When people start releasing their first WordPress websites one of their first questions is typically “What plugins should I download?” This isn’t too surprising since there’s so much that can be accomplished in WordPress by uploading custom plugins.
As part of my comprehensive series that shows you how to launch a niche website using WordPress, I’m publishing the list of plugins I use for mini sites.
Contact Form 7
Description: THis plug-in let’s you set up an contact form within WordPress so that users can contact you via email. The setup for this plug-in is extremely easy and fast, which is why I use it.
Google XML Sitemaps
Description: This plug-in will automatically create an XML sitemap for your WordPress website. Adding a new page? No worries. This program updates your XML sitemap automatically when a new page is added to your websites. Adding an XML sitemap helps improve indexation within Google and other major search engines.
Description: Watch the helpful little video below.
Description: This plug-in allows you edit important on-page optimization elements on your website. For example, the SEO Ultimate plug-in gives you control over meta descriptions, rich snippets, conanical tags, keyword fields and other things that you’ll want control over to ensure your website performs.
Ultimate Google Analytics
Description: This plug-in automatically adds tracking code for Google Analytics to all pages of your website. This saves a lot of time and I strongly recommend using this plug in for all WordPress websites.
W3 Total Cache
Description: In 2011, Google announced that they were now considering site speed as one of their 100s of ranking factors. Uploading this plug-in will help improve load times on your website for WordPress.
WP No Category Base
Description: This plug in removes the “Category Base” folder that comes standard on URLs that are published on WordPress with default settings. Since shorter URLs are typically considered better for SEO this is a smart plug-in to upload for all new WordPress websites.
Description: This clever little plugin makes your content more sharable via Twitter. The appearance of this plug-in also fits in nicely into just about any WordPress Template. In fact, you can see what this plugin will look like on your blog by viewing the ReTweet button at the top right hand corner of this post.
Keep in mind that there are literally thousands of WordPress plugins available to test. If there’s some sort of a feature you’re interested in adding to your WordPress website I recommend looking it up to see if it’s possible by uploading a simple plugin. Just be aware that the more plugins you add the longer it will take for your website to load for visitors, hurting the overall user experience of your website.