WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when I wrote my original WordPress SEO article in 2008 and it's still true today, but that doesn't mean you can't improve it further! This plugin is written from the ground up by WordPress SEO consultant and WordPress developer Joost de Valk to improve your site's SEO on all needed aspects. While this WordPress SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you're writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.
Using the snippet preview you can see a rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results, whether your title is too long or too short and your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. This way the plugin will help you not only increase rankings but also increase the click through for organic search results.
The WordPress SEO plugins Linkdex Page Analysis functionality checks simple things you're bound to forget. It checks, for instance, if you have images in your post and whether they have an alt tag containing the focus keyword for that post. It also checks whether your posts are long enough, if you've written a meta description and if that meta description contains your focus keyword, if you've used any subheadings within your post, etc. etc.
The plugin also allows you to write meta titles and descriptions for all your category, tag and custom taxonomy archives, giving you the option to further optimize those pages.
Combined, this plugin makes sure that your content is the type of content search engines will love!
While out of the box WordPress is pretty good for SEO, it needs some tweaks here and there. This WordPress SEO plugin guides you through some of the settings needed, for instance by reminding you to enable pretty permalinks. But it also goes beyond that, by automatically optimizing and inserting the meta tags and link elements that Google and other search engines like so much:
With the WordPress SEO plugin you can control which pages Google shows in its search results and which pages it doesn't show. By default, it will tell search engines to index all of your pages, including category and tag archives, but only show the first pages in the search results. It's not very useful for a user to end up on the third page of your "personal" category, right?
WordPress itself only shows canonical link elements on single pages, WordPress SEO makes it output canonical link elements everywhere. Google has recently announced they would also use
rel="prev" link elements in the
head section of your paginated archives, this plugin adds those automatically, see [this post](http://yoast.com/rel-next-prev-paginated-archives/ title="rel=next & rel=prev for paginated archives") for more info.
WordPress SEO has the most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality in any WordPress plugin. Once you check the box, it automatically creates XML sitemaps and notifies Google & Bing of the sitemaps existence. These XML sitemaps include the images in your posts & pages too, so that your images may be found better in the search engines too.
These XML Sitemaps will even work on large sites, because of how they're created, using one index sitemap that links to sub-sitemaps for each 1,000 posts. They will also work with custom post types and custom taxonomies automatically, while giving you the option to remove those from the XML sitemap should you wish to.
Because of using XSL stylesheets for these XML Sitemaps, the XML sitemaps are easily readable for the human eye too, so you can spot things that shouldn't be in there.
Are you being outranked by scrapers? Instead of cursing at them, use them to your advantage! By automatically adding a link to your RSS feed pointing back to the original article, you're telling the search engine where they should be looking for the original. This way, the WordPress SEO plugin increases your own chance of ranking for your chosen keywords and gets rid of scrapers in one go!
If your theme is compatible, like most Genesis and WooThemes themes are for instance, you can use the built-in Breadcrumbs functionality. This allows you to create an easy navigation that is great for both users and search engines and will support the search engines in understanding the structure of your site.
Making your theme compatible isn't hard either, check these instructions.
Using the built-in file editor you can edit your WordPress blogs .htaccess and robots.txt file, giving you direct access to the two most powerful files, from an SEO perspective, in your WordPress install.
SEO and Social Media are heavily intertwined, that's why this plugin also comes with a Facebook OpenGraph implementation and will soon also support Google+ sharing tags.
This WordPress SEO plugin, unlike some others, is fully Multi-Site compatible. The XML Sitemaps work fine in all setups and you even have the option, in the Network settings, to copy the settings from one blog to another, or make blogs default to the settings for a specific blog.
If you have multiple blogs, setting up plugins like this one on all of them might seem like a daunting task. Except that it's not, because what you can do is simple: you set up the plugin once. You then export your settings and simply import them on all your other sites. It's that simple!
If you've used All In One SEO Pack or HeadSpace2 before using this plugin, you might want to import all your old titles and descriptions. You can do that easily using the built-in import functionality. There's also import functionality for some of the older Yoast plugins like Robots Meta and RSS footer.
Should you have a need to import from another SEO plugin or from a theme like Genesis or Thesis, you can use the SEO Data Transporter plugin, that'll easily convert your SEO meta data from and to a whole set of plugins like Platinum SEO, SEO Ultimate, Greg's High Performance SEO and themes like Headway, Hybrid, WooFramework, Catalyst etc.
Read this migration guide if you still have questions about migrating from another SEO plugin to WordPress SEO.
Currently a huge translation project is underway, translating WordPress SEO in as much as 24 languages. So far, the translations for French and Dutch are complete, but we still need help on a lot of other languages, so if you're good at translating, please join us at translate.yoast.com.
Be sure to also check out the News SEO module if you need Google News Sitemaps. It tightly integrates with WordPress SEO to give you the combined power of News Sitemaps and full Search Engine Optimization.
For more info, check out the following articles:
This plugin allows to clone a post or page, or edit it as a new draft.
In 'Edit Posts'/'Edit Pages', you can click on 'Clone' link below the post/page title: this will immediately create a copy and return to the list.
In 'Edit Posts'/'Edit Pages', you can click on 'New Draft' link below the post/page title.
On the post edit screen, you can click on 'Copy to a new draft' above "Cancel"/"Move to trash".
While viewing a post as a logged in user, you can click on 'Copy to a new draft' as a dropdown link under "Edit Post" in the admin bar.
2, 3 and 4 will lead to the edit page for the new draft: change what you want, click on 'Publish' and you're done.
Pay attention to the new behaviour! The first way now allows you to clone a post with a single click, speeding up your work if you have many posts to duplicate.
There is also a template tag, so you can put it in your templates and clone your posts/pages from the front-end. Clicking on the link will lead you to the edit page for the new draft, just like the admin bar link.
In the Options page under Settings it is now possible to choose what to copy:
You can also set a prefix (or a suffix) to place before (or after) the title of the cloned post/page, and the roles allowed to clone posts or pages.
If you want to contribute to translate the plugin in languages other than English, there is a Launchpad translation project available (you can also send me an e-mail using the form on my website).
If you're a plugin developer, I suggest to read the section made just for you under "Other Notes", to ensure compatibility between your plugin(s) and mine.
Thanks for all the suggestions, bug reports, translations and donations, they're frankly too many to be listed here!
An example of use: I started this for a small movie theater website which I was building. Every Friday there's a new movie showing with a new timetable, and thus a new post: but sometimes a movie stays for more than a week, so I need to copy the last post and change only the dates, leaving movie title, director's and actors' names etc. unchanged. The website is http://www.kino-desse.org and the cinema is located in Livorno, Italy.
The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your blog easily and with lots of metadata.
Check out the Google Analytics for WordPress video:
Full list of features:
Other interesting stuff:
Most blogs are designed for hit-and-run readers. People find your blog, read your article, and leave. Wouldn't it be nice if some of those people subscribe or share your amazing post?
SumoMe provides the tools you need to grow your blog by engaging your readers. The features of this plugin will make it easy for your readers share your articles and engage in your community. Highlighter makes it easy to tweet about your article by selecting popular parts of your writing (like Kindle and Medium); ImageSharer makes it stupid simple to share your images (with a link to your post) on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter; while the List Builder tool in this plugin will let you create a fancy lightbox popover to build email subscriptions (for MailChimp, GetResponse, Aweber, or others).
Now, people will find your blog, read your article, share your article on Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest, and subscribe via email to your MailChimp email newsletter.
The most important asset on your blog isn't your theme or even your content. It's your email list. As you build your email subscriber list, promoting your new posts becomes faster and more effective as you can quickly send a notification to thousands of interested people who want to ready your content.
While most email subscription boxes are static widgets in your sidebar, our MailChimp/Aweber list builder generates extra attention and higher signup rates by launching an unobtrusive popover signup box. You can decide whether this box loads manually after the visitor has been on your page for a few seconds or automatically when the mouse moves away from the page (much like Exit Monitor).
You can adjust the List Builder settings to automatically load the popover subscription form after a set period of time - like 10 seconds - so it loads after your visitor has started reading. Alternately, you can set a much shorter load time - like 1 second - so that more of your visitors see the MailChimp subscribe box before leaving.
The optional smart timing will automatically load the Aweber email subscription box when we think the reader is getting ready to leave. Much like Exit Monitor, we do this by monitoring mouse movements that determine exit intent. When the mouse moves toward the X to close your website, the popover will quickly ask for their email. (Note: This isn't a popup, so it won't interfere with closing the tab.)
Our email list builder easily connects with all major email providers including Aweber, MailChimp, Constant Contact, GetResponse and Campaign Monitor. This means that if you use an email manager like MailChimp, your new subscribers can automatically subscribe to your list instantly.
Alternately, you can simply set List Builder to collect email addresses that you can export in CSV format.
The email form is completely customizable. You can quickly change the wording, confirmation message, and colors to match the rest of your website. This will increase conversions by making users more comfortable subscribing.
If you really want to customize your email popover, you can actually edit the full HTML. You can add a different form, select specific pages to not show the popover on, and even add a redirected confirmation URL. Customize to your heart's content.
Designed to encourage sharing on Twitter, the Highlighter feature lets readers easily select portions of your article to share as quotes on Twitter. Popularly tweeted sections are highlighted on your blog which boosts Twitter sharing significantly. It's an automatic click-to-tweet.
The Highlighter feature improves Twitter shares in two important ways. First, we let users highlight portions of your text to quickly quote on Twitter. Similar to Kindle's sharing feature or Medium's commenting design, this functionality makes tweeting about your latest post quick and easy. Social sharing has never been easier.
When someone tweets a quote from your article, our plugin automatically highlights that portion of your text. Much like the popular highlights feature in Kindle, this attracts your reader's attention and boosts social sharing. These highlights can also be edited by the admin if you don't want a particular highlight showing.
Tweets generated through Highlighter will both link to your article and include your Twitter username. This will build traffic to your website while also boosting your Twitter profile and building your Twitter following. Adding your Twitter username is as easy as typing your username into the Highlighter settings - you don't need to give access to your Twitter account.
Have you ever noticed how some blogs and websites make it easy to share their images on social networks like Pinterest? Because these images link back to your article, people who share your images on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook can drive significant traffic to your website. ImageSharer makes it easy for you to add professional image sharing to your website with just a click of the button.
Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networks right now, and some studies have found Pinterest users spend more than other social network visitors. By making it easy for your visitors to share their favorite images from your blog on Pinterest, we're helping you unlock a major source of valuable traffic that many bloggers aren't even pursuing yet.
Did you know that photo posts on Facebook get 84% more click-throughs than text posts (according to KISSmetrics)? The ImageSharer plugin makes it stupid simple for your readers to easily share your beautiful images on Facebook with just a click of the button.
According to Buffer, image tweets on Twitter get fully 2x the engagement of text tweets! Essentially, every time one of your readers shares an image from your blog, you're getting the equivalent of two ordinary tweets.
ImageSharer makes it super easy to add image sharing for all three powerful social networks without any coding or frustrating setup. Simply install the SumoMe plugin, click to activate ImageSharer, and watch your share stats start rolling in.
This YouTube embed plugin for WordPress is simple, but it can be upgraded for enhanced performance, privacy and security for you and your visitors. It provides the basic features of the YouTube embedded player and will have you posting videos in seconds after installing it. All you have to do is simply paste an unformatted YouTube link on its own line. Your YouTube embed will then show up when you preview or publish the post. The settings page has plenty of default options that you can automatically apply to all your embedded YouTube videos. Customizations can be also made to each YouTube embed by adding more to the link as shown below:
hd1080to force the video to play in HD quality. Example:
You can also start and end each individual video at particular times. Like the above, each option should begin with '&'
Beyond the above features, you have the option of upgrading to PRO to add enhanced features like a visual embedding wizard (so you can avoid memorizing codes), priority support, and security/performance. You even get an embedder-centric analytics dashboard that adds view tracking to each of your embeds so that you can answers questions like:
See more details after installing. Enjoy!
Transform your WordPress website into a thorough-bred online eCommerce store. Delivering enterprise-level quality and features whilst backed by a name you can trust. Say hello to the WooCommerce eCommerce plugin.
Built upon core WordPress functionality for stability, with enough hooks and filters to satisfy the most avid theme developer, eCommerce is now truly accessible to anyone.
Your business is unique, as should your online store. Choose one of our eCommerce themes or build your own and give it a personal touch using the built in shortcodes and widgets.
Keep a birds-eye view of incoming sales and reviews, stock levels and general store performance and statistics all from the WordPress dashboard.
Seriously, WooCommerce has got more features than you can shake a stick at. But don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself.
WooCommerce has enough power to be used straight out of the box and comes with the following payment gateways and shipping methods:
Need a specific payment gateway? Perhaps additional shipping methods? WooCommerce has a plethora of eCommerce extensions available to provide just that: View our extensions.
Here's a list of some of our popular functionality extensions:
And here are some of our more popular payment gateway and shipping method extensions:
Finally, here are some cool free extensions listed here on WordPress.org:
Looking for a tailored WordPress eCommmerce theme designed specifically to be used with WooCommerce? Be sure to browse the official WooCommerce Themes
Read more about the features and benefits of the WooCommerce eCommerce platform on the WooCommerce website,
Checkout and contribute to the source code on the WooCommerce GitHub Repository
WooCommerce Checkout Manager allows you to customise and manage the fields on your WooCommerce Checkout page. Re-order, rename, hide and extend Checkout fields within the Billing, Shipping and Additional sections.
Notice: There has been a change of Plugin ownership on 11/03/2016, please see the Change of Plugin ownership section below for more information.
11/03/2016 marks a change of ownership of WooCommerce Checkout Manager from Emark to visser who will be responsible for resolving critical Plugin issues and ensuring the Plugin meets WordPress security and coding standards in the form of regular Plugin updates.
Manage the New Facebook Pixel With Just a Few Clicks
As you probably know, Facebook will retire the old Facebook Conversion Pixel in 2016. They recommend us to use the New Facebook Pixel for conversion tracking, optimization and remarketing.
PixelYourSite will help you insert the pixel code on every page with just one click and set up Custom or Standard Events on any page or post. There is an out of the box WooCommerce setup that will configure all the necessary standard events for you.
Facebook Dynamic Ads are fully supported on WooCommerce, with ViewContent, AddToCart and Purchase events being added on the corresponding pages (content_ids and content_type are pulled automatically by the plugin).
The plugin is Custom Audience super-friendly, extracting content_name, content_type, content_ids on every page of your site. We also have a guide that you can download for free on how to handle this option and how to build Custom Audiences.
There is a Learning Section on our website, with helpful articles that answer to our users common (and sometimes uncommon) questions, together with top notch “how to”pages.
Find more info about how to use the FB pixel plugin - Click here
Not ready to install yet? Read on some of the key features that make PYS a powerful tool in any Facebook marketer arsenal.
PixelYourSite Key Features:
You can insert the pixel on every page of your website with just a few clicks. No need to edit any posts or pages
Search Event on the search page with the search string pulled as parameter - super useful for creating search based Custom Audiences
You can turn ON/OFF the pixel based on user roles (remove it for admins, editors and so on)
You can set up and track Standard or Custom Events and add parameters for each of them
Dynamic Events: optimize your Facebook Campaigns for actions on your website (CLICKS on links, buttons, forms). Works with Contact Form 7 and any other form or pop-up plugins. (Pro Version)
Track conversion value for standard or custom events
We automatically add a TimeOnPage event that measures the time each visitor spends on every page. It can be used for Custom Audiences (Pro Version)
You have a General Event option that you can customize. It is triggered on every page and automatically tracks content_type, content_id and content_name. Extremely useful for Custom Audiences
How to create powerful Custom Audiences with PixelyourSite
You can use the General Event option to create powerful Custom Audiences based on events (Custom Combination).
Because this is such a useful feature, we made a special guide that you can download for free: Click here for the guide
Superb WooCommerce Integration
You can insert the Facebook pixel and start tracking events on any WooCommerce website with just a few clicks (Purchase, ViewContent, AddToCart, InitiateCheckout)
Out of the box Facebook Dynamic Ads setup for your Woocommerce website (we also have a dedicated feed plugin for Facebook Dynamic Ads Product Catalog)
Dynamic AddToCart is fully supported (the AddToCart event will fire on add to cart button click)
Track conversion value for WooCommerce (Pro Version)
WooCommerce Conversion Value Optimization: You can include or exclude TAX for all the WooCommere events and Shipping cost for the Purchase event. You can use the full product price or just a percent of the price for each event Value. You can also set a general value for each event.
You can turn ON/OFF each WooCommerce event.
You can turn ON/OFF value for each WooCommerce event.
Super Powerful Custom Audiences for WooCommerce: we automatically track product name and product category (you can create audiences based on them), together with customer's city, state and country. Additionally we track payment and shipping methods. Use of coupons and coupon names are also automatically extracted. With this data you can unleash some fantastic retargeting campaigns based on highly granulated audiences. (Pro Version)
Advance Matching is supported for the Purchase Event - this is a useful feature from Facebook that increases the chances to correctly identify users visiting your website without being logged to their Facebook accounts (Pro Version)
WooCommerce Affiliate Products Events: you can add a dynamic event that will trigger on affiliate button clicks (Pro Version)
WooCommerce PayPal Standard Events: you can add a dynamic AddPaymentInfo event that will trigger on WooCommerce PayPal button clicks (Pro Version)
Fully tested with WooCommerce 2.6 and above
We are working on some new handy features for the plugin and we will release them soon.
Pixel Helper False Errors
If you are testing your pixel with Pixel Helper Chrome Extension, it is possible that you will see some false errors:
Event ID: AddToCart: Facebook Pixel did not load.
You can safely ignore it. It is a normal error trigger by the dynamic AddToCart event that will disappear after you click on the add to cart button.
Event ID: GeneralEvent: Content_type is missing, should be either 'product' or 'product_group'
You can safely ignore it. It’s a Dynamic Ads warning, but this event is not meant to be used for Dynamic Ads. It is completely dedicated to Custom Audiences and works perfectly. If you are using WooCommerce, there is a ViewContent event fully ready for the Dynamic Ads job.
For more details on how to use Facebook Pixel Helper and how to interpret its reported errors read this special article
Let’s start now! Join other thousands of users and instal the plugin, because it is easy to use, and will help you with your Facebook campaigns for real
Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.
For more information, check out Jetpack.me.
Note: The stats portion of Jetpack uses Quantcast to enhance its data.
Custom Banners is a WordPress plugin that allows you to easily manage several banners (ads) and display them on the front end.
Create Banners Once, and Reuse Them Throughout Your Website
Use Custom Banners to create reusable banners that your whole team can use! Setup the banners once, and you'll be able to re-use them throughout the website. Best of all, if you need to make an update you can just make it once.
Update Your Banners Without Touching Your Code
Simply place a shortcode, using our editor widgets, into the page where you'd like your banner to appear, and then you'll never have to edit that page again! Custom Banners is also implemented as an easy-to-use Widget!
Instead, you'll be able to manage that banner right from the WordPress dashboard, uploading new banners and taking down old ones as you like. All without having to edit your pages.
Easily Add Captions and Call-To-Action Buttons To Your Custom Banners
Custom Banners lets you optionally specify a caption and a call-to-action text and URL for each banner, making your banners an effective way to drive visitors to your most important pages. Captions can support all types of content, including YouTube videos!
Use the captions to announce a new special, and use the call-to-action button to let your customers claim it right away.
Rotate Between Several Banners with Banner Groups
Custom Banners also gives you many options for rotating banners within a position. So you can specify several banners which belong to a Banner Group, and then the software will automatically rotate through the banners in the Banner Group.
Automatically Publish New Banners At A Specified Time
Do you have a banner that's announcing a new special, but you want to hide it until the right time? No problem - with the Publish Time feature of Custom Banners you can setup your banner now, but not show it until the right time.
With the Pro version, easily add Sliding, Flipping, and Tiling banners throughout your site!
Click here to see live examples.
The GoldPlugins team does not provide direct support for the Custom Banners plugin on the WordPress.org forums. One on one email support is available to people who have purchased Custom Banners Pro only. Custom Banners Pro adds the ability to create advanced slideshows from your banners, view and click tracking, and over 50 profesionally designed themes. You should upgrade today!
Have you ever been frustrated with forum or bulletin board software that was slow, bloated and always got your server hacked? bbPress is focused on ease of integration, ease of use, web standards, and speed.
We're keeping things as small and light as possible while still allowing for great add-on features through WordPress's extensive plugin system. What does all that mean? bbPress is lean, mean, and ready to take on any job you throw at it.
Paste this into your WordPress site: What's this?