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Our 10 Favorite WordPress Plugins

February 28th, 2013 by
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word-press_pluginsTwo sites can look completely different from each other, but still be built from the same basic components. There are a handful of client and user needs that we see on almost every site we build, no matter what the page is for. Luckily for us, there’s a WordPress plugin for each one. These are ten of our absolute favorite plugins, covering everything from SEO to site development. Enjoy!

Contact Form 7

You can see this awesome little plugin in action on our contact page. It’s simple, to the point, and easy to add to whatever page you like.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Keep in mind that this plugin isn’t a substitute for good SEO; but it’s an excellent tool to help implement your plan of action. Yoast’s SEO tools lets you manage keywords, meta descriptions, and everything else that you need to help your content meet your SEO team’s expectations.

Google Analyticator

Google Analytics is a great way to keep tabs on the traffic to your site. The Google Analyticator plugin installs the JavaScript code for you; all you have to do is log in and connect to your Google Analytics account.

AuthorSure

By now, you probably already know that Google Authorship is important for your search engine rankings. AuthorSure helps you link your blog to your Google+ profile, ensure that you are the only one to get credit for your work.

Backup Buddy

Backup Buddy is the best backup plugin we’ve found yet. It lets you choose where your files are sent, schedule regular backups whenever you need, and even restore your site to an older version. (No more panicking because you accidentally deleted the content on your home page!) It’s completely worth the one-time cost to install.

Dynamic Widgets

Dynamic Widgets lets you decide which pages your widgets go on. This means you can have recent blog posts appear on your contact page, or put changing testimonials on on your about page—all within the same sidebar! The problem of front-page only widgets is completely solved.

Digg Digg

Digg Digg lets users share your content on their favorite social media sites. It has nearly every kind of social media button you can think of, and is easy to customize to your site.

Meteor Slides

We love responsive designs. We also love slideshows. Meteor Slides gives you both of those; once you install the plugin, you have a responsive slideshow widget you can put anywhere you like.

Redirection

This plugin is incredibly handy if you’re updating your site or migrating your pages. It keeps track of any 404 errors, and lets you easily redirect old pages to new.

WP-Testimonials

As it’s name suggests, the WP-Testimonials plugin lets you put testimonials on your site. In combination with Dynamic Widgets, you can add rotating testimonials to any page, and easily manage the content.

Do you have a WordPress plugin that you swear by? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kandra is influenced in her design by everything from Hubble Space Telescope imagery to the strawberry plants in her garden. Her concepts are known for their characteristic combination of warmth, simplicity and functionality, and for their strong resonance with her clients’ brand and corporate identities.

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