9 Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Next WordPress Project

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best-wordpress-plugins-sm_0When you’re starting a WordPress project it’s essential to get started on the right foot.

Getting started with WordPress these days is easy, but it’s not always so easy to know what to do after you get it installed.

There is a lot to take in to consideration – what you want it to look like, what you need to be able to do, how you’re going to make that happen, etc.

For any successful launch of a new WordPress site you need to have all those questions answered. 

Here are nine plugins that are the best for getting your new WordPress project started.

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is the most intuitive, and easy-to-use search engine optimization plugin available. It evaluates your post for your seed keyword, and helps you set several on page factors to make sure you’re making the most of the available opportunities to optimize your post. 

2. Disqus

This plugin makes facilitating conversation, building community, and managing comments on your WordPress website so much easier. It’s independent of WordPress too, so you can use your Disqus profile to leave comments on any other site that uses the Disqus format, and allows logins for a number of other social profiles too.

3. Login Lockdown

This is an extra layer of security to keep your WordPress dashboard safe and secure from those who attempt brute force attacks to hack your site. It simply locks down your WordPress site and protects it if someone fails to successfully login after a certain number of attempts by disabling the ability to attempt to login for the IP range of the one attempting to get in.

4. WP Super Cache

Website visitors expect your site to be fast. Slow sites bounce traffic, and cause frustration for users. WP Super Cache optimizes your site for maximum performance. It generates static HTML files for a lot of the dynamically generated content by your WordPress site. So instead of WordPress having to generate all those files on the fly as normal, they’re created in static form by the cache and served to your site visitors which results in huge speed increases.

5. Google XML sitemaps

Sitemaps make it much easier for crawlers of the various search engines to learn what your site is about and index the content appropriately. Search engine crawlers use it as a roadmap to see what your site contains, and keeps them up to date on your latest content.

6. Gravity Forms

This is probably the best form creation and management tool for the WordPress platform. It’s easy to use, highly configurable, and a perfect tool for those wanting a professional website. There are free options out there, but this is my go-to solution for forms.

7. YARPP

This plugin encourages site visitors to dig deeper in to your content by displaying posts that are related to the current post they’re reading. You can present a list, or thumbnail images of other content that’s categorically related to the post the visitor is on. It’s a great way to help visitors learn more about the content on your site.

8. Pretty Link Lite

You will want to be able to manage and track URLs that you use on your site, and this is exactly what this plugin does, and more. URL redirects, short links, affiliate links, and more are all tracked with this plugin.

9. Use Google Libraries

This site uses Google’s libraries for delivery of common javascript libraries instead of using those native to WordPress, thereby providing better performance, and reducing load on your hosting server. 

Establishing the baseline for your WordPress website is essential to your success. You want to be building with the right tools, and this set is perfect for getting your new WordPress project off the ground.

If you need help with getting started with your WordPress website please check out WPLaunch – built specifically for helping people launch their new WordPress websites successfully.