10 must have WordPress plugins
There are millions of plugins available in WordPress, but only a few are essential. It very much depends you the type of your site which plugins you will benefit from, but there are some generic (and free) ones which are a must have.
Search Engine Optimization is essential if you want to have a successful website – read our SEO introduction for beginners here.
Yoast SEO is an all-round plugin which helps you to create and keep a SEO friendly site. Probably the most useful functionality is the SEO and readability check on your post and pages. Not only does it notify you about potential SEO issues, it even provides you with suggestions how to fix them.
It also creates XML Sitemaps and the ability to link social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
WP Super Cache
As speed of your site is a very important factor when it comes to search engine rankings, WP Super Cache plugin is a must have. It creates static html files which are served to the majority of your visitors.
You don`t understand what this means? Don`t worry, you don`t have to. The only thing you need to know, that it makes your site faster and requires no additional technical knowledge – the default settings after the installation of the plugin are perfect.
Fortunately in WordPress you don`t need any programming skills to create a professionally looking website. Shortcodes Ultimate plugin is an essential tool to achieve this.
It provides you with dozens of useful shortcodes which you can insert into your posts with one click.
Creating tables, menus or adding YouTube videos or buttons couldn`t be easier.
This plugin is also about speed. WP-Optimize automatically optimizes the database behind your website.
It removes unnecessary data, runs automated clean-ups, compacts tables and much more.
Again no programming knowledge is required at all, this plugin is extremely user friendly and has a very easy to understand interface.
If you want to enable comments on your posts – and why wouldn`t you – this plugin is vital. There are many bots and people out there, who want to spam your site with non-topic related comments.
Akismet automatically checks all your comments and filters out all that look like spam.
You will probably guess that with the Duplicate Post plugin you can duplicate posts.
This sounds as a quite obvious feature, but is not part of the standard WordPress functionalities.
Cloning of posts with one click.
Advanced Custom Fields
If you imagined a bit more complex website, Advanced Custom Fields plugin might be something for you.
It allows you to create data fields besides the already existing ones (Post Date, Creator etc.) and assign them to your posts.
For example if you have posts about movies, you can create a custom field for “Released Date”, assign it to the posts and sort based on it.
The possibilities are completely depending on the type of your website.
a3 Lazy Load
This plugin is more mobile performance oriented, but can also speed up your website on desktops. Posts with a lot of images or videos can have incredibly high loading times.
a3 Lazy Load plugin addresses this issue. It limits the images and videos which are loaded when a page is viewed, and only loads them as your visitor scrolls.
To see the power of this plugin, visit it`s demo page containing 1000 (!!!) images and see how instantly it loads.
AddToAny Share Buttons
It is essential that your content is easily shareable. The AddToAny Share Buttons plugin makes it simple to insert sharing buttons into your posts.
You can even customize which services are displayed to better address your audience.
You can activate it on all posts, add it manually and even floating sharing buttons are available.
Broken Link Checker
It is a recommended SEO practice to include outbound links to your website which helps search engine to categorize your site.
Unfortunately sometimes the pages you link to disappear and you will have links pointing to a “404 Not Found” page.
As the name says, the Broken Link Checker plugin identifies these broken links. And not only does it detect these, it notifies you and even suggests alternatives.