Recommended WordPress Plugins

In general, we recommend a “minimalist” WordPress plugin strategy: only use plugins that provide necessary functionality — and only use plugins that you’ve properly vetted.

That said, there are a number of wonderful (and very effective) plugins available that do a great job of providing specific functionality that can make your WordPress site(s) run better and/or be more user-friendly.

Here at Synthesis, we install three “must-use” plugins on every site we host. These plugins — which we developed — are:

  • Synthesis Plugin Monitor
  • Synthesis Security
  • Synthesis System Message

You do have to be a Synthesis customer to take advantage of these plugins.

The following are a handful of other plugins we recommend for general functionality, making the most of your WordPress site for yourself and your audience:

  • Scribe for SEO
  • Premise
  • Akismet
  • JetPack by WordPress
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast (also includes a good sitemap function)
  • SnippetVault
  • W3 Total Cache
  • Google Analytics for WordPress
  • Lijit Search

If you have questions about specific plugins, or if you’d like a plugin recommendation for a more specialized functionality, feel free to log in to your Synthesis customer portal and submit a ticket. As always, we’ll get right back to you …