Best wordpress plugins

For tracking clients SERP (search engine results page) rankings

Before doing any upgrades or risky changes, make sure you backup WP – files and DB

  • WP Complete Backup – backup AND restore (most only have backup). Also includes remote restore with api key and ip address limitations.

Set up your robots.txt immediately after you register your domain name, otherwise Google will index the site before it is ready. In WP it’s a hassle to upload a file, you have to use ftp.

  • wp-filemanager – adds ftp directly into wp, useful for adding and editing robots.txt files etc.

#This code below was created by Google Webmaster Tools…
User-agent: *
Disallow: /feed/
Disallow: /trackback/
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Disallow: /wp-content/
Disallow: /wp-includes/
Disallow: /xmlrpc.php
Disallow: /wp-
Allow: /
Sitemap: http://www.example.com/sitemap_index.xml

Plugins we use as standard

  • WordPress SEO by Yoast – This makes provision for Google Webmaster Tools, Bing and Alexa, titles, XML sitemaps and much more
  • Statpress Visitors (StatPressV) – Good stats tracker (or Wassup) avoids the JetPack problem of hosting your data in the cloud and making you login all the time.
  • Enhanced Recent Posts – A plugin for wordpress which enhances the built-in “Recent Posts” widget. Displays posts in a specific category. Always useful. Replaces the standard recent posts plugin.
  • Advanced Code Editor – Better CSS editing with structure and colour and ajax saving (no page reloading)
  • Simple contact form by Gopi R – Simple contact form plug-in provides a simple Ajax based contact form on your wordpress website side bar. User entered details are stored into database and at the same time admin will get email notification regarding the new entry. Email newsletter by Gopi R emails the names you collect in the DB – see below.

Plugins we often use

  • Simply Exclude – Provides an interface to selectively exclude/include categories, tags and page from the 4 actions used by WordPress. is_front, is_archive, is_search, is_feed, is_front.
  • Add Linked Images To Gallery By Randy Hunt – Examines the text of a post and makes local copies of all the images linked though IMG tags, adding them as gallery attachments on the post itself. This is useful if you copied and pasted a lot of pages from another site.
  • WPLOOK Twitter Follow Button – To find a twitter ID use this http://www.idfromuser.com/
  • Social Media Mashup – all the social sites in one mashup

Even more plugins we sometimes might use

  • One-Click Child Theme plugin so that when a theme is upgraded your changes are preserved, because the child theme is not upgraded. IMPORTANT! If you use this, you must make the child BEFORE making CSS changes. The child is blank with no changes.
  • Drag & Drop File Uploader – adds a droppable area under the post editor for uploading files/images for that specific post.
  • bbPress 2.0.2 – facebook in a box for WP
  • SimplePress if you need a discussion forum
  • News SEO – News SEO module for the WordPress SEO plugin creates XML News Sitemaps for your WordPress blog, including images
  • Email newsletter by Gopi R – Sometimes you want an easy way to e-mail all the people who registered using Simple contact form, commented on the website, now it’s as easy as installing this plug-in. Uses contacts in the DB collected by Simple Contact Form, see above.
  • Admin Menu Tree Page View By Pär Thernström – Get a tree view of all your pages directly in the admin menu. Search, edit, view and add pages – all with just one click away!
  • WP-PageNavi – nicer previous next page navigation
  • Members – A user, role, and content management plugin that makes WordPress a more powerful CMS.

Other plugins worth looking at

Better editors

  • CKEditor – plugin for CKEditor
  • Ultimate TinyMCE By Josh Lobe – Beef up your visual tinymce editor with a plethora of advanced options: Google Fonts, Emoticons, Tables, Styles, Advanced links, images, and drop-downs, too many features to list.
  • Advanced Code Editor – Better CSS editing with structure and colour, ajax search and saving (no page reloading)

Rich snippets

Great themes

  • Mystique – most flexible theme available at the moment, fully customizable, can insert jquery, can change sidebars, can override css – everthing!
  • Tech9Zen by miloIIIIVII http://3oneseven.com

Inspirational designs

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