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Building or having your own WordPress website that is fully functional is not a simple thing. To be honest, it is difficult, if you are just beginning however, I must tell you that it’s doable!
Apart from the designs, you need your website to load faster, make it user friendly and easy to navigate so that your audience goes ‘Oh lalaa’, protect it from spammers, optimize with proper SEO so that it will rank in the search engines … and the list goes on!
There are many things you need to do with thousands of free plugins available, you might even end up installing many plugins that you find might be important for your website!
But, do you know those unnecessary plugins can make your website load slower? Yes, they sure do!
So, the question is, what plugins are so important that you have to install in your WordPress website and ignore the rest which has lesser significance?
Why should you install them anyway?
Don’t worry, read ahead to know why you need and have to install them.
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Let’s look at those important and vital WordPress Plugins that you must definitely install on your website.
It doesn’t mean you cannot use other plugins also. Yes, you can use any specific plugins according to your niche.
These are some of the best free WordPress plugins that I know of and have been using them for my website too.
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a powerful tool that allows you to select a keyword and then optimize your page around your keyword to be seen in the search engines.
After you install the Yoast SEO, click on the Post > Add New. You will see it at the bottom of your post editor page.
Elementor is an easy drag-and-drop website builder plugin which offers pixel perfect design, that produces 100% clean code that allows you to turn your website into a stunning custom-made website.
Using a drag-and-drop website builder is much more convenient in many different ways.
3. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache (W3TC) improves the SEO and user experience of your site by increasing website performance and reducing load times by leveraging features like content delivery network (CDN) integration and the latest best practices.
A cache is a place that stores online data temporarily.
Your browser will store files in its cache from web pages you’ve visited before which enable the website to load faster.
Without caching your page, your load times will increase significantly that will frustrate your audience, and can in turn hurt your conversions.
W3TC is the only web host agnostic Web Performance Optimization (WPO) framework for WordPress trusted by millions of publishers, web developers, and web hosts worldwide for more than a decade. It is the total performance solution for optimizing your WordPress Website.
4. Askimet Spam Protection
Akismet is used by millions of websites, Akismet filters out hundreds of millions of spam comments from the Web every day. Add Akismet to your site so you don’t have to worry about spam again.
Akismet is the official anti-spam plugin made by WordPress parent company Automattic.
Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against its global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
Askimet is free only if you are running a non profitable site. If your site contains advertisements or any affiliate links, then you need to pay a small fee to use it. The lowest fee is $5 – you actually have the option to give as much as you want.
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. The entire site will move to SSL.
Here is what you have to do:
- Get an SSL certificate (Most hostings provide you with a free SSL certificate) if you didn’t have one yet, Get a free SSL certificate.
- Activate this plugin
- Enable SSL with one click
Note: Even if you already have the HTTPS on your site, you still can activate this plugin.
6. WP Forms
WP Forms is a drag-and-drop WordPress form builder that is easy to use.
WPForms allows you to create beautiful contact forms, feedback forms, subscription forms, payment forms, and other types of forms for your website in a few minutes.
The pre-built WPForms templates are easy to use even for a new beginner.
WPForms is fully responsive and your contact forms will always look great on all devices whether you use mobile, tablet, laptop, or desktop. The contact forms are also highly optimized for web and server performance.
Another alternative to WP Forms is Contact Form 7.
Smush is an image compression tool that strips hidden bulky information from your images and reduces file size without affecting the appearance of your images while most image compression tools destroy images with as much as a 30% loss in quality.
Smush not only optimize images but also turn on lazy load, resize, compress and improve your Google Page Speed by compressing images without a visible drop in quality.
Image optimization is the easiest way to make your site load super fast without a visible drop in the quality of your images.
Smush has been benchmarked and tested number one for speed and quality. It is also the award-winning, back-to-back proven crowd favorite image optimization & image compression plugin for WordPress.
MonsterInsights is the most powerful and user-friendly WordPress analytics plugin in the market.
It makes it “effortless” to set up Google Analytics in WordPress, the Right Way. Simply install the plugin and enable the features you want with just a few clicks, no coding needed!
With MonsterInsights, you can see useful information about your visitors right inside your WordPress dashboard.
Here is a complete tutorial on How To Install MonsterInsights on your website.
9. Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.com to better index your site.
With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.
The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally, it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content. It will not break your site, slow it down or annoy you.
10. Cookie Notice
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. And it is mandatory for every website.
GDPR is a new set of rules designed to give EU citizens more control over their personal data. It aims to simplify the regulatory environment for business so both citizens and businesses in the European Union can fully benefit from the digital economy.
Final Say On 10 Vital WordPress Plugins Every Website Must Have
These are the WordPress Plugins you must have for your website besides other plugins that are necessary according to your niche blog.
Other than these, there are many plugins that you might feel are important, however, be careful not to install numerous plugins that aren’t that significant because it will just slow down the loading time of your website.
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