WordPress Plugins are intended to extend the abilities and functionality of WordPress.
I believe there exists a specific set of plugins, which should always be installed first; or which are installed for you, during the WordPress installation process.
As far as WordPress is concerned, it shouldn’t matter what order WordPress Plugins are installed. However, as a force of habit, I have a natural progression I follow, for every WordPress website I deploy/administer. This natural progression has never let me down and I hope to make it (or a good section of it) a book, some day.
Additionally, these First Five WordPress Plugins, should have very little (if any) effect, on coding or aesthetics of the publicly visible portions, of your WordPress website. Installing these First Five WordPress Plugins, in the order I list them, is part of the natural progression I mentioned (above).
- 1. Akismet:
- Comment spam is a huge problem for blogs. Luckily, the plugin Akismet WordPress Plugin (by Automattic), comes pre-installed with each WordPress (self-hosted) installation. It is pre-installed, but not activated and I always make sure there isn’t a newer version of Akismet before I activate it.
- 2. Hello Dolly:
- The Hello Dolly WordPress Plugin (by Matt Mullenweg), also comes pre-installed with each WordPress (self-hosted) installation. While I find this plugin quite useless, I often leave this WordPress plugin installed, but deactivated.
- 3. WordPress Importer:
- If you ever have to restore a WordPress powered web site, the WordPress Importer WordPress Plugin (by WordPress.org) makes this process very easy.
- 4. Better Plugin Compatibility Control:
- My clients know I refer to the Better Plugin Compatibility Control WordPress Plugin (by Oliver Schlöbe), a lot. It helps keep an eye on which versions of WordPress, plugins are compatible with.
- 5. Categories to Tags Converter:
- Inevitably you will need the Categories to Tags Converter WordPress Plugin (by WordPress.org), if your blogging efforts aren’t carefully planned and defined; maybe even if it is carefully planned and defined. When you determine specific categories should be tags or certain tags should be categories, you’ll be glad this plugin exists.
If your WordPress website was designed and built using HTML5 and CSS3 valid code, validation should not fail, after the installation of these specific WordPress plugins, though there could be some non-vital, browser-specific, validation issues.
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