World has gone WordPress.
More than 30% of the web is being powered by WordPress just because it’s easy to use, requires less technical knowledge and can be customized in any way of your choice.
Whenever we talk about optimizations, the plugins comes into picture.
WordPress Plugin is a program or a set of one or more functions written in the PHP scripting language, which adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress site.
In this today’s guide, I am going to explain the basic and some must have plugins if you are using WordPress. These plugins will improve the overall health of your blog.
So, let’s quickly get started:
TOP 9 MUST HAVE WORDPRESS PLUGINS:
Yoast SEO is the best and most trusted plugin for Search Engine Optimization and is quite popular among Bloggers like you and me. It has frequent updates with around 1+ million active installs.
The plugin gives you the complete power of customization of how your site looks or appears to search engines like Google, Yahoo and also to your audience.
Using this plugin, you can command search engines either to crawl and index or not to crawl certain pages from your website.
You can also let search engines know which social profiles are associated with your website and also creating and submitting sitemap is a work of minute.
You can read on this guide Add Yoast SEO To WordPress with detailed step by step instructions.
After you have set up your WordPress blog, the initial days are good and spam free.
Later on as time passes and your blog grows old, you will be seeing that fake users and spams are being generated on your blog automatically, which is totally a headache.
They are not going to destroy or spoil your blog but still you need to remove them because it is what makes your blog look awkward and irrelevant from back-end.
Wang Guard is a plugin especially designed for fighting spams. I have used it personally and the good part is that it checks and verifies every new registered user and identifies spam users as sploggers.
Let me tell you what this plugin is all about. Most of the times we make some changes or update the content of a published page on our website and sometimes we tend to change the permalink too.
Old Permalink : www.graspmygizmo.com/how to install WordPress
New Permalink : www.graspmygizmo.com/install WordPress
New permalink won’t be getting submitted to search engines right away as it would take some time to reflect. In the meanwhile, they will display the old permalink.
Here, If someone clicks on the old link, most probably he/she will be getting a 404- page not found.
Redirection makes it possible to pass the link juice from old permalink to new permalink which means when a visitor clicks the old link, he will be automatically redirected to the new permalink.
It is normal to use good quality images while crafting a blog post to make it look and feel more attractive.
But before you jump in high quality images, one thing you need to remember that using more and more high quality images can severely increase your server load, resulting in slow website loading speed.
So, here we need to make sure that images are well compressed.
WP-Smush is a quality free plugin offered by WPMU DEV. The plugin not only reduces the size of image but also maintains the high quality.
They also offer a 14 day trial period in which you can check out their WP- Smush Pro which works even more faster and better.
When your website grows out, it becomes huge. The size of website is directly proportional to number of links within. In that case, monitoring each and every link individually is a no go in my opinion.
Broken link checker is a free plugin which monitors each and every link 24*7 on your website and reports real time notifications, if a particular link is broken or need any modifications.
You can analyze that particular link and act as required.
Coming to E-mail marketing, It is one of the most important strategy in creating and developing your brand which is practiced by top professionals.
Since you are just starting out your website, you are having no audience and no page views. Slowly as your business develops and you have gained some audience, you can happily migrate to paid companies like Aweber.
By far, Sumo Me is the best free plugin for social sharing over the net. Apart from sharing, It also provides various add-ons which you can purchase for relatively lesser prices.
Many webmaster and bloggers have been using it since a long time and I too have personally used it but honestly saying, it was not satisfactory to me at all.
After I implemented it, the speed of my website dropped by almost 30-35% which is a huge drawback and you should know that speed really matters.
Right now, at the time of writing this article I am using Premium Plugin Monarch for social sharing and I must say that it is working wonders.
I can’t be so sure that Sumo ME won’t work for you. It would be better if you try your hands out and finally come up with a conclusion.
Your website is incomplete if you don’t have a contact page. Contact Form 7 makes it easier for you to add various fields like Name, E-mail, Phone Number, Message etc.
Prior, I was using Ninja Forms which required much customization’s and after using it for 5 – 6 months, I shifted to Contact Form 7 and the feeling is great.
You do not need any customization’s or setup. Also the plugin doesn’t store your messages as they are directly delivered to your specified e-mail address.
The plugin will let you type your next article with ease and comfort. After you have installed and activated the plugin, few extra buttons will be added to your typing dashboard.
You can increase or decrease font sizes, change font family, set alignments, set paragraphs and headings and many many more.
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