Below are recommended plugins for many government-specific challenges.
Finding a ‘good’ plugin
How do you know if a plugin is “good?” Take a look at the right side of the plugin’s page and check to see that it has:
- Recent and frequent updates (within the past several months)
- High download count (tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands)
- Strong user rating (four stars or higher)
- Active support forums (with developer participation)
User role and permission management
- Maintenance Mode
Temporarily disables public-facing site
Automated on- or offsite database backups
- See Also WordPress MultiSite
Performance and caching
- WP Super Cache
Simple page cache for smaller sites
- W3 Total Cache
Full-featured page, object, and browser cache, CDN integration, etc.
Multi-server memcached-based caching that powers WordPress.com
Workflow and publishing
Comprehensive workflow management for teams
- WP Document Revisions
Workflow-based document management
Business intelligence and analytics
- Google Analytics for WordPress
Turnkey Google Analytics integration
- Open Web Analytics
Advanced analytics and reporting, including backend business intelligence such as posts published/edited, comments, registrations, etc.
Search engine optimization (SEO)
- WordPress SEO
Full featured SEO solution, including generation of sitemaps
- All in One SEO Pack
Basic search engine optimization
- Google XML Sitemaps
Generates sitemap.org compliant XML sitemaps
Content organization and display
- Custom Post Template
Provides a drop-down to select different templates for posts from the post edit screen.
- Advanced Custom Fields
Create additional fields to store information along side posts and pages
- JSON API
Automatically generate JSON (machine-readable) APIs of all front-facing content
HTML5 video and audio embedding via shortcode
- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
Automatically places links to related content and bottom of posts
- Faceted Search Widget
Faceted drilldown of any content, similar to Amazon.com’s product search
- Display Custom Fields
Automatically displays custom taxonomies and fields (such as those added by Advanced Custom Fields)
- Gravatar (via the official JetPack plugin)
Generates user images based off of e-mail addresss
- Social Media Widget
Embed latest social media activity in sidebar
- Disqus Comment System
Integration of third-party advanced commenting system with many features
- Contact Form 7
Simple, but flexible contact forms
- SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
508-compliant, anti-spam captcha
Generally speaking, WordPress is secure, out of the box, especially when you follow the best practices described in the Hardening WordPress Codex page.
Looking for more security? These plugins may prove useful:
- Exploit Scanner
Search the files and database of your WordPress install for signs that may indicate that it has fallen victim to malicious hackers.
- Limit Login Attempts
Limit rate of login attempts, including by way of cookies, for each IP. Fully customizable.
- Secure WordPress
removing error information on login pages, adds index.html to plugin directories, hides the WordPress version and much more.
- WP Security Scan
Scans your WordPress installation for security vulnerabilities.