Top Plugins WordPress, but first what are plugins? It is a piece of software that helps you do things without having to pay someone to write the code to do a certain task.
WordPress comes with plenty of “plugins” to help you succeed with your writing, placement of images, and other tools to help you achieve your desired goal. But it does lack other certain things you that are needed in order to compete with other sites and blogs.
For instance, speed and quick loading images are a big factor in Google’s eyes but how can you make faster loading images and quicker loading of your site if you have no coding experience? Easy, you find a good plugin to help you achieve this!
It is important to note that you can upload plugins if you have a self-hosted WordPress platform. WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform. Its owner is Matt Mullenberg.
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Learn how to upload plugins here.
How many plugins are too many?
That is a good question and from my own experience and research, it can vary from site to site. But as a rule of thumb about 15 is OK 20 is going overboard. Too many plugins can bog down your website so it’s always best to ask yourself “Do I really need this plugin“?
Here are my top plugins for WordPress that I consider essential to the success of your website. There are in no certain order just a list has helped me provide the best user experience and content for my niche website.
I really like this plugin and it is a good free SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plugin program for the beginner. It has a ton of features that will help you write posts that will hopefully get you those top search engine rankings you are looking for.
It basically analyzes your content and gives you a score based on your keywords, title, description and most importantly your focus keyword. The free version does help you improve your SEO skills without having to fork out big bucks to pay SEO specialists or other expensive programs.
You basically train yourself by following the suggestions recommendation at the bottom of each post in your WordPress dashboard. Eventually, you will want to purchase the upgrade.
The premium version of this plugins is a tad pricey but well worth the price – $89.00 for one year. Yes, you have to renew each year.
A plugin that helps speed your WordPress site. The faster your site loads the more likely your potential visitor will stick around.
It makes optimizing your site easy. It can aggregate, minify and cache scripts and styles, injects CSS in the page head by default (but can also defer), moves and defers scripts to the footer and minifies HTML.
The directions are pretty straightforward even for those who are not tech savvy.
Here is Autoptimize Forum Support.
EWWW image optimizer
Do you really need an image reduction plugin? You better believe it. The EWWW Image Optimizer helps increase your page speed. It’s no secret that page speed helps with SEO it will also improve conversion rates this means more sales and subscriber opt-ins. It will also save you storage space and bandwidth.
It will automatically optimize new images that you upload, it can also optimize all the images that you have already uploaded, and optionally convert your images to the best file format. You can choose pixel perfect compression or high compression options that are visually lossless.
Everyone knows or should know GDPR law regulations are now required. This means your site needs to be GDPR compliant sooo….how do we this without paying big bucks to someone or some company to make our site compliant? Easy, you use the GDPR Cookie plugin.
It has a ton of features below are a few of them.
- 100% GDPR compliant
- Customizable cookie message
- Redirects users to a specified page for more cookie information
- Multiple cookie expiry options
Here is their support forum.
The plugins mentioned here can be downloaded via your WordPress dashboard. Be sure to activate them after downloading. Once they are active they will give you the option to use the free version or upgrade to the premium.
It’s always best to use the free version until you are comfortable then you can decide to upgrade or not.
These are good plugins to use for your WordPress website. They work and accomplish what they say they do. There are other plugins that are important but if you are a new WordPress user these are essential to your success.
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Paul Guzman WordPress Blogger, Advisor, and loves to help other WordPress website users become successful. Father, Husband, Grandfather and all around good guy.