Best WordPress Plugins in 2013

Best WordPress Plugins in 2013

Here is a list of the most essential plugins to use in 2013, and what every plugin do to improve your site.

 

W3 Total Cache – Speeds load time of your blog.

WP SEO Yoast – A complete SEO plugin.

Sociable – Adds cool social sharing buttons on your blog.

Google XML Sitemaps – Still a must have plugin for indexing your pages.

Better WP Security – Strengths the security of your WordPress installation and site.

Contact Form 7 – Adds a nice contact form to your site.

Akismet – Still a very efficient method for fighting comment spam.

Embed Plus – Great for embedding YouTube videos into your posts.

SEO Search TermsTagging – Multiply blog traffic by strengthening on page SEO.

WordPress Firewall – monitors web requests to identify and stop the most obvious attacks.

 

New security vulnerabilities of WP plugins are found from time to time, so don’t forget to regularly update your WP plugins so you can stay on the safe side.

Top Essential WordPress Plugins

Essential wordpress plugins

One of the reasons people gravitate towards the WordPress platform, is the multitude of free plugins that can make a blog simple, unique and dynamic at the same time. In this article, I will present some of the most popular WordPress plugins that will certainly help your blog in many ways.

Disqus Comments

Disqus plugin makes posting a comment easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commentators in a thriving discussion community. This plugin also has nice elements that support gravatar, feeds and more.

All in One SEO Pack

A very powerful solution for website optimization for search engines. This SEO plugin automatically generates meta-tags and allows you to override the page title and its description. Most importantly, you can optimize a post with minimal effort. It is a very effective solution, especially if you want to improve the organic traffic for your website (search engine traffic).

SEO Smart Links

Laying out a good structure for your website internal links is one of the most fundamental ways to optimize your website for search engines. SEO Smart Links can automatically inter-link to certain keywords, phrases or comments from your posts, to pages or categories that correspond to them. Moreover, the plugin allows you to set your own keywords pointing to the appropriate pages.

HeadSpace2 SEO

HeadSpace2 is a meta-tag data manager that allows you to set, up to the smallest detail, the potential of your website SEO. It allows you to control almost any aspect of meta data, and is very easy to use.

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap that will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask to index your site efficiently. With a sitemap, it is much easier for search robots to access your site structure, allowing them to download data in a more efficient way. Furthermore, this plugin will update your sitemap and notify search engines about it, after a new post, or by changing an existing one.

Socialize

This plugin provides an easy method by which you can add links to social networks. You can add links into any page or in a box located below the content.

AddToAny

This plugin helps you place bookmarks button so that visitors can share your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, Digg and Delicious and over 100 social networking websites as well.

Sexy Bookmarks

This plugin allows you to add over 100 icons (you will use around 10 most popular) at the beginning or end of a posting to popular social networks. Furthermore, compared to other social sharing plugin, it has a modern look, and also a more advanced control panel.

WP Super Cache

After you pass a certain traffic level, WordPress can become much slower. To pre-index your content is, as always, a great solution. This plugin is about that. It creates a static version of the content that is “served” interchangeably to your visitors, thus, increasing the website load speed. This plugin is good if your website traffic starts to dramatically increase.

WP Smush.it

An excellent plugin that automatically processes any image to your blog via smush.it, without user intervention, reducing file size and improving website performance.

WP-Optimize

This plugin, simply but effectively help to clean your database and to optimize your WordPress blog without using phpMyAdmin. Furthermore, you can change the admin username.

Continued Scissors

Continued Scissors offers cropping, resizing and rotating images in WordPress. Scissors provides automatic resizing of images after loading, and supports automatic and manual image watermarking.

NextGen Gallery

NextGen gallery plugin allows the creation of galleries and slide images. It is fully integrated into WordPress and provides plenty of options and features, all arranged in a simple control panel. You can also create several photo galleries.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) offers a list of posts or pages that are similar with the ones viewed. YARPP is using an algorithm of similarity between two posts. You choose the relevant limit, and if this condition is not met, a page suggestion will not occur.

Organize Series

This plugin helps you to organize an article or post that you write as part of a series. Make it easier for users to find your site posts that are part of the same series.

These would be the most important WordPress plugins. However, they are not even a fraction of the many good WordPress plugins that exist.

The Best Free WordPress Themes in 2011-2012

Best wordpress themes 2011 2012

No wonder that WordPress is so popular among bloggers, one of the reasons is the simplicity and the ease with which you can use the CMS. WordPress has become a leader among CMS platforms, and is more popular every day, offering hundreds of free themes and third-party scripts used to create some of the best blogs.

In this article, I will introduce some free and popular WordPress themes that you should test in the new year, perhaps offering as many features as a professional paid theme. Also, all the themes that I am going to introduce are created on a solid support, such as valid CSS in all browsers. We also looked for some themes that are compatible with WordPress version 3.0 and up.

The collection of themes that I present are relatively new themes, no older than 2-3 months. Not all themes will impress by design, some being very simplistic, but the control panel or different features that come with them, could matter a lot more.

Platform

A theme that provides a monumental skeleton. This theme is having a paid version, however, even free, this version offers a control panel with lots of professional features and high mobility. The control panel is drag and drop so using it will be very easy. Furthermore, this theme offers many design features, being one of the most versatile free WordPress themes regarding appearance customization.

Incorporated

This theme has no advanced control panel features as the theme above, but what impressed me about it, is the design style, which is similar to that of professional themes. It also has a few tricks, namely JavaScript and slider images. It is ready for monetization, giving you two prominent places to place and customize ads into. It is a theme that addresses not only bloggers, but people who want to present their company or product.

Delicate

A theme that is worth trying. This free theme comes with a control panel that offers a lot of useful things, including over 15 shortcodes that will bring added style to your blog. From the control panel, you can change the background color, font, links, and text size. It is a very beautiful theme that has a solid support and is valid in all major browsers.

It is a clean and simple theme, perfect for those who want to immediately transmit their message to visitors.

Skeptical

Skeptical is a theme that comes with four variations of colors, a custom control panel, a simple design, and a clean overall design. What seemed original to this theme is a control panel page where you have SEO options. There, the user can add a custom blog title, add a description and keywords. For advanced users, the control panel also provides the option to add distinct meta tags to every page.

I found this theme very useful, especially for those who do not know HTML. In the long run, a good and unique description of every blog page can improve traffic, and ultimately, the income. The theme also comes with several layout options.

MiniCard

As the name suggests, this theme is a MiniCard and does nothing more than to send visitors to social networks where you are registered. Certainly not a theme for blogging, but this theme does its job perfect for what was designed: to send the visitor to more efficient social networks.

Codium

Codium is a WordPress theme that impressed me by its simplicity. In this theme, you can change the whole background image or color, this way you will have an original blog. This Web 2.0 theme is dedicated to bloggers who want to play with their design template, something that can be easily modified.

Live Tweet

This theme will show all recent tweets from the people you want, is a theme build mainly for people who want to create a large group of friends. This theme comes with four variations of colors, but also with an easy to manage control panel, where you can manage the theme design, social networks sites and much more.

Innovation

Innovation is a theme that gives you the impression of space, has a professional-looking design and is intended for store-type blogs, or simply, for people who want to give the impression of clarity. This theme is already prepared with three customizable places where you can insert ads, the most important place being the header.

Placeholder

This theme is not aimed at people who already have a functional blog, but is perfect for people who want to show their presence before the website is finalized. It’s a perfect theme for such situations, and is equipped with a script that will simulate a Jquery clock countdown. It is an elegant under construction WordPress theme, and most importantly, is free.

Mystique

Perhaps the most complex free WordPress theme on the Internet. Besides a modern design, it comes with a lot of features and options that would satisfy the most demanding blogger. Comes with an extended control panel, has three variations of colors, comes with an included image slider, and has five layout templates for the main content.

You can easily show your latest tweets to others, but perhaps most important feature is the commenting form, which comes with a Capcha solving technology, thus you can keep the spam away, for free, without having to pay for Askimet.

Easy Docs

The above theme, as the author says, was created to simplify the way visitors can view your site content, and only that.

Diary WordPress

An amazing elegant WordPress theme, considering that is free. The theme offers more style, especially for a personal-type blog that addresses to a small number of readers, but it can also be used for most non-personal projects.

Navigating the Themes section of the Dapurpixel.com website, I was amazed to see that the company offers four free e-commerce WordPress themes. I must admit I was impressed, because the design is quite attractive, and the code of these themes seems quite robust.

RumahBatik

Pelangi

Nina Bobo

Velvet Sky

Where To Find The Best Free WordPress Themes

Best free wordpress themes

If you have chosen the WordPress platform, or you want to create a WordPress blog, or whether you want to promote your business, you need to know what theme to choose. A good template which is consistent with the content of your site can create a wider audience, but also a good impression to an ordinary user.

Often, a website template must make a first impression to an ordinary user. Because the most important thing in a website is its content.

As the title suggests, in this article you’ll find the sources that contain the finest and most robust WordPress themes. This article is divided into two parts:

– First part: you will find the best sources that contain free WordPress themes;
– Second part: best sources that contain professional, premium WordPress themes.

I start with the first, namely the sources where we can find the best free WordPress themes:

The first website is the best known, free themes directly from WordPress.org. Here you will find more than 1000 free themes which most often will you get out of trouble, because of so many design options.

WordPress.org/extend/themes

The following website is quite new, is called themes2wp.com, this site has built its reputation by WordPress 2.0 themes, modern and large, they are excellent for websites containing media (images, music, video), and for someone who wants a modern and bright design.

Themes2wp.com

The following website contains beautiful WordPress themes, modern and spacious. There are Web 2.0 WordPress themes, which are perfect for a site containing media or games, or any other “contemporary” content.

Skinpress.com

Another great website containing free WordPress themes is topwpthemes.com. On this site, you will find themes ranging from simple design, colorful and from modern to classic. New themes are added daily, so it’s worth taking a look from time to time.

Now that you’ve seen the best websites that offer free WordPress themes, you can move to a new level, namely websites containing premium WordPress themes with dozens of options, that are robust, error-free and very versatile.

The first site offering premium WordPress themes is themeforest.net. This website contains hundreds of premium WordPress themes of the highest quality, yet at a price of over $30. The even better thing is that if you are a webmaster, you can sell your work there getting a considerable profit, if your creation is attractive and versatile.

Themeforest.net

The next site that contains premium WordPress themes is woothemes.com. The site contains professional-looking themes, well-built, with many options and SEO included. It also contains a few free themes that are well worth seeing.

WooThemes.com

Last website worth visiting contains only premium themes – elegantthemes.com. As the name suggests this website contain only elegant themes, well-built and very versatile.

Elegantthemes.com

These are some of the best sites offering free and paid WordPress themes. In total, these sites contain approximately 4,500 different themes, and this should be enough for what you need.

WordPress or Joomla – Advantages and Disadvantages of Both Platforms

Wordpress vs joomla advantages and disadvantages

The basic difference between WordPress and Joomla is that Joomla is a platform built to be a portal or community while WordPress is built specifically to be a blog.

Both overlap in several areas and may be extended beyond their original purpose due to plugins. You can find these plugins almost everywhere on the Internet, so with both WordPress and Joomla you can do e-commerce. Both have a broad base of users with an active and welcoming community to share tips and tricks. Both are free and many hosting providers have it as an option for installation in Fantastico. WordPress is a volunteer community of programmers, while Joomla can rely more on business functionality designed by specialists.

Joomla

If you want to create a community or network with members, news, forum, articles, articles written by several authors, then Joomla is a good choice because it is made to be like this. Creating a navigation structure is easy once you understand how it works and does not require HTML knowledge. You can set expiration Articles (archives), to enable display of date, author name and more. Joomla offers a great power that is observed in the administration, where there are so many options. However, if you want to quickly build a Joomla website you should buy a book or go through some Joomla tutorials if you don’t want to twist your fingers for days.

Adapting the design is simple, if you’re satisfied only with the change of colors and logo. Beyond this, you’ll find that Joomla has a very complicated structure, and even experienced developers have to go through a learning curve before they master the design, especially as the approach is different depending on the template chosen.

If you want to get involved in design, you will need to hire someone to build your design, but take great care not to buy a design service from a programmer new to Joomla.

Joomla disadvantages

A rather large problem is the system – Joomla is very complex and requires a lot of server resources. If the database is not optimized for better performance and you add a lot of external plugins, chances are that the site will fail if is having lots of daily traffic.

Joomla is currently not building friendly URLs – and to create URLs Google will like, you should change the .htaccess file, but also you have to use a specially designed plugin (sh404sef, which is the best, but not free). And more importantly – the most painful problem with joomla, is duplicate content – same content appearing on multiple pages.

Also, you can not get subsections and subcategories in Joomla – which makes the structure of a site to be redesigned and built according to the structure provided by Joomla. Most functional and necessary plugins are available as paid versions, thus, building a Joomla site requires a much larger budget even for a programmer, because as we noted above, Joomla has a complex code.

WordPress

WordPress is basically a friendly blog, but can be used as a normal site that you can update without any knowledge of HTML (the same is true for Joomla). You can create pages and posts, and by using plugins you can add a lot of features. And because WordPress is a web standard, Google really loves it. So, in terms of marketing, WordPress is hard to resist.

The interface is easy to understand and you will not need a book to understand the WP admin panel. Adapting design requires some knowledge of CSS. As with Joomla, if you select a template, it is easy to change colors, logo, etc.. But if you want to get involved with CSS and want to rearrange navigation items, you might consider hiring a web designer. Because WordPress has a logical structure, it is easy for a programmer to change things, place ads, menus and so on.

It is very quick to install and can be listed in Google even in just 1 day. I have not seen any other system so far to do so. Anyone can learn in 2 hours enough things about WP to start creating and publishing content, including the use of categories and sub-pages.

The WP database will not fail and WordPress can handle a lot of daily visitors.

WordPress disadvantages

Navigation structure is determined by the layout of the chosen template. Changing the structure again, requires a knowledge of scripting and CSS for WordPress. With Joomla, you do not have this problem because menus are controlled via the control panel and attributes such as dates, author name, etc.. can be enabled and disabled per item or for the entire site with one click. In this sense, Joomla has a plus for the content management system.

Also, to change the order of categories or pages in WordPress you must install a separate plugin. This implies to analyze each category / page and change the order.

As long as WordPress is chosen just to be a blog – there are not disadvantages. But things may get more complicated when WordPress has to be something more than a blog – not all plugins are functional and because often updates you can get some crashes.