The amount of WordPress Plugins available is overwhelming and tempting! I’ve actually seen site owners add 20 plugins right out of the gate as they get intoxicated by all the possibilities. Many times not adding the most important plugins that every new WordPress site should start with!
When setting up your new site, starting with the plugins below will give you a running start:
Plugins for New WordPress Sites
- WP-DBManager: Make this the first plugin you get installed! Puts the backup, optimization and repair of your database on auto-pilot. Keeps your database happy and ensures you don’t lose your hard work if your server has issues, you experience conflicts or your site is exploited. Here’s How to Setup a backup system using WP-DMManager.
- Akismet: While this plugin comes with the default WordPress install, many site owners do not activate it. Akismet, created by the same folks who develop WordPress, gives you spam protection you will need as your site gains popularity. An API Key is required.
- Jetpack by WordPress.com: Jetpack combines many individual plugins all in one. I wrote about Jetpack in an earlier post.
- Contact Form 7 | Really Simple CAPTCHA: These two plugins work in concert. An easy to configure flexible contact form builder with CAPTCHA (letters that need to be typed correctly before the form will give) to stop form bots. Unlimited forms, fields and customization options.
- Subscribe To Comments Reloaded: Allows site visitors to easily manage and take part by commenting and tracking conversations of interest.
- WordPress SEO: Guides your SEO efforts and allows you to customize as needed on a post by post basis.
- W3 Total Cache: As you grow your site this plugin will become more important to keeping your site popping by using caching.
Plugins use resources and the more plugins you use, if not chosen carefully, can slow down your site and increase the potential for conflicts. Before adding any plugins first make sure they are supported and updated! While there are all kinds of whiz-bang neato-keeno plugins available, if a plugin does not seriously enhance your site visitor’s experience, don’t install it.
For more help with plugins, check out my post: WordPress How to: Installing Plugins 101.
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