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:
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.
The most complete WordPress performance framework.
Recommended by web hosts like: MediaTemple, Host Gator, Page.ly and WP Engine and countless more.
Trusted by countless sites like: stevesouders.com, mattcutts.com, mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, yoast.com, kiss925.com, pearsonified.com, lockergnome.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, css-tricks.com and tens of thousands of others.
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
An inside look:
Improve the user experience for your readers without having to change WordPress, your theme, your plugins or how you produce your content.
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
Polylang allows you to create a bilingual or multilingual WordPress site. You write posts, pages and create categories and post tags as usual, and then define the language for each of them. The translation of a post, whether it is in the default language or not, is optional. The translation has to be done by the site editor as Polylang does not integrate any automatic or professional translation service.
The plugin admin interface is currently available in 37 languages: English, French, German by Christian Ries, Russian by yoyurec and unostar, Greek by theodotos, Dutch by AlbertGn, Hebrew by ArielK, Polish by Peter Paciorkiewicz, Bartosz and Sebastian Janus, Latvian by @AndyDeGroo, Italian by Luca Barbetti, Danish by Compute, Spanish by Curro, Portuguese by Vitor Carvalho, Lithuanian by Naglis Jonaitis, Turkish by darchws and Abdullah Pazarbasi, Finnish by Jani Alha, Bulgarian by pavelsof, Belarusian by Alexander Markevitch, Afrikaans by Kobus Joubert, Hungarian by Csaba Erdei, Norwegian by Tom Boersma, Slovak by Branco (WebHostingGeeks.com) and Maros Kucera, Swedish by matsii and Jon Täng, Catalan by Núria Martínez Berenguer, Ukrainian by cmd soft, http://getvoip.com/ and Andrii Ryzhkov, Estonian by Ahto Naris, Venetian by Michele Brunelli, simplified Chinese by Changmeng Hu, Indonesian by ajoull, Arabic by Anas Sulaiman, Traditional Chinese by 香腸, Czech by Přemysl Karbula, Serbian by Sinisa, Myanmar by Sithu Thwin, Croatian by Bajro, Brazilian Portuguese by Henrique Vianna, Georgian by Tours in Georgia
Most of the flags included with Polylang are coming from famfamfam and are public domain. Wherever third party code has been used, credit has been given in the code’s comments.
Typeform is online forms reimagined. Use a simple drag-and-drop interface to create any kind of form, survey, or questionnaire, and even take credit card payments. What makes a typeform different from every other kind of form? Using one feels like an interactive conversation, so you’ll get better engagement and more responses—on every device. If you don’t believe us, ask Twitter.
This plugin is for embedding forms created on typeform.com. (You can’t edit them or see responses inside WordPress, sorry.) If you haven’t used Typeform before, you can try it out without signing up. Make sure you save your account!
* Integrate and sync with .com API, you will be able to connect your Typeform account to list your typeforms instead of pasting the url
Use Zapier to send entries from your typeforms to Dropbox, Google Sheets, Mailchimp, Salesforce, Hubspot, ActiveCampaign, Infusionsoft, Asana, Hipchat, Slack, Trello, Zendesk, and more.
The Duplicator plugin is designed to give Wordpress Administrators the ability to migrate a site from one location to another location in 3 easy steps. Just create a package, download it and install. No need to change all your settings and re-run import/export scripts. The plugin also serves as a simple backup utility.
If you need to clone, duplicate or template a WordPress application, then this plugin is ideal for multiple site generation. Niche site generation is a breeze with the Duplicator and moving your WordPress site has never been easier. Stay tuned for other cool features to help automate your Wordpress management.
A Quick Overview:
DEVELOPERS: This tool is great for pulling a production site down onto your local machine for testing and validation. It also works great for developing locally and then pushing up to a production server.
DISCLAIMER: This plugin has been heavily tested, however it does require above average technical knowledge. Please use it at your own risk and do not forget to back up your files beforehand.
NOTE: This project is currently in Beta, the underlying logic to perform all these migration tasks is quite involved. It's impossible to know how each system is setup, this is why your feedback is very important to us. Thanks for helping us to make WordPress the best blogging platform in the world.
For complete details see: lifeinthegrid.com
With WooSidebars, it's possible to change the widgets that display in a sidebar (widgetized area) according to a context (for example, a specific page, a specific blog post, certain categories or the search results screen). Setting up a custom widget area to display across multiple conditions is as easy as a few clicks.
Looking for a helping hand? View plugin documentation.
Looking to contribute code to this plugin? Fork the repository over at GitHub. (submit pull requests to the "develop" branch)
a3 Lazy Load is a Mobile Oriented, simple to use plugin that will speed up site performance. The more content heavy your site the better the plugin will perform and the more you will see the improvements in performance. See this demo of a page with 1,000 images (yes 1,000 images) to load.
a3 Lazy Load is the most fully featured lazy load plugin for WordPress. Use the plugins admin settings to easily define what elements are lazy loaded when they become visible in the users browser. As the user scroll down the page the next lot of elements you have applied lazy Load to are only loaded as they become visible in the view port.
Images are the number one element that slows page load and increases bandwidth use. From the a3 Lazy Load admin panel turn load images by a3 Lazy Load ON | OFF. For more flexibility when ON you can choose to ON | OFF lazy load for images in
a3 Lazy Load supports all WordPress video Embeds including Youtube, Vimeo and HTML5 video - for a full list see the WordPress Codex Embeds list. The WordPress embed method of copying and pasting the video url into posts and pages content area is fully supported. Note - embed video by WordPress shortcode is not supported.
From the a3 lazy Load admin panel turn Video Support ON | OFF. When ON you can choose to ON | OFF lazy load for videos in
Widgets (Sidebar, header and footer)
Youtube see demo
a3 Lazy Load has built in support for content that is added by iframe from any source in content and widgets - examples
a3 Lazy Load gives you the option to lazy load images with a FADE IN or SPINNER effect.
a3 lazy Load is built and tested to be fully compatible with the very widely used WooCommerce plugin.
a3 Lazy Load gives you the option to load its script from your sites HEAD or from the FOOT.
a3 Lazy Load allows you to easily exclude any images and video by class name from having the Lazy Load effect applied.
a3 lazy Load is tested 100% compatible with all major browsers.
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
This release is not compatible with the new multisite feature of WordPress 3.0 yet. The plugin will remain inactive as long as this feature is enabled. If you are using this feature, try out the new Beta version which fully supports multisite mode as well as network activation!
This release is compatible with all WordPress versions since 2.1. If you are still using an older one, use version 2.7.1 instead.
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