WordPress currently lists more than 30,000 plugins in its directory and for a novice WordPress user, it’s a bit hard to determine which of these 30k+ plugins they need. Here is a list of 5 must have, well-build WordPress plugins every WordPress website could use. These are extremely helpful if you are planning for a long-healthy-fast site administration.
Jetpack is a bundle of useful tools.More than 30 tools which are extremely helpful for every WordPress website out there. The plugin is developed under Automattic, creators of the WordPress platform itself.
Installing and configuring Jetpack is a simple process. You will have to connect with your WordPress.com account and you are ready to use all the tools. Some tools are activated by default and you can activate the rest as per your choice.
Here are the most useful tools in Jetpack bundle:
- WordPress.com Stats : Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server
Jetpack Comments : A new comment system that has integrated social media login options
- Contact Form : Easily insert a contact form anywhere on your site.
- Publicize : Connect your site to popular social networks and automatically share new posts with your friends.
Akismet is your ultimate spam assassin. Spam comments will be your greatest head-ache once you start running a WordPresss website. Akismet is a one stop solution to spam handling, It is developed by Automattic as well.
Installing and configuring akismet requires some time. After installing the plugin on your site, you will have to gain an API key from the Akismet website by connecting to your WordPress.com account and choosing a plan. The personal spam protection plan is available for any amount you like to donate(you can pay nothing if you wish). You can also get premium quality spam prevention and support forum using their paid subscription.
Putting your site at the top of search results is the key behind every successful website. But for new web masters, with not much knowledge of SEO, this is a vital milestone . The WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast is great tool for all your search engine optimization needs. The plugins has simple interface which allows you to browse through different options and familiarize yourself with the plugin.
You can define keywords for each posts or pages you publish, the plugin analyse the post real time and give you suggestions to improve your search rankings. The plugin also updates your sites XML sitemap regularly, providing more search engine visibility.
W3 Total Cache improves your website’s web performance using caching. It is important for each web master to optimze the page loading time of their website. A page that takes ages to load is not a healthy bet, if you are planning to draw visitors into your site. W3 Total Cache is easy to configure and will definitely improve your page loading time.
w3 Total Cache plugin features:
- CDN management
- Page caching
- Caching of feeds
- database caching
and many more. It is indeed a must have plugin for anyone who wished fast loading performance. Who doesn’t by the way?
WordPress is a powerful CMS with a pile of functions, but that doesn’t means that it is immune to cyber attacks. Like any other part of web; WordPress websites are also targeted by hackers. WordPress fixes its bugs and improves security with each new release but its not enough to full stop cyber attackers from invading your website.
Wordfence Security is a great tool that makes your site more secure. It offers:
- Server side scan of source code
- Real-time blocking of blacklisted bots and hackers
- Scan themes, plugins etc