How to Use WordPress Plugins
One of the best reasons to use WordPress is to access the 36,939 plugins in the WordPress repository. A few of the best plugins are highlighted here:
W3 Total Cache- The plugin improves the speed of your website by reducing the download time of your websites content. This is done by offloading the images on your site to third party Content Delivery Networks and reducing the number of operations that load each time a page is viewed.
WP SEO- Optimize your search engine traffic with WordPress SEO. This plugin by Yoast helps you optimize each post, as well as the entire website. This includes everything from page analysis to adding XML sitemaps to help your site have the proper search information.
JetPack by WordPress- This WordPress created plugin rolls 34 different plugins into one. JetPack includes features for customization, mobile, content tools, visitor engagement, site performance, and security plugins all under one umbrella.
Better WP Security- Website hacks are at an all-time high. Protect your WordPress site from hackers. The plugin blocks specific IP addresses from entering your site, as well as take care of a host of other security issues.
Floating Social Bar- Add social networks to share the content of each blog post you write. This is great for users sharing your content. We discuss this plugin in more depth in the WordPress Marketing section.
Disqus Comment System- Popular commenting system used to moderate website comments on a site automatically through spam filters, blacklists, and whitelists. The plugin also creates comment threads on a blog post.
WP Touch- A popular plugin that creates a WordPress theme for every users viewing your website on a mobile site.
SEO Friendly Images-Allows users to tag images with the right alt tags and title to increase search traffic from image searches on Google.
Contact Form 7- Provides a dynamic website contact form for visitors to contact the website. Additionally, the forms has Captcha, spam filtering, and other features to help the communication process on your WordPress site.
Back Up Buddy- A premium plugin from iThemes that allows users to back up the entire website to a third party CDN or to your computer. Can also be scheduled to do so on a regular basis.
NextScripts Social Media Auto Poster- While this is not the only social media automation tool on WordPress, it is definitely one of the best. This plugin automates social shares of your blog posts to various social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, YouTube, and other leading social networks.
Set it up once, and every time you send out a new blog post, your articles are shared on your social networks.