So you have chosen WordPress for your business website. Great choice! WordPress is definitely one of the best content management systems available today. You can make it better with some really useful WordPress plugins.
With few free WordPress plugins, you can make your website secure, faster, search engine friendly, and user-friendly.
1. Jetpack by WordPress.com
Jetpack is multi-purpose WordPress plugin. It helps you make your website more secure and user-friendly. You can use Jetpack’s free version for most of the useful features. Jetpack (free) can be used for:
- Brute-force attack protection
- Downtime and uptime monitoring
- Secured logins and two-factor authentication
- Automatic sharing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Reddit, and WhatsApp
- Related posts
- Carousels, slideshows, and tiled galleries
- Sidebar customization including Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds
Jetpack currently has more than 1 million active installs. It is actively maintained plugin with a huge number of contributors.
2. Yoast SEO
This is one of the best WordPress plugins for SEO. If you are looking for your website’s SEO, you must install Yoast SEO. I am just loving this plugin and you will love it too. Yoast SEO currently has more than 13,500 five-star ratings.
Using this plugin, you can keep an eye on each and every page/post for better SEO. As a result, your website will be more search engine friendly.
What can this WordPress plugin do for you? The answer is very long. I have tried mentioning few important points below:
- SEO Analysis for a post or page
- Readability Analysis for a post or a page
- XML Sitemaps
- Technical stuff for WordPress SEO
- Social Metadata
- RSS Optimization
In conclusion, just download this plugin on your each and every WordPress install.
3. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your website by increasing performance, reducing download times via features like content delivery network (CDN) integration.
- Reduce page load time
- Improve website performance
- Save up to 80% bandwidth
- Improve SEO Results
There are few other good options for this plugin, but probably this is the best one.
4. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
This WordPress plugin enables you to track your website using the latest Google Analytics tracking code. Furthermore, it also allows you to view key Google Analytics stats in your dashboard.
Using this plugin is maybe the easiest way to add Google Analytics to your WordPress website.
5. Contact Form 7
You must have at least one contact form on your website. Creating a contact form on WordPress website is easy using ‘Contact Form 7’ plugin.
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms. In addition, you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
These 5 WordPress plugins are must have plugins, and you must install them on all of your WordPress installs. Though there are multiple options for each of these WordPress plugins, above-mentioned plugins are mostly used and have good ratings.
Let us know what are your 5 must-have WordPress plugins in comments below.