How many WordPress Plugins should I use on my blog? This is the common question I found everywhere on the internet.
There are thousands of plugins out there. And most of the newbie gets confused which plugins should install on their WordPress blog.
When I started my blog, I didn’t know much about plugins. I used to install numbers of simple plugins that causes decrease the website speed.
And, many of newbie bloggers make the same mistake.
Now, I have been blogging for a while. I know the number of WordPress plugins requirement for a blog.
Today, I’m going to share top 8 WordPress plugins which you should use now on your site.
But, before we move ahead I want to share few tips with you.
Tips To Know before Installing WordPress plugins:
- Updating history
- Plugin compatibility with WordPress
- WordPress plugins directory
- Ratings and Reviews
- Plugin popularity
- Test the plugin
Will the plugin provider provide support if you face any troubleshooting with the plugin you use? Some plugin provides may or may not provide support.
As my personal experience below is the list of 11 Essential WordPress Plugins:
Yoast Seo is the most popular SEO plugin got 3+ million installs. This is an important WordPress plugin which you should not overlook.
You can customize your site for ranking in search engine.
You can customize every part of your site like posts, media, category and more. Even you can link all your social media profiles to your blog in one place.
XML sitemaps can create in a single, and you also can enable or disable breadcrumbs on your site.
If you’re not using this plugin, then I highly recommend to install on your site.
WPForms Lite is my favorite plugin. This plugin is straightforward to use and helps to create the beautiful, simple contact form.
When you customize this plugin you will get shortcode; you can create the contact form on any page, posts, in sidebars, in the header or even in the footer area by adding the shortcode.
Price: Free(WP Forms Lite is free, and WP forms Pro is the premium plugin).
There are hackers everywhere on the internet. They always try to destroy or steal your website.
You should protect your site using security plugin. Amongst different WordPress security plugins, Wordfence is one of the best out there.
W3 Total Cache is my favorite caching plugin. It’s must have WordPress plugin for WordPress bloggers.
Hence the speed of a website is also considered as SEO factor, W3 Total Cache improves the website SEO by increasing its speed.
If you accurately customize the plugin, you will notice the huge difference in your site speed.
There’s another popular caching plugin called WP Super Cache, which is also an excellent plugin to optimize the site speed.
If you are getting many spam comments on your blog, you should install Akismet on the blog.
Akismet is a handy plugin which automatically detects spam comments on the website by Global spam database and filters out those comments which look spammy.
And, the Akismet also capable of detect spam from contact submission form.
But, sometimes Akismet fails to recognize the spam comments and submission form which I have experienced. So, you require removing spam comments manually.
Previously, I was using Social Warfare plugin, which is my favorite social media plugin.
And, MashShare is another my best social media plugin which is currently I’m using.
Undoubtedly, this is well coded social media plugin for WordPress users.
You don’t get your website slower while using this plugin.
MashShare is easy to customize and provides Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Whatsapp and other sharing buttons.
UpdraftPlus is the best backup plugin for WordPress having more than one million active installs. BY using this plugin, you can backup your site to Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Rackspace and more options are available.
There are more functions of this plugins; you can check the site information and also clone and migrate the site.
But, with the free version of UpdraftPlus, you only can backup feature. If you want to use all features then purchase their premium version which is cost minimum $70.
This is highly recommended must have the plugin for WordPress users.
Price: Free/ Paid