Here are the top ten WordPress plugins that you need to use for your website.
Our company focuses on WordPress development for building client websites. The reason for this is the continuing popularity of WordPress (both free and paid) and a wide selection of themes and templates. WordPress was also one of the contenders for the throne in part two of our 8 Bruising Things I Learned as a Content Writer series.
It is the number one content management system (CMS), used by about 25% of all sites. It is also easier to rank a WordPress site on Google search engines through SEO than another CMS. We also choose WordPress as we want to build our client sites quickly and free of errors and wish to match our client’s expectations.
Plugins are one of the great features of WordPress. Plugins are add-ons to the themes or templates to change the functionality of WordPress. They are developed by companies with expertise in PHP, databases, and an understanding of how WordPress works.
Our SEO experts got hard at work researching the most popular and useful plugins. We asked our website development team for their top picks as well. Our back-end developer Vignesh told us some plugins that he loved to use.
Here is a list of ten WordPress plugins chosen by the Opteamize team. You can take a look at them and recommend them to fellow users.
As this year comes to a close and people count down to the end of 2016, we count down the top 10 WordPress Plugins. Without further ado, let’s begin.
#1 – Yoast
WordPress Yoast SEO is not just an SEO plugin, it is the complete website optimization package. Apart from adding titles and descriptions to your articles, you can also add open graph metadata, analyze pages, publish XML sitemap, and more. The Yoast plugin is easy to install and setup and that’s why we use it on all our websites.
#2 – UpdraftPlus Backup
UpdraftPlus is the easiest and most beginner friendly WordPress backup and migration plugin. It quickly sets up an automatic backup schedule for your website. You can store your backups on the Cloud and rest easy, knowing you’ve backed up all your content. If you want to keep your WordPress content safe, you need UpdraftPlus.
#3 – WP Fastest Cache
WP Fastest Cache increases the load speed for WordPress pages, which will improve the overall visitor experience. It increases server performance by reducing download times. By reducing page load times, overall site performance improves which helps your site’s rank in search engines. WP Fastest Cache also helps improve web server performance during high traffic periods, which is crucial for larger websites.
#4 – Fast Secure Contact Form
Fast Secure Contact Form is the most beginner friendly contact form plugin. This online form builder allows you to easily create contact forms, email subscription forms, order forms, payment forms, and other types of online forms with just a few clicks. We use it on WPBeginner and all of our other sites.
#5 – BulletProof Security
Any website on the internet can get hacked or attacked by malicious denial of service attacks. You need to prepare yourself for such harmful threats. That’s why we use BulletProof Security to monitor our website security. BulletProof Security offers real-time alerts, website security scanner, and even offers malware removal service
#6 – Autoptimize
Autoptimize makes optimizing your site easy. It joins all scripts and styles, compresses them, adds expires headers, caches them, and moves styles to the page head and can move scripts to the footer. It also shortens the HTML code itself, making your page lightweight. There are advanced options and an extensive API available to enable you to tailor Autoptimize to each site’s specific needs.
#7 – Social Share Button & Analytics by GetSocial
Social share button & analytics by GetSocial. The unique Social Plugin to let you integrate Social Shares, Social Login, and Social Comments on your website.
#8 – WooCommerce
WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. This plugin allows you to sell anything in a beautifully. It is a great asset and a must-have for any e-commerce website.
#9 – Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
With the Black Studio TinyMCE Widget, you can insert rich text and/or media objects directly into your sidebars without any HTML coding through a visual editor. This helps because, by default, WordPress text widgets lack the editor capabilities that are offered in posts and pages. The Black Studio TinyMCE Widget overcomes these limitations by providing a clean visual interface for adding media and text. Those that prefer to switch from a visual editor to HTML (like posts and pages) also have that option.
#10 – BJ Lazy Load
BJ Lazy Load helps your WordPress site load faster and saves bandwidth. The plugin replaces most images on your site with a placeholder and loads the content as it gets close to entering the browser screen when a visitor scrolls the page. You can use it for as post images, thumbnails, content IFrames, and Gravatar images. You can also include other images within your site using a delivered function.
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Those were our top ten WordPress plugins that you need to install. Be sure to use them to improve the functionality of your website.