If you are reading this, chances are that you do not need any convincing that WordPress is an awesome content management system. However, the standard, out-of-the-box WordPress installation rarely has everything that you want and need right away. This is why it is great that WordPress is so customizable. With more than 40,000 plugins and counting, it can be a challenge to find the one that you want. That is why we are going to narrow down a few of the options that you should get.
Plugin #1 – BackupBuddy
If you do have a major crash (and we hope that you do not), you want the peace of mind of knowing that your WordPress website is going to make it out alive. You want to easily restore your data and you want your content safely backed up. You run the risk of losing all your great content without a backup system in place.
Plugin #2 – iThemes Security
There are many different hackers in cyberspace, just waiting for the opportunity to wreak havoc on your website, steal your data, or just get into your system. That is why you want your WordPress security to be as tight as possible. This is where this plugin comes in handy. It has state-of-the-art security features including malware scan scheduling, password expiration, and two-factor authentication. All in all, this offers you 30 new ways to protect your website. Install and configure this plugin and start taking the security of your website seriously.
Plugin #3 – Google XML Sitemaps
Before search engines absolutely LOVE sitemaps, this is one plugin that you make sure that you have. It automatically takes the work out creating a sitemap, making it easier than ever before. All you do is launch your Webmaster Tools account and grab the URL for the sitemap.
Plugin #4 – W3 Total Cache
Speed is important when it comes to your search engine rankings, which is why you want the fastest WordPress website available. This is where you make your site friendlier for your visitors, but also better for the search engines. Even though some of the options can do some serious damage, this is still one of the better options on the market. Make sure that you know what you are doing though.
Plugin #5 – P3
This plugin gets its name from its full title – the Plugin Performance Profiler. It looks at all your plugins and tells you which ones are negatively affecting the load time of your website. Oftentimes misconfigured plugins (or just having too many plugins) are causing your website to slow to a crawl. This plugin is going to help you find bottlenecks so you can resolve them in the future.