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5 Great Plugins for WordPress

WordPress

WordPress is a powerful tool not only for creating a Blog but for complete Websites.  There are a ton of Plugins for various purposes and here I have listed 5 great plugins to help you with SEO, analytics, performance and security.

P3

I learned about P3 from Kim Castleberry on her blog and if you want to learn more I would encourage you to go visit her site.  She has great information on all sorts of technical stuff for working with your blog and productivity in general.

Anyway, back to P3, part of your SEO performance is measured by the speed your site loads.  Firstly, making sure you have a good hosting service and if you need one you can check out Blue Host.

To many Plugin's can slow your site down or even put it into overload.  P3 can be downloaded from the WordPress site.

By installing this tool you can see what effect your plugins are havi​ng on your site.  To many plugins, which according to WordPress; 12 gets you into overload and your site will suffer.

P3 Results wordpress

You are trying to get to a load time of about 2 seconds, which is the human factor, takes to long people get bored and leave.

In this example you can see one plugin is responsible for 50% of the load time.  In this case it was over 2 seconds!​

Once you have finished tweaking ypu can remove the P3 plugin!​

SEOPressor

SEOpressor is an on-page​ SEO plugin that allows you to optimize your on page SEO.

What is great about this plugin is you give it up to 3 keyword phrases and it will check your article for:

  • ​Keyword Decoration
  • URL
  • Content
  • So what is keyword decoration? To put it simply it makes sure you have keyword in the H tags, Bold, underline etc

    The Content section makes sure you article is long enough, you have keywords in the Meta Tags, keywords in the alt text of your images and keywords in the right places in the article.​

W3 Cache

​Caching is a way of speeding up your website and W3 Cache works with Plugins like Cloudflare which provides CDN capabilities.

Learn some more about W3 in the video below.​

Wordfence

Wordfence​ is a security plugin that has a free version and a paid for version.

Even with the free version it is going to tell you when WordPress, your theme or your plugins need up grading in addition to notifying you when somebody is trying to login to your site.

I have been using it for sometime and the number of attacks and trying to login as admin is amazing.  If there are two many logins from a particular IP address then that IP address is locked out from future logins.​

Clicky

Clicky is an analytics tool.  You install the plugin and resister at clicky.com​ , install the site key and away you go.

An example output from the clicky website is shown below.​

Clicky Statistics

From here not only do you see you basic traffic you can see what is being looked at and where your searches are coming from.

You can't make informed decisions about what is working and what is not without the right information.​

What is great about clicky is you can get a breakdown of your visitors, how they got to your site, what page, what keyword, where they are from, which search engine they used and many more.

Over to You!

So what is your favorite WordPress Plugin and why? Leave a comment below​

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31 thoughts on “5 Great Plugins for WordPress

  1. Very informative article… have bookmarked….
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  2. Andy,

    You have given us a great review on in my opinion 5 great must have plugins. As we know too many plugins can really slow down a wordpress site and that is definitely not good. These plugins are great and will work seamlessly with wordpress and our businesses.

    I must admit, I was not aware of Clicky. I like its functionality and am adding it to my arsenal of must have plugins. Thanks for sharing.
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    1. Yes, Clicky is a good one and the information it provides is very useful. Thanks

  3. Interesting about the P3 plugin – so you add a plugin to tell you if you have too many plugins!!
    Question: I need a plugin so that I can have my site in multiple languages – I am English now, but need it in French, German, Italian, Spanish for starters. Any ideas? Thanks, Jina (http://masabicou.com via UBC)
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  4. Interesting about the P3 plugin – so you add a plugin to tell you if you have too many plugins!!
    Question: I need a plugin so that I can have my site in multiple languages – I am English now, but need it in French, German, Italian, Spanish for starters. Any ideas? Thanks, Jina (http://masabicou.com via UBC)
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    1. I know it is bizarre to have a plugin to tell you about plugins but that is how it works I guess. On the language issue, I am not sure, I would have to go check. Do you read and write those other languages?

  5. Thanks for this review – I hadn’t heard of most of these plugins, so will have to check them out!
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    1. Laurel, I think you will find them useful. Thanks for the comment.

  6. Andy,
    Thanks for explaining the value of these 5 plugins. I may test out the P3 plugin to see which plugins may be slowing down my site. I already have been using the WordFence plugin. It does remind me of updates but it seems to warn me every day that someone has logged in, and that person is me, so it gives me a lot of extra emails in my inbox. But I plan to keep using it anyway.

    Not ready to add any additional plugins at this point, but it’s good to be familiar with them if I decide to in the future.

    Warmly,
    Dr. Erica
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    1. Thanks Erica, the good thing with those Wordfence email is if you get one telling you you have logged in and you didn’t!

  7. I use P3 and Wordfence (which, at the moment, is my favorite). I use different plugins for SEO (I like WordPress SEO by Yoast) and analytics.
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    1. Great plugins very useful, I am still amazed by the number of “admin” attacks I get. Thanks Andy

  8. Thanks for sharing these great tips on plugins Andy. I know I had about 40 on my site at one time through people saying to me I needed it, but have sorted it one.
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  9. Hey Andy,

    You have a nice list of plugins here. I use SEOpressor and it has been a great help by guiding me to make sure that my posts are SEO compliant.

    Clicky sounds like an interesting plugin. Although I’m using Google Analytics, Clicky sounds very beneficial too. Especially to those bloggers that don’t have a great understanding of Google Analytics, how to set it up and the data that it shows!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a great weekend!
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  10. I’m familiar with most of the plugins you’ve listed – great selection Andy. I had so many problems with plugins last year (my former blog) that I’m a bit paranoid about adding too many, but I do need to upgrade to a better chache plugin. My theme came with Batcache and I know it doesn’t perform nearly as well as many of the others so now that the site is established it’s time to upgrade. Thanks for the helpful reminder!
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  11. Andy,
    so nice of you to share these 5 plugins..

    I am familiar with a few but not all. so I will check them out.

    Thanks so much for sharing them and for teh reviews..

    _nickc
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  12. These are all great plugins, Andy.
    P3 is nice, but you do have to make sure to remove it when you’re done using it.
    I especially like W3 Cache. It really helps keeping things moving briskly.
    I think the key to planning a working plugin strategy is to use them sparingly and to stick with the most popular and widely used ones. Those are the ones that are best supported and updated. Also, if you’re not actively using a plugin, deactivate it AND delete it. This will help keepyour site secure.
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  13. I am actually in pursuit of a great plug in for listing multiple authors (along with author boxes) on a blog post. I have not found one that I love as of yet.

  14. Hi Andy,

    I use some of these plugins and they are awesome. I learned about P3 from Kim also. To me, Wordfence is a must have! We need protection out there! As for the SEO Processor I just started using it. I was never big on SEO, but know we do have to sprinkle it in. I was quite surprised when I started using it. There were a few tweaks I had to do before publishing.

    Thanks for these little gems!

    -Donna
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  15. I like all of these plugins, but Clicky is the one that sounds the best to me, right now! I used to use Hittail, but, for whatever reason, I never felt that the keywords that it gave me were really great for the organic traffic I wanted to generate. It gave me keywords that I cannot imagine ever writing on – EVER! LOL!

    Maybe I will give Clicky a spin. Thank you so much for the recommendation!

  16. Great list Andy!

    These are all fabulous plugins, but if I had t just start with just one, I think it would be clicky.

    Because it seems to be so multi faceted! And offers tons of practical information, that will definitely help you become a much better organized and strategic marketer! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Mark, Clicky is great to tell you what is going on and who is visiting. Given all the attacks, might go for the security plugins!

      Thanks Andy

  17. Thanks for informing us of these WordPress plugins Andy. I am familiar with all except Wordfence and Clicky but will check them out.

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  18. Hello Andy, I love how you started out your article here with the mention to Kim She is Awesome HUH?

    You did a great job explaining these plug-ins, a few of them are new to me and Yes I am on my way nnow to check thgem out..

    Thanks Chery :))
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    1. Thanks Chery, Kim does some great articles and it was one of hers that lead me to write this.

      Thanks for the comment, Andy

  19. There are so many Plug-ins to pick from. Thanks for the review on these and now I can consider these. How do you know if they conflict with what you already have going. That sounds like trouble!

    1. I wish was a compatibility chart but there isn’t. I ad 1 plugin and a time and check all is working.

      Thanks, Andy

  20. Thanks for this list, Andy. I don’t have ANY of them on my blog. In fact, I’ve never even heard of most of them. What closet have I been hiding in?! 🙂 They all sound like good plugins. I’m going to check some of them out.
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  21. Rather than SEOPressor, just use WordPress SEO by Yoast… less bloat, and even newbies will find it a good tool. You don’t need a premium plugin off the bat to help with SEO.

    P3 is good, but a plugin you only activate when you’re going to use. You could benefit from using Plugin Organizer to also shut off specific plugins trying to globally load. For example… if you don’t want a specific jquery based plugin to load for a specific page, like the front page.

    Clicky… absolutely no. Just use Google Analytics… keep it simple. No need to bring in extra stats tools unless you want the JetPack stats that include social monitoring. A lot of people get so wound up in stats that they forget, advertisers these days are looking for: PageRank, Your Google Analytics stats (or Compete or Quorra), Alexa Rank, and your Klout Score.

  22. I use Wordfence and am trying out Clicky to see if I should recommend it to those who find Google Analytics hard to work out. Like Nile I use Yoast WordPress SEO. Other essentials for me are a backup plugin, share and follow buttons and Comment Luv, which I see you use too.
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  23. Nice list of plugins. I’ve heard of most of them, but not of Clicky. I’ anxious to check it out. Thanks for the resource post!
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