Fundamental WordPress plugins
I have seen many articles of “Fundamental Plugins for WordPress “, “Basic Plugins for WordPress” , “Essential Plugins for WordPress” and the vast majority of these articles are personal choices that are not essential at all or indicate plugins that are unnecessary and not They are based on what all WordPress really needs.
Another curiosity is that after reading the profiles of those who write these articles, it turns out that the vast majority are experts in online marketing and business, and I wonder: what will a technical issue have to do like choosing the necessary plugins for every blog? With marketing? Well, nothing to do, that’s why the vast majority of articles are misguided and erroneous.
For all the above I have decided to create this article and offer a list with the fundamental plugins justifying their choice and slightly describing the functionality of each one.
Plugins for SiteMaps
A Sitemap is nothing more than a list of the pages of a website to facilitate the task to search engines and find them more reliably. How you can see can be considered an SEO tool because it will facilitate the indexing of our pages, so having a plugin to create these Sitemaps is beneficial. After creating the SietMap it is highly recommended to add it in the Webmaster Tools area dedicated to it.
For this task we have two plugins that in my opinion are the best available and either will do a good job. I will not make a comparison of both recommended plugins, I will leave that choice in your hands and that you decide after reading about both. The alternatives are:
Google XML Sitemaps
It is the most famous plugin to create Sitemaps, I use it on all my websites and I have never had problems. It is the oldest and the best choice for most blogs. Over time blogs have grown and increasingly have more articles, so it was discovered that in blogs with a lot of content this plugin needed a lot of resources and that is why Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps appeared (which is our second alternative and we will talk about then).
Recently the developers of Google XML Sitemaps with the intention of adapting their plugin to the new times began to develop an updated version that is currently in beta but is already solving the problems in blogs with many articles.
Plugin page: http://www.arnebrachhold.de/projects/wordpress-plugins/google-xml-sitemaps-generator/
WordPress page of the plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/
Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps
As we mentioned earlier, it appeared on the scene highlighting because it consumed fewer resources in blogs with many articles. It also has functionality for multi-site blogs. So if your blog is multi-site or has a lot of articles this would be the right plugin.
Plugin page: http://betterwp.net/wordpress-plugins/google-xml-sitemaps/
WordPress page of the plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bwp-google-xml-sitemaps/
As for what SEO plugin to use in WordPress I have no doubts, it is WordPress SEO by Yoast . The reasons that justify the use of this plugin are several: it comes quite well preconfigured, it is completely free, offers many options and flexibility, there are many tutorials on the web, the author constantly updates the plugin and offers information about its use on its website , is very optimized regarding the use of resources and much more.
The main feature of this plugin is that it is an “all in one” for wordpress SEO. It even offers the possibility of creating the aforementioned SiteMaps directly with this plugin, but I prefer to use a specialized plugin for this task.
The vast majority of the articles on SEO in WordPress speak of another plugin All in One SEO Pack, which is not bad, but in my opinion it has lagged behind the Yoast plugin.
Plugin page: http://yoast.com/wordpress/seo/
WordPress page of the plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/
Some will ask what makes a pagination plugin in the list, because very simple, pagination is something useful because it facilitates web browsing and at the same time enhances SEO. WordPress brings by default a somewhat inconvenient paging system for users and that in most websites is replaced by the paging system offered by the WP-PageNavi plugin.
Many themes already bring support for this WP-PageNavi and just activate it. On the other hand the themes that do not bring support included from the factory, you have to follow a simple instructions that are shown on the plugin page. If you have problems when installing it in your design, do not hesitate to leave a comment and I will help you in any way I can.
WordPress page of the plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pagenavi/
In the times that run the spam is a rather annoying problem, to avoid spam in comments you can use the Akismet plugin, which is already installed by default in WordPress, you only need the API key that you can get for free by registering on the official website from Akismet.
I prefer to use a plugin of this type and not to force annoying captcha to users who want to leave a comment.
A fundamental aspect of our blog is to offer a better performance when it comes to showing articles to our readers and thus offering a more fluid browsing experience, for this purpose we have the W3 Total Cache plugin.
As always we have many other alternatives, generally simpler than W3 Total Cache, but that offer less flexibility when configuring it. I have selected W3 Total Cache because there are many tutorials on the network on how to configure it correctly and once it is understood the operation is the best choice.
The only bad point of this plugin is that the first impression with so many options can confuse the novice user, so it is better to get a good tutorial on how to configure it (maybe write one in the not too distant future).
WordPress page of the plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/