When it comes to extending the functionalities of your WordPress website, there comes plugins. Now depending on the kind or niche of your website you will need a specific set of plugins. But there are some plugins that every WordPress site needs. In this article I’ll discuss the top 5 plugins that every WordPress website must have.
There are over 55,000+ plugins in the WordPress.org plugin repository. Among them, you will find multiple plugins offering same feature with a little change. Most of the plugins has a premium version offering more advance features. Therefore choosing the right plugin can save you time and money.
So, here is the list of the must have plugins for your blog or website.
SEO i.e. Search Engine Optimisation is one of the most important part to a website. SEO is the process of optimising your website for search engines like google, yahoo, bing etc. And the best plug-in to control your SEO is Yoast SEO. Yoast SEO gives the flexibility to control your SEO of pages, posts, any custom post types. You can also set custom title, description and keywords for each posts specifically SEO. Besides that, there is also an analysis option available which will analyse the contents of your post/page and advice the best SEO practice that you should use while writing your content. Yoast SEO as both free and premium version.
Wordfence is a security and malware plugin. Wordfence helps you protect your website from hackers and virus attacks. The plug-in check your firewall from time to time, detects and blocks malicious IP addresses and malicious traffics. It can also check if your website has any suspicious activity or presence of virus. The plug-in have free and premium version. The premium version has more advantages over the free version.
Backups are always essential for just in case situations. If you have regular back ups of your site it may save you from huge trouble in a time.
Although there are many back up plug-ins available in WordPress plug-ins repository, Updraftplus is the most popular and widely used plug-in. It has currently 2 Million+ active installations and this is for reason. Easily back up your website using this plug-in and restore your website when needed. You can not only download the back up files on your computer but also you can store the files on cloud storage like dropbox, rackspace cloud, Amazon S3 and more. You can also schedule automatic backups on a given period of time.
WP Super Cache
One of the best way to boost your WordPress website is to use cache plug-in. One of the popular WordPress cache plug-in is WP super cache. The plug-in has more than 2 million active installations. It creates a static HTML file by converting the big PHP scripts of your WordPress blog and shows the HTML file instead of the PHP scripts which makes your blog load very fast.
Monster insights is a complete Google analytics plugin for WordPress. It is very easy to use and configure. If you don’t know, Google analytics is a complete solution for tracking your website traffics, and tracking there activities on your website and many more.