Almost 75 million websites use WordPress as their content management system and it is available in 40 different languages.

WordPress websites are highly customisable and, because it is a free, open source platform, developers can create themes and plugins and make them available to the community.

This allows people to build and develop their WordPress websites, even if they have no coding skills or advanced technical knowledge.

There are 29,000 WordPress plugins available, each designed to enable users to make changes to their site, streamline their workflow and add functionality.

Many of these plugins are free and users can search for them within their WordPress dashboard or download them from the web.

 

Image 2 Add new pluginAdding a new plugin with WordPress

 

James recently wrote about 10 WordPress plugins to help website owners with their SEO.

In this post, I will introduce eight more WordPress plugins, each designed to help you to increase your productivity and customise your website to supercharge its performance.

Related: Find out everything you could ever need to know with our Ultimate Guide to WordPress

 

Never publish an article by mistake again

If you’ve ever hit ‘publish’ prematurely, you’ll know how awkward it can be when your unfinished blog post is broadcast to the world via RSS feeds and automated social sharing.

The Pre-Publish Post Checklist enables bloggers to create their own list of priorities that they need to check off before a blog post is published.

This allows you to make sure you’ve met your own priorities (e.g. verify that SEO information is filled in, the correct category is chosen, images are embedded, etc.) before your words of wisdom are shared with the world.

 

 

Find photos in a flash with PhotoDropper

Online articles with accompanying images get 94% more views than those without but, for many webmasters, the process of finding pictures they can legally use is onerous.

PhotoDropper is a plugin that takes the pain out of sourcing appropriate images by incorporating photo search functionality into the WordPress interface.

PhotoDropper only searches images that have a Creative Commons Licence and it automatically inserts a credit to the photographer, saving a blogger valuable time and effort.

If you are confused about whether or not you are allowed to use an image, check out this post by the guys over at CoSchedule.

 

Promote your existing content with Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Publishing regular new content, such as blog posts or news stories, is really beneficial to SEO and promotes social sharing.

However, this new content can mean that older posts disappear and are never seen again.

Rather than leaving old posts to languish in the archives, website owners can use Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)  to promote their older content alongside their newer updates.

 

Image 4a Related PostsA typical related posts section on a blog

 

When the YARPP plugin is installed, every blog post ends with a list of other posts that contain related content. This encourages site visitors to explore your older posts, reducing bounce rates and creating a useful internal linking structure, too.

 

Get a mobile-optimised website with WPtouch

64% of Brits own a smartphone, and nearly 1/3 of website page views come from mobile phones and tablet devices. This means that having a website that renders correctly on phones and tablets is crucial.

The WPtouch Mobile plugin is a really simple, user-friendly way to ensure that your WordPress website displays properly on mobile devices.

 

Reduce the risk of hacking with Limit Login Attempts

Hackers will go to any lengths to gain access to a website and sabotage it. This is not something that only high-profile websites need to worry about; smaller sites are targeted, too.

Keeping your website and plugins updated can help to improve your security, however with bots working night and day to break into websites it is wise to take extra precautions.

The Limit Login Attempts plugin allows website owners to prevent automated attacks. It limits the number of times a single IP address can try to login, blocking access after a preset number of failed username and password combinations.

 

Image 5 Limit Login AttemptsLimit Login Attempts plugin

 

You can go a step further and beef up your WordPress blog security with with iThemes Security (previously known as Better WordPress Security). One of the best features of iThemes is the ability to easily change your login area URL.

 

Change the default WordPress login area URL with iThemes Security

By default, all WordPress blogs have the same login area URL of “/wp-admin”.

Because this is a default setting it makes it easy for hackers and malicious bots to scan websites and find your login page – at which point all they need to do is guess your password and they are in!

iThemes allows you to easily change the login URL area to something more cryptic, so hackers cannot find it. You can also change the default admin username (creatively called “admin” by default).

 

i-Themes-securityiThemes Security email alert

 

All these changes will make a big difference and make your site a lot harder to crack.

Related: Self-hosted vs free-hosted blogs

 

Find broken links with Broken Link Checker

When a link on your website leads to a 404 error, this results in a poor user experience.

Avoid frustrating your site visitors in this way by installing the Broken Link Checker plugin, which monitors all the links on your website and lets you know if any of them aren’t working.

Looking for reliable and value-for-money WordPress hosting for your blog? Contact us today to find out more.

 

Your Say!

Which WordPress plugins do you use on your website? What are the key plugins you instantly install before launching your blog? Let us know in the comments!

Written by

Philippa Willitts

Philippa Willitts is a freelance writer specialising in writing about SEO, social media and internet marketing. She lives in the north of England and also enjoys podcasting, making videos and trying to change the world.

  • Going to give all of these plugins a go. Expect for the CommentLuv plugin. As i’m the same as you i use Disqus for my comment system.

    Brilliant post, and i’m sure all of these except the plugin i mentioned will be great for my blog.

    • Thanks Liam. Glad the post could be of help. Let us know how you get on!

      • Ricky, can i ask for your help? I’ve installed PhotoDropper on my blog. And for some reason it’s not working. It did say that when i went to install it “untested with your version” so maybe that’s why. Do you know of any other alternatives?

        • Hi Liam, not to sure on that. It might be worth opening a thread over at https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/photo-dropper
          I’ll get in touch with Philippa to see if she can suggest any alternatives.
          Thanks for the comment!

          • PhilippaWillitts

            Hi folks,

            An alternative to PhotoDropper is Zemanta, which can be installed as a WordPress plugin or as a Chrome browser extension. (Possibly available for Firefox, IE etc. too, I’m not sure.) I use Zemanta quite a lot so have installed it as a Chrome extension – that means it doesn’t add any extra weight to my websites, and I can use it regardless of which site I’m working on. Hope that helps!

          • Installing the chrome extension. Thank you for the suggestion 🙂

          • PhilippaWillitts

            Great! Hope it works well for you.

          • Thank you went over to that link. And if you could do that for me that would be amazing :). Would you be able to get some one on this website to make a post on how to move your blog from one web hosting to another? I want to move my personal website over to LCN 🙂

          • Moving one WordPress host to a new server? A migration? That would make a good post, we’ll look into it. Thanks.

          • Thank you, as soon as the post is live i’ll be moving my personal website over to LCN 🙂

          • Chris Middleton

            UpdraftPlus is a great backup and restore tool. it saved my bacon today when a random update corrupted a website; restore was literally point and click on the relevant backup set. There’s a free version but the premium product is worth the cash. You can buy addons individually or as a (great value) bundle and renewal after year 1 is heavily discounted. One feature is the ability to restore backups to a new site including (optionally) replacing the domain name (so you can migrate a site from one domain name to another.

          • Sounds like a great tool Chris. Thanks for the comment!

  • Good article, except I wouldn’t go for the Wp Touch plugin. I’ve used it in the past and had some odd results here and there. Go for a theme that’s responsive from the ground up. The vast majority of new themes are all ready responsive. You can pick up some excellent themes from around $ 60 mark or about 40 quid in proper money. We stopped using free themes a long time ago. Well worth paying for.

    • Good advice there about responsive themes. Definitely worth paying for a top quality theme, especially if it comes with support.
      http://www.elegantthemes.com/ is well worth a look – They have an excellent support forum.

      • Elegant Themes in my opinion is a one stop show for WordPress themes. It’s a brilliant website. On my personal blog i use a free theme because all i want there is a simple to the point. 🙂

  • Sundra

    Great recommendations right here! The SEO benefits here are pretty stellar, especially with that broken link checker, which we use here at http://ignitevisibility.com/services/seo/. Also seeing a lot of good recommendations that I’ve never heard of before in the comments, so will surely give a lot of new plugins a try!

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  • Awesome list, I use most if these plugins on my blog. And as per my experience, I feel that “Wordfence” does a better job than “BulletProof Security”.