My Top 5 WordPress Plugins

By | April 25, 2015

My Top 5 WordPress Plugins

At the last count there are 37,491 wordpress plugins out there. Here is my pick of the top 5 wordpress plugins I wouldn’t want to do without.

1. Syntax Highligher Evolved

Quite a few of my posts include code examples, so I’m not sure how I’d manage without this first plugin. With Syntax Highlighter Evolved installed, you can quickly include code like this:

print "Hello, World!"

Check out the full list of supported languages.

2. WordPress SEO

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization is the process of making your website and your posts more attractive to search engines.

Getting SEO right can make the difference between making to the top of a google search, or appearing somewhere on the fourth page.

This SEO plugin from Yoast makes it dead simple to apply some basic SEO principles to your posts. And its easy to follow traffic light system lets you know if your SEO is on track.

3. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

YARPP, as this plugin is also known, makes it easy to suggest content to your readers that they might be interested in.

Select from text-based or image-based suggestions, and also choose how many suggestions to make. You can also customise the suggestions to different categories and tags.

4. Page Links To

The Page Links To plugin is not exactly glamourous, but it performs a very important job: it lets you set your pages to link to somewhere other than a post or page on your wordpress site.

I found it essential for setting  menu items to link to an outside webpage.

5. UK Cookie Consent

If you are hosting your website from the UK, and your website uses cookies, you are required by law to tell your visitors.

The UK Cookie Consent Plugin just puts up a small banner letting your visitors know that you are using cookies – simple!