Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins for Beginners
Plugins are one of the reasons why we love and recommend WordPress as your website management system. WordPress plugins are a great way to extend your website’s functionality, without slowing down your website.
WordPress was built to be lean and lightweight for users. Plugins are a way to customize your website to fit your specific business needs.
If you are new to WordPress, choosing plugins for your new website can be quite confusing with so many available. That’s why as WordPress users we have done the research for you, so you don’t have to. We have shortlisted the must-have plugins for every WordPress site.
While there are plenty of plugins out there that we love, here we feature the top 10 WordPress plugins we believe every wordpress user needs on their website.
Yoast SEO is one of the best SEO plugins out there. This plugin helps boost SEO across your entire website and offers so much value, especially for being a free plugin.
Yoast SEO helps you write better content by forcing you to choose a keyword when you’re writing articles so you can be sure to include that keyword multiple times throughout your blog post.
It also has page analysis that checks for alt tags on your images, proper meta descriptions, subheadings, and other details you may forget to include in your blog posts.
An alternative SEO plugin, which is also good is All in One SEO Pack.
W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache
A caching plugin helps your blog load faster for users. Essentially what it does is it will put content such as HTML pages, images, and files on a user’s local hard drive, making it faster to pull up the next time the user visits your site.
W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache are both caching plugins that reduce download times, increase website performance and loading speed. In cyberspace, every second matters and your website’s speed plays affects your search engine ranking. Additionally, loading time is a major contributing factor to page abandonment.
Jetpack by WordPress
Jetpack is a hugely popular plugin created by Automattic, the makers of WP.com. It offers an impressive suite of features for your blog ranging from image optimization to login security. Our favorite Jetpack module must be “Subscribe” which provides a form where visitors can sign-up to receive notification emails every time you post new blog content. Additional features include related posts, social sharing and spam-free comments.
And the best part is that Jetpack is all free. That’s right, no 14-day trials or premium versions!
Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps helps search engines better index your blog, helping you get ranked higher on Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
A sitemap makes it easier for crawlers (what search engines use) to find your website and retrieve information from it more efficiently.
This plugin also notifies all major search engines every time you create a new piece of content, all for free!
Not only one of our personal favourites but also one of the highest ranked WordPress plugins with 5 full stars. It’s all about the SEO
Disqus is a plugin that makes commenting easier and more interactive on your website. Disqus helps filter spam comments and gives readers an easy way to add a comment and participate in the discussion.
Though we don’t utilize a comment section here on our site, if we were to recommend a commenting plugin to our customers Disqus would be it.
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is a straight-forward plugin that allows you to create a “Contact Me” form. Visitors can use this form to send inquiries or messages directly to your preferred email account while keeping your personal contact information totally private.
It also supports and is compatible with Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering.
Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker scans your website for broken links and missing images and notifies you. It saves your both time and effort since broken links can be edited directly from the plugin’s page, without manually updating each post.
Child Theme Configurator
A child theme is important to use if you plan on editing any of the CSS or styling to your current WordPress theme. The reason why is because if the developer of your theme makes a system update to the theme (which can happen often), any editing you had done on the CSS styling sheet will be lost for good once you make the update.
Using a plugin such as the Child Theme Configurator makes it easy for you to do any editing in a child theme.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Google Analytics is the most comprehensive traffic monitoring tool. It also provides the most detailed in-depth traffic reports providing performance details for each post or page on your website. This plugin brings all that information right to your WordPress admin dashboard
Tired of logging in to see loads of spammy comments? Akismet, also created by Automattic, is a straight-forward, powerful plugin that will dramatically reduce your spam comments. It checks comments against their constantly-updated database of spam to filter out the fake stuff. This can increase site speed and save you headaches!
There are always new up-and-coming plugins that we test and try, so make sure you’re subscribed to our blog to keep up with the latest!
*Please note that not all of the thousands of plugins out there may be 100% compatible with your particular WordPress theme.
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