Top 10 must have WordPress plugins (11/2016)

November 7, 2016

Plugins are part of WordPress. They make it easy for users to add features to their website without knowing a single line of code. Aside from thousands of plugins available for free to download at the official WordPress plugin directory, there’re tons of commercial ones available from third-party companies and developers. All you need to do is choosing the right ones, which match your requirements. It’s not an easy thing. So in this article, I’ll help you by showing the list 10 must have WordPress plugins (also my favorites plugins too).

All you need to do is choosing the right ones, which match your requirements. It’s not an easy thing. So in this article, I’ll help you by showing the list of top 10+ must have WordPress plugins (also my favorites plugins too).

Note: WordPress plugins only available on self-hosted site. If you are using WordPress.com, this article is not for you.

Useful articles: How to install a WordPress plugin?

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO)

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast

One of my favourite plugins. It is easy to install and setup, helping you not just in SEO, but the complete webiste optimization.

All in One SEO Pack

all-in-one-seo-pack

Great SEO plugin for your WordPress blog.

Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps WordPress plugin

Help you to generate a special XML sitemaps which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog.

Redirection

Redirection plugin

Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files.

CONTACT FORMS

Contact Form 7

contact-form-7

It can manage multiple contact forms, plus 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.

Gravity Forms

gravity-form

Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building.

STATISTICS

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

google-analytic-for-dashboard

Displays Google Analytics reports in your WordPress Dashboard. Inserts the latest Google Analytics tracking code in your pages.

Google Analytics

Enables Google Analytics on all pages. This one seems to be simple and does the job. However, the developer doesn’t seem to be very responsive.

SLIDER

Meta Slider

MetaSlider WordPress Plugin

Create responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.

EDITOR

TinyMCE Advanced

TinyMCE WordPress plugin

Extends and enhances TinyMCE, the WordPress Visual Editor.

Black Studio TinyMCE Widget

BlackStudio WordPress plugin

With Black Studio TinyMCE Widget you will be able to edit your widgets in a WYSIWYG manner using the native WordPress TinyMCE editor, just like you do in posts and pages.

SITE SPEED

WP Super Cache

WP Super Ccache WordPress plugin

A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static HTML files.

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin

Search Engine (SEO) & Performance Optimization (WPO) via caching. Integrated caching: CDN, Minify, Page, Object, Fragment, Database support.

DATABASE AND FILE BACKUP

BackUpWordPress

backup-wordpress

Allows you to backup your site (database and all of your files)  on a schedule.

BackWPup – WordPress Backup Plugin

BackWPup WordPress plugin

Schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress installation. Decide which content will be stored (Dropbox, S3…)

Security

Wordfence Security

Wordfence WordPress plugin

Secure your website with the most comprehensive WordPress security plugin. Firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security & more.

iThemes Security

iTheme Security WordPress plugin

Offers 30+ ways to lock down WordPress in an easy-to-use WordPress security plugin.

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