Top WordPress Plugins List

Top WordPress Plugins List (Incredible Free Resource)
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Top WordPress plugins 2014In this episode I just want to point you in the direction of an awesome free resource. I’ve decided that every time I stumble across some incredible content that is a cut above the rest then I’m going to share it with you and point you in the direction where you can go consume it for yourself.

If you have found or have written some incredible content that you think should be featured then please feel free to reach out to me with your suggestions.

So today’s incredible free resource is by Kim Roach of Buzzblogger.com. Kim consistently produces top content and this week she published her list of “The Top 60 WordPress Plugins of 2014“.

I highly recommend you go check it out over at buzzblogger.com/top-wordpress-plugins

It includes a few of the usual suspects as well a bunch of less well known but very cool plugins.

The list included a few of my personal favourites which I frequently recommend…

  • Disqus – The best commenting plugin that integrates with the commenters social media accounts.
  • Leadpages – The easiest way to create opt-in pages and collect leads
  • BluBrry PowerPress – The best tool for hosting your podcast within a blog post. (If your listening to this podcast on my blog then your using this plugin right now!)

The list also had many plugins which I wasn’t aware of. Some that really caught my eye that I want to try out include…

  • BackWPup – This tool will back up your site on a regular basis so that you can restore any previous version if you ever needed to. In the past I’ve used backup buddy for this but that tool isn’t free so I’m going to compare the two and see how this compares.
  • W3 Total Cache – Quite simply this plugin helps your site to load up quicker. This is important for your website visitors to have a good experience when they come to your site.
  • WP Smush It – This plugin reduces the file size of your images without affecting how they look and that helps for site load time as well. I’ll definitely be installing that one.
  • One Press Social Locker – This allows you to lock content on your site and unlock it in return for a facebook share or retweet or plus one. I’ve used tools like this before but not a free one and this will come in handy for several of my sites.
  • Welcome Gate – A plugin by LeadBrite who brought us LeadPages and LeadPlayer that allows you to put a welcome gate pop-up on the home page of your website. Although I previously knew of this plugin, they used to charge for it and I had not purchased it. However they are now giving it away free of charge so grab it while you still can.
  • Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress – This will be a game changer for me. I don’t use my Google analytics nearly enough, the main reason being that I rarely think to go login and check things. I do it but not as often as I should. This plugin brings that data right into the WordPress dashboard of your site and personally I login to this often, so that’s very convenient for me.
  • Hotspots Analytics – This is an analytics and heatmapping tool for WordPress. Heatmaps can be very useful in determining how visitors use your site but tools I’ve used in the past like clicktale and crazyegg can have a significant price tag depending on the complexity of your monthly plan. Seeing as this tool is free, I’ll reserve judgement of how good it will prove to be until after I’ve tried it for myself. However, a free heatmapping tool could prove to be very useful for those on a budget.
  • WP Affiliate Surge – This is a very affordable tool which let’s the owners of affiliate programs add a promotional tools page where your affiliates can get their links, banners, email swipes and other things to help them make more sales of your products.
  • Broken Link Checker – This does exactly what it says on the tin. It will check your site for broken links and notify you of any new ones, which is great because manually checking every single link on your site to make sure that the link is still good would be extremely tedious to say the least.
  • Theme Test Drive – This plugin allows you to test out a different wordpress theme on your site in a way that doesn’t affect what your visitors currently see. Meaning you can test a new theme out and perfect it before making the changes go live on your site. I’m in the process of doing this right now, so this is very timely for me.

That’s what caught my eye but my needs and your needs may be different so I really recommend you do go to buzzblogger.com/top-wordpress-plugins to view the entire list

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