Top 5 Useful WordPress Plugins
At Up & Running Design Co. we use hundreds of different free and premium plugins to create our clients’ unique websites. In our opinion, these are the most useful plugins across the board.
Wordfence is constantly updating threat feeds to help prevent sites from being hacked. Wordfence Scan leverages the same proprietary feed, alerting you quickly in the event your site would be compromised. With the Live Traffic view Wordfence gives its users real-time visibility into traffic and the hack attempts that could be on your website.
UpdraftPlus Backup & Restoration
UpdraftPlus is a user friendly plugin that simply creates backups, and allows for restoration, of your site. UpdraftPlus allows its users to backup to the cloud (Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Openstack Swift, UpdraftPlus Vault and email) and restore them, if necessary.
The Yoast SEO plugin takes care of many aspects when it comes to search engine optimization. It also forces you to write better content for your website. Yoast SEO helps you choose a focus keyword, and then makes sure that you use that focus keyword everywhere. That way you can move up the Google chain.
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 requires more HTML and CSS coding skills, but works very well for the unique forms that our clients ask for. With CF7 you can manage multiple contact forms, customize the form, and choose how it mails the content with simple markup.
Easy Updates Manager
Easy Updates Manager is just what is says, “Easy Updates”. This plugin is very user friendly, lightweight, and very powerful. Easy Updates Manager allows you to enable and manage all types of updates on your website.