5 WordPress Plugins You Must Have On Any Site
Part of what makes WordPress so powerful is the ability to install plugins on your site, with the possibilities being practically endless. Need basic utility tools such as Firewalls to protect your WordPress site? There’s a plugin for that. Need a clear and simple way to see your site analytics right from the WordPress dashboard? There’s a plu… You get the idea.
Here are our picks for the 5 best plugins to have on practically any site, enjoy.
Security is (and always will be) such an important factor when it comes to building websites, no matter the platform. The entire web is 35% WordPress, meaning it’s popularity naturally attracts the attention of malicious hackers. WordFence is a free security plugin for WordPress with over 3 million active installations.
- A 24/7 firewall that finds and blocks malicious traffic to your website. The firewall can block connections based on suspicious source locations and endpoint types. For example, if your website visitors are 99% Windows 10 users, a linux server user may not have much success.
- A super effective malware scanner. Exactly how you would expect anti-malware on a PC to work. WordFence malware scanner deep scans every single file, not just your WordPress installation, to find any files with malicious intent.
- Detection of dissimilarities in code. WordFence will check your core WordPress files against the trusted repository files, and alert the site admin of any discrepancies. WordPress files can be made malicious through injecting code. WordFence will detect these files and can also delete them, with the admin’s approval.
- A CAPTCHA login system when logging into your WordPress dashboard.
- A TOTP based two-factor authentication method.
- And a login attempt limiter to prevent brute force attacks on your WordPress administrator account.
If you want any traffic to your site, and any success whatsoever, Yoast SEO is a definite must have. Anything you want to achieve on your site regarding ranking on search engines and driving lots of traffic to your site, you can achieve with Yoast.
Yoast helps a site creator to easily add meta tags into their pages, producing wonders for your SEO score. Generate sitemaps to submit to the Google Search Console. And even optimise pages for social medias, including powerful OG content, great for previewing your site for Social Media use.
The SEO Plugin of choice also has a few very smart features relating to site redirects. Yoast detects URL changes automatically, and redirects old URLs to the new ones seamlessly, meaning you will never lose valuable traffic if you URLs ever change.
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MonsterInsights is the best WordPress plugin for Google Analytics, hands down. The statistics that MonsterInsights gives a site admin right from their dashboard is second to none. Breakdowns on what pages visitors spend the most time on, what devices they are using and where they have come from, are all displayed through MonsterInsights.
The information regarding traffic avenues is great for reviewing which platforms need more work, and which platforms you know you can bank on traffic from. For example, if you know most of your traffic comes from Facebook, you can either shift your focus entirely to Facebook adverts, or you can work on other platforms to bring them up to speed.
The process of linking MonsterInsights with your Google Analytics account is extremely simple, and you can start getting analytics from your WordPress site in literally minutes.
LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress is a great for any website, regardless of the server architecture it is hosted on. It’s general features can be used on LiteSpeed, Apache, NGINX and many more.
Contact Form 7 is WordPress’ most used contact form plugin by miles – and for good reason. This plugin does exactly what it says on the tin. Contact Form 7 has a massive community behind it, with over 5 million active installations and a support forum that is second to none.
Contact Form 7 is very highly customisable, allowing a site creator to create whatever custom fields they like for their own contact form. At the same time as being very highly customisable, Contact Form 7 is also extremely easy to set up, beginner templates are available to help the ‘newbie’ user along the way.
Paring Contact Form 7 with another plugin such as Flamingo will enable a site admin to view all completed submission forms right from their WordPress dashboard. Exceptionally useful as a backup for unreliable E-Mail servers, or even exporting all submissions via CSV or Excel.