One of the main reason why WordPress grow to be most popular CMS because of its free plugin directory. There are literally thousand of plugins available. But how you will find out best plugin that is a question. Here we point some plugins which can help you to build your website more powerful and robust.
Yoast SEO is the most popular WordPress SEO plugin and one of the most popular WordPress plugins overall. Currently installed on more than 4 million(!) WordPress sites.
It comes nicely preconfigured and operates based on showing you just a simple SEO recommendations list for the keyword that you want to target. It tells you how to write your page title, meta description, and other elements. You can add social share images also from here.
WooCommerce is the tool to use if you’re considering starting an eCommerce store on WordPress. There’s no other better solution to give you an all-in-one complete package of features that every online store needs.
WooCommerce doesn’t come with any limitations as to what you can sell and how much of it. You can also accept payments online through multiple payment gateways (PayPal, Stripe, and more).
On top of all that, WooCommerce is quite user-friendly – letting you focus on taking care of your products instead of having to worry about making your eCommerce store work from a technical point of view.
WordPress being the most popular website platform means that, unfortunately, it’s also the most frequently hacked platform. WordPress has a big target on its back, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t mitigate some risks and keep attackers at bay. This is where Wordfence comes into play – it’s the best security plugin for WordPress.
Wordfence can do a lot for your WordPress security, and most of it happens on autopilot. First, it puts up a firewall that protects your site from login break-ins and other common attacks. Then, there are security scans that you can perform to attack-proof your site even more. It will also get rid of malware and protect your WordPress users.
These days, most web hosts offer free SSL certificates, which is great since it makes the web safer overall. However, to actually be able to use that free certificate, you have to enable your site to integrate it. This is what the Really Simple SSL plugin does.
Using it is simple and doesn’t involve any server-level work. As soon as you install the plugin, you’re going to be taken by the hand through the process of getting that SSL of yours to work.
Caching is a fairly complicated (and boring) concept for those who aren’t really excited by server- and browser-level optimizations. Overall, what it comes down to is that caching makes your site faster by displaying the same content to consecutive visitors of your site, instead of generating that content on the fly each time.
The specifics as to how that happens are, as we said, complicated and boring, but what’s important is that the usage is quite simple. WP Fastest Cache comes with good out-of-the-box settings to let you take full advantage of caching and improve your load times.
If you’re targeting your website to readers in Europe, then you need to comply with current laws and regulations in the realm of “data privacy.” What those regulations come to in practice(*) is that your site should display a “cookie notice” to your EU-based readers. This plugin lets you do just that.
After installing it, you can enable a cookie notice either based on a template or write your own.
Regenerate Thumbnails is one of those small plugins that quietly sit in the background and only come out to do some work every once in a while. However, they’re still invaluable when it comes to the quality of that work.
What this plugin does is simple; it looks at the correct image sizes set in your current theme and then regenerates all your thumbnails to match. For instance, whenever you switch your WordPress theme, use this plugin to reset your images to look right.
At some point while you’re running your site, you’re probably going to want to change the URL of a post or page. It happens to all of us.
When that happens, you’ll need a way to redirect traffic from the old post to the new post.
That’s what Redirection does.
It gives you a graphical interface where you can easily manage all of your site’s 301 redirects — which is a lot more user-friendly than trying to dig into your .htaccess file every time you want to add a new redirect.
You can also get creative with your redirects — such as conditionally redirecting someone based on whether or not they’re logged in — and all of this is available for free from a responsive developer who works at Automattic.
Advanced Custom Fields – referred to as ACF by people in the know – is a must-have plugin if you’re planning on custom-coding any original customizations on your site.
ACF lets you add custom fields to different areas of your WordPress website – can be your posts, pages, users, or any post types. What those custom fields can then do is a blank canvas, really – as in, they will do whatever you want them to do. ACF also makes it easy to display custom field data on any page of your site.
For instance, if you want to add a new image style to apply to all images in your WordPress blog posts, doing this directly in your theme’s source files would be counterproductive. As soon as you updated that theme, your changes would vanish. However, if you do those tweaks through Code Snippets, they will continue to work.
Adding your Google Analytics code via Code Snippets is also a great idea and saves you the need to install a separate analytics plugin for that (like MonsterInsights).