WordPress is a firm staff favourite here at Domainmonster.com. We’re always arguing about which WordPress plugins to recommend.
We really love the flexibility and simplicity of this amazingly powerful CMS. However, if there’s something that sets WordPress apart from other content management systems it’s the community.
Millions of users working together to improve something is rarely a bad thing. In the case of content management systems, it’s incredibly important.
With the ubiquity of WordPress being proved by lots of studies, there’s no surprise that there are tens of thousands of WordPress plugins, themes and widgets out there to help take your website to the next level.
To help you make sense of these endless possibilities, I’ve asked around the office for the top 5 must have plugins for WordPress in 2014. Here’s the list we manage to agree on.
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
This plugin is the only plugin you’re going to need for your SEO efforts.
Simple to install but surprisingly comprehensive, this plugin can guide you through your first steps in SEO and start helping you drive some serious traffic from search engines.
It’ll help you optimise Titles, Descriptions and Images. Not only that, but it’ll also help you optimise your social media optimisation. You can also manage sitemaps.
All in all it’s a fantastic way to keep every post and page SEO friendly, without hiring an expert!
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.
Akismet is a free plugin which is the ultimate in comment spam protection.
It blocks almost every spam comment coming to your site. We’ve all had that horrible experience of logging in to sift through hundreds of spam comments. Well wave goodbye to that with Akismet!
You’ll need to generate a free API key on their website before using the plugin, but I assure you it’s worth it!
The easiest, most effective way to secure WordPress. Improve the security of any WordPress site in seconds.
The daddy of all the WordPress security plugins is Better WP Security; Easy to set up but incredibly effective.
It can help protect your WordPress site from all kinds of attacks. It also takes you through, in simple terms, how to add even more protection.
Without a doubt the vast majority of compromised WordPress sites we see here at Domainmonster.com could have been protected just by installing this plugin and following the simple instructions listed.
Display a list of related posts on your site based on a powerful unique algorithm. Earn money by including sponsored content!
This plugin helps keep visitors on your site!
One of the most important statistics in any analytics package is the bounce rate.
That’s how many people leave your site without really engaging. What you’ll want to do is help provide the user with some of your other posts that they may be interested in.
This will keep them on your site longer leading to better engagement and helps to build your blog following.
The Yet Another Related Posts Plugin does a remarkably good job of showing the right articles to the right user at the right time!
It’s pretty customisable to so it’s easy to fit the related posts in with the design of your site.
Your all in one share buttons plugin. Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. Just like Mashable!
Digg Digg is one of the best sharing button plugins around.
If you read our recent guide on social media optimization you’ll know how important social sharing is going to be in 2014.
Digg Digg is a social sharing bar that slides gracefully down your posts give the user the opportunity to share it wherever and whenever they like!
That’s awesome because it means that the social sharing buttons are always in view! Whenever inspiration strikes, your reader will be able to share your content.
I hope you’ve all downloaded at least one of these WordPress plugins to help improve your site.
But now it’s over to you!
What are your favourite plugins? Do you think we’ve missed something extra special that should be in the list?