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Updated by Birgit Pauli-Haack on Feb 20, 2015
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NTEN CoPractice WordPress Favorite Plugins

Questions of the Month - Feburary 2015 http://my.nten.org/wordpress
Contributors:
- Birgit Pauli-Haack (@bph),
- Jason King (@jasoncsking),
- Mark Root-Wiley (@mrwweb) and
- Kronda Adair (@kronda)
Jetpack by WordPress.com
Jetpack adds powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools. Features include: Customization. Make your WordPress site uniquely yours with Custom CSS, Carousels, spam-free Contact Forms, Sidebar Widgets, Infinite Scroll, and Tiled Galleries. Mobile theme. Instant and customizable lightweight responsive theme designed for phones and tablets.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
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!
Google Analytics by Yoast
The Google Analytics by Yoast plugin for WordPress allows you to track your blog easily and always stays up to date with the newest features in Google Analytics. Development on GitHub The development of Google Analytics by Yoast takes place on GitHub. Bugs and pull requests are welcomed there.
Paste as Plain Text
Forces the WordPress editor to paste everything as plain text.
Menu Humility
Don't you hate it when plugins add top level menus between "Dashboard" and "Posts"? This shoves those to the end.
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WP Help

WP Help
Site operators can create detailed, hierarchical documentation for the site's authors, editors, and contributors, viewable in the WordPress admin
Relevanssi - A Better Search
Relevanssi replaces the standard WordPress search with a better search engine, with lots of features and configurable options. You'll get better results, better presentation of results - your users will thank you. This is the free version of Relevanssi. There's also Relevanssi Premium, which has added features, including Multisite support.
Advanced Custom Fields
Customise WordPress with powerful, professional and intuitive fields
WordPress Forms - Gravity Forms Contact Form Builder and Lead Data Management Plugin For WordPress
Gravity Forms is hands down the best contact form plugin for WordPress powered websites. Oh yeah, we said it!Don't just take our word for it, listen to what Gravity Forms users are saying. "Gravity Forms is quite easy to use. It allows you to create multiple forms, both simple ones and extremely long and complex ones.
WordPress Forms - Gravity Forms Contact Form Builder and Lead Data Management Plugin For WordPress
Gravity Forms is hands down the best contact form plugin for WordPress powered websites. Oh yeah, we said it!Don't just take our word for it, listen to what Gravity Forms users are saying. Gravity Forms allows you to quickly and easily integrate with a variety of third party services such as PayPal and provides for even deeper integration with WordPress through our collection of optional Add-Ons.
Wordfence Security
Wordfence starts by checking if your site is already infected. We do a deep server-side scan of your source code comparing it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster. Wordfence Security is 100% free.
Akismet
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not.
BackupBuddy - WordPress Backup Plugin to Restore & Move WordPress
"I recommend BackupBuddy to every single person I talk to who runs a WordPress powered website. There is no comparable plugin that includes the amazing feature set of BackupBuddy. Knowing all of my sites are fully backed up on a schedule helps me sleep at night, and that peace of mind is priceless."
VaultPress is a subscription-based protection, security and backup service for WordPress blogs and sites. Built on the same Automattic grid that serves over 32 million WordPress.com blogs and 330 million monthly visitors, VaultPress secures your site.
The Events Calendar
A note about support: We're here to help troubleshoot bugs, but should set expectations early that the support forums at WordPress.org are only checked once a week. Please read our sticky post before creating a new thread. Users looking for more timely/in-depth support are encouraged to check out Events Calendar PRO.
Feature A Page Widget
Feature A Page Widget aims to provide a "just works" solution for showcasing a Page in any sidebar. It leverages Core WordPress features, a simple set of options with a thought-through UI including three widget layouts. For those more technically adept, there are three filters and a template to customize the output of the widget (see the FAQ for more information).
Post Status Menu Items
This plugin is useful for people who regularly use all or most of the post statuses with Posts, Pages, or Custom Post Types. Post Status Menu Items does the following: Show each post status and number of posts with that status (e.g. "Drafts (7)") in each post type's admin menu.
Simple Page Ordering
Order your pages and other hierarchical post types with simple drag and drop right from the standard page list.
Google Analyticator
Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics. Includes widgets for Analytics data display.
Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps (with sitemapindex, multi-site and Google News sitemap support)
With BWP GXS you will no longer have to worry about the 50,000 URL limit or the time it takes for a sitemap to be generated. This plugin is fast, consumes much less resource and can be extended via your very own modules (yes, no hooks needed!).
Breadcrumb NavXT
Adds breadcrumb navigation showing the visitor's path to their current location.
WP-Paginate
WP-Paginate is a simple and flexible pagination plugin which provides users with better navigation on your WordPress site.
CustomPress
For help and information on installing plugins you can view our Installing WordPress Plugins Manual. If you are using a Multisite please note: There are TWO ways to use CustomPress: 1. Network Activate. In the Network Admin>CustomPress>Settings Menu you will need to enable subsite contents.
Regenerate Thumbnails
Allows you to regenerate your thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.
My Eyes Are Up Here
What is it? A fantastic new plugin that helps you control how WordPress generates thumbnails. Why use it? When WordPress automatically generates thumbnails, it sometimes doesn't crop them in a way that is suitable for the image you've uploaded.