Q. What plugins have you deployed and why? How have you deployed and configured them with discussed examples and screenshots?
Akismet Anti-Spam: Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. Your site is fully configured and being protected, even while you sleep.
I have installed the free version of Akismet which is a plugin which prevents robots from commenting on your blog posts. By stopping spam comments the plugin allows you to focus your energy on moderating comments made by real users.
BackupBuddy: The most complete WordPress solution for Backup, Restoration, Migration, and Deployment.
I have previously used BackupBuddy and found it to be useful when pulling down and reinstalling sites. I have installed BackupBuddy a premium plugin which I have set to save a complete backup once a week (including the database, theme and files) to my DropBox.
Contact Form 7: Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
Contact Form 7 is a free form builder plugin. This form builder was recommended by the theme designers. I needed to add a lot of CSS code to style the form which is used on my Contact page, rather than displaying an email address.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP: Displays Google Analytics Reports and Real-Time Statistics in your Dashboard. Automatically inserts the tracking code in every page of your website.
The theme I have chosen had a built-in area to add Google Analytics however if you want to view data straight from the WP dashboard it was required to install a plugin. After some research a free plugin Google Analytics Dashboard for WP was recommended on several blogs. The graphs and data are very basic but enough for a small non-commerce site.
WP Hosting Add Admin User: Adds a Username and Password For WP Hosting Support, This information is sent directly support.
This plugin is recommended and developed by the hosting company the site is on. It is to directly contact the host provider in an efficient manner.
Yoast SEO: Search Engine Optimization used by website owners to get more traffic by ranking higher in search engines.
I have Yoast, the king of SEO setup on the site. I need to work with more keywords and add some internal and external links to optimise the site for better SEO.
Toolbar Publish Button: A small UX improvement that keeps Publish button within reach and retains the scrollbar position after saving in WordPress admin.
This is a small plugin which I love to use as finding the Update button is sometimes a pain on long pages.
WordFence: Our WordPress security plugin provides the best protection available for your website.
Powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed, WordFence Firewall stops you from getting hacked. Wordfence Scan leverages the same proprietary feed, alerting you quickly in the event your site is compromised. Our Live Traffic view gives you real-time visibility into traffic and hack attempts on your website. A deep set of additional tools round out the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.
I have installed the free version of the Wordfence plugin to see how it works. The free version basically allows you to keep track of any hack attempts and creates a firewall to protect you from hacks. The free version will scan your site once every 24 hours.
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