When I launched my first WordPress powered website back in 2012 and just after its launch, I came across many new problems like how to improve SEO, Create contact forms, compressed oversize images, Affiliate link cloaking, stop self ping, and much more.
To solve these problems, I learned and came to know that there is a very simple solution available for every problem related to my WordPress website. We call it plugins. WordPress is very rich in plugins, and there is always a WordPress plugin available to solve your problem.
With the help of WordPress plugins, you can accomplish any type of task from small to small and big to biggest.
Based on my own experience, I have compiled a list of all necessary WordPress plugins, which we think every newly launched website should try.
- Yoast SEO
- WP Rocket
- Contact Form 7
- Shared button
- No Self Ping
- Broken Link Checker
- Thirsty affiliate
- Wordfence Security
- All in one WP Migration plugin
- Coming Soon Page and Maintenance Mode
- Tidio Live Chat
- Easy Table of Contents
So let’s begin
1. Elementor Website Builder
As soon as you finish setting up your WordPress website, the first thing you want to do is to customize your website look to make it more premium and clean. Right!.
If you are a developer, you can easily customize your website. But if you are not a web developer and still want to customize your WordPress website, you can do this with the help of the Elementor Website Builder WordPress plugin.
Elementor is a website builder that allows you to completely customize your website simply by drag & drop. With the Elementor, you can create a professional good looking website without any coding skill. All the websites created with it are fully responsive and mobile-friendly.
It comes in two variants free and Pro. The free version provides basic editing capabilities, while the Pro version lets you completely design your website and style every part of your website, even you can build your own theme or online store with it.Get Elementor
2. Yoast SEO
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the best way to get more free organic traffic from search engines. Google is one of the best sources of organic traffic. As a website owner, it is very important to install an SEO plugin after installing WordPress to drive traffic to your website from Google and other search engines. It also helps you to rank your website higher in search engine results.
There are plenty of SEO plugins out there, but we highly recommend the Yoast SEO plugin. It is the most popular top rated WordPress plugin equipped with all the features and tools to cover on-site and on-page SEO. It’s a must-have plugin for every website owner.
It helps you to make your website’s content more search engines friendly as it offers you to add meta tags, generating an XML site map, Automatically set canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content, and much more.
No doubt, Yoast is the best WordPress SEO plugin available in the WordPress repository. But there is a new SEO plugin in the town, Rank Math, which is getting popular day by day.
The Rank Math is completely free and offers a clean user interface with tons of features. It also offers premium features that are only available with Yoast Premium SEO. You can give it a try.
As soon as your website goes online, it gets poured with spam comments and links, which is very irritating and frustrating. But don’t worry, you can easily get rid of this with the help of the Akismet Plugin.
Akismet checks every comment and contact form submissions against the global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content.
It automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam. You can review the spam comments it catches on your website under the comments section of the WordPress dashboard.
This plugin saves you from a lot of trouble and it’s a must have plugin.
Watch this short video tutorial given below to set up your Akismet plugin
4. WP Rocket
WP Rocket is recognized as the most powerful caching plugin available for WordPress users. It’s very simple to use, yet very powerful.
As soon as you activate the plugin, it automatically turns on recommended settings like page caching, gzips compression, and cache preloading. You can further speed up your website by turning on the other features like Browser caching, lazy load, minification, CDN, and more.
WP Rocket also offers image optimization to speed up your website even further. Images play a very vital role in page loading speed, so it’s important to optimize images of your website, and WP Rocket does that automatically.
As soon as you activate the WP Rocket, it starts caching your entire website, which results in instant speed and performance boost.
WP Rocket is the best top rated caching plugin available for the WordPress users, which is very easy to configure, yet very effective and powerful, but it’s not free.
Alternatively, you can try the free caching plugins like WP Super Cache and W3 Total cache, but they are not as powerful as WP Rocket.
5. Contact Form 7
Every website needs a contact form where people can submit their queries or suggestions.
When you search for contact form plugins, you will get plenty of options. But we choose to go with the Contact Form 7 plugin as it’s easy to configure, and it’s completely free.
With over 5 million active installations, the Contact Form 7 plugin is the most popular form plugin available in the WordPress repository. The plugin looks very simple yet very powerful.
Here is a list of some cool features offered by Contact Form 7
- Easily create and manage multiple contact forms
- Customize the form and the mail contents with simple markup
- The plugin supports Akismet spam filtering, reCAPTCHA, and Ajax-powered submitting
- Insert forms into any posts or pages using Shortcode
- Third-party extensions are available to add additional functionality to it.
The true beauty of this plugin is that it gives you the power to customize almost every element present in the form.
6. Shared Counts
Sharing your posts and pages on social media websites helps to drive more traffic to your website. You can easily add social sharing buttons to your website with the help of the Shared Counts plugin.
Shared Counts plugin is very simple and easy to configure. With this plugin, you can add almost all popular social sharing buttons on your website. It offers a number of button styles and lets you decide the placement of buttons (After a post or before post or custom).
The plugin also shows share counts of each post on your social media network.
If you are not happy with the Shared Counts plugin and want more customizations and features, you can try the Sassy Social Share plugin.
The Sassy Social Share plugin offers tons of options. With this plugin, you can add any social sharing buttons on your website. It also comes with a sticky social floating menu option.
Sassy Social Share allows you to control the placement of social buttons, and you can style them as per your need.
As I have mentioned earlier, if you are using a premium theme, you don’t need to use any social plugins because all premium themes come with inbuilt social sharing buttons.
7. No Self Pings
What is self ping – When you link one post to any other post on your website (internal linking), it sends a pingback. You can see it under the comment section of your website or blog, which is quite irritating.
With the use of the No Self Pings plugin, you can stop self pingbacks from the website itself.
The plugin does not require any configuration, just install and activate it. It’s done.
8. Broken Link Checker
Broken links are dangerous for your website SEO. It’s a red flag for search engines.
Broken Link Checker is a free plugin that monitors and tests all internal links & external links on your blog to find broken links. It helps you fix broken links with a single click to improve SEO and user experience.
Let’s have a look of some of its best features :
- Monitors external links and internal links in your posts, pages, and comments.
- Prevents search engines from following broken links.
- Detects links that don’t work, missing images, and redirects.
- It notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email.
- You can Make broken links display differently in posts.
- Links can be edited directly from the plugin’s page, without manually updating each post.
- You can search and filter links by URL, anchor text, and so on.
If you are serious about blogging and want to rank higher in search results, then it’s a must-have plugin.
9. Thirsty Affiliate
When your blog starts getting good traffic, and you want to monetize your blog with affiliate marketing. You joined several affiliate programs in your niche and started embedding their affiliated links on your website.
The ugly looking affiliate links without nofollow tag will hurt your website ranking in search engine results. To solve this problem and automate the process, we need to use the ThirstyAffiliate plugin.
ThirstyAffiliates plugin cloaks the long ugly affiliate links and makes them look like it’s your website’s own link. It also offers a global nofollow tag option that means if you enable this option in the settings, it will automatically add the nofollow tag to your all affiliated links.
Nofollow tag stops search engines from indexing affiliate links from your website, which is a good thing for your website SEO.
ThirstyAffiliates plugin is very clean with a user friendly interface.
Here is list of some cool features offer by plugin :
- Inbuilt affiliate link shorter or link Cloaker
- NoFollow option (global or per link)
- Open in a new tab (global or per link)
- Affiliate link insertion directly from the WordPress Post editor
- Customizable link URL prefixes – change “recommends” or “Go” to something else
- Let you add graphics, banners, and other images to affiliate links for easy insertion.
- In-built proactive link fixer which detects outdated affiliate links in your site and fixes them automatically
- Makes it easy to insert affiliate links in posts and pages
- Hierarchical link categorization to easily segment links
It comes in a free and premium version. I’m using the free version as it offers all the features which we really need.
10. Wordfence Security
Technology is getting advanced day by day, so the bad guys out there are too getting smarter with automated tools, even a novice can hack a website with the help of these automated tools, so protecting your website or blog these days is extremely important.
Wordfence Security is one of the most popular plugins with over 3+ millions of active installations and a 5-star rating.
Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall as well as a malware scanner, and together they do a miracle in provide protection to WordPress websites. A firewall identifies and blocks malicious traffic as well as it protects your website from brute force attacks by limiting login attempts.
While the Malware scanner checks core files, themes, and plugins for malware, bad URLs, backdoors, SEO spam, malicious redirects, and code injections. And also checks your site for known security vulnerabilities and alerts you with any issues.
This plugin also scans your installed plugins and alerts you to potential security issues when a plugin has been closed or abandoned (hacked or removed from WordPress repository).
There are plenty of WordPress backup plugins out there. You can use any of them, but we recommend the UpdraftPlus. This is the best WordPress backup plugin with over two million active users. It simplifies backups and restoration processes and allows you to set up automatic backup schedules. You can also backup your website directly into cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, and more.
You could always create your own manual backups – but using a backup plugin is infinitely quicker, simpler, and safer. Life’s busy enough! With UpdraftPlus, you can simply “set and forget”, scheduling in automatic backups to save your time, work, and hassle.
It comes in two variants free and premium. I’m using the premium version as it gives me the facility to schedule automatic backups that go directly into my Google drive. You can try the free version of UpdraftPlus, but if you need more features, you can go for the Premium version. It’s a must-have plugin for all website owners.
12. All in one WP Migration
I have developed my website on my PC and when it’s completed. I wanted to take it to the live hosting. There are many ways to accomplish this, but I chose to accomplish this task with the help of a plugin, All in One WP Migration.
With this plugin, moving your website from your local PC or one hosting provider to another hosting provider is very easy, and it doesn’t require any technical skills.
The process of migrating is very simple. All in One WP Migration exports your WordPress website ( including the database, media files, plugins, and themes) into a single file. The next step is to upload this file to another hosting provider where you want to shift your website. That’s it, you have successfully migrated your website from one hosting provider to another hosting provider.
Smush is one of the best-known plugins for image optimization. It compresses all your images without a visible drop in quality and optimizes site speed using a unique compression algorithm.
Optimize your images, turn on lazy load, resize, compress, and improve your Google Page Speed with the incredibly powerful and 100% free WordPress image smusher/compressor.
Note : if you are using WP Rocket caching plugin, you don’t need to use Smush or any other image optimization plugin as WP Rocket comes with an inbuilt image optimization feature.
14. Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode
At some point in time, every website needs maintenance, this is where the Maintenance plugin comes into focus. If you are starting a new business or website and want to make a presence just before its launch, you can use the Coming Soon Page.
Putting up a professional Coming Soon Page is the best way to start creating a buzz for your new website, start collecting emails from interested visitors, build social followings, and get a jump start on SEO.
With the help of the Coming Soon Page and Maintenance Mode plugin, you can create a beautiful Coming Soon Page, Under Construction, or Maintenance Mode page in minutes. Work on your website in private while visitors see a “Maintenance Mode” or “Coming Soon” Page.
15. Tidio Live Chat
Tidio Live Chat is the best live chat plugin for professionals, businesses, and e-commerce websites. It allows you to chat with and convert your customers easily, also with the help of chatbots and email marketing.
Tidio Live Chat is super easy to install, and once done, a Tidio Live Chat widget will appear on your website so that your visitors can contact you in real-time.
Some salient features of Tidio Live Chat
- Offers 4 ways to communicate with your customers – Live Chat, ChatBots, Email Marketing, and Messenger
- Use live chat, chatbots, email marketing, and Messenger in a single panel
- Free and easy-to-use mobile and desktop apps
- Keep track of who visits your website
- Let you Live chat with the customer who is currently viewing your website
- Supports 183 languages
- Offer integration with Zapier, Zendesk, GetResponse, SalesForce, Google Analytics, MailChimp, and many more.
When you first install this plugin, you get all the premium features available with the Pro version, but only for 7 days. After a seven day trial period, you can pay up to continue the Pro version, or downgrade to the free version.
What is cool about it? It lets you track your website visitors and their movement on your website in real-time. Tracking gives you their location, what they are looking for, and in some cases even their name. You can now initiate a live chat by writing a personalized message for them. It’s a mind-blowing feature and very helpful to convert your website visitors to potential buyers.
16. Easy Table of Contents
A table of contents provides links to sections of the same post or page. The table of contents is very useful for the big post or page as it allows your website visitors to jump directly to the section of the post they are looking for.
Easy Table of Contents is the best plugin in this category. It automatically generates a table of contents for your posts, pages, and custom post types. It also gives you the option to style your table as per your choice with custom theme settings.
OptinMosnter is an ultimate marketing toolkit for WordPress websites. OptinMonster allows you to create beautiful popup forms, email subscription forms, sticky announcement bars, gamified spin a wheel opt-in forms, and other types of interactive pop-ups for your site in minutes.
OptinMonster comes with smart targeting and personalization features that let you show the right popup, to the right visitor, at the right time. In this way, it helps you get more subscribers, increase sales, and grow your business.
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