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.


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

WordPress Newsletter Plugin

I’ve been thinking about doing a newsletter for my personal blog for about a year now. I have the blog restricted to only those registered but doing so creates a fairly large barrier for my casual readers (family and friends). Having the blog updates emailed to them each week would be the perfect way to maintain my private family blog. I finally found a solution that I am satisfied with and has worked flawlessly so far.

MailPoet Newsletters (formerly Wysija) is my plugin of choice for this type of task. It has a premium version but the free version suits my needs just fine. I installed the plugin and was able to create a newsletter in a minute and send it out to a few test users. Now I can create ad-hoc newsletters and automated newsletters based on content being published to the blog. A big thanks to the MailPoet team that have created this sweet plugin.