WordPress comes with a ton of features right out the box but there are way to make your WordPress experience even better and that is with the addition of the right plugins. As of Jan 2017, there are almost 50,000 free plugins on WordPress directory, and thousands of more premium ones. Here are some free and premium WordPress plugins every site must have.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
As you already know, on-page SEO is super important for every site, it will take you hours to do manually for each page, which is why WordPress SEO by Yoast is #1 on this list. WordPress SEO by Yoast is a complete website SEO optimization package, with more than 1 million active installs, it is the most popular WordPress SEO plugin. Publish XML sitemaps, add titles and descriptions, get real time content analysis, edit robots.txt and .htaccess files and so much more.
W3 Total Cache
We know that the speed of your site plays a huge role in search rankings, with W3 Total Cache, you no longer need to worry about your site being slow. W3 Total Cache will not only make your site faster but it will also reduce download times and save you bandwidth, which results in a better experience for visitor and better rankings on Google.
I don’t know if you have noticed but in WordPress editor there is no option to make tables, sure you could use HTML and CSS to make one but that takes way too long. With TablePress you can easily make beautiful, user-friendly tables without any coding.
Do you have lots of images on your website? If you do and you have not optimized those images then those images are taking up lots of disk space and slowing down your site. WP Smush will optimize your images without reducing the quality, which will free up to 90% disk space and make your site much faster.
Just like everything, your WordPress database needs a good cleaning once in a while. This plugin will use the proper WordPress delete functions to clean up your site database and optimize your tables. This is a great plugin for larger sites.
Akismet is the best plugin to protect your site from comment spam. Made by the WordPress team, this plugin looks through all your comments and will filter out the ones that it thinks are spammy.
Contact Form 7
Every site needs a contact form and this plugin makes it super easy to make one. With Ajax-powered submit buttons, Akismet filtering and CAPTCHA, this is the best free contact form plugin.
These plugins will surely make it easier for you to manage your site and deliver a better user experience. If you thought this post was helpful, make sure to share and subscribe, let us know in the comments if we should do a part 2 for this post.
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