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Learn about 10 Plugins to Optimize Security and Enhance the User Experience. Optimize the Power of the World’s Most Popular Content Management System.

Login LockDown

https://wordpress.org/plugins/login-lockdown/

Login LockDown records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range. This helps to prevent brute force password discovery. Currently the plugin defaults to a 1 hour lock out of an IP block after 3 failed login attempts within 5 minutes. This can be modified via the Options panel. Administrators can release locked out IP ranges manually from the panel.

 WP Password Policy Manager

WP Password Policy Manager

Thousands of WordPress blogs and websites get hacked each year because of weak passwords. One way to protect your WordPress from automated brute force attacks is to use strong passwords. Do not let your WordPress become a statistic. Ensure that all your WordPress users use strong passwords and change them frequently with WP Password Policy Manager plugin.

WP Super Cache

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-super-cache/

A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

Yoast SEO

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

Yoast SEO (formerly WordPress SEO by Yoast) is the most complete SEO plugin available for WordPress. It offers everything you need to optimize your site. Content analysis functionality.

Google Analytics

https://wordpress.org/plugins/googleanalytics/

This plugin adds the required javascript for google analytics. Enables google analytics on all pages.

WooCommerce

https://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce/

WooCommerce is a free eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything, beautifully. Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, WooCommerce is the world’s favorite eCommerce solution that gives both store owners and developers complete control.

With endless flexibility and access to hundreds of free and premium WordPress extensions, WooCommerce now powers 30% of all online stores — more than any other platform.

The Events Calendar

https://wordpress.org/plugins/the-events-calendar/

The Events Calendar is a carefully crafted, extensible plugin that lets you easily share your events. Beautiful. Solid. Awesome.

Create and manage your calendar of events with ease. Get professional-level quality and features backed by a team you can trust. The Events Calendar will help take your site to the next level.

The Events Calendar is built and supported by Modern Tribe’s WordPress artisans.

Social Media & Share Icons

https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-social-media-icons/

Easy to use and 100% FREE social media plugin which adds social media icons to your website with tons of customization features!

Social media plugin which let’s you add icons for RSS, Email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, ‘Share’ (covering 200+ other social media platforms) and upload custom icons of your choice.

Jetpack

https://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/

Increase your traffic, view your stats, speed up your site, and protect yourself from hackers with Jetpack.

Jetpack is a single plugin that gives you the most powerful WordPress.com features, hooking your self-hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com’s infrastructure to take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, and a whole lot more.

Newsletter

https://wordpress.org/plugins/newsletter

Add a real newsletter system to your blog. For free. With unlimited newsletters and subscribers.

Newsletter is a real newsletter system for your WordPress blog: perfect for list building, you can easily create, send and track e-mails, headache-free. It just works out of box.

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