Bloggers can not imagine WordPress without plugins.According to me almost half of your work is done by various plugins. In this two years, I have used some WordPress plugins as there are multiple plugins present for the same purpose, but only a few of them will give you remarkable results.
There are various category plugins available likes Social sharing, author profile, product review, analytics, SEO, etc. in WordPress plugin directory.Some premium plugins are paid, but you can use essential features at free of cost.
Here I am going to tell you which WordPress plugins are useful and used by me till now and the importance of WordPress plugins that will defiantly improve the performance, SEO, page rank of your blog.
1. SEO By Yoast
I highly recommend all bloggers to install this plugin, As it comes with a bundle of SEO package almost this plugin does 90% SEO work, it is available in WordPress directory free as well as paid version. You will get more features if you upgrade it to premium.You don’t need to optimize your website as this plugin take care of it like social sharing content, generating XML sitemap, identifying keywords density, etc.As for beginner its difficult to setup this plugin, I have written the article on complete SEO by Yoast plugin setup do read it to get more details of this plugin.
2. W3 Total Cache
If your website took so much time to load it, if you want to increase the speed of the site loading and improve the performance of the site then I recommend you to install this plugin.W3 total cache helps you to increase the speed of the site, and it will give your readers the better experience.
This is an anti-spam plugin. It will prevent you from spammers.This plugin automatically checks the each and every spam comment against Akismet web service and moved it to the spam folder.Sometimes genuine comments will get moved to spam folder so that you need to check out the spam folder daily.
This is a paid WordPress plugin is useful for email marketer as it will convert your visitors to subscribers.This plugin provides all types of pop-ups that are subscription box.When your site fully loads then after some interval, it will pop up the subscription box that you have configured.
5. Backup Buddy
It is necessary to keep the daily backup of your WordPress blog as it will need if you lost your settings or data later you can import it from your hosting, a backup buddy does all this.It will regularly keep the backup of all your WordPress data so you can sleep well no need to worry about it.
Here are some important features that you know before installing this plugin
- You can schedule your backup.
- It will backup your entire WordPress contain including theme, SQL database, widgets, files, etc
- You will get an email notification once backup starts or finish.
- You have chosen to select the number of backup and size of backup
6. Gravity Form
This plugin is helpful for creating the various type of forms.If you required taking the online survey, need inputs from readers than gravity form plays a significant role in it.Here are some important features of gravity form
- Create any number of form with all shapes and size.
- Multi-page form support
- You can restrict the number of entries.
- You can show and hide fields based on the user’s inputs.
This is all in one WordPress plugin as it will support multiple features inside it like stats, spam free comment, social sharing, contact form, related post, post by email, mobile theme support and may more come inside this.Here are some important features of Jetpack
- Sharing post automatically when to publish.
- Allow visitors to share your content on social networking sites.
- Support related post feature.
- Monitor stats of your website quickly.
- Automatic backup and security scan.
- You can select which widget will show on which page.
This plugin is used for sharing your content automatically on Twitter.You can schedule your tweet at any time, and it will automatically post to your Twitter profile.
WP-Sweep, clean all the unused and duplicate data from your WordPress blog.Unused data contains revision,auto draft,unapproved/spam/trashed/orphan comments,this plugin also help to optimize your database.
Read: WP Sweep vs WP-Optimize
WP-Smush WordPress plugin allows you to compress all your images present in your blog.It will also increase the speed of the site.The free version of this plugin allows you to compress 50 images at a time.If you want to increase the limit, then you have to upgrade it to premium.
11. WPForms Lite
This WordPress plugin allows you to create various types of form which you can use throughout the blog.
12. Easy Affiliate links
This WordPress plugin is crucial for those who monetize their blog with affiliate marketing.It’s tough to manage all the affiliate links which you have joined.This plugin will help you to store all your affiliate links in one place and quickly add to your post.
WP-DBManager allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore the database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries.
Here I have sorted out all necessary WordPress plugins. I will update this post as I regularly to add latest plugins which I will use in future. I always use fewer plugins for my blog to increase the speed of the blog.