WordPress is core software to design blog and websites.Plugins are add-ons to wordpress which extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. There is huge repository of the plugins available at your finger tips.
Below are some of good plugins which you can consider. These are minimum of type which you should have. WordPress repository is full of good plugins. There are and will be better plugins that those mentioned below, but this is what we are using for ourselves.
Point here is you must have at least below plugins for your blog.
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Spam Removals
- Page Builder
BLOG is like a second home/business which provides good returns to you. Some Bloggers are earning in thousands. You protect physical home/business place with smoke detector, Burglar alarm, insurance. Then why not online business…….? Protect your online business as well……!!!
Thieves in online word are equipped with sophisticated tools which can intrude your blog. They steal important information, wipe out your site. It is huge damage, imagine going down of a site which earns thousands of dollar for you. It is like becoming bankrupt in overnight. So better to invest in some good security plugins, to keep bad guys out.
Secure your website with the most comprehensive WordPress security plugin. Firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security & more.
This is one of the most downloaded plugins 1+ Millions. They offer free as well as premium version. Check out https://www.wordfence.com for more details.
Some of features,
- WordPress Firewall
- Blocking Features
- Login Security
- Security Scanning
- Monitoring Features
- Multi-Site Security
- IPv6 Compatible
- Major Theme and Plugins Supported
- Free Learning Center
Do you insure your home/Business? Backup plugins are like insurance. That is the reason, back up plugins are must and critical for your site. These plugins make a copy of your entire site in file system. It backs us everything database, plugins, images. Back up would be useful in below scenario.
- Hosting Service Failure – your data is stored on hosting hardware/software. Anything can go wrong with it as well.
- Hacking – if security of your site is breached and intruder wiped out your entire data and site.
Backup plugin helps to restore your site with some clicks and bring you back in business again with less disruption.
Below is the plugin which you can use
Backup and restoration made easy. Complete backups; manual or scheduled (backup to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email + others).
UpdraftPlus is the highest-ranking backup plugin on WordPress.org, with over 900,000 currently active installs.
SEO…. what is this? It stands for Search Engine Optimization. There are search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex, Ask, etc. Quality of content matters most, but you should consider search engine while writing content. No use of good content if it does not rank high in search engine, as it is the main source of traffic to your site. People will only read your content when it will get noticed. SEO plugins analyze your blog content and suggests improvements as per common SEO rules.
Below is one of the plugin which you can use
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin.
This is also most downloaded plugin on WordPress (1+Million) repository.
- Page Analysis
- Technical WordPress Search Engine Optimization
- Meta & Link Elements
- XML Sitemaps
- RSS Optimization
- Edit your .htaccess and robots.txt file
- Multi-Site Compatible
- Import & Export functionality
- Import functionality for other WordPress SEO plugins
4. Spam Protection
Spammers can take the fun out of blogging by polluting the comments on your WordPress site. Comments are like a conversation,sharing and getting feedback from reader. Spammer can put unsolicited message, multiple messages, spam URL etc. It hurts credit of your blog. It is difficult to manage it manually. So use automation and keep spammer out using the Spam Protection Plugin.
Akismet blocks 99.9% of spam from reaching your blog. Turn Akismet on and it constantly learns and updates itself to automatically protect your site.
5. Social Share
How much time your spend on social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus? A lot… am I right? Not only you there are many people who spends hours on social sites. Social sites provides you opportunity to connect with these people and share content of your blog with them. You need to use it effectively to increase traffic to your blog.
Google Analytics lets you analyze data from all touch points in one place, for a deeper understanding of your customer experience. You can then share the insights that matter with your whole organization
Source :- https://www.google.com
It is basically tracks visitor of your blog in different dimensions like age, sex, demography, etc. You need to register on Google Analytic. WordPress offer below plugins which you can use to check all this information of WordPress admin console itself.
Google Analytics by MonsterInsights
Connect Google Analytics with WordPress by adding your Google Analytics tracking code. Get the stats that matter.
7. Page Design
WordPress is for Blog but you can use plugins to design custom webpages. You do not need to have knowledge about any coding language. This plugins provides drag and drop functionality to design stunning, mobile friendly pages.
You can use below plugin for it.
Page Builder by SiteOrigin
Build responsive page layouts using the widgets you know and love using this simple drag and drop page builder.
Reference: Description given by individual publisher at https://wordpress.org/plugins.
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