One of the most powerful elements to WordPress is its large collection of user-built plugins. As of the time writing this article, there are over 24,700 plugins that are downloadable on wordpress.org. Add to that, the additional plugins not listed in the official repository and you have a ton of additional functionality you can add to your site. The issue is, what plugins are good, trusted, and used by others?
We wanted to make a list of plugins that the Buffalo WordPress Users group has used and recommend. While we do recommend these plugins, as we always state–use plugins sparingly and only for features you’d really benefit from.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast
Generally considered the best SEO plugin freely available for WordPress.
- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
lists related posts at the end of each post you write. Simple and adjustable.
- Google Analyticator
easily add Google Analytics code, as well as view stats in the WP dashboard.
- Gravity Forms ($)
A powerful Form Builder with its own set of add-ons and custom functions.
- Advanced Custom Fields
Very powerful plugin to help add custom fields to posts, custom post types, pages, etc…
- Admin Menu Editor
Lets you edit the WordPress Admin Panel’s navigation elements
eCommerce Store functionality (forked from JigoShop)
eCommerce Store functionality for WordPress
Adds a social aspect (members, sharing, groups, etc…) to your WordPress site.
Other Useful Plugins
- Conditional Menus
Allows you to put different menus on different pages
- File Manager
Lets you upload files to your server, if you don’t have ftp credentials this is very handy
If you change the slug of your pages, or remove pages, this will prevent a broken link from existing links to the page