Top Picks: WordPress Plugins

21:55 Oct 28th - Alex

For those who find CMS a little, well, limiting, WordPress has swooped in with some powerful plugins. At Morph London, we believe in making your website as accessible and user-friendly as possible. To do this, we like to build functionality directly into our themes. Well-built and regularly updated third-party plugins makes the job a little easier. Here, we list our top picks for WordPress plugins.

Jetpack by WordPress.com

http://jetpack.me/

Jetpack WordPress Plugin (http://jetpack.me)

We’re a fan of self-hosting. In fact, we host all our websites on our own installs. Why? Because it provides our clients with greater flexibility. Once upon a time, that meant sacrificing on WordPress.com’s cool, built-in features, but not anymore. JetPack gives the self-hosted user many of the perks that were only available on WordPress.com. Plus, JetPack is continuously updating, making it one of the most trusted plugins out there. As JetPack is powered by WordPress.com, it is also a great way to syndicate your website content into the massive WordPress.com network. Our favourite features include:

  • Notifications – Keep up with the latest happenings on all your WordPress sites and interact with other WordPress.com users.
  • WordPress.com Stats – Simple, concise site stats.
  • Subscriptions – Allow users to subscribe to your posts and receive notifications via email.
  • Spelling and Grammar – Improve your spelling, style, and grammar with the After the Deadline proofreading service.
  • Mobile Theme – Automatically optimize your site for mobile devices.
  • WP.me Shortlinks – Enable WP.me-powered shortlinks for all of your Posts and Pages for easier sharing.
  • Enhanced Distribution – Share your public posts and comments to search engines and other services in real-time.

All in One SEO Pack

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

All in one SEO pack (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/)

Want to move up in the search engine rankings? Then this plugin is a must-have. And with regular updates and 12 million downloads, you know it means business. Our favourite features include:

  • Optimisation – Automatically optimise your titles for search engines.
  • Tags – Generate META tags automatically.
  • Clean-up– Avoid the typical duplicate content found on WordPress websites.
  • Navigation – Fine tune page navigational links.
  • Dummy-friendly – Beginners don’t even have to look at the options – it works out-of-the-box. Just install.
  • Customisation – You can fine-tune everything.

Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bwp-google-xml-sitemaps/

Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bwp-google-xml-sitemaps/)

Sitemaps are a way to tell Google about pages on your site. In simple terms it’s a list of the pages on your website. Creating and submitting a sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that aren’t discoverable by Google’s normal crawling process. Doing this manually is a pain, especially without any knowledge of XML. This plugin makes it easy. It simply adds the required sitemaps automatically and provides you with detailed instructions on how to submit them to search engines.

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