22nd September 2014
Blog >> 5 WordPress Plugins You Must Install
WordPress is a fantastic tool for quickly and easily creating a website, whilst it automates most website development tasks there are certain tasks which need to be managed with separate tools. We've compiled this short list of fantastic WordPress plugins which are so essential they should all be included with WordPress by default.
W3 Total Cache
The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed.
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
Yahoo's excellent Exceptional Performance series recommends optimizing images in several lossless ways.
Smush.it offers an API that performs these optimizations automatically, and this plugin seamlessly integrates Smush.it with WordPress.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog's "Comments" admin screen.
Broken Link Checker
This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.
Other Great Plugins
You can find thousands of other fantastic WordPress Plugins via the WordPress Plugin Directory which will help you further automate the development of your website, and of course, don't forget to backup your WordPress blog using the myRepono WordPress Backup Plugin.
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