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Top 10 Essential Plugins for Your WordPress Based Website

Posted on the 13 September 2017 by Kharim Tomlinson @KharimTomlinson
Top 10 Essential Plugins for your WordPress based website

When it comes to using different plugins, the WordPress is considered as a good platform. The plug-ins help us to customize the WordPress to a much higher level. Usually, there are limited options when it comes to the original WordPress. With the use of plug-ins, we can add up different functionalities which will help us to make our website more convenient internally as well as externally.

We can have different kinds of plugins which might be related to SEO, blogging and backups, customizations and many others. Today we will let you know about Top ten Plug-ins for your WordPress website.

Yoast SEO

SEO is the most important thing for any website, and Yoast SEO helps the blogger to do all the basic SEO settings for every post he or she will be posting. They constantly keep on updating the plugin for the best SEO optimized post. Following are the features of Yoast SEO:

  • Free (at least for the basic SEO)
  • Focus Keyword ranking
  • XML Sitemap
  • Google Search Console & other webmaster tools Verification
  • Social Media Optimizer also included

Google Analytics

This is one of the most important plugins one would require as his website grows, this is a part of the Yoast plugin, but requires to be installed separately. You must filter your IP addresses, so you have the best possible analytics available for your website; now let us have a look at the features offered by the Plug-in:

  • It is Free (Like most of the plug-ins from Google)
  • Tracks search results and 404 error causing pages
  • Link tracking abilities
  • Allows you to see metrics in the WP dashboard

W3 Total Cache

You might need one or the other speed optimizing plug-in for your website. If you are a blogger and made the WordPress based website on your own, then the website will surely be having some speed issues, which can be solved with the help of W3 Total Cache. You can change different settings in the performance tabs in the dashboard which you will get after installing the plug-in, here are the features which you will get along with the plug-in:

Gravity Forms

If you are running a blog, then you might not need this form, but if you are running a website based on WordPress then surely this one is going to help you. This plug-in can help you create different types of forms such as a contact form to different types of conditional logic forms. This one is a paid plug-in, but don't have any loopholes or bugs and works perfectly for a form plug-in. As this one is paid you can even ask for support from the developers, let us talk about some of the features offered by Gravity Forms:

  • Adapts to CSS and colors website is based on
  • Can easily customize the colors and CSS of the forms
  • Spam Protection

Widget Logic

With this plug-in, you can choose where you need to add the widgets on the website, and under what condition a particular widget will show up. There is a different kind of conditional tags which controls the appearance of different widgets. This is a free version and still offers the most out of it, but there is also a paid version which does offer more of the features.

iThemes Security

There have been talks about security of WordPress every now, not because WordPress is not secure enough, but as the hackers keep on finding new bugs and loopholes. iThemes Security and Wordfence both are quite good for providing security to a WordPress blog, but wordfence is a paid one, if you don't have a budget as of now, you can currently go for iThemes which are free. Features of iThemes Security are as follows:

  • File change detection
  • Lock out inattentive users
  • Create backups of every database
  • Sends notification of each activity
  • Hide login panel
  • Brute force protection

Fancier Author Box

If you are currently writing an article on your website, then you might either display just the name or just a photo of the author. The authors are the most integral part of a website. Hence it does require a bit of investment. With this widget, you can display a photo and bio, but this will also be working just with Genesis Themes, which is a downside of the theme.

Quick Page

This plug-in is quite great in functionality. You can easily create 301 redirects, and it works great, you can find many broken pages in the Google search counsel which you must repair with the application as soon as possible.

Broken Link Checker

This is a free plugin which helps to improve your website's SEO. Broken links are bad from SEO point of view, but there are many different hosting companies who have blocked the plugin. You can install the plugin and use to see the broken links, once you correct them, simply delete the plugin to escape from any future trouble.

Updraftplus Backup

This is a great backup plugin available for WordPress, it features different backup options, and you must also keep a copy of backup with you. You must not rely on your hosting for most of the part.

These are some of the plugins which you must use on your WordPress website, if you have any problem with any of the above-mentioned plugins do reach out to us via the comment section.

Author Bio:

Maggie Sawyer is a web developer and professionally associated with MarkupHQ Ltd which provides the Best PSD to WordPress Service and lot more. She loves writing about digital world, technologies, web designing & coding.

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