WordPress offers huge number of free and useful plugins to make your blogging experience smooth. It has plugins to manage SEO, Caching Services, Websites Backups, Forms etc. You have thousands of plugin on WordPress to work with. We have compiled some of the best WordPress Plugins that a blogger must have.
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This is the first plugin that any one would install in WordPress. This plugin manages all your SEO related tasks in easy steps. Search Engine Optimisation is very important to invite large traffic to your site. Read about best ways to increase traffic on your blog. This plugin has more than 5 Million active installations and overall 5 star rating with very good reviews. I use this plugin personally and I must say I am very satisfied with all the work it does for me. It is also one of the oldest and most trusted SEO plugin out there.
Here are some of its features:
- Provides XML Sitemap functionality at the press of a button.
- Control over site breadcrumbs.
- Content and SEO Analysis.
- Integrates with google Search Console
- Content Readability Analysis.
There are huge numbers of features provided by this plugin. It is also one the most popular WordPress plugins. If you need whole post about configuring and using this plugin , do let me know in comments.
WP Super Cache
This plugin is one of the essentials to make your website smooth by Caching. Page load time is an important factor in determining your blog rank. This plugin has more than 2 Million active installations with very good reviews. You may not need this plugin if it is already provided by your hosting companies. For example hosting services like SiteGround provide their own caching plugin.
This plugin works by generating static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After this HTML file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier WordPress PHP scrips. 99% of your visitors will be served static HTML files. A single cached file can be served thousand times.
Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan
This plugin is must to prevent your blog from any malware attacks. This is a security plugin having an endpoint firewall and malware scanner. This plugin has more than 2 Million active installations with large number of 5 start reviews.
Here are some of its features:
- Block malicious traffic.
- Real time IP blacklisting.
- Integrated malware scanner
- Protection from brute fore attacks
UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin
Backing up your blog is very important if your don’t want your work go in vain. This plugin has more than 1 Million installations with large number of 5 start ratings. I personally use this plugin to backup my blog on goole drive.
It simplifies process of backups and restorations. It provide backups to Dropbox, Google Drive, Email, FTP, Amazon S3, UpdraftVault, Backspace Cloud and DreamObjects. If you want more storage options you can go with their paid version. Paid version also backs up to OneDrive, Microsoft Azure and many more.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP by ExactMetrics
This plugin provides a real time analysis of your blog on WordPress dashboard. It has more than a million active installations with very good ratings. It enables you to track your site using google analytics tracking code.
- Real-time number of visitors.
- Real-time traffic sources details.
- Sessions, organic searches, page views and bounce rate analytics stats.
- Location, pages analytics stats.
- Device categories stats and many more.
Elementor Page Builder
It is one of the popular WordPress plugins. If you want to do changes to your theme with drag and drop this is the plugin for you. It is an instant drag & drop page builder. It has very good ratings with more than a million active installations. It has a ton of features to help you. If you want a post on this plugin, comment down below and I will be more than happy to share its use in a beautiful post.
Smush Image compression and Optimisation
Size of page matters a lot as it affects page loading time which in turn affects you ranking on Google. This plugin is must to resize, optimise and compress all of your images.It has more than a Million active installations with 5 start rating.
- Optimise images using advanced lossless compression techniques.
- Bulk Smush and Manual Smush.
- Global ad individual settings for multisite.
- Process JPEG,GIF and PNG image files.
So here are our list of best WordPress plugins. I use them and consider them must have for bloggers. Write down any questions you have in comment box below.