Seven Necessary WordPress Plugins
Having a fast, secure and user-friendly website is necessary for better placement in the SERPs, user engagement, and driving conversions. WordPress plugins can help in achieving those goals. Below are seven necessary WordPress plugins for your site.
Yoast SEO or All in One SEO Pack
No list of necessary WordPress plugins would be complete without Yoast SEO or All in One SEO Pack. Either one will work great. Use All in One SEO Pack if your skill level is more basic, but for more advanced abilities, Yoast SEO offers more flexibility.
W3 Total Cache
A faster website helps to rank higher in search results and W3 Total Cache can help increase the speed of your site by storing a copy of your page in memory and serving that page to your site’s visitors. This reduces the number of database requests and speeds your content delivery time up.
EWWW Image Optimizer or WP Smush
Large images will drastically slow a website’s loading speed. Identifying and fixing this problem is easy with EWWW Image Optimizer or WP Smush. These plugins will automatically optimize new images as they are uploaded to the site as well as images that already exist in the image directory.
Share Buttons by AddThis or AddToAny
Encourage your visitors to share your content over various social media platforms by using AddThis or AddToAny. Social sharing allows for organic traffic and backlinks. These are just two suggestions of the many great social sharing plugins available.
Wordfence or Securi Security
WordPress sites are a common target among hackers. Making sure that you are running the latest version of WordPress is a good way to reduce the chances of your site being hacked. Another is with a plugin, such as Wordfence Security or Securi Security. These are free plugins that continuously prevent, monitor, and protect your website against cyber-attacks and hacks. Wordfence offers a premium service.
InstaBuilder is a premium plugin that adds a drag-and-drop landing page builder into your site. The pages created are easily customizable and fully responsive. Plus, you are able to track your stats and it even allows you to split test your landing pages.
Getting visitors to your website is only half the battle. You want to be able to collect email addresses and build your email list too. MailMunch is a plugin that allows you to add email capture forms offering a free download, email course or other kinds of offers that are specific to a page. Generate any number of types of opt-in forms and themes, entry and exit technology, built-in analytics, A/B split testing, all based on specific pages and able to integrate with your current email marketing platform.
WordPress sites account for 50 percent of all the sites on the Internet today and there are thousands of quality plugins to increase the performance and functionality of your site. These seven plugins are suggestions that can boost the effectiveness of your site. Of course, there are many others that you may know or like better.
If you’re new to the blogosphere and not quite ready to be wondering or worrying about plugins, here’s a great post from ProBlogger to help get you started: How to Start a Blog