Top 10 WordPress Plugins 2012: Read2Learn’s Top Picks
In our eBook published February 2012, we listed our top 10 WordPress plugins. Below you’ll find an updated list of our recommended WordPress plugins as of October 20th, 2012.
1. Add Meta Tags – (by George Notaras)
The “Add Meta Tags” plugin helps search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing find your website.
2. All in One SEO Pack – (by Michael Torbert)
S.E.O. stands for “Search Engine Optimization.” This is another plugin that will help search engines find your website/blog so it’ll
be displayed in their search results. I show you how to set up this plugin in our eBook.
3. Force Gzip – (by Justin Shreve)
This plugin will help speed up your website.
4. Google XML Sitemap – (by Arne Brachhold)
This plugin will help search engines like Google find all your blog posts and pages.
5. Hyper Cache – (by Stefano Lissa)
Hyper Cache Extended is a cache system for WordPress to help improve its performance and save resources. There are a lot of other cache plugins for WordPress too, but I cant get any of them to work correctly. This is the best one for beginners.
6. Related Post Thumbnails – (by Maria Shaldybina)
At the end of each blog post, this plugin will show an image and a link that redirects readers to related blog posts on your website. This is an amazing plugin that will keep people on your website longer.
7. Shareaholic – (by Shareaholic)
This plugin will allow other people to share your blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other popular websites.
8. WP-PageNavi – (by Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan & scribu)
This plugin will add a numbered page navigation toolbar to the bottom of your website.
9. Anti-Captcha – (by Fili Wiese)
Help eliminate spam comments. This is an excellent alternative to the default “Akismet” plugin. I’ve never received any spam comments after I installed this plugin.
10. WordPress Backup To Dropbox – (by Michael De Wildt)
You can use this simple plugin to backup your website! It’s very easy to use, and it only requires that you set up a free account at Dropbox.com. If you already have a Dropbox account, then you can use your existing account.
WP Maintenance Mode – (by Frank Bültge)
This is an optional plugin that you can install. This plugin adds a “Maintenance Page” to your website that lets your visitors know that your website is down for maintenance.
This is a useful plugin if you’re transferring your old website over to WordPress. You probably don’t want your website “live” if you need to make major changes to your homepage.
In our book, I recommended a plugin called “Loginlock.” I no longer recommend this plugin because it has too many issues. This plugin might lock you out of your own site, and it’s not worth the headache.
If you want to help prevent hackers from logging into your admin area, then use a long password combined with symbols, capitals, numbers, and lower case letters. Here’s an example of a good password: K3nt!M@ur3zm0L0V3zT0R3@dBoOkz!
Most people use a cheap automated software to try to hack your website. I’m 99% sure that an automated software will not hack a password like that. Also its a good idea to change your password once every 30 days.
As a bonus tip, avoid logging into your admin area when using public computers. A lot of public computers will save your username and password info. Okay that’s it. If you have any questions, send me an email. If you know of any other cool plugins, then let me know. Thanks!