5 Essential WordPress Plugins for Business Sites

In Tuesday's Tech Talk I emphasized the importance of not overloading your site with plugins and widgets. Too many plugins can equal slow load times and too many widgets can equal an over-blingged-out site that drives potential customers away from you site. Today I'd like to share my list of 5 essential WordPress plugins for business sites and blog. Want to know what they all have in common? None of them have a "front end" presence. My favorite plugins are ones that help my sites operate better behind the scenes.

  • BulletProof Security: Nothing is more annoying then attacks on your WordPress site (and yes, they will happen). This plugin helps protect your site as much as possible without hiring an advanced web security programmer.
  • Google XML Sitemaps: I love the total control of deciding what does and does not get added to your sitemap. Once you have your nice, neat sitemap created you can use Google Webmaster tools to let Google know about it.
  • WordPress SEO: The famous Yoast SEO plugin. I love it. My clients love it. It's super-intuitive and easy to use. Plus, the creator's blog is a great resource in learning how to use every feature this plugin offers.
  • Google Analyticator: Makes connecting your Analytics account with your WordPress site a cinch, plain and simple.
  • WordPress Editorial Calendar: One of the shortfalls of WordPress is that there is no built in functionality to see what your upcoming post schedule looks like. This plugin produces a calendar that gives you an at-a-glance look at drafted posts and lets you drag-and-drop them to new dates.

Want to know what else all of these essential WordPress plugins for business have in common? They've all been downloaded 500,000+ times. That number of downloads is always a good sign in terms of finding a plugins that will actually work on your site.

And, if you insist on blinging out your sidebar...

Consider installing Display Widgets, a plugin that lets you select which widgets to show on which pages and post types. That way, at least you don't have every page's sidebar stuffed that full.