WordPress is the most famous power generator when it comes to choosing a publishing platform for websites. The system powers over 30% of all the websites in the world, including BBC America, Time Inc, Sony Music and The New Yorker.
Given the popularity of WordPress, there is also a great distinction between a free WordPress.com account and a self-hosted WordPress account, the first one is free and very limited and somewhat impracticable for the plugins below to work for them.
The later one which is self-hosted, users have unlimited control of their websites and these plugins are for them. So if you are using a self-hosted WordPress account, you are on the bright side of the blogging world.
Plugins help us to fine tune both the content we publish and the overall layout of the websites we own. Sometimes when it comes to choosing the best plugins on WordPress it might be a little tricky, this is because some of the plugins we come across don’t really fulfil what they promise, leaving us somewhat devastated.
The purpose of this article is to help you realise the most essential plugins that will definitely help you to properly manage your website and drive more traffic to your website by creating quality content and fine tune your website or blog.
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a free plugin for WordPress bloggers, users can also upgrade to a premium version which has more functionality. The plugin basically helps you to easily optimise your website to perform better in search results and attract organic traffic. Take for instance the suggestions you find on Google, or lets say, the websites that appear on any search engine like Bing or Google when you type in something like “How to blah blah”, most of that work is done by Yoast SEO. With Yoast SEO it helps your content to be easily searchable and rank higher in search engines. You can audit new and existing content in real-time and get concrete suggestions on ways to improve your SEO.
- Easily hide or show content to search engines
- Easily generate XML Sitemaps and search control integration
- Protect your RSS Feeds from content scrapers
- Analyse content by managing keywords and editing snippets
2. Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a very powerful and professional tool ever created by Google, that provides WordPress users with insights of the performance of their websites. What I like most about Google Analytics is that you can track everything that goes about on your website. It provides you with information about potential clients’ visits and more detailed information on how to reach new clients. You can easily execute marketing campaigns on a specific audience. This self-service Business Intelligence service lets you know how often the website is visited, where users are located, how much time users stay on the site and pages with the most visits.
- Google Analytics is integrated with Google Ads platform
- Easy integration with third part platforms
- Extensive data analysis capabilities
- Provides useful demographic information on your website’s audience
- Improved eCommerce integration.
3. Really Simple SSL
Security is essential in any piece of online enterprise, in our present era hackers can manipulate almost anything on the internet and expose masses to malicious agendas, that’s why every website needs to have a verified SSL. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) allows secure transmission of delicate data such as credit card numbers, social security numbers and login details over the internet. Really Simple SSL is one of the most popular SSL plugin in the market today, it detects your settings automatically and configures your website to operate over HTTPS Protocol, making your site more secure and trustworthy.
NOTE: Websites with a “HTTP” Protocol are not secure. Plus Google nowadays ranks sites based on Security certification.
- It redirects all incoming requests to HTTPS
- Changes the site’s URL and home URL to HTTPS
- It handles SSL issues
- Your content is changed from HTTP to HTTPS
4. Zedity The Layout-Free Content Editor
Are you tired of the basic editor and would like to paint your content professional? Worry no more, a free content building plugin called Zedity has made that a bit easier with its Layout-Free Content Editor. With this great plugin you can create great and professional posts and pages. Plus you can also create awesome collages and infographics for your content. All this can be achieved with this functional plugin without even having any coding skills.
- Video box which supports YouTube and Vimeo videos
- Sound box that supports both SoundCloud and Reverbnation
- Easily duplicate content to other posts/pages
- Text box with both plain or formatted paste
5. Elementor Page Builder
A great themed website matters in the world of blogging. The Elementor Page Builder by Elementor is a unique plugin to get you started. With this great plugin you can create high-end page designs in a live mode. You don’t need particular coding skills to use Elementor, even a one-day beginner without any wits can easily catch up with the features. It is much faster with its instant drag and drop feature. Plus the live feature enables users to edit page(s) and simultaneously see exactly how those page(s) look like.
- Image and video sliders
- Blog post layout widget
- Animated headlines
- Visual and intuitive form builder
6. PrePost SEO
Even though we live in a world of billions or maybe trillions of articles where everyone is trying to come out with genuine content, still there is always a chance that some of the content we produce and publish might end up being similar to other people’s content, sometimes it is unintentional, but who cares, the world will call that plagiarism. With the PrePost SEO, you wouldn’t have to worry about plagiarism any more. This plugin helps you realise common grammar and spelling errors. Users can also compare documents for plagiarism before publishing.
- Easily check duplicate or plagiarised content in a single click
- Check and correct grammar and spelling errors
- Display SEO score of your current post
- Optimise your post titles for search engines
Images add an extra perfection to our blog posts, and trust me, it is much more easier to attract traffic through images than just plain text. However, finding those images can be a bit trickier cause most photos these days are copyrighted. But don’t worry ImageInject has got you covered, with this great plugin you can download loads of free creative commons photos to use on your great blog. Most images on ImageInject are from either Pixabay or Flickr, so you won’t have to worry about copyrights.
- Superfast to add images in just 3 easy steps
- Attribution is automatically added
- Modify the templates of ImageInject
- Images are automatically added to your WordPress media library
8. LiteSpeed Cache
“Speed is key.” Well, I got that quote from the Fast and Furious film. It is the same with blogging today, majority of web surfers will cancel a web page when it takes more than 5 seconds to load, unless there is something extremely important there. There are a number of factors that might be making your website run slow, and one main reason is the presence of heavy images in your posts. But don’t worry, your website will soon be super superfast, because LightSpeed Cache was designed to make that happen. It is an all-in-one acceleration plugin that highly improves the overall performance of your website.
- Automatic page caching to improve your site’s performance
- Smart preload crawler with support for SEO-friendly sitemap
- API System for easy cache integration
- Ability to schedule purge for specified URLs
9. Rank Math
Another great SEO plugin by WordPress, majority of us know that Yoast SEO is the best in the search engine optimisation market, but I’ll be honest here, if Yoast was Apple Inc, then Rank Math will be Samsung. This plugin covers all the SEO tools and takes them to a whole new level. If we are to compare brawns over brains, I think we’ll just have to give a five-star rating on this hallmark plugin because it beats the rest, it’s like a whole crew-in-one. With this easy-to-use plugin you can expect your audience to grow at a higher rate.
- Easy to configure Google Schema Markup aka Rich Snippets
- You can optimise unlimited keywords
- Internal linking suggestions
- LSI Keyword tool integrated
- Smart Redirection Manager
10. WP Twitter Auto Publish
And now a final giveaway plugin, Twitter Auto Publish, a great plugin that automatically publishes your new blog posts to Twitter. If you have a business Twitter account for your website or blog, you can automatically send your blog posts on Twitter as tweets the moment you post them on your website.
Building a great audience and ranking higher in search results requires hard work, perseverance, functional tools and most importantly, creativity. With these few but great plugins, when used properly, not necessarily all of them, I can assure you a long term success in your endeavour.
Do you know any other essential WordPress Plugins that you feel we have left out? Let us know in the comment box below!