6 essential plugins for wordpress

Written by: Dulal Deb

While with WordPress we can very easily create our custom websites with pre-built templates, WordPress alone cannot provide with all types of features we want to integrate. And that’s where plugins come into the picture. There is a wide range of plugins available in the WordPress community with the majority of them being free and some of them being paid.

Before we identify and use the essential or most important plugins in our website, let’s first understand what a plugin is, how it helps us, and how to add it to our website.

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What is a plugin?

How to install a plugin in WordPress?

Top 6 plugins in WordPress

What is a plugin?

A plugin is an additional piece of software or application that helps us to extend the basic functionality of our WordPress website. This means, there is already certain functionality available as an independent piece of application, by integrating which will help us to achieve our requirements.

Now let’s see, how we can install or add a plugin to our website.

How to install a plugin in WordPress?

To install a plugin in WordPress we will follow three simple steps as mentioned below.

Step 1

Click on the Plugins option from the left side menu.

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Step 2

Click on Add New option, to install a new plugin, or select the upload option from the top, in case you already have a plugin copy in your system.

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Step 3

After installing the plugin of your choice, activate the plugin by clicking on the Active button. Once the plugin is activated, you are free to make use of that plugin’s features on your website.

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So, let’s see now the must have plugins, for your website 

Web Design Specialist

Join the exclusive mentorship program where you will learn about designing & developing a website in Web 3.0 standard using no-code tools.

Yoast SEO

One of the best SEO plugin which you can use in your website for optimizing the SEO of your website. The free version is sufficient enough for making changes to your website for better results. And offcourse, you can upgrade to their paid services anytime, based on your requirement.

Light Speed Cache

High performance page caching and website optimization plugin for wordpress websites. Some of Light Speed Cache features include minify of Javascript and CSS files, image optimization, lazy loading of images, browser cache support and many more. Also, I have personally used this plugin and have wonderful experience.

Site Kit by Google

Site Kit by Google is a must have plugin if you are really interested to track the insights of the webpage, without moving away from your wordpress dashboard. Not only that, it also provides you with the option to integrate all tracking and analytics services from Google in one place. This is an official plugin from Google, so it comes completely risk free.

Sucuri

When it comes for security of my website, I trust none other than Sucuri. It is internationally recognized organization in terms of website security and also they are specialized in wordpress security. Some of Sucuri’s features include – security notification, blocklist monitoring, regular audits, remote malware scanning and much more.

Copy & Delete Posts

After struggling with multiple wordpress project for creating duplicate post and content easily, I could finally do my work faster and easier with this plugin Copy & Delete Posts. Its a free plugin and you can use it to create multiple duplicates of your posts or page easily with just one click. Instead of manually adding similar types of posts and pages by clicking on Add New option, the plugin comes in very handy and I would definitely recommend the same for content heavy sites.

WP Forms

WP Forms is a great plugin to create forms on your website. It is a free plugin that you can use in your contact pages to collect user’s emails or any other kind of forms you wish to create based on your website or business needs. In case you are not using any page builder like Divi or Elementor, then you can try using WP Forms.

Conclusion

Congratulations 🎉✨ for completing the article, and by now you must have got an understanding of some of the best WordPress plugins you need to have for your WordPress website.

Every website developed in WordPress might need additional plugins apart from the ones mentioned in the list above. Use plugins as required and let me know in the comments below which plugins you use in your project and which one is your favourite.

See you in the next article.

What you can do next?

  1. Join my free short course on how to use plugins on WordPress websites.
  2. Connect with me for a free mentorship in Web Design.
  3. Want to build your career in Web Design, enroll in my upcoming course Web Design Specialist
  4. If you are a self-taught person like me, then visit my Youtube channel, to explore more about Website Design & Development.

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