WordPress has changed tremendously from a simple blogging platform to a highly customizable enterprise content management system. A lot of enterprises are shifting to WordPress as their preferred content management system due to its flexibility and user-friendliness.
Plugins play an important role in the popularity of WordPress. Based on experience, I wanted to list five essential yet very critical plugins that I think you should use in your WordPress site for better performance, security, SEO and Commenting.
Below are 5 best WordPress plugins you should not miss to use in your site:
1. W3total Cache (LINK: https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/)
One of the best of best plugin available in the market and it is free. This plugin helps the user access your content in much better and faster way. It has a bosting technology for your website cache.
Also this plugin has the feature of minifying your CSS, JS & HTML with just a click.
We had a project which was having heavy traffic and was having lot of images and contents of around 21k posts. Before we used W3total Total Cache, we checked the common tools like GTMatrix(https://gtmetrix.com/) and ySlow(http://yslow.org/), the rating was poor and the loading time was also too high.
After activating this plugin we had a tremendous difference in the rating and page loading.
A must have plugin for better user experience and performance.
2. WordPress SEO by Yoast (LINK: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/)
One of the best features of using WordPress is the inbuilt SEO; WordPress has its own SEO settings and options. What if you can manage it in much better way, according to your requirement?
This plugin provides inbuilt sitemap XML generator, 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.
3. All In One WP Security & Firewall (link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-security-and-firewall)
Have you ever thought of limiting your WordPress login attempts? Then this is the plugin you should consider. Not only this, you will get a lot of other options with proper detail of each feature. In short you will have the full control over your WordPress website security no matter how much you know about WordPress techniques.
4. Anti-spam (LINK: https://wordpress.org/plugins/anti-spam/)
Commenting is a feature that keeps your user interactive with your website. But what if the comment can be misused by spammers. There are some cases where comments are populated heavily; I have seen WordPress sites having comments 4k-5k of only spams. This does make your WordPress admin load very slowly; to protect such kind of issues you should use this plugin to keep your WordPress clean and healthy.
5. Contact Form 7 (LINK: https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/)
Every site should have a contact form so that user can reach to you anytime they want. For this, Contact Form7 is simple yet a very useful plugin. This plugin is not just any contact form you might see, you can add as many fields as you want to add in the form.
For example, you can create a registration form for an event, simple form for enquiry and so on. You can add this to anywhere in your post, widget or page or even in your code with just a short code which you will get when you create one. Also you don’t have to worry about validation and CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.
I hope you will find the list above useful. Stay tuned for more plugins and WordPress related tips and tricks!