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My favourite WordPress Plugins

Here is a list of my go-to plugins for building client WordPress websites in 2013

WordPress › Black Studio TinyMCE Widget " WordPress Plugins

This plugin adds a WYSIWYG text widget based on the standard TinyMCE WordPress visual editor. This is intended to overcome the limitations of the default WordPress text widget, so that you can visually add rich text contents to your sidebars, with no knowledge of HTML required.

WordPress › WordPress Related Posts " WordPress Plugins

Quickly increase your readers' engagement with your posts by adding Related Posts in the footer of your content. Automatically added Related Posts can increase your internal traffic up to 10%. Just install and activate. To attract attention and improve SEO, link out to Related Posts across the web from your compose screen.

WordPress › WP Help " WordPress Plugins

Site operators can create detailed, hierarchical documentation for the site's authors, editors, and contributors, viewable in the WordPress admin. Powered by Custom Post Types, you get all the power of WordPress to create, edit, and arrange your documentation. Perfect for customized client sites. Never send another "here's how to use your site" e-mail again!

WordPress › Jetpack by WordPress.com " WordPress Plugins

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com. For more information, check out Jetpack.me. Features include: Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided by WordPress.com Stats. Email subscriptions for your blog's posts and your post's comments.

WordPress › Custom Post Widget " WordPress Plugins

The Custom Post Widget allows you to display the contents of a specific custom post in a widget. Even though you could use the text widget that comes with the default WordPress install, this plugin has some major benefits: If you are using the standard WordPress text widgets to display content on various areas of your template, this content can only be edited by users with administrator access.

WordPress › WordPress SEO by Yoast " WordPress Plugins

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when I wrote my original WordPress SEO article in 2008 (and updated every few months) and it's still true today, but that doesn't mean you can't improve it further!

WordPress › White Label CMS " WordPress Plugins

White Label CMS allows you to remove all the panels from the WordPress dashboard and insert your own panel, which you can use to write 2 personalised messages to your client and link to the important elements in the CMS.

WordPress Video Tutorial and User Manual Plugin

This WordPress plugin provides over 50 video tutorials and a 100 page written manual for developers to give to their clients to teach them how to use WordPress

BackupBuddy

Back up, restore and move WordPress. Backup Back up your entire WordPress installation. Widgets, themes, plugins, files and SQL database - the entire package! Just like your laptop or desktop computer, you should be doing regular backups of your website.

WordPress Forms - Gravity Forms Contact Form Builder and Lead Data Management Plugin For WordPress

Over a Half Million WordPress Sites Are Already Using Gravity Forms. Is Yours? Gravity Forms is hands down the best contact form plugin for WordPress. Oh yeah, we said it!Don't just take our word for it, listen to what Gravity Forms users are saying. Packed With Features..

WordPress › Simple Social Icons " WordPress Plugins

Simple Social Icons is an easy to use, customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles. With it, you can easily choose which profiles to link to, customize the color and size of your icons, as well as align them to the left, center, or right, all from the widget form (no settings page necessary!).

WordPress › Genesis Club Lite " WordPress Plugins

FAQ Accordion, User Signatures, Responsive Menus, Responsive Logos, Label overrides and lots more for Genesis Child Themes.

WordPress › Advanced Automatic Updates " WordPress Plugins

Advanced Automatic Updates adds extra options to WordPress' built-in Automatic Updates feature. On top of security updates, it also supports installing major releases, plugins, themes, or even regular SVN checkouts! If you're working on a WordPress Multisite install, it will properly restrict the options page to your Network Admin.