5 WordPress Plugins that We Swear By

 

With thousands of options, it is no wonder that one of the questions we receive frequently here at Blue Ridge Media Company is what are the best WordPress plugins. Now many plugins choices are dependent upon their use case, whether that be a one-page static site, SEO, social media, or ECommerce, but many of the plugins that we have selected here are your foundation set that we have found are essential for any WordPress site.

WP Defender

Developer: WPMU Dev

WP Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

WordPress Version: 4.6 or higher

Price: Free/WPMU Premium Subscription

As WordPress’s popularity continues to grow based on its user friendly visual builder and flexibility, so does its appeal to the hacker world. With complete ease, they created hundreds of bots to infect millions of vulnerable sites. Site security and defence is essential not only for any WordPress site, but any site in general. As vital as it is to have security software on your computer it is for your platform to have its own.

To keep your site safe from malicious bots, we install WP Defender. Containing regular security scans, reports, audits, theme code checker, recommendations, monitoring, IP lockout, and much more, this one-stop-shop for security lets you know immediately if there is any irregularity or breach.

WP Defender was selected above its competitors due to the ease of use, intuitive startup checklist, and easy to digest dashboards. When it comes to ensuring your website is secure from malware, intruders, and other threats WP Defender is top of the line.

 

SmartCrawl Pro

Developer: WPMU Dev

WP Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

WordPress Version: 4.6 or higher

Price: Free/WPMU Premium Subscription

It’s not enough to build a website and cross your fingers in hopes that you build an audience. SmartCrawl Pro provides the SEO optimization settings needed to start your rankings on Google. Providing an easy way to modify titles, meta-descriptions, Open Graph and social media integrations, it is sure to create targeted content and ranking for your WordPress site. SmartCrawl’s Smart Page Analyzer scans your posts and pages for keyword density, readability, and provides suggestions for optimization.

SmartCrawl focuses on taking the guesswork out of optimizing your website’s SEO. While there are several notable competitors, such as Yoast and All-in-One-SEO, we have noticed a definitive improvement in Search Engine Ranking Position throughout the hundreds of websites we manage.

 

Insert Header & Footer Scripts

Developer: WPBeginner

WP Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

WordPress Version: 3.6 or higher

Price: Free

Insert Headers and Footers is a straightforward plugin that lets you insert custom code onto your WordPress site header and footer without modifying theme files. Why is it important to insert custom code onto your website? Google Analytics and Facebook Pixels. If you do not know the importance of Facebook Pixels, make a note to read: The Importance of Facebook Pixel and take in the importance and value of having one on your website.