WordPress Plugins are important tools that allow you to extend the functionality of WordPress.
They give you more control over your content and they improve the functions in your blog.
I’ve gathered a list of the best plugins out there and it will be awesome to share it with you.
1. WordPress SEO by Joost de Valk
WordPress SEO is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin that exists today for WordPress.org users. It incorporates everything from a snippet preview and page analysis functionality that helps you optimize your pages content, images titles, meta descriptions and more to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.
2. Wordfence Security by Mark Maunder
Wordfence is the Leading CyberSecurity solution for WordPress. They provide a Complete Anti-Virus and Firewall Package for your WordPress Website including Two Factor Authentication, a Firewall incorporating Machine Learning and Tools to help Recover from a Hack.
3. W3 Total Cache by Frederick Townes
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download time of your theme and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
4. UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore by DavidAnderson
UpdraftPlus brings reliable, easy-to-use backups, restores and site copies (clones/migrations) to your WordPress site.
5. EWWW Image Optimizer By Shane Bishop
The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past.
6. Ultimate TinyMCE By Josh Lobe
Ultimate TinyMCE will add over 40 new buttons to the default visual tinymce editor, giving you the power to visually create your pages and posts. No need for mucking about in HTML and CSS.
7. Shortcodes Ultimate By Vladimir Anokhin
Create unlimited buttons, galleries, tabs, accordions, spoilers, columns, headings, lists, boxes, quotes, pullquotes and much, much more with just a few clicks. All shortcodes are divided into groups for easier access.
8. P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) By GoDaddy.com
This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time. Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using the P3 plugin, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site.
9. Enhanced Text Widget By Boston Dell-Vandenberg
10. Google XML Sitemaps By Arne Brachhold
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. 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.
After viewing the plugins that I have listed, I hope that I have pointed you in the right direction towards improving your websites through these new plugins and making them not only easier to use but also help you add content you might have not imagined using before. If there are other plugins that I did not mention in this blog and have been beneficial to you, please feel free to let me know so I can add them to the list.