Favorite WordPress Plugins November 24, 2015
WordPress Plugins to the Rescue
WordPress plugins are pre-structured code made by developers for people to use on their WordPress website. Plugins help your website go to the next level, whether this be increasing your SEO rank, to making your website look more aesthetically pleasing, or to incorporate social media buttons into your site. WordPress plugins are a great way to enhance your website and make it more usable.
WordPress has a ton of plugins that can help you add features to your website without having to learn how to code. Below I have listed some of the plugins that I utilize in my site that may be helpful to you.
- All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets: This plugin allows you to add rich snippets into your website. This allows search engines to recognize more of your data and generate information from your website. While I do not always use this plugin, I think it can be helpful especially if you have an e-commerce based website.
- Backup: This plugin allows you to backup your information on your Google Drive. I have tried using this plugin when I gave a plugin developer access to my code. Because I did not want the developer to change anything, I tried to create a backup of my website. However, I believe this plugin only works with some themes. I would recommend trying to find a backup plugin just so that you have a recent copy of your website in case you make changes to your code that makes a change on your website that you didn’t intend to make.
- Clef: This is one of my favorite plugins. This plugin allows you to login to WordPress using your phone. All you have to do is hold your phone up to your computer screen and you will be logged in. This plugin has saved me a lot of time from having to type in a password. It is also a great way to increase the security of your site.
- Head Meta Data: While I only just recently found this plugin, I would highly recommend getting a meta data plugin. People are saying that meta data does not help your SEO rank near as much as what it used to. However, I would lean on the conservative side because it won’t hurt to add some meta tags to your code.
- Sexy Author Bio: This plugin allows you to add a personalized description of an author. I use this plugin for my blog page. When you use this plugin, you also have the option of adding social media links. While it does not appear that the plugin always recognizes the social media links, it is a nice plugin to use if you would just like to include a description of yourself or the author.
- Ultimate Social Media PLUS: This is by far my favorite plugin that I have found. This plugin adds social media buttons onto your page. The plugin gives you a bunch of options in order to customize the buttons to your liking. I highly recommend getting this plugin!
- Yoast SEO: I have mentioned in previous posts that I use this plugin in order to increase my SEO rank. This plugin is used by many professional website designers so I do not think you can go wrong by getting this plugin. Because this plugin can be confusing to fill out, I recommend reaching out to someone with experience with the plugin in order to fill out the forms correctly.
I’m sure I have exhausted you with all of these different plugins that you can include on your WordPress website. I encourage you to check them out and see which ones would work best for your website. Some plugins are not free, so make sure to note whether you are getting free version. I would recommend looking at the number of people who have downloaded the plugin and the ratings given to the plugin when deciding whether a plugin is worth downloading. As always, if you have questions, let me know.