Plugins are not a “requirement” but they do improve and enhance the functionality of your website. You can build a website without them but that would be like working on a car without a full toolbox.The default WordPress theme is limited so I always load it up with “my” standard package of plugins from the start. Most premium, or paid, themes have their versions of the most popular plugins built into them but there will always be some type of plugin you’ll need to do something specific to your site.
And, if you’re SEO conscious, there will be specific WordPress SEO plugins you will want to use as well. The first thing I do when I begin constructing a new site is load it up with all of my favorite plugins. Below is my list of favorites-and it is in no way exhaustive-these are just the ones I consider essential.
My thought is that every web developer has a favorites list which they use based on there end goal. Mine suits me and I’m sure you’ll recognize some of them and find some gems as well. Many of the plugins listed here assist with SEO efforts and ease while designing.
My Favorite WordPress Plugins
- All in One SEO Pack– A must have SEO tool
- Google XML site map generator– Helps Google index all of your pages.
- Video sidebar widget– Easily incorporate videos on sidebar.
- Duplicator– Excellent for backing up and cloning your website.
- TinyMCE advanced– Fantastic toolbar add-on.
- Bullet proof security– Great for protecting your website.
- JWPlayer– Cool video player.
- WP polices– Fast and easy policy pages creating plugin.
- W3 Total cache– Keep your site clean and help pages load faster.
- Contact form 7– Best contact form out there.
- SI Captcha– Prevent bots and spam emails.
Plugins are a necessary element for a fully optimized website. There are literally thousands of plugins to choose from. Start with my list of recommended WordPress plugins and build from there. I’m continually adding to my list of plugins as I try and test new features within WordPress.
You can write, or change, the code in WordPress to do most anything you want but you don’t have to because nine times out of ten you can find a plugin for the job.