It can be said that no plugins, your WordPress isn’t complete yet. There are over 50,000+ WordPress plugins that you can choose from and WordPress’s compatible range almost can satisfy most of the people needed, that’s what people want.
However, find out, filter, and select the best plugins for you are the time and energy-consuming things, especially for the newbie. Therefore, read other people’s reviews and recommendations about the plugins will be the better choice for you.
We will recommend some plugins that most of the people will use, hope it can help you save time.
SEO (search engine optimization) is a marketing strategy that considers how search engines work, it helps to improve the website’s organic traffic (unpaid traffic) and visibility (ranking) to a website from search engines.
You can find out many SEO plugins at WordPress, the most popular one is YOAST which SEO plugin I used too. The SEO plugin can’t help you auto-optimization and rank high by itself, it like a guideline give you SEO tips, and leading you to write better SEO content.
For normal use, the YOAST free version is enough for most people, if you have enough budget you can try their pro version. Of course, I recommend you use a paid SEO tool outside WordPress, it’s more powerful than you imagine, but the price expensive than YOAST pro.
The plugins can speeds up your website by the system cache, optimizing JS, CSS, images (incl. lazyload), HTML and Google Fonts, syncing JS, removing emoji craft, and more.
Different cache and performance optimization plugins have their own features. If you are the Siteground user, you can use the free plugin called SG Optimizer, it provides many functions that other cache and performance optimization plugins only provided on the Pro (paid) version.
For other web hosting users, I recommend the WP Fastest Cache plugin, it’s free version better than other plugins, then the Pro version cheaper than other plugins, you can use forever for once you paid ($49.99). Compared to others plugins, in order to the maximum benefit, they provide a monthly plan, the cheapest one I saw like $5+ monthly.
XML sitemaps absolutely good for SEO, as they allow search engine crawlers such as Google to quickly find your essential website pages and new pages, then crawl them to make people can find them on the search engine, even if your internal linking isn’t perfect.
For the new version of WordPress, it finally released an XML sitemap function, however, its XML sitemap function not that good as my expectations. You can install YOAST or Google XML sitemap to alternative it.
I’m using YOAST for SEO, but not using their sitemap function because their sitemap function crawl and re-crawl too slow even not updated (maybe YOAST pro working so good). Instead, the Google XML Sitemap is awesome, detail, fast crawl and re-crawl my websites every 2-3 days.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union and the European Economic Area.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a state statute intended to enhance privacy rights and consumer protection for residents of California, United States.
GDPR and CCPA policy need to inform users that what data the website will collect, what purposes of used for, which third parties you share data with, who is the cookies provider, how you store user’s data in order to ensure its protection, and so on.
Analysis plugin helps the website owner testing and analyzing a website’s performance in relation to SEO, speed, competition, and traffic, and so on.
Site Kit by Google is the free plugin that can help you connect Google Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Adsense, Google PageSpeed Insights, and so on. The plugin lets you don’t need to waste time go to each of these Google websites to see your data, you can see all data within your WordPress.
There is also one popular plugin called MonsterInsights the other plugin has the same function as Site Kit by Google from its free version. If you have enough budget, you can upgrade to MonsterInsights Plus enjoy more tracking functions, and more detailed data collected. It makes your website grow confident.
Elementor is a drag-and-drop page builder for WordPress. This plugin can help you easily create beautiful pages without any code. You can try the free version, you will love its function.
Even if you’re not a professional, none of any experience with site-building, using Elementor still can help you build a beautiful website just for you, you don’t need to hire someone or buy a template anymore.
Inside Elementor, there are also provided lots of diversifying templates to you, in order to help you more easily to build your site. It’s also can connect with many third parties add-on help it functions more completely.
The free version of Elementor maybe lacks some function such as CSS/HTML editor. If you only use the free version, it’s not that good for long time use. The Pro version absolutely worth that price, I suggest you buy it if you have a budget, especially for a newbie.
A newsletter can help you hold your website visitors if they subscribe to your site. It can keep your website has stable traffic by sending new content to your subscribers each period.
Keep your website active and write more good content, let more people desired to subscribe, it will help your website bigger and bigger.
Because the newsletter function important for any website builder, so most of the newsletter plugins almost need to pay, even the plugins have the free version, compared to the paid version, it’s totally different.
MC4WP: Mailchimp for WordPress and Newsletter has the free version to provide people use, the function is OK. Moreover, if you have Elementor Pro, you can connect some add-on to build a newsletter or using the Pro template to build a newsletter too, you don’t need to pay extra money to buy a newsletter plugin.
The security plugin can protect your website with firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security, and so on. Your website will be more safety, Wordfence Security is the most popular security plugin, the free version can satisfy most people need.
According to what web hosting you use, you should install the security plugin. For example, Godday had a data breach in 2020, so you can imagine you are under risky.
For using Siteground, you don’t need to install a security plugin, because Siteground provides a security scanner to auto-scan your website every day and send a weekly mail report to let you know.
If your website has a comment form or contact form, you should pay attention to malicious content such as someone’s reply repeatedly, dirty content, promotion, and so on. An anti-spam plugin can help you protect your site without malicious content.
Akismet Anti-Spam is the most popular anti-spam plugin, it blocks 99.9% of spam from reaching your website. Turn Akismet on and it constantly learns and updates itself to automatically protect your site.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) are protocols for establishing authenticated and encrypted links between networked computers. Transmission of such data as credit card details, account login information, any other sensitive information has to be encrypted to prevent eavesdropping.
Really Simple SSL is the most popular plugin, it automatically detects your settings and configures your website to run over https, of course, your website needs an SSL certification can be running success.
For some web hosting such as Siteground, you can one-click running the SSL through their platform, so you don’t need an SSL plugin.
WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It is designed for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress.
If you want to build a business website with WordPress, WooCommerce is the first choice for you. It inherits all advantages of WordPress and uses it to build a world-class eCommerce experience for its users. In sum, It’s fast, secure, and easy to use, millions of businesses choose it too.
Moreover, whatever you sell, WooCommerce can connect a third-parties payment processor such as PayPal. It helps you receive payments online from your customers without first setting up your own merchant account with a bank. It makes online business become easier.
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