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Unsexy WordPress Plugins You Must Install Immediately

I’m not a developer. I don’t even play one on TV. I don’t know what the advantages of a MySQL-based platform are. But I can’t think of a good reason NOT to use WordPress for managing my content. The functionality afforded by WordPress is in part because it’s open source and the community of talented developers who have hitched their wagon to the WordPress train to develop plugins make it a dream for digital publishers like me.

When I’m about to launch a site, these are the five plugins I install immediately. They’re not very sexy but they are on my “stupid list.” As in, I’ll feel ridiculously stupid if I forget! :)

Akismet
Akismet helps manage spam comments on your site. It checks comments against the Akismet web service to see if it looks like spam and then allows you to moderate them. When I accidentally deactivate this plugin, I realize the amount of web spam it actually catches.

WP-DB-Back-up
This plugin will back up your site’s database so in case something happens, you can restore it to the most recent back-up. You can schedule backups to be emailed to you weekly, daily, twice daily, or hourly… depending on how frequently you update your site. This plugin has saved my a__ a couple of times already.

Super Cache
Super Cache produces a static HTML file from all your site files. What this means (in non-tech-speak) is that your web pages load faster. Who has time to wait for your site to load? No one.

All in one SEO pack
What this plugin does is makes it easy for you to control the title, meta description and meta tags for each of your posts. Why would you want to do that? Because these elements are what optimizes your site for search engines.

Google Site Maps
This is yet another non-sexy plugin but really helpful if you want your site to be indexed and found by search engine crawlers. It actually notifies all the major search engines when new content has been posted and/or the site is updated.

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