WordPress PlugIns (Free) I Must Have

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Must Have (Free) WordPress Plugins

WordPress SEO by Yoast: Have you heard how important SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is to marketing any website? Super important. As you write your pages and posts, having it optimized for ONE KEYWORD PHRASE is a huge step in the right direction. This may be my #1 favorite WordPress plugin of all time. Further focus keyword research can be done on Google Adwords Keywords tool.

W3 Total Cache: Buckle up, this one takes a bit of time, patience, and willingness to work through the kinks. But, boy, is it worth it. I believe it is the best for speeding up websites and getting them in top-notch condition, ready for search engines and increased traffic. W3 Total Cache does require significant time and effort, but still think it’s my #2 favorite WordPress plugin of all time.

Skt NURCaptcha: Helps reduce spam registrations with a Captcha at sign-in. This is a free one, too, which I appreciate.

Simple 301 Redirects: When a page or post is re-named, it is good to get a redirect, which I haven’t seen work automatically on WordPress. So, I go to a site like the XML Page Creator, which also shows which page links no longer work, then use this plug-in to redirect those pages.

You can see more tools I like on our Helpful Resources pages.

A Few Notes about WordPress Plugins

Plugins are awesome, and I love them. However, when using them, it is important to keep a few things in mind:

1. When updating WordPress (after WordPress Upgrade), be sure to deactivate all plugins prior to doing so.

2. Some plugins interfere with the theme and/or other plugins. If you install a plugin and notice something on your site just isn’t working properly, it could be plugin interferance.

3. When selecting plugins, read the installation notes before activating.

4. Some plugins can actually corrupt your whole site. Beware.


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The wife of an amazing, supportive man, Duane, and mother of 3 fantastic young adults, Tiffany lives an active life in Columbus, Montana, just west of Billings. She and Duane lived most of their lives in the magnificent Skagit Valley of Northwest Washington State, where they and their kids were born and raised. Twitter @TiffanyYoungren

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