful visual form editor and allows you to create multipage forms. While it does have a license fee attached which would put many off, for 1 sites its only $39 (or $199 for unlimited sites) but its worth a look if you want more.
This post is based on some research Paul Halfpenny did and the discussions we had about this. Check out his blog www.paulhalfpenny.com if you want to hear his musings.