One of the reasons we love WordPress so much is the vast number of plugins it has available to extend the built-in functionality. But since there are over 40,000 plugins available in the repository, we thought it would be fun to help you sort through the pile by recommending a few of our favorites. These will be plugins we use all the time, have thoroughly tested and highly suggest using if you are looking for what they offer.
Next up on our tour through awesome WordPress plugins we love — iThemes Security! Made by the same people who make BackupBuddy, the first plugin we recommended, iThemes Security is the go-to security plugin for WordPress.
No matter what you think, you do need a security plugin. WordPress is awesome, but out of the box it isn’t the most secure platform. In a world where hacks against all sizes of websites get more and more common, security must be high on your list of priorities. The good news is that, like all things WordPress, the solution is easy! While there are a number of security-related plugins available that all claim to patch up WordPress security, iThemes Security is the clear winner. Why is it so great? Stick around, and we’ll sneak you the answer. Continue reading
Here at Solamar, one of the reasons we love WordPress and use it in all of our website projects is that it is so incredibly flexible. Though WordPress started out as a blogging platform, it has grown over the years into a fully featured content management system (CMS) capable of running almost any type of website you can think of.
One of the reasons WordPress can do this is its incorporation of plugins. When you initially install WordPress, it comes with a basic set of functionality that would be fine for a blog or small-business site. Those of us who can program websites can add other functions to the WordPress install by manually adding the necessary code, but for the majority of website owners/users, this is not an option.
This is where plugins come in. A plugin does exactly what its name says. It “plugs in” a certain functionality into the WordPress install without the need to code. Let’s say, for instance, that you want your WordPress-based site to have killer Search Engine Optimization (SEO). WordPress is okay at this out of the box, but not as good as it could be. However, a number of really good SEO plugins have been developed (All-In-One SEO is our favorite), that automate large parts of setting up killer SEO, and add user-friendly interfaces to do the rest. Continue reading