The Best WordPress Plugins 2014

Nosing around on the Divi group and there were a few people unsure of certain plugins and peoples that would benefit from a compiled list. These are what I use and recommend, I’ve tried a lot of plugins and these are the ones that worked best for me and for what I wanted.

There are plenty of alternatives though, fore example, Smush it and EWWWW are very similar, some prefer Smush, some prefer EWWWW, I prefer EWWWW… so many EWWWW’s!!

The essentials

WP-DB Manager
Allows you to optimize/repair/backup/restore database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries.

Contact Form 7
A simple but flexible contact form plugin.

Better WP Security
The easiest, most effective way to secure WordPress. Improve the security of any WordPress site in seconds.

MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
I find myself publishing a post and then later updating, tweaking, rewording and rewording the article a few days afterwards. This plugin stops me being labeled as a spammer (WordPress by default ‘pings’ search engines to let them know i published a post and to spider my site… That happens every single time I edit and if its in quick succession as it almost always is, then it labels you a spammer and we don’t want that… I don’t want that!) This is a must-have for me.

Useful Plugins

Google Analytics by Yoast
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin. Compared to the other options, AllinOne and Squirrly, this one wind for me. AllinOne doesnt offer as many options and Squirrly, although friendly is quite imposing in its ‘help’!

Broken Link Checker
Will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.

Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface.

An e-commerce toolkit that helps you sell anything. Beautifully.

Allows you to pull Google Analytics and MailChimp data directly into your dashboard, so you can access robust analytics tools without leaving WordPress. Compliments of MailChimp.

Editorial Calendar
The Editorial Calendar makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them to manage your blog.

WP Better Attachments
A better way to attach images and media. Shows you what posts they are attached to and helps builds galleries easier.

CSS Hero
Easily customize WordPress themes live. Load it up, choose what you want to edit and edit it. Piece of cake! Works pretty well with Divi and best of all makes the learning curve of web development that much easier to understand. Probably the last plugin I recommend getting but it is damn useful!

Anti Spam

Antispam Bee
Easy and extremely productive spam-fighting plugin with many sophisticated solutions. Includes protection again trackback spam.

Bad Behaviour
Deny automated spambots access to your PHP-based Web site.

iQ Block Country
Block visitors from visiting your website and backend website based on which country their IP address is from.

Speed up WordPress

W3 Total Cache
Improve site performance and user experience via caching.

EWWW Image Optimizer
Reduce file sizes for images in WordPress to make them squiggly small

Lazy Load
Lazy load images to improve page load times. Uses jQuery.sonar to only load an image when it’s visible in the viewport.

Media File Sizes
See how big your images are, sort them by largest, get rid or sort out the big ones!

Social Media

jQuery Pin It Button for ImagesIf you hover over an image on my blog, that nice Pin It flag appears, thats done with this plugin :D I like that it only gives the one option, there is Frizzly their latest plugin, which is really nice, BUT gives you the 3 options; Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and that might be 2 too many for my liking atm!

Revive Old Post Lite
Tweets your older posts, lovely!

Your turn, got any recommendations for me? Drop them in the comments below!