Essential WordPress Plugins 2016

Just a short list of my essential WordPress plugins for 2016.

Far Future Expiry Header #speed #caching

WP Super Cache #speed #caching

Cache your site responses to speed up your site. Most WordPress sites should be aggressively caching their responses. This plugin can be a bit more difficult to setup with the large pile of options to configure.

WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam #spam

A free alternative to akismet for fighting the never ending stream of spam. Doesn't use captchas.

iframe #shortcode

WordPress SEO by Yoast #seo

UpdraftPlus #backup

Ninja like backups of WordPress to Dropbox and a myriad of other backup locations. Works incredibly smooth with lots of options.

YouTube #embed

For responsive youtube video embeds. Just drop the video url in the post and the plugin takes care of the rest.

All In One WP Security & Firewall

Incredible plugin that helps you cover some of the basics of securing your WordPress installation. It also does a great job of monitoring the site for file changes that can be a good indicator of a site compromise if setup correctly.

Column Shortcodes

Really simple and easy to use shortcodes to give you the added functionality of adding columns where you need them in your posts and pages.

Also, check out last years list of essential WordPress plugins for 2015

Photo by Cristian Labarca CC BY-NC 2.0

Tools For Entry Level Social Images

Not every business has the money to have a designer create well designed images for each social post and blog post. Thankfully, there are some really nice tools available on the cheep for individuals and companies looking to edge up their game when posting online. Here are a few to get you started:

https://buffer.com/pablo
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https://shareasimage.com/
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http://wordswag.co/
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