WordPress Plug-ins for Photographers

WordPress Plug-ins for Your Prophoto Website or Blog

Akismet  This is hands down the best spam blocker out there. Akismet is an advanced hosted anti-spam service aimed at blocking all of those unwanted spam comments that make their way to your website. “It efficiently processes and analyzes masses of data from millions of sites and communities in real time. To fight the latest and dirtiest tactics embraced by the world’s most proficient spammers, it learns and evolves every single second of every single day. Because you have better things to do.” 

Yoast Your best ally for SEO on your website and blog. And popping up high in Google results is something we all want and need right? If SEO is a foreign language to you, Yoast helps breaks down the steps of where your blog post or website needs a little more work. It covers everything like keywords, writing a meta description, outbound links, alt tags, etc. It also gives each post a rating and each section a color rating of red, yellow, or green, so you know if your post is SEO-approved. (Thank you Carissa for this suggestion!)

Google Analytics– Not your typical plug-in, but something you definitely need linked to your wordpress site  so you can easily track incoming traffic, search results, demographics, user flow, etc.

Backup WordPress – Don’t ever worry about a site crash again. Backup WordPress is a plug-in that works to protect you. It allows for complete website backups as well as database only backups. It will even send you an email once the backup is made.

WordPress to Dropbox – This is another alternative for a backup plug-in and it puts it right into your Dropbox for you! There are a lot of people already using Dropbox as cloud storage for images and files, so why not attach your website?

Google XML Sitemapan SEO must!  You need to give the Google search engine spiders something to crawl and see right, right?  This takes all the work out of your hands.

PLUGIN REMINDER:

When using plugins it is REALLY important that you keep them up-to-date.  This is so your site stays healthy and secure.  Also remember prior to updating, deleting or making changes to wordpress you should make a backup.  You never know if something doesn’t like what you have just done and it’s best to prepare for the worst!  Always backup. 

What are some of your favorite plug-ins you’ve used? Let us know in the comments below! 

 

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