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My TOP 10 WordPress Plugins You Should Be Using To Kick Start Your WordPress Blog

There are endless WordPress Plugins that you can use to help you build a fantastic WordPress Blog. Some good and some not so good and some are a must have.

Here are the Infobunny Top 10 WordPress Plugins to boost site security, the aesthetic look and feel, seo requirements, social sharing functionality and more. I have split my Top 10 WordPress Plugins Article into 2 parts with this being part 1 of 2. This is is in no particular oder.

Number #1 – BackWPup

Top 10 WordPress Plugins #1 BackWPup

We need to start our Top 10 WordPress Plugins list with an essential plugin and that is BackWPup.

It is a absolute must from day one of owning a WordPress Blog that you backup your work regularly, because if something goes wrong then all is lost. Imagine if you were to spend hours creating your website or worse still paying $100s of dollars to someone to build your website for you, only for a corruption to occur and all that work is lost.

With the BackWPup WordPress Plugin you can schedule daily tasks to back your complete system.

Here is a great article that explains exactly how BackWPup works

Creating Backup Jobs with BackWPup

Backups are one of the best defense against any sort of security threat toward your website.

Regular backups are one thing that every blogger/webmaster should have.

In past we showed you how to keep your content safe with BackupBuddy, and how to manually create WordPress database backups. However, BackupBuddy costs money and manual backups take time. 

What if we told you that you can create complete WordPress backup for free? Not only that, you can also store them on the cloud, and schedule to do this automatically.

In this article we will show you how to create a complete WordPress backup for free with BackWPup.

READ MORE

I know that backing up your WordPress is the boring side of WordPress Blogging but please, please, please take the time to secure your content so that should you at any point need to restore your website after a corruption or a security breach your covered and can be up and running with minimum downtime and minimum loss of your content.

This leads us onto the second WordPress Plugin from my Top 5, and it is another security plugin.

Number #2 – Wordfence Security

Wordfence is a great security plugin that protects and keeps your content safe from potential hacks that can cause havoc on your blog. Wordfence filters live traffic and verifies your sites source code integrity.

Wordfence collects data in real time from the thousands of websites that it protects and uses that data to block distributed attacks as they happen.

Wordfence actually gets smarter as attacks happen, so even if your not being attacked your still being protected by the systems learned and live experiences.

One of the great features of Wordfence is that you get emailed every time someone logs in or attempts to login to the admin side of your blog. So if you or a moderator logs in you get an email to say that someone has logged in . This is great as it obviously shows you if anyone is trying to login who shouldn’t be, it then gives your the login name they attempt to sign in with and their ip addess, and with 20 failed login attempts that user is locked out.

Wordfence is very much your first line of defence and will keep you from ever having to ever use your BackWPup back up 99% of the time, but it won’t save you from a software corruption. So the rule remains the same back up your WordPress Blog!

Number #3 – TinyMCE Advanced

This is a great addition to your WordPress Plugins. TinyMCE Advance is a plugin that will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on your Visual Editor Toolbar. It includes 15 plugings fir TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on  which buttons you use.

Some of the features added by this plugin

  • Support for creating and editing tables.
  • More options when inserting lists.
  • Search and Replace in the editor.
  • Ability to set Font Family and Font Size.
  • And many others.

With this plugin you will also be able to enable the TinyMCE menu. It is a convenient way to access a lot of features that are not used frequently.

If you really want to get creative with your blog posts then TinyMCE is for you.

My Top 10 WordPress Plugins - #3 TinyMCE Advanced

NUMBER #4 – Yoast WordPress Seo

Yoast is widely regarded as the number one seo plugin that is on offer for WordPress. These days you can argue just how useful seo is with regards to search engine rank. The latest Google search algorithm changes put more emphasis of what you write as opposed to how you structure content.

Where does Infobunny stand on this, well we still see huge merits in working on the seo side of your blog but now see it as part of the jigsaw to getting great rankings and not the sole solution. We see social media as a huge element along with content relevance and with a relevant back linking strategy as well.

You can visit the Yoast Website Here

Yoast Seo Plugin

 

NUMBER #5 – WPtouch Mobile Plugin

Your WordPress needs a Mobile and Tablet presence and the WP touch Mobile Plugin gives you exactly that by providing a very functional app-style interface. This what the Infobunny Home Page looks like on mobile devices.

Infobunny Mobile Site

This is what you get from simply installing and activating the plugin — before you have touched any of the settings. Impressive, no?

The way in which the developers have managed to pull all of the most important information into a clean and intuitive display really showcases their talent, and the ease with which information in WordPress can be manipulated.  It is well worth installing this plugin.

WPtouch Mobile Plugin Update

Since posting the WPtouch Mobile Graphic for InfoBunny above i been playing with the featured image setting’s on my blog and found that the black circles follow the featured image and also the featured image becomes a header for each mobile post, so it is really starting to look good, i will get a new image up to show this when i get a moment to do so.

InfoBunny Pro Tip – ONE TO WATCH Team Site Traffic

Not on my TOP 10 WordPress Plugins but certainly one to watch if your a Network Marketer.

Team Site Traffic is a WordPress plugin that turns your blog  into a team website…. let me explain what that means for a second.

Your building an affiliate business and you sign a few people you know to your business opportunity. The normal process for most is that you don’t make money because the people are not experienced or have the technical ability to build their own promotion website.

This all changes with Team Site Traffic because with Team Site Traffic the WordPress blog you build to promote your opportunity or affiliate program becomes a team site, everyone who join your business joins via the team site and they are then given their own unique link to be able to use the Team Site as their own, and anyone who they then refer to the website with their link joins as their affiliate.

Team Site Traffic takes away the problem of your sign ups not knowing how to promote and build their own base to promote from, you have created it for them to use.

The benefits of this are that everyone is promoting the same website, giving the domain a massive uplift in the search results with all the backlinks and social sharing that occurs and this generates the number one ingredient for success with any online business and that is Traffic because without Traffic even the best online business is dead in the water without visitor traffic.

If your a Network Marketer or an Affiliate Marketer then Team Site Traffic is definitely worth checking out.

Here is a section of a review that i wrote for Team Site Traffic.

Team Site Traffic Review – Designed For Marketers To Make A Name For Themselves On The Internet

My Team Site Traffic Product Review will guide you through what is on offer with Team Site Trafic Education Program and WordPress Plugin and introduce you to the Founder and Creator. 

I will guide you through exactly what you get for your money when you purchase this revolutionary new marketing and educational package.

Team Site Traffic Review – Introduction

Look around the internet and you will find countless reviews and adverts from people selling products by harnessing the power of relationship marketing to build a customer base for reoccurring sales for their affiliate products.

Team Site Traffic shares these relationship marketing secrets that the Internet Marketing Guru’s have been keeping secret, and provides you with the software platform to effectively build your Network Marketing Business.

TEAM SITE TRAFFIC SIGN UP GRAPHIC

READ MORE

Team Site Traffic is definitely a plugin to watch.

That’s all for now…. To your continued success!

Regards Dexter Roona

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24 Responses

  1. donna merrill
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    Hi Dexter,

    Wow…these are exactly my favorites also. Not big on putting too many plugins on my blog but these are a MUST! I use BackWPup for those just-in-case times! And of course Wordfence has been such a help!

    So you left us with a cliff-hanger? I’ll be looking forward to your next post.

    -Donna
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  2. Dexter Roona
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    Thanks Donna i appreciate the comments….. part 2 is on the way where we move into more interesting plugins that are to me anyway a bit more exciting than backups……. saying that, rememeber kids backup your wordpress often!
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  3. Kathleen McCormick
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    Thanks, Dexter. This is another in a great series of articles. Useful suggestions some of which I do already and others which I am sure to implement.

  4. Dexter Roona
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    Thanks Sonia, the first 5 are a bit boring as they don’t really do anything you can see on your blog apart from WPTouch which is pretty good and looks great especially if you use the featured image on your articles.

    The next 5 plugins are for me a bit more exciting as they add more character and aesthetics to your WordPress, you can see results straight away on the design. I wouldn’t mind knowing about any plugins you have they you think are too good not to use and also which ones i have your using.

    Regards Dexter
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  5. Dexter Roona
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    Thanks Kathleen, which ones are you using? Do you have any good ones you can suggest?
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  6. Sonia
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    Great article Dexter!

    I am currently only using two of your top 5 but will be looking at others to include as I make more progress on my site. I look forward to reading your next five recommendations 🙂
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  7. Adrienne
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    Hey Dexter,

    I’ve heard great things about all of these plugins but the only one on this particular list that I personally use is the WPTouch Mobile Plugin.

    I’m not big on a lot of plugins myself. If my blog can function just fine without them then that’s the way I’ll go. I would definitely prefer to have it coded instead.

    I’ve used TinyMCE Advance in the past but really just didn’t like how it functioned at all. I’ve tried different plugins to help back up my blog but at some point and time they all fail. I just scratched them all and I do it myself.

    I have Thesis so I have built in SEO features although I know that Yoast’s plugin does much more. Once again, it’s not really something that I need.

    I have other security measures in place for my blog so I’ve never used WordFence although I do know it comes highly recommended.

    Will look forward to your second half to see what else you recommend and if I use any of those. 😉

    ~Adrienne
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  8. Dexter Roona
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    Thanks Adrienne yeah they are not for everyone and if you get a bad one it can cause a few problems with speed etc, Yes i think WPTouch is pretty dam good, Yoast is also good but you can argue what place seo has now with Google anyway, if you listen to Google its becoming less and less if you listen to seo experts its even more important than ever.

    The others are all just to make life a bit easier, it is odd though how sometimes you can make a fresh site and a good plugin wont work you make another site the only real difference is the name and it works like a dream.

    Part 2 is going to be about a few plugins that add more aesthetics and functionality, im guessing if your able to code you won’t be using these….. i would really love to be able to code something myself, but i think im a bit number dyslexic lol

    I will take a good look at your commentluv article

    Regards Dexter
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  9. Sue Bride
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    I prefer BackWPup out of all the backup plugins and run 3 backups at various times – database, files and xml. I always think of it as BackUp Pup and when I come to install it on a new site I have to try and remember the real name 🙂

    I also use Yoast WordPress SEO but not TinyMCE Advanced as I do a lot of manual coding. I use a different security plugin to Wordfence but now you’ve recommended it I’ll give it a go.

    I haven’t installed any mobile plugins but I’m going for responsive themes these days so don’t need a plugin.
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  10. Dexter Roona
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    Thanks for stopping by Sue, we will have to have a char about responsive sites and the benefits. Do you get a mobile version with one or do they still display like the desktop version?
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  11. Willena Flewelling
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    Hi Dexter,

    BackWPup comes highly recommended, and I did get the plugin a while back — but I couldn’t figure out how to USE it! I will definitely come back to your post next week and read the article you linked to, and see if doesn’t clear things up for me. If not, there’s always YouTube…
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  12. Dexter Roona
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    Thanks Willena, yeah its a good one to read up on. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
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  13. NT Izuchi
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    I knew of some of these plugins but many of them are brand new in my eyes like the backup plugin. Thanks for sharing! Great resource here Dexter!
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  14. Jason Yesser
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    All awesome apps! I’m going to check out Wordfence. Funny, I just recently picked up TST! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Kyle Holcomb
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    Hello Dexter,

    Nice post! I have been writing blogs for a couple of months now and recently switched to my own hosted blog. It has made a huge difference and being able to customize my blog has resulted in more traffic. One thing that I noticed is that there is a large quantity of plugins, but most of them will make no significant difference in your traffic or profits. I have a few already, but I will look into adding the ones you mentioned to my list! Thank you for sharing with us
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    • Dexter Roona
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      Yeah self hosted makes a huge difference to the range of plugins you can use, you will find your own soon enough so look forward to seeing your list.

      regards Dexter
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  16. Jenni Ryan
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    Thanks for those tips. I am using only a couple of those.
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  17. Jacs Henderson
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    Liking this post Dexter, and I agree it’s good to start with the ones, that although they may be boring… they do a great job in setting up security and editor functions.
    Getting security set up is So Important, and using a basic SEO plugin is I think still a good idea to remind you to do the basic common sense options, without going overboard… after all, changes seem to be constant these days on Google.
    Fab suggestions 🙂
    Jacs
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  18. Lesly Federici
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    Hey Dexter ..
    I have most of these, but I didn’t know about the WP Touch! I’ll get that one now.. thank you my friend …
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  19. Jenni Ryan
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    Thanks Dexter. I think I have most of those plug ins. Thanks for sharing.
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  20. Kathryn Maclean
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    Excellent writeup Dexter on plugins.

    I am writing a pdf on plugins to use as a
    lead magnet and now I see I need to do more
    work on it and will take a look at all you
    have here. Really well done!

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