WordPress has move far beyond its humble beginnings as a php-based blogging solution. Present day finds WordPress to be a completely customizable content management system, capable of housing personal blogs or robust business websites.
If WordPress is the steak, than plugins and WordPress templates are the delicious and creamy mashed potatoes. Plugins allow the user to extend the functionality of WordPress. Most plugins come along with their own set of variables that can be tweaked by the user.
Steak without potatoes!? Never! Here is a list of WordPress plugins that you need to install in 2014 to maximize your productivity and get the most out of the CMS.
One of the biggest problems faced by website owners are missing pages that yield an error. Dubbed 404 errors, these pages can hurt your search engine ranking and more detrimentally – frustrate visitors. The Redirection plugin allows you to keep track of 404 errors pages and redirect them to the correct URL, ensuring that visitors experience a seamless experience. This tool is especially useful for anyone who is migrating pages from a previous website or domain. It also comes in hand if you make any changes to your WordPress directory or innocently end up relabeling certain folders.
GOOGLE ANALYTICS FOR WORDPRESS
5,000,000+ downloads can’t be wrong! Eliminate the need to login to multiple places by installing the Google Analytics for WordPress plugin. This simple installation will integrate with the Google Analytics API and authenticate your credentials. Aside from the normal suite of analytic tools, this plugin also lets you track outbound link and downloads. Add this in with a host of trackable on-page meta data, and there’s no reason not to install this plugin today.
The online world is crawling with all kinds of vermin and the more successful your blog, the more likely you are to be a target of spammers and scammers. With criminals relying on multiple accounts to make your online life a living hell, the one constant is often (but not always) their IP address. Keep track of referral URLs and how many times a blocked IP address is attempting to access your website. The best part is you can create a custom message for these blocked IP addresses so you can tell the wannabe criminal exactly what you think of them! Be sure to backup your WordPress database and site files before installing this plugin.
Bloggers spend so much time honing the written word in order to get their articles to be enjoyed by both search bots and real people. But lost in this balancing act is often the SEO value if images. This neat plugin will automatically update all of your blog images with ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. The ALT is particularly important, as it describes the image to search engine, so when a user searches for a certain image, this can be the determining factor for a match.
We’d be remiss not to send a shout out to the All in One SEO Pack plugin. But with almost 17M downloads, you probably know about that one already!
Plugins are a great way to get the most out of WordPress. If you’re not taking advantage of them, you need to rethink your position. Make 2014 the year of the WordPress plugin and get blogging!