As a WordPress user, you must be knowing that WordPress is a features rich CMS where you can do almost everything on your website. But still, there are some functionalities which are missing or not as per the level. the best way to come over this gap is using the right plugin for your website.
As there are a lot of plugins available in the market you can easily get confused while choosing a plugin.
So here I listed top 10 most widely used free WordPress plugin that you should be installed after setting up your WordPress for better performance-
Need some help with your search engine optimization?
Need an SEO plugin that helps you reach for the stars?
Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is the favorite tool of millions of users, ranging from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet. With Yoast SEO, you get a solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results. Yoast: SEO for everyone.
Yoast SEO does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders. How? Below you’ll find a small sampling of the powers of Yoast SEO:
Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular WordPress contact form plugins.
You can create and manage and design multiple contact forms using this plugin.
Once installed, you can manage it in the WordPress Dashboard > Contact > Contact Forms > Edit:
It’s super easy to create and manage contact form using Contact Form 7. And at acmeextension.com I am personally using this plugin and it’s awesome.
Currently, it has more than a million active installs, with more than 30,000 people downloading it every day.
With a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.
This plugin automatically generates an XML sitemap for your website
If you have installed Yoast SEO then you can generate XML sitemap using that also.
Akismet is yet another plugin developed by the people behind WordPress (Matt and his team at Automattic).
It is one of the default plugins of WordPress that comes with every new WordPress core installation.
Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content.
You’ll need an Akismet.com API key to use it. Keys are free for personal blogs; paid subscriptions are available for businesses and commercial sites.
Speed is one of the most important aspects of any site from SEO point of view as well as user experience.
According to study, a user is going to leave your page if it is taking more than 4 seconds to load.
W3 Total Cache allows you to serve compressed and cached files to your visitors. This reduces the load on your server and your website becomes faster.
W3 Total Cache improves the SEO and user experience of your site by increasing website performance, reducing download times via features like content delivery network (CDN) integration.
On average, 30,000 new websites are hacked each day. WordPress sites can be an easy target for attacks because of plugin vulnerabilities, weak passwords and obsolete software.
iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) gives you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site.
BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you.
You can manually back up your site or you can schedule to backup your site on regular basis.
The best part is the backup can be stored outside of your hosting like on Dropbox or google drive which is more secure than storing on the same server.
Maybe you are tired of using a lot of plugins for the different purpose on your WordPress website.
Jetpack is pack of different valuable tools for your website.
Jetpack offers a suite of powerful features for your WordPress site. Enhanced security, improved site performance, plenty of content tools, and visitor engagement features are all part of this plugin.
Additional features include spam-free Comments, Social Sharing, Related Posts, Post by Email, and much more.
Jetpack even offers a mobile theme option that is lightweight and responsive, designed for phones and tablets.
Today’s websites are media-rich websites. People use a lot of images to make the content more appealing and attractive.
But this increase the page load time on your website. And Website speed has become an increasingly important search engine ranking factor, so much so that Google has made it one of the more important factors in its ranking algorithm.
WP Smush meticulously scans every image you upload – or have already added to your site – cuts all the unnecessary data and scales it for you before adding it to your media library.
WooCommerce is a free plugin that integrates easily with your existing WordPress site, turning your site into a fully functional WordPress e-commerce website with just a few clicks.
Automattic (the owners of WordPress.com), acquired the plugin and its parent company in 2015 – it was their biggest acquisition to that date, and it has continued to experience explosive growth in the years since.
It currently powers over 99% of WordPress e-commerce websites in the US, Canada, and the UK (Source: BuiltWith.com.)
And they were best WordPress plugins that every website needs in my view. As stated above, these plugins provide the basic features, improve the site SEO, optimize speed, harden security and help to market your content and products in a better way.
If you are already using them, write your feedback in the comment box below.
Did I miss any plugin that you think is essential too? I would appreciate if you suggest me any.
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