7 Must Have Plugins for Your WordPress Website
One of the features that makes WordPress so great to use and a powerful platform to run your website on are plugins. Plugins allow you to extend, modify, and enhance your website in nearly any way imaginable. Though because of that, there are currently about 30,000 plugins available on the WordPress.org Plugin Repository, and suffice to say, you probably won’t need even 0.1% of those.
So, what plugins should you consider to get your site highly functional and enhanced? We’ve created this list of plugins for you, that’ll help solve problems, including ones you didn’t expect or know you had, and also enhance your site’s operation to make it more user friendly.
Contact Form 7
WordPress doesn’t come with a contact form, and writing one from scratch can be time consuming and problematic, especially if you haven’t written one before. Contact Form 7 provides you with an easy to use and manipulate contact form right out of the box, and you can very easily create many more as you need.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress SEO is a great plugin that allows you to easily craft templates for page and post titles, as well as be able to change the way your pages and posts will be represented in search engines, so that you can set and forget while you get down to business, making great content. WordPress SEO will also handle generation of Sitemaps for you too, to make your site even easier to index.
Google Analytics for WordPress
Most people want to be able to get useful data on their website visitors, and there’s no greater free tool than Google Analytics. Unfortunately, inserting the Google Analytics tracking code can be painful for users who are not code savvy, and that’s where this plugin comes in. Google Analytics for WordPress will allow you to easily insert your GA tracking code, without touching a line of code.
Spam is an unfortunate problem on the web, and your WordPress site will be no exception. Thus, I highly recommend installing Akismet on your site as it will drastically curtail the volume of spam that you’d otherwise receive.
WP Super Cache
The short of it is that it’ll make your site faster. The long of it is that each time a visitor comes to your website, each page they visit has to be generated, but when you use WP Super Cache, it creates cached pages so those are loaded rather than having WordPress do all the work, meaning less load overall on your server, which can in turn lower your operating costs by great margins.
Better WP Security
Better WP Security is a full featured security plugin for WordPress that can help you secure your site in just a few clicks. However, it’s also powerful enough that you can dig deep and seriously customize your operation to make sure your site is seriously locked down.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox
If your site gets hacked or your host suffers catastrophic failure, you’re going to want a backup, and a great way to do that is using WordPress Backup to Dropbox. There are many other services that backup your WordPress site, but this one is great for people who want something simple and free, that can use an existing service save signing up for S3 or another plugin.