Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. There are three classes of plugins. Free, Trial, and Paid, there are tons of free WordPress Plugins that will cover most of your needs, they can be found and downloaded from WordPress.org or downloaded directly from the plugins page in your WordPress Dashboard, others are paid and very customized for your needs. Some paid plugins complement a paid theme to add on functionality. Be warned some plugins dont play nice with others. You will just have to try them out for yourself or hire me to evaluate. Some cause conflicts but most professionally created plugins do not. Choose wisely. Below are some of my favorite Free Plugins. Some have links to additional information others I need to write new post for.
My Favorite Free WordPress Plugins
Akismet by Automattic - Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.
Contact Form 7 by Takayuki Miyoshi - Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
Debug Bar by wordpressdotorg - Adds a debug menu to the admin bar that shows query, cache, and other helpful debugging information.
My Brand Login by Kris Jonasson - Customize Your Login, Registration, Lost Password and SOME Features of the Admin Panel.
Page Links To by Mark Jaquith - Allows you to point WordPress pages or posts to a URL of your choosing. Good for setting up navigational links to non-WP sections of your site or to off-site resources.
Really Simple CAPTCHA by Takayuki Miyoshi - Really Simple CAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA module intended to be called from other plugins. It is originally created for my Contact Form 7 plugin.
WordPress Database Backup by Austin Matzko - On-demand backup of your WordPress database.
My Favorite Paid WordPress Plugins
Shopp Plugin by Ingenesis Limited – Shopp is built to belong in WordPress: seamless administration tools, widgets, shortcodes, custom menus, post types and taxonomy support – take your pick. Shopp is the WordPress e-commerce plugin that sets the bar for a natural WordPress experience.
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