You’ve got to love those new-fangled robot butlers; they rarely complain, they always look sharp and ready, and they make sure to pick up all those little pieces you may overlook while you are busy writing the next great blog.Â Here are five great plugins whose nearly automatic site optimization processes are invaluable finds for running a smooth, fast-loading and professional WordPress site.
This click-and go plugin goes through your posts and gives you the option to cache all hotlinked images from a domain to your site’s local upload folder.Â The benefits of serving all images on your site from your site’s cache are twofold:
i) you can rest assured that any embedded images will actually display in the event that the original img source file you may have been referencing remotely is no longer available or at its original location.
ii) you will increase exponentially the speed at which your site displays its content.
For the similar reasons to the Cache Images plugin, Broken Link Checker is an indespensible tool for preventing getting egg on your face when the traffic starts to move in your direction like an fast food drive-thru at rush hour.
Broken Link Checker will look for any links oon your site that may lead to a dreaded “404 Page Not Found” message.Â After a quick scan it will report any such instances and offer to unlink or discard the link.Â Easy yet powerful.
This little hack works like a silent operator behind the scenes to maintain the highest level of compatibility and visibility for your site by helping to preserve your permalinks by enforcing your no-www or yes-www preference (http://example.com/ vs. http://www.example.com/) and stripping off
index.php from the ends of URLs.Â Set it and forget it.
Like the little brother to the essential WP Super Cache plugin, WP Widget Cache can cache the output of your blog widgets. Usually it will significantly reduce the SQL queries to your database and speed up your site.Â It will not interfere with dynamically updated widgets and will speed up your site.Â Another set-it-and-forget-it plugin.
The Robots Meta plugin discretely affords the WordPress user the power tro do something otherwise very difficult to accomplish – to add meta robots tags to your WP blog.
Its wonders don’t stop there;Â it also prevents indexing of the subpages to your homepage, by adding a
noindex,follow message, allows you to edit your robots.txt and .htaccess from within your WordPress, enforces a trailing slash on archive and tag pages and much more.
The value of such esoteric sounding effects may be outside the scope of your SEO knowledge, but they are important effects nonetheless.Â Fortunately this plugin requires very little work on the part of the WP user, and we love it for that very reason.
What optimization plugins are you using on your site that we failed to include on this list?
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