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.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog's "Comments" admin screen.
Major new features in Akismet 2.5 include:
PS: You'll need an Akismet.com API key to use it. Keys are free for personal blogs, with paid subscriptions available for businesses and commercial sites.
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:
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
Contact Form 7 (http://contactform7.com)
It is hard to continue development and support for this plugin without contributions from users like you. If you enjoy using Contact Form 7 and find it useful, please consider making a donation. Your donation will help encourage and support the plugin's continued development and better user support.
If you have created your own language pack, or have an update of an existing one, you can send gettext PO and MO files to me so that I can bundle it into Contact Form 7. You can download the latest POT file, and PO files in each language.
From the makers of Layers, Launchpad by Obox is the best looking holding page for your WordPress site. Great for “coming soon”, “down for maintenance” or launch pages.
There is no premium version! Just great free features :)
A WordPress plugin that deploys a beautiful, responsive Coming Soon or Down for Maintenance page for your site. Collect emails, change styles, show social links and more.
Set your launch date, add your copy and go! Or customize and tweak to get the exact holding page you want before you launch your site.
Where can I use it? Launchpad can be used with any WordPress install. As long as you have a site and as long as you have WordPress then Launchpad will work for you.
Just set the date and go With minimal setup required, you can simply set your launch date, hit activate and you're good to go!
Save face with Auto Launch There is nothing more frustrating than forgetting to turn off maintenance mode as you go live, so we've included an 'Auto Launch' switch which will help you save face when you go live.
Works with any WordPress theme It doesn't matter whether you use an Obox Theme, a free theme or even a custom built theme, Launchpad will work on any kind of WordPress installment.
Add your own logo Upload your new websites logo or just add the name in text while the logo get's designed. It's all up to you.
Three unique themes Choose between Glossy, Grungy or Minimal themes that have been lovingly designed by the Obox team.
Set your fonts Select one of our three preset settings or add your Typekit ID and showcase a beautiful landing page with your favorite font!
Eleven gorgeous backgrounds We have included eleven amazing backgrounds to can choose from, however if you decide that you want something more unique, simply upload your own custom BG.
Drag and Drop the layout Use the drag and drop layout manager to determine how you want to organize your landing page elements. Move the timer to the top, logo to the bottom or video to the middle. It's really easy.
Take full control with custom css Not satisfied with the default settings? No problem, add your own custom css via the settings area and turn the landing page into a truly unique destination for your new site.
Subscriber sign up form Allow visitors to stay in the loop with latest news and launch times by adding a subscriber form to the landing page.
Social linking Add links to your favorite social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and Tumblr so that users can be kept in the loop in real time.
The Loco Translate plugin provides in-browser editing of PO files used for localizing Wordpress plugins and themes.
This plugin is a 'One Click' WordPress Database Cleaner / Optimizer.
You can find the settings page in the WP Admin Panel » Settings » Optimize DB Options.
You can start the Optimization in the WP Admin Panel » Tools » Optimize Database. Note: if you use the Scheduler the Optimization will run automatically!
UpdraftPlus simplifies backups (and restoration). Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, and email) and restore with a single click. Backups of files and database can have separate schedules.
That's according to WordPress big cheese, Vladimir Prelovac. Check out his weekly chart to see where UpdraftPlus is right now: http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/wordpress-plugins-rising-stars
UpdraftPlus is written by professional WordPress developers. If your site needs guaranteed support, then we are available. Get in touch - https://www.simbahosting.co.uk/s3/products-and-services/wordpress-experts/ - to arrange the support contract that your site needs.
If you need WordPress multisite compatibility (you'll know if you do), then you need UpdraftPlus Premium: http://updraftplus.com
We hang out in the support forum for this plugin - http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/updraftplus - however, to save our time so that we can spend it on development, please read the plugin's Frequently Asked Questions - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/updraftplus/faq/ - before going there, and ensure that you have updated to the latest released version of UpdraftPlus.
Smush.it offers an API that performs these optimizations (except for stripping JPEG meta data) automatically, and this plugin seamlessly integrates Smush.it with WordPress.
Every image you add to a page or post will be automatically run through Smush.it behind the scenes. You don’t have to do anything different.
You can also run your existing images through Smush.it via the WordPress
Media Library. Click on the
Smush.it now! link for any image you'd like to smush.
As of version 1.4.0 there is a new, experimental
Bulk Smush.it feature. You can find the link under the
Media Library tab.
NextGEN user? Also download the WP Smush.it NextGEN Integration plugin.
If you're so inclined, I've setup a donation page.
Plugin updates are announced on http://www.twitter.com/TheCHANGELOG.
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