5 WordPress Plugins You Should Be Using

One of the greatest things about WordPress is the flexibility you get from the incredible number of plugins that are available. There are plugins for just about anything you can imagine, some of them functional and some for fun. Here is my list of five WordPress plugins that I think everyone should be using, whether you’re a casual blogger or a full-scale media company.

1 – Akismet

Comment spam is rampant and Akismet is easily the greatest combatant you can find. It will save you hours upon hours of moderating comments, so you can focus on writing more content. Akismet gives you statistics, within your dashboard, of how many comments it has blocked, so you can watch it work.

2 – W3 Total Cache

This is an extremely handy plugin that improves the overall load speed of your site. Slow loading websites are extremely frustrating for your visitors and could cause some of them not to return. Improving the load speed of your website evenĀ helps with your rank on Google.

3 – Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons

I’ve tried a lot of share button plugins and this is by far my favorite. The settings menu is very easy to navigate and has a ton of great options. The plugin does exactly what you ask it to do, so you never have to worry about it.

4 – Related Posts via Categories

Having links to related posts on your site is great for a variety of reasons. First of all, it’s great for search engine optimization. It also helps keep visitors on your site; which is what we’re all aiming for, right? Related Posts via Categories adds a list of a specified number of posts at the bottom of each individual post page.

5 – Login LockDown

Login LockDown helps to keep your WordPress site secure from brute force password discovery. The plugin records the IP address of each failed login attempt and if more than three failed attempts are recorded within five minutes, it locks that IP out.

Are there any plugins that you love that I haven’t listed? Let me know in the comments!

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