If you have a WordPress website or blog, or you are thinking of starting one, here are 5 Must-have plugins that every website should have!
The list consists of free plugins that can help to have a more secure and robust website while getting more traffic, more customers.
Once you get your website deployed, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that is not vulnerable to malicious attacks from the hackers. Our recommendation for a security plugin is Wordfence.
It is the most downloaded security plugin for WordPress websites.
This plugin notifies you via email about the security issued that your website has: when a new plugin needs to be updated, a summary about all the blocked hacked attempts to your website, etc.
Here are some of its features:
- Powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed, the Web Application Firewall stops you from getting hacked.
- Wordfence Scan leverages the same proprietary feed, alerting you quickly in the event your site is compromised.
- Live Traffic view gives you real-time visibility into traffic and hack attempts on your WordPress website.
There is also a paid version ($99/year) that has additional features such as auditing existing passwords, checking to see if your website is spamvertised (that it can severely impact your SEO rating and email deliverability), country blocking, real-time threat defence feed, check to see if Site IP is generating spam, scheduled scans, premium support, etc.
This plugin doesn’t guarantee that your website or blog won’t be hacked, but it will reduce the chances for hackers to hack your website.
Once you’ve dealt with security you need to be able to recover your website if something wrong might happened (deleting by mistake some pages, or plugin updates that crash, etc). So the next thing we are going to address is BACKUP plugins. A popular choice with over 4 million downloads and over 600,000 of active installations is BackWPup.
This plugin can be used to save your complete installation of your website as a single backup zip file and push that file on external Backup services like Dropbox, FTP, S3, etc.
If something happens you are able to easily restore an installation.
3. Contact Forms
Are you looking to add a contact form on your Website? Contact Form 7 is one of the oldest and most downloaded contact form plugin.
If you need a basic contact form for your website or your blog, Contact Form 7 is a great choice. And there are some third party plugins (most of them free as well) that act as add-on plugins for Contact Form 7.
4. SEO – Search Engine Optimisation plugin
In order to attract more visitors from search engines (Google, Bing and Yahoo) you need an SEO plugin. Probably the most common one is Yoast SEO (with more than 1 Million of active installs and a 5 star review)
While this plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimisation, it also helps you to write a better content for your pages. It forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your blog articles and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.
The Page Analysis functionality checks simple things that you might forget to do to improve your content such as: if your images have alt tag containing the focused keyword, checks to see if your post is long enough, or if you have a meta description, or if you used subheadings in your article, etc. Also, it allows you to create XML Sitemaps and notifies Google & Bing of their existence.
5. Google Analytics plugin
With over 19 million downloads and more than 1 million of active installs, Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights plugin allows you to connect your WordPress website with Google Analytics, so you can see how visitors find and use your website, where they are coming from, what are the best-performing pages/articles, etc, so you can keep them coming back. The Dashboard shows you the stats that matter.
We hope this article helped you find some of the best free WordPress plugins for your website. Please share in the comments below what other free WordPress plugins do you find useful for your website or blog.