As part of our commitment to promote open-source systems, we are providing some of the key plugins to help you get your business moving forward. This is in response to a blog we referenced not long ago by ‘enfuzed’ detailing what they thought were the top 10 WordPress plugins. So we thought we put our opinion out there too! Here’s part one of our run down of WordPress plugins.
1. All in One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert
This is a SEO plugin that automatically includes all the required tags to optimize your WordPress blog for search engines. The plugin has a huge set of functions to make your SEO work more effective. The plugin has gained popularity because it is easy to use, flexible and very effective. WordPress website owners have seen tremendous results once they’ve installed this plugin into their websites, since it’s loved by search engines. Customizing and configuring the plugin is very easy and user friendly. If you are a newbie to WordPress, you won’t have to access any advanced options since when installed, it comes equipped with fantastic default settings, which suit most needs. Advanced users who want to customize it can do so with the friendly GUI section, a background in PHP coding isn’t necessary, it’s very simple. The fact is, this plugin fulfils all its intended functions extremely well.
WordPress rating: 3.8 / 5
“This plugin has all standard functionality required for basic on-page optimisation. There are advanced server settings, features and configurations that allow us to fully optimise a website, a rare thing amongst many content management systems out there today. We’ve been using this plugin for over 5 years. An example of how this can be used effectively is outlined in our recent case study”:
MyUniApplication Case Study
e-blueprint rating: 4.6 / 5
2. NextGEN Gallery by photocrati
NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, and one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time, with over 7.5 million downloads. It provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. It also provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more. It’s simple, reliant and flexible, perfect for any website that needs a gallery.
WordPress rating: 4.1 / 5
“e-blueprint used this on a recent website we designed and developed for a professional photographer, Matthew Rycraft. You can see the plugin in action here”: http://www.matthewrycraft.co.uk/
e-blueprint rating: 4.8 / 5
3. Really Simple CAPTCHA by Takayuki Miyoshi
A CAPTCHA is a short online typing test that is easy for humans to pass but difficult for robotic software programs. The purpose of a CAPTCHA is to discourage hackers and spammers from using auto-filling software programs at that web page. Really Simple CAPTCHA achieves this with outstanding results, websites we have used contact forms on along with this plugin have stopped receiving spam and so the plugin fits its purpose perfectly.
WordPress rating: 4.5 / 5
“This plugin does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s extremely easy to use and never has any trouble with updates, top quality. You can see it in use on one of our recent websites we designed and developed for a skin clinic”:
e-blueprint rating: 5 / 5
4. Safe Redirect Manager by Taylor Lovett
Safe Redirect Manager is used to redirect URL’s to current URL’s that are in use. Safe Redirect Manager makes this process easy in WordPress. The plugin doesn’t seem to conflict with any particular themes and actually looks like it is part of WordPress’ default interface which a lot of plugins similar to it, do not seem to do. You simply click on the title, type in the old URL and then the new one in the following input box and VOILA.
WordPress rating: 5 / 5
“It’s that user friendly, it seems like it’s already part of the WordPress interface. Why choose any other plugin, when this does the job perfectly, and doesn’t make the job any harder than it’s already meant to be? URL’s get directed instantly.”
e-blueprints rating: 5 / 5
5. Contact Form Database By Michael Simpson
Contact Form Database makes it possible for the user of the website to access any type of form submission in the back end of WordPress. It works in conjunction with popular form plugins, JetPack Contact Form, Contact Form 7 (CF7) and Fast Secure Contact Form (FSCF) plugin. Other form submissions can be saved with the addition of the [cfdb-save-form-post] short code on the target submission page.
WordPress rating: 4.8 / 5
“Many of our clients have want the feature of accessing their form submissions in WordPress, this plugin makes this possible. Forms are stored in an organized layout, which makes it easy for clients to retrieve the information and not miss anything crucial.”
e-blueprint rating: 4.8 / 5
If you are interested in finding out how we can develop a website that works for your business please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or read on and review the rest of our autumn newsletter here and relating articles here:
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