You’ve installed WordPress and have built your site. It rocks, but it could rock more. You want more bells and whistles and more speed. You’re in the right place. Read on…

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12 Essential WordPress plugins

  • Akismet – prevents comment spam (installed by default)
  • Analytics360 – shows your Google Analytics in the WordPress Dashboard
  • Broken Link Checker – scans your site in the background for broken links and notifies you about them
  • CryptX – encode email addresses to hide them from most spambots
  • Related Posts Thumbnails – keep people reading on your site with a professional “related posts” list
  • W3 Total Cache – the superman of caching plugins
  • pageMash – rearrange pages with drag and drop
  • Pretty Link Pro – create social media buttons, shortlinks, and more
  • Video Thumbnails – creates image thumbnails of embedded (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) videos
  • WordPress Database Backup – email yourself a backup of the database and sleep well at night
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast – arguably better then All-In-One SEO the olf WordPress favorite
  • WPtouch – creates a simple, mobile version of your site with good options and no coding
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