As Iíve mentioned before,
at No Worry Web we use WordPress as a framework for all of our work.
There are many reasons for this but one of the most compelling is the
availability of plugins which are never seen by the user, but which
help to manage the creation and operation of the site itself.
This is my list of 9 of those WordPress Management Plugins
which I turn to first when creating a new site, before doing any
coding, so that I can be confident that things are secure, managed, and
will behave in the way I expect them to. All of these excellent plugins
are available for free.
1. WP SlimStat
Google Analytics is great for serious analysis of your web
traffic and goal completion information but I always find itís a bit
cumbersome for an ad-hoc look at how things are going generally. The WP
SlimStat plugin gives you at a glance information on your traffic
including all the detail youíd expect. You can look at whatís been
happening in the last few minutes or hours, or drill down to
information based on date ranges. Itís great for a one minute update on
your latest blogís performance, or last weeks visitor numbers.
Of course you should back up your hard work on a regular
basis, but which of the many plugins should you use. Having tried a
number of them I find this one offers a great blend of simplicity,
functionality and reliability, giving me peace of mind that Iím
protected if the worst happens. You can backup your database and any
combination of files, save them to your server, to various external
sites like Dropbox, or send them to yourself by e-mail.
3. Better WP Security
As you know WordPress is extremely popular and of course that
makes it a target for hackers and spammers. If you leave your WordPress
site set-up as standard anyone in the know may be able to access your
site in seconds and could ruin your business reputation.
Better WP Security makes a raft of changes to your settings to
make it much more difficult for the casual attacker to gain access, and
offers many more suggestions of things it can do to make things even
more watertight. Whilst novice users should be careful when setting
extra options, the basic set-up alone will make your site 100% more
4. WordPress SEO
The gold standard of Search Engine Plugins by Yoast. This
structures your site and content in the most search friendly format,
enabling you to specify how pages, posts, categories and a host of
other types are tagged for SEO and social media distribution purposes,
using a few tick boxes and standard formats. It also helps you to boost
the ranking of a page or post for specified keywords, by highlighting
areas where you can make improvements.
5. Media Tags
If youíve pages of images on your site it begins to get more
and more difficult to find them quickly when you need them. This plugin
simply enables you to categorise your images so that you can find what
you need easily.
6. PS Disable Auto Formatting
I generally write my pages, and most of my posts using HTML,
so I find it very annoying when WordPress arbitrarily adds or removes
paragraph and line breaks. This plugin switches that function off so
that your HTML is preserved as you want it.
7. Admin Menu Editor
Once youíve installed a few plugins youíll find that theyíre
settings menus are located in different places in the WordPress menu
structure, and I can never remember which plugins are in
which sub menu. This handy tool lets you organise your menu so you can
easily get to the settings of the various plugins youíve installed by
organising the menus as you like. (free version does have some
8. Duplicate Post
Once youíve fine tuned the way you like to structure your
posts, which categories and tags youíre using, and perhaps included a
few re-useable bitís of code, it would be great if you could copy the
last post, as a starting point for your next one. Well this plugin does
just that; clones a post or a page so youíve already got a framework to
start your next item with.
9. Broken Link Checker
Thereís nothing more annoying than a broken link, whether itís
your own mistake, or an external site thatís been taken down. Well with
this tool youíll get a warning if a link is no longer valid whether its
internal or external.
So if youíre just starting out with WordPress and have found
an admin issue which annoys or worries you, check the plugins search.
Itís quite possible that someone else felt the same way and has written
a WordPress Management Plugin to solve it!
He is owner of No Worry Web, which creates and manages small
business web sites and social media presence, for an all-inclusive
monthly fee. For further details see www.noworryweb.co.uk
or call 0845 5191 275.