We all know that WordPress is an open-source website building platform. There are tons of plugins within the platform to use to help you create a stunning looking website from scratch. From website builders to anti-hacking security plugins. WordPress has it all. Some of these plugins offer premium features but many of them are free to use.
As a newbie or new business owner that prefers not to make use of a website designer, all these plugins could be really confused at first.
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In this article, I will be discussing the ‘Must have’ plugins that you should consider using on your WordPress website. These plugins come great in handy and offer a lot of value, even on the free plans.
5 must-have plugins for WordPress Website
For all the experienced WordPress web designers out there, this plugin would come on this list as expected. Elementor offers a drag and drop builder with a wide variety of elements.
From sliders to tabs to text boxes to buttons. Elementor has it all. Even with the free package, Elementor offers a lot of value. There are a lot of third party companies that offer even more functionality if you would like even more options to work with.
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As WordPress is a website builder, it requires some back-end code to run on the site. Some of these codes are sometimes not needed and do absolutely nothing but slow down the site. This of course leads to longer loading time and bigger website files.
With the help of WP Rocket, you can cache your site and speed it up in all the ways possible. WP Rocket is one of the most powerful caching plugins on WordPress. Use it to improve the speed of your site, SEO rankings and conversions.
WP Rocket is a paid plugin. From my experience, I think purchasing WP Rocket is worth every penny.
Of course, there are some alternatives for WP Rocket that are free to use, but none of them offer as much value as WP Rocket, but still is worth checking out and making use of.
- W3 Total Cache
- WP Super Cache
- WP Fastest Cache
If you are not familiar with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) then this plugin will be difficult to understand and to work with. I’m going to explain this plugin as simply as possible. Yoast SEO boosts your SEO rankings. It provides tips and kind of “forces” you to make your content more SEO and ranking friendly. It’s a great tool to use if you’re planning on generating organic traffic to your site.
Make sure you read Yoast SEO’s training course on how to use this plugin before jumping right into using it. You will have a difficult time using it if you are new. Watching a couple of YouTube tutorials also helps.
Even the free version of Yoast SEO offers some valuable features to rank your site.
This plugin helps you to monitor your traffic, user interactions and some additional information. MinsterInsights is the all in one plugin to monitor your WordPress website’s performance.
Here are some great features MonsterInsights offers according to their website:
- Real-Time Analysis
- E-commerce Reports
- GDPR Friendly
- User behaviour Report
- SEO Ranking Reports
- Over 100 Data Points
MonsterInsights also enables you to set up Google Analysis within WordPress. Even with the free package, MonsterInsights is extremely valuable to use to monitor your site’s performance.
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UpdraftPlus is a WordPress plugin that creates backups of your existing site. This is extremely helpful when you are updating plugins. Most often, updating plugins can lead to breaking your entire website. It’s always advisable to constantly create backups.
UpdraftPlus allows you to store your backups on Google Drive, DropBox, S3, Rackspace, EFT and more. The plugin offers some additional premium features such as automatic backups, scheduled backups and more.
Even with the free version, UpdraftPlus offers some amazing value to its customers.
With that all being said, I hope you found this article very helpful as a starter for your upcoming WordPress website. There are plenty of great plugins that WordPress offers, but these mentioned are personally my favourite and essentials I would use.
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