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11 WordPress Plugins to Enhance any WordPress Site

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So, everyone has already picked out a web host, domain name, and business name to launch an online business and blog with WordPress.

Maybe everybody has made a few blog post entries or added a few products in their own online store to get the ball rolling with becoming a self-employed online business owner; but, as always there should always be time to spend on enhancing your web site with easy to install WordPress Plugins that can help with everything from starting an email list to connecting your customers to your fan pages.

In this blog post, I’m going to list and talk about the 11 WordPress Plugins to Enhance any WP site that everyone should have when using WordPress for their online blog and business to help give a boost in a variety of ways. All of these recommended plugins are in alphabetical order

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Hello, My name is Andrew Simmons... My whole story starts when I graduated from Pleasant Grove High School back in 2010. I really did not know what I wanted to do in life as far as the next step goes to building a career and success throughout my life; but, eventually I decided to go off to college a few times in pursuit of finding something I would be good at. In 2011, my first college adventure came with a pursuit in Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Electronics at Bevill State; but, unfortunately I was not confident enough since working with electricity was not one of my overall best fields of knowledge. I dropped out after the 2nd semester and went back into the workforce for awhile. For 2013, my luck changed as I decided to work towards an Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology where I was more interested in working with computers and software systems. I learned a lot of everything from finding how to set up local and wide area networks to web site design, which is to say were up my alley since I had experience with before entering college. Besides working with computers, I enjoy participating at my local race track with racing go-karts and stock cars as a way of passing the time. In addition to racing, I also follow NASCAR all the time for learning everything new into racing as a hobby.
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  • Profile photo of Nanda Rahmanius Profile

    Hi Andrew,

    Great list, indeed!

    I know half of them. For others, this is the first time I heard them.

    I also use Akismet. It is a plugin that should be owned by WordPress users I guess. It helped me a lot. :)

    Well, I quite agree with Matt. It’s informative and insightful comment.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Nanda Rahmanius recently posted…Top 5 Crucial Tips For Building A Successful BlogMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Matt A Profile

    I’m going to have to go with “no” on a few of these.

    – Alexa Claim & Certify. Alexa is useless. The metrics don’t mean anything as they’re representative of a very narrow and specific portion of the net. They tend toward computer & tech sites, they can be easily manipulated and generally don’t tell you much about a site. Same with the Alexa Rank Widget.

    – All In One SEO Pack. It’s not bad but Yoast SEO is better. It is, as you said, a good beginner tool though.

    – Google Analyticator. This is a ‘simple’ tool but not the best way to monitor analytics. Again, it’s a beginner thing that people should outgrow fairly quickly. I’d get it right from the start and use Google Analytics if you want to run a proper site.

    – No Follow All External Links. Seriously? This is more of an SEO fail than do following all external links. This is not best practice by any stretch of my fairly creative imagination.

    I don’t want this to all be a negative comment just discussion on things I would strong suggest doing in a different way. That being said, I really like SumoMe and Starbox. I don’t mind Updraft but prefer BackWPUp and Disqus is a pretty good comment system if you’re going away from the default WP system and Facebook comments. I strongly dislike sites that use Google+ as I’d rather not use that one.

    Some other strong plugins: Bloom (Elegant Themes), Wordfence Security, WP Editorial Calendar, Broken Link Checker, Live Composer, W3 Total Cache. All fairly standard for my WP installations.
    Matt A recently posted…The Problem with Cheap SEO PackagesMy Profile

    • Profile photo of Andrew Simmons Profile

      I only wanted to give beginners a chance to get their website going in a simple way. Your quite right to mention that there will come a day when the beginner marketers we have today will grow out of these plugins and move to better and advanced plugins and themes. Thanks for chiming in and giving your opinion!

  • Profile photo of Metz Profile

    Awesome! It’s a total package kind of blog post. For beginners in WordPress or in blogging, they can use this list of plugins to enhance their site early. If you have awesome tools in your blogging/marketing business, the pain is lesser, but you cannot assure that there will be no problems in the future.

    Alexa for your site ranking, Akismet to filter spam comments, Google Analyticator and so on. However, among in your list StarBox is very foreign to me. I will read more about this tool.

    All in all, awesome post!
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  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hey Andrew,
    It is one thing having a WordPress site but its another thing making the most of the website. With the right plugin one can easily access and maximize the best features of WordPress.

    I agree that these plugins can be used to enhance a wordpress blog. However, there is need to compulsorily install security, backup, SEO and social plugins after WordPress is created from the beginning!
    Sunday William recently posted…How Do You Manage The Intersection Of Content, Search And Social For Your Business?My Profile

  • Profile photo of Lawrence Berry Profile

    These are some great plugins that can really enhance a users experience on your website, increase the amount of time they spend on the website. Alot of the plugins I have already heard of but there are some that I will have to look further into. The alexa plugin seems pretty cool and I have never thought about using something like that. I usually go to alexa,com daily to check my websites ranking. Great post, thanks for sharing this information.
    Lawrence Berry recently posted…10 Ways To Keep Yourself From Emptying Your WalletMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Freedom Blogger Profile

    Hi Andrew!

    This is an awesome list of WordPress Plugins. They are interesting plugins to use and play with 😀

    This is one of the beautiful things about the WordPress Platform, the Plugins!

    You have more flexibility and more options to customize your blog/website with WordPress.

    I personally love WordPress! haha

    You have listed some essential plugins here. This is definitely helpful info for the new WordPress users!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Keep up the great work!

    Have a fantastic week! :)
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  • Profile photo of Marco Reeves Profile

    Great list of plugins, never knew about the Alexa plugin so will definitely add that to my site. I do have mixed feelings about the Disqus one though haha, I find it tedious how one needs to set up an account with them in order to leave comments.. I think I have enough passwords to remember already 😛

    That being said, thanks for sharing something that is helpful for all WordPress users and keep it up Andrew.
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  • Profile photo of Nirmala Profile

    Good list of WP plugins. I aware of most of the plugins that gets listed here, but the starbox and updraft for backup plugins are new for me.

    I feel that the more usage of plugin would ruin the health of the blog, what say?

    Anyway, the post contains the valuable information for the WP users, thanks for sharing the post with Kinggers. Have a good day everyday!

  • Profile photo of Karan Bhagat Profile

    Hey Andrew,

    That’s a nice list for any wordpress website but I don’t use that favicon plugin since this functionality is included in my theme and I do prefer Yoast SEO above All in one SEO for on site optimization.

    Thanks for that nofollow plugin, I have been looking for a good one for the purpose.
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  • Profile photo of John A Karnish Profile

    Hi Andrew,

    Great list of plugins. Some I’m thinking about trying are the “No Follow All External Links.” I can see how this would be really helpful to prevent upsetting google when you post an affiliate link.

    I also like the “Star Box” plugin and might try that out.

    I use Akismet and find it very helpful. There are so many SPAM comments that a blog can receive and Akismet seems to block them all out.

    Thanks for sharing your article here on Kingged…

    Take care my friend,


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