10 Essential WordPress Plugins to Install

Looking for plugins to install on your WordPress blog, I have put together a list of essential WordPress plugins to have on your WordPress blog to keep it running with essential functions.

plugin is a software add-on that is installed on a program, enhancing its capabilities. For example, if you wanted to watch a video on a website, you may need a plugin to do so. If the plugin is not installed, your browser will not understand how to play the video. – computerhope.com

There are lots of WordPress plugins out there, both Free plugins and Paid ones each built for different functions.

Plugins to Install on WordPress Blog

Here are Plugins to install for your WordPress website

1. Contact Form 7

This plugin allows you yo create and design contact forms for your WordPress website.

The plugin is quite easy to use, it doesn’t require any coding skill or expertise, just Install and Activate the plugin and you are ready to go.

It is quite easy and flexible to operate.

The Contact Form 7 plugin is available at the WordPress plugin dashboard.

2. Yoast SEO

Yoast is the best and number one SEO plugin; this plugin helps you with search engine optimization by providing so many features some other plugins do not offer.

This plugin has over 5+ Million Active Installations and a 5 Star Rating.

There is a Paid version of this plugin, which includes an in-depth SEO analysis tool, multiple keywords function, auto-link related articles and so much more.

3. Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content.

It is developed by the same people that developed the WordPress application.

With over five million active installations this plugin is widely used by the majority of WordPress users out there.

4. Jetpack by WordPress.com

This is a top plugin that has lots of features such as security, performance, and site management.

Jetpack also offers a paid version of the plugin which include;

  • Brute-force attack protection, spam filtering, and downtime monitoring.
  • Backups of your entire site, either once daily or in real-time.
  • Secure login, with optional two-factor authentication.
  • Malware scanning, code scanning, and automated threat resolution.
  • A record of every change on your site to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Fast, priority support from WordPress experts.

Although Jetpack has tons of features it has been known to slightly reduce the loading speed of websites, but with the number of features that it offers that can be overlooked.

5. Really Simple SSL

Really Simple SSL automatically detects your settings and configures your website to run over https.

To keep it lightweight, the options are kept to a minimum, and they are easy to use.

The entire site will move to SSL.

6. Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan

Wordfence is a top of the line security plugin that helps protect your WordPress site from malware and harmful files.

It is kitted with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe.

Rounded out by 2FA and a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.

7. TinyMCE Advanced

Breakaway from the boring WordPress block editor, TinyMCE has a lot of features that make the default WordPress editor look mediocre.

TinyMCE is the most advanced WYSIWYG HTML editor designed to simplify website content creation. 

8. WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is the Top WordPress caching plugin that requires little configuration.

It is easy to use a plugin that makes the webpages load fast. WP Super Cache makes use of a very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static HTML files.

Click here to See our Easy Guide on How to Configure WP Super Cache Plugin Properly

9. Smush – Compress, Optimize and Lazy Load Images

The pictures and video files that we upload on our WordPress sites impact the page speed and delivery o the website.

Smush Compresses and optimize images with lazy load, WebP conversion, and resize detection to boost performance and make your site load amazingly fast.

By compressing and optimizing your images helps boost your Google page speed and this helps SEO. It is a lightweight plugin that doesn’t require many configurations.

There is a Paid version of the plugin which helps optimize images of over 1MB.

10. Insert Headers and Footers

Insert Headers and Footers is a simple plugin that lets you insert code like Google Analytics, custom CSS, Facebook Pixel, and more to your WordPress site header and footer. No need to edit your theme files!

The simple interface of the Insert Headers and Footers plugin gives you one place where you can insert scripts, rather than dealing with dozens of different plugins.

 

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