Having the right set of WordPress plugins and tools can help you grow your online business. There are over 55,000+ WordPress plugins that you can choose from. This makes it extremely overwhelming for new users to find the right plugin for their website.
We are often asked by our blog coaching clients about the best WordPress plugin suggestions for SEO, social media, backups, speed, etc. Here’s a list of our 10 must have WordPress plugins.
Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
Major features in Akismet include:
- Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam.
- Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
- URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
- Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
- A discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site.
PS: You’ll be prompted to get an Akismet.com API key to use it, once activated. Keys are free for personal blogs; paid subscriptions are available for businesses and commercial sites.
The only security plugin you’ll need, period. It reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities, and by implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques. Protect against “Brute Force Login Attack” with the Login Lockdown feature. Users with a certain IP address or range will be locked out of the system for a predetermined amount of time based on the configuration settings and you can also choose to be notified via email whenever somebody gets locked out due to too many login attempts.
A plugin to maximize social shares and drive more traffic using the fastest and most intelligent share buttons on the market, calls to action via in-post click-to-tweets, popular posts widgets based on share popularity, link-shortening, Google Analytics and much, much more!
The easy recipe plugin that everyone can use. An easy workflow allows you to add recipes to any post or page with automatic JSON-LD metadata for your recipes. This metadata will improve your SEO and get you more visitors!
This WordPress SEO plugin helps you with your search engine optimization.
This plugin enables Google Analytics for your entire WordPress site. Lightweight and fast with plenty of great features.
Dramatically reduce image file sizes without losing quality, make your website load faster, boost your SEO and save money on your bandwidth.
It’s EASY to create an index on your WordPress blog with EasyIndex. It works right out of the box. Most other index solutions require you to laboriously select and add each category or tag you want to index , or even look up category and post IDs. With EasyIndex, you just select the things you want to index from a list and the plugin can create an index almost instantly.
Really Simple SSL automatically detects your settings and configures your website to run over https. To keep it lightweight, the options are kept to a minimum. The entire site will move to SSL. A must if you’re collecting personal data on your site!
The Cache Enabler plugin creates static HTML files and stores them on the servers disk. The web server will deliver the static HTML file and avoids the resource intensive backend processes (core, plugins and database). This WordPress cache engine will improve the performance (seed) of your website.
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