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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)
One of my favourite plugins. It is easy to install and setup, helping you not just in SEO, but the complete webiste optimization.
Great SEO plugin for your WordPress blog.
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 is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files.
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.
Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building.
Displays Google Analytics reports in your WordPress Dashboard. Inserts the latest Google Analytics tracking code in your pages.
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.
Create responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.
Extends and enhances TinyMCE, the WordPress Visual Editor.
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.
A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static HTML files.
Search Engine (SEO) & Performance Optimization (WPO) via caching. Integrated caching: CDN, Minify, Page, Object, Fragment, Database support.
DATABASE AND FILE BACKUP
Allows you to backup your site (database and all of your files) on a schedule.
Schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress installation. Decide which content will be stored (Dropbox, S3…)
Secure your website with the most comprehensive WordPress security plugin. Firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security & more.
Offers 30+ ways to lock down WordPress in an easy-to-use WordPress security plugin.
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