WordPress Plugins of 2015

 

Just a short list of some essential WordPress plugins for 2015.

Far Future Expiry Header #speed #caching

iframe #shortcode

WordPress SEO by Yoast #seo

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.

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.

 Seriously Simple Podcasting

Fully featured and simple podcasting through WordPress. Really impressed with how easy it is to setup podcasting and publish new podcasts. This plugin is also currently well maintained and up to date.

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.

UPDATES

2015-05-29 Added youtube and seriously simple podcasting
2015-05-04 Added updraft plus
2015-09-19 Added Security plugin and column shortcodes plugin

Photo by Cristian Labarca CC BY-NC 2.0

Test Your JavaScript As You Code

If you are writing JavaScript, you should be testing and linting your code often to catch common mistakes. I enjoy using Sublime Text so I have installed Sublime-JSHint, a Submlime Text 2 plugin that checks my JavaScript code for nasty errors and other coding goodies.

Sublime JSHint in action

It’s super easy to setup so what are you waiting for?!

If you don’t use Sublime Text, find a jshint plugin for your editor over at http://www.jshint.com/install/