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JLB's five favorite WordPress plugins

It’s no secret that the dev team here at JLB is in love with WordPress.  It’s PHP-based, it’s flexible, it’s an easy install, it’s user-friendly.  Sure, there are other content management systems out there that might be a better project-specific fit, but overall, WordPress is out go-to CMS savior.  However, WordPress still leaves quite a bit to be desired.   Fortunately, there’s literally thousands of plugins to address a multitude of needs.

Here are JLB’s favorite 5 WordPress plugins:

Akismet
Simple, worry-free comment spam filter.  It comes with the standard WordPress package and is a breeze to set up.  Akismet takes all the work out of cutting comment spam by checking comments, pings and trackbacks against a huge database of ones previously submitted.

NextGEN Gallery
The grandfather of all WordPress gallery plugins, NextGEN Gallery makes easy work out of building organizing photos into dynamic albums, galleries and slideshows.  It includes great features such as Thickbox, meta data support and batch image resizing.

Contact Form 7
It’s hard to choose between this little gem and MM Forms, but things like redirection after form submission and easier control over system messages give Contact Form 7 a slight advantage over similar plugins.

WP-DBManager
Database backup and other various database tools.  End of story.  Install it and rest assured that you’ll never find yourself up creek without a database again.

Statpress
The Google Analytics for WordPress.  Sync it up with your Analytics account and view all your traffic reports without leaving WordPress.


It’s remarkable working with the team that treats your business they would their own with drive, innovation, humility and a shared love of bringing great things to the wonderful Franklin & Nashville community.

 

RED DOG WINE & SPIRITS – Nashville

 

“In the search of looking high and low for a website design firm, we came across JLB. They are now like a part of our family and strive to do all they can to take our sales and growth to a whole new level. We recommend JLB to everyone we come across looking for a solution to their website needs.”

 

Chad, BOWADX – Franklin TN


“JLB has been the driving force  that has launched our company into the media spotlight, gaining us publicity through a broad cross-section of business related media including new apps and interactive activity for our clients. We are moving forward with our second web design with JLB and will continue to make them part of our team.”

 

John, The Perch – Brentwood TN


“I started with JLB when they first opened fifteen years ago, when they redesigned a website for me.  They are my go-to company for anything to do with web sites. These guys are professional, talented, creative and an energetic team. I will always go to JLB first for my web design work. Thanks JLB.”

 

Phyllis, Carneros Winery – Nashville TN


We were having problems with our online brand and digital marketing. JLB was great. Worked through it with us, created an amazing presence and business is great. The staff at JLB is fantastic too. Friendly and always there for you.

 

Life Line Repairs – Nashville TN


I and all of us at Sports & Entertainment Nashville TN have been thrilled with the website you guys did for us, and especially the professional service and communication you guys have shown.

 

Sports and Entertainment – Nashville


We interviewed several web design firms, but found that JLB’s talented team was the most creative, innovative, and professional. Choosing JLB has been a great decision! We are fortunate to have JLB be a part of the BMC Metalwork’s future as we continue to enhance our business.

 

Jimmy, BMC – Franklin TN