As promised yesterday, I’m going to tell you some of the WordPress plugins I use, which are nice to use. I’ll just include a short description of each of them. Later, I might add tutorial posts on some of these.
Customize Login Image
This plugin hides the WordPress Logo image that you see when logging into the WP Admin area. This is good for sercurity reasons. It doesn’t tell attackers whether you are using WordPress or any other CMS. In addition to this, the next plugin – Better WP Security also provides some features by which an attacker won’t understand even after getting login errors, whether you use WordPress or something else.
Better WP Security
This is a plugin with a plethora of options to secure your WordPress installation and almost completely hide it from hackers. It has a huge number of options and new users might feel scared to use this or to change the options. But there is a lot of help available in it and it’s a very high rated and popular plugin on WordPress.org plugins page – comes on the fisrt page when you sort the plugins by rating or popularity. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll later write a series of posts on this plugin.
Broken Link Checker
This is a very nice plugin and you don’t have to rely on your visitors to email or contact you if some page or post has broken links on it. Visitors hardly ever contact even if they see such links. So, this plugin does this job really well. I have got a couple of emails from this plugin the last few days and I corrected the broken links, which otherwise the visitors would have seen and just left without letting me know, most of the time. Broken Link Checker is your friend, so install it.
Now, most of you already know about this plugin. It’s used by lots of people for commenting. The best thing about this plugin is, it rewards your visitors with backlinks to their blog/website. I have heard very good things about this plugin and this is a highly recomended comment plugin or one of the top 5.
Easy Contact Forms
There’s another contact form I had installed, called Contact Form 7, which is easier. But I found Easy Contact Forms to be easy as well, and have quite good amount of features. If you want to have a contact page on your static WordPress website or blog, this is a nice plugin which can help you. You configure it once and then just put the generated shortcode on your contact page. Rest is taken care by this plugin.
This is another plugin like Akismet which blocks comment spam. If you use a captcha system in your comments, it’s much better to use GASP. Captchas aren’t liked by most people and they shun away from commenting. And by the time they are able to properly solve the captcha, they have forgotten the comment they wanted to post. What GASP does is, it puts a checkbox just below the comment box which the visitor or commemter has to select, in order to submit the comment. If this checkbox is not seleceted, this plugin gives an error message or warning about this. 99 percent of the time, spambots can’t detect and select this checkbox. So, this saves you from spambots. That’s why it’s called GASP – Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin.
Right now, it seems to cause some confusion by giving false “You are a spambot” like warnings, and doesn’t let them post the comments, so I have disabled this plugin till I get the time to test it out on my other domain.
This is the plugin I used to generate the big green/blue button that you see in the right side bar, below my short “About” info. That button is labeled “Read More”. It’s very easy to use and you can make small or big buttons – you can control evnen the font used font size and font colors.
Subscribe to Comments
Most people seem to know this one. This is the plugin responsible to show a checkbox under the comment box, to check if the visitor or commenter wants to recieve follow up comments.
This is a very important plugin and I use it regularly, to manually backup my WordPress posts in XML. It adds an option to Import as well Export your posts, pages, and all other content to and from WordPress. This is what I had used when changing my web host. A must have plugin.
This is the plugin which shows the number visits or post views for each post or page. You can see this plugin in action on the right side bar near the bottom of any page (except for the main blog page which uses excerpts).
WP Smush it
A plugin which compresses the images which you upload into your wp-content folder. The images don’t lose quality with this compression. A nice plugin to have. There’s also an option to bulk smush your previously uploaded images.
WPtouch Mobile Plugin
Another important plugin to have. If you aren’t using a responsive theme, then you surely need this one. It makes your WordPress site nicely accessible on Touch Screen mobile phones and tablets.
Well, that’s all for today. This was my 4th post on Raspal Writes’ blog for the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I’ll continue the part two (and may be three) of this list in another post.
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