Last time, we looked at WordPress.org resources, themes and tutorials. Now it’s time to delve into a few more areas that are important for those working with WordPress.
One of the essential areas for anyone running a website, whether it’s built on WordPress or not, is search engine optimization (SEO). A lot of themes are already well optimized so your content gets the best possible search engine position. That’s especially true of some of the premium themes listed last time. But then there are the others. Some people find it best to manage SEO independently of the theme and there are several plugins that cover this area. Here are three that I have used:
- WordPress SEO by Yoast de Valk is by far the most comprehensive, covering titles and meta descriptions, XML sitemaps, permalinks, internal linking, RSS and social. There are a lot of options here which some people might find a bit overwhelming if they are new to this area. You also have to update a few more fields when you create a page or post.
- The All-in-One SEO Pack is another popular plugin. While you do need to do some configuration, there are some features that work automatically.
- Even simpler is FV Simpler SEO which generates meta tags automatically and does not require you to input keywords.
- It’s also worth looking at Scribe which includes both SEO and content marketing tools. And if you start with one SEO plugin and move to another you will need SEO Data Transporter. I’ve used this plugin successfully to migrate my SEO data from All in One SEO to Thesis to Genesis and to WordPress SEO.
If you don’t like any of these options, check out other SEO plugins on WordPress.org.
More Advice on SEO for WordPress
Since optimizing your site is one of the most important tasks you can do, it’s worth looking at some of the tips in these articles:
- 7 Popular Free SEO Plugins For WordPress – this article reviews some of the top SEO plugins for WordPress.
- New To Using WordPress? 3 Must Have Plugins To Power Your SEO – find out what else you need besides the normal SEO plugins.
- 8 Excellent WordPress SEO Plugins – this post includes a few other SEO plugins worth considering
- 10 Out-Of-The-Box WordPress SEO Tips to Dominate the Front Page of Google in 2012 – this article provides tips on optimizing your site, including looking at on-page SEO for WordPress.
- WordPress SEO Tips – Ultimate Guide – there’s a lot of information here on everything from choosing domain names to using a CDN, structured data and microformats.
Other WordPress Plugins
Of course, it’s not all about SEO when it comes to WordPress. You can do lots of different things with this blogging package as you’ll see later in this article. For now, here are some other people’s views on top WordPress plugins. Be warned, too many plugins will slow your WordPress site down, so be choosy about the ones you install.
- Popular plugins on WordPress.org – if a lot of people are using and reviewing plugins, you know they have to be worth a look.
- 80 Best WordPress Plugins – Want Unfair Advantage? – a huge list from TripWire magazine.
- The 25 Best WordPress Plugins – want to supercharge your site? That’s what PCMag offers with its list.
- The 10 best WordPress plugins for designers – this post looks at the best plugins for more creative types, including options for slideshows and videos.
- The 15 Best WordPress Plugins to Use in 2012 – starting with popular plugin W3TotalCache, this delivers what it promises.
- The Best WordPress Plugins – MakeUseOf offers screenshots and descriptions on this plugin roundup page.
- The 25 Best WordPress Plugins Ever – this includes plugins for managing comments, adding forms, giving your site a mobile interface and more.
Some people are more visual learners. If you fall into that category, then check out these sites and links with helpful WordPress videos.
- WordPress TV – this site by Automattic has more than 400 WordPress videos from the WordCamp conference
- WP Beginner videos – these are free but you have to subscribe to gain access to them.
- WP101 – there are some free videos but you will have to subscribe if you want access to all of them.
- 30 Excellent WordPress Video Tutorials – Six Revisions’ WordPress video collection
- 110+ Massive WordPress Video Tutorial Collection – a huge selection of WordPress videos from 1st Web Designer.
If you want to do a bit more with WordPress, then check out these sites and tutorials with tips on hacking WordPress. Many of them have been around for a while, but people are still finding the tips useful.
Finally, to round out the series and provide some inspiration, let’s look at how people are using WordPress.
Proof that if you’re using WordPress, you’re not alone is in WordPress.com’s stats page. And there’s no need to wonder if you have made the right choice when brands like CNN, The New York Times and Reuters are among the notable users leveraging the WordPress platform. And there are some interesting stats on how people are using WordPress in this infographic.
That’s where we end our megalist today. We’ll be back soon with an update on other useful WordPress resources.