WordPress is the world’s most used CMS, and as per the report of WordPress.com itself, around 30% websites on the web are using WordPress to create websites.
Today I am talking about WordPress.org that offers the WordPress software that you can download, and use it to create a website and host it on your hosting space.
Within few minutes, you can set up a full-fledged WordPress powered website. Though WordPress is primarily a blog CMS, you can build various types of websites using it as well.
WordPress is great due to its flexibility, theme availability, and a huge number of free and paid plugins available in WordPress repository.
There are hundreds or thousands of things that you can implement easily just by installing plugins on your WordPress website. And, that makes WordPress the first choice for creating websites.
What are WordPress Plugins?
WordPress Plugins are the small programs that are designed to extend or add new functionalities to WordPress powered sites.
If you are a WordPress user, you would already be using a number of plugins for various purposes.
Among the crowd of plugins, you need to know the best plugins for your blog. Your needs can be different as per your blog design and niche, but there are some plugins that you can use for any type of WordPress blog.
Looking at the difficulty of finding the best plugins for your blog, I have handpicked a list of 10 best WordPress plugins that you should use to supercharge your WordPress site.
Below are 10 Best WordPress Plugins for your WP blog.
Yoast SEO is one of the most needed plugins for your WordPress site because no matter what type of website or blog you are running, you would always want to make your blog search friendly to get more traffic from search. And, that’s where you need to optimize your site and in fact every post and page as well.
Yoast SEO makes your work easier by giving options to enter custom Meta Title and Meta Description. You can even enter your focus keyword there and test your content whether it is well optimized or not. It lists the suggestions to improve the On-page SEO of your content as well. You can work out as per its suggestions to make the content search friendly.
It also gives the readability score of your content that helps you know how readable your content is. If the score is low, you can try to make your content better.
It also offers options to set a custom title, description, and image for Facebook so that when your page or post gets shared on Facebook, the custom details get displayed.
You can also instruct the search bots to treat your every post as per your instructions.
You can even create Sitemap using Yoast SEO plugin that saves you from using one more additional plugin for Sitemaps.
Apart from these great features, it gives you options to edit your .htaccess and robots.txt file from the WordPress dashboard itself which is nice. You don’t need to login to your cPanel every time you want to work with these files.
This one plugin does multiple tasks and supercharges your blog.
W3 Total Cache is a caching plugin which is an essential plugin for your WordPress site. When a user accesses your site once, this plugin does the caching work, and that enables that particular user to access your site faster when he opens your site for the next time.
In short, this plugin increases the loading speed for second-time visitors, and it also helps to improve server performance by reducing the downloads.
Overall, W3 Total Cache improves the performance of your WordPress site, and it is a much-needed plugin.
Akismet comes with the WordPress install that means you don’t need to install it; it’s already there. You just need to activate it and get the API from its official site and connect to the server so that it starts working.
Akismet is a plugin that helps fight with the spam comments on your WP site. It keeps the spam comments in the spam folder and keeps your comment area clean.
Almost every WordPress site uses Akismet, and you must not miss to activate and connect it.
When you have a WordPress site, you must need to make a contact page so that people can reach out to you by filling the contact form. There are many plugins that you can use for it, but the best, in my opinion, is Contact Form 7.
You can create multiple forms without having any knowledge of coding. Even the settings of this plugin are quite easier that you can create forms in minutes.
To make your site easily shareable, you must install a social sharing plugin on your site, and when we talk about social sharing plugins, Social Warfare is the best choice.
It has the features that you won’t find in any other social share plugins. You can show Twitter share counts easily. You can even get your share count back if you changed the URL of the pages.
I am in love with this plugin, and I have it on this blog as well.
Jetpack is a great plugin that has a lot of features that you can enable and use. You can check your site’s traffic stats, show social sharing buttons, create a contact form, and much more stuff you can do with it.
Related posts, post by email, and mobile optimized theme are some more features of Jetpack.
It is a must have a plugin for your WordPress site because it supercharges your site by equipping it with many useful features.
In the world of bad computer guys, you need to keep your site safe, and to do that you can go for BulletProof Security plugin which makes many changes and applies various settings to secure your site from hacking attacks.
It creates secure .htaccess file and has settings for login security to save your site from Brute Force attacks.
Overall, I would say get this plugin if you want to protect your site from hackers.
Google Analytics is the best tool to track the traffic and visitors that come to your site. Though you can use Google.com/analytics, it’s great to have a plugin right there in your WordPress dashboard so that you can check the stats there only. You don’t have to open Analytics site for looking at the stats every time.
I believe this is a must have WordPress plugin for your site.
Nothing is safe online, and that is the reason we are always advised to keep a backup of our data. So, why not our website?
Yes, keeping your site backed up is recommended. In WordPress, you need to take two types of backups which are: File Backup and Database backup. There are many plugins that take backup of your WP site as per your instructions. But, most of them are built to take backup of either files or database. Very few are there that take backup of both files and database, and BackWPup is one of such plugins.
It is a superb plugin that takes both backups, and send the backup file wherever you want either by email, or on your hosting space, or to Dropbox.
Install the plugin, create jobs, schedule the backup time, and you are done!
I have been noticing many of my blogger friends are getting issues with the featured images in their WordPress theme. This plugin allows you to regenerate the thumbnails for your image attachments. You can regenerate thumbnails for all image uploads.
This is an excellent plugin that solves your thumbnail and featured image issues in no time.
WordPress is the best CMS not just because it is great but also you can find tons of WordPress Guides online that you can check out to learn it, and fix your WP related problems yourself. WPbeginner.com, WPwars.com, and many other are on the list.
This list of plugin is small one because there are huge number WP plugins are available which you can use as per the need.