10 Useful Plugins to Install after Installing WordPress
PlugIns offer a lot more functionality and compatibility to your website. Those who don’t know… PlugIns are a software designed in PHP programming language which seamlessly Integrates with WordPress and adds extra features to it. To your knowledge let me mention that WordPress powers 24% of the websites and has targeted to achieve 50%. So PlugIns play a major role and WordPress has the best PlugIns to use. Well…a lot many time when you’re a newbie we get confused on which plugin to use and Install. So Here I have chosen a list of 10 useful plugins which will help you in starting with a more enhanced Blog…
So continue reading to Know more…
10 useful PlugIns to use after Installing WordPress
When I started blogging, I had no idea… which plugin to install and why…
So I just observed the blogs I read and tried to figure out which plugin do these blogs use and hence in this way I used to install plugins for myself.
Sometimes that would come out to be useful and many a time not… So I had to delete it again and find a better alternative.
Nowadays there are lots of articles written on which plugins to use but I want to make you one thing clear…
It’s not that the plugin I prefer will suit your needs as well… What I mean is, If I prefer using an author plugin on my blog and I recommend the same that totally doesn’t mean that You will also have to Install that Plugin, it might happen that It won’t suit or fulfil your needs.
So the 10 plugins I have chosen fulfils the basic functionality of the blog and it will let you kick start once you do it.
Meanwhile let me also mention that the 10 plugins will cover all right from securing your website, i.e. Protection, performance, SEO plugins and social sharing plugins. So let’s start…
1.Jetpack by WordPress.com
Jetpack by WordPress.com is 1 million+ installed plugin. It offers all core features for free i.e., it can view your blog’s statistics, delivers high content CDN, downtime monitoring, Automated social sharing, sidebar customisation.
To use Jetpack features you will have to create an account under wordpress.com because all Jetpack features and website is hosted and managed by WordPress.com
The core benefit of using this plugin is that You can view your stats right in the dashboard of your website or directly on your phone by installing the WordPress app.
I know you can look onto your stats by Google analytics app but when you just need to see some views and clicks under one roof. Jetpack does the Job. Sometimes an Idea clicks on to our mind about a certain topic to write, you can also open the editor in the WordPress app from your phone and write an article and save or publish it.
It also acts as a bridge between wordpress.com users. They will be able to like and comment on your blog which helps in attracting visitors. So I recommend this Plugin and you can check it out for yourself here .
2. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP) by ExactMetrics
This plugin also has 1 million+ active installations. It shows google analytics report and real-time data right on your blog’s dashboard.
You can check all from locations of the visitors to page view, devices used, operating systems used, 404 errors, Technology, sessions, bounce rate and a lot more.
So it helps you keep updated with the data right in front of you in the dashboard. To use this plugin you will have to give your Google Analytics Tracking ID and that’s all.
3. Yoast SEO
When we talk about the 10 useful plugins. Yoast SEO always holds the place.
With more than 1 million+ active installations Yoast takes cares of your website’s SEO. I have been using Yoast SEO from the day 1 of my blog and it has always turned out to be a great plugin.
You can set meta descriptions and snippets for your blog posts. Do the content analysis and make a proper SEO post.
To your concern, Yoast comes with a free version and a premium version too. Premium version has a lot more features which you can check here.
The free version is also ok when you are new. So basically Yoast SEO covers the SEO part of the blog. It helps in making a proper SEO post so that it can rank on the search results.
To use this plugin, install it from WP-repository and then go through the configuration wizard to set the settings which are very easy. Just follow the instructions and that’s done.
Till now we covered the plugins which help in dealing with SEO and shows blog stats and data. Now we will talk about some plugins which enhance the performance of the blog i.e, website loading.
If you’re an entrepreneur you must have to know how important it is to make your website load faster on user’s system.
Amazon’s calculated that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost it $1.6 billion in sales each year. So you can just imagine how important it is to load your website faster.
So some of the performance plugins are…
4. W3 Total Cache by Frederick Townes
W3 Total Cache improves the SEO and user experience of your site by increasing website performance, reducing download times via features like content delivery network (CDN) integration.
Before using this plugin, My website always uses to take more time while loading, but when I installed this plugin and configured it.
The results were amazing.
I would just say if your website is taking a lot of time in loading just install this plugin and configure it. You will really get some help.
- Improvements in search engine result page rankings, especially for mobile-friendly websites and sites that use SSL.
- At least 10x improvement in overall site performance (Grade A in WebPagetest or significant Google Page Speed improvements) when fully configured.
- Improved conversion rates and “site performance” which affect your site’s rank on Google.com. “Instant” repeat page views: browser caching.
- Optimised progressive render: pages start rendering quickly and can be interacted with more quickly Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site; visitors view more pages
To keep running your website efficiently you must need that your database is clear and clean.
Lots of junk files, spam comments and revisions piles up to quarrel and thus needs to be cleaned.
WP-Optimize is an effective tool in cleaning your database automatically without any manual intervention.
It will also help you in increasing your website’s speed and overall performance.
6. Smush by WPMU DEV
You know the images you use on your blog comes in different sizes.
A lot many time the images takes a lot of time in loading due to which the website’s performance is affected. Smush plugin resizes and compresses the plugin for you with a click.
You can compress all of your media images and make the images size take less space which enhances website’s performance.
So far we talked about website’s SEO and performance.
Now let’s have a look at some security plugins. Because you know what your site is always prone to be attacked so getting prepared beforehand is always the best option.
7. WPS Hide LogIn
This plugin will help you take a step ahead to secure your website.
Whenever you log in to your blog most probably you go for an URL that’s something like https://yourblog/wp-admin and then enter your username and password.
WPS Hide Login is a very light plugin that lets you easily and safely change the URL of the login form page to anything you want.
It doesn’t literally rename or change files in the core, nor does it add rewrite rules. It simply intercepts page requests and works on any WordPress website.
The wp-admin directory and wp-login.php page become inaccessible, so you should bookmark or remember the URL. Deactivating this plugin brings your site back exactly to the state it was before.
So you can set your URL anything to https://yourblog/anyname and it will redirect you to the page where you can log in to your wp dashboard with username and password.
This way hackers will not be able to access the log in the page hence your website becomes safe.
8. Akismet Anti-spam
So if you’re running a blog it can’t happen that you don’t know about the anti-Akismet plugin. This plugin prevents your website from spam comments. It filters and blocks the spam comments automatically preventing it from getting attacked.
This plugin is so useful that it comes with the WordPress package by default.
9. Insert Headers and footers
Many a time you will come across various services like google analytics or Adsense or Facebook pixel, etc which will ask you to insert a code in the header or footer of your website.
So you can do it for yourself if you know but if you want the work to be done very simply, install the Insert Headers and Footers plugin that lets you insert code like Google Analytics, custom CSS, Facebook Pixel, and more to your WordPress site header and footer.
No need to edit your theme files!
The simple interface of the Insert Headers and Footers plugin gives you one place where you can insert scripts, rather than dealing with dozens of different plugins.
It has more than 5,00,000+ active installations in the WP repository. I have benefitted from it and I recommend this plugin.
10. Social Warfare plugin
This a social media sharing Plugin which helps visitors share your content on social media.
I prefer social warfare over other social plugins is because it allows social buttons to be shown anywhere you like it.
Social Warfare share buttons are both lightning fast and beautiful.
Not only will it never slow down your website like other sharing plugins, it will give you the most attractive share buttons available that look great no matter what screen size or resolution.
A good alternative I would suggest id Addtoany share plugin. Know more about it here…
So this was the list of 10 plugins which covers all right from SEO to Performance to security and social media.
As a bonus let me share one more plugin which will help you with more customisation.
11. Meks Smart Author widget
You want to add an author description in the sidebar. Let this plugin do the job. Install the plugin. Choose the place where you want to show the author describes in the sidebar and customise. You are all done.
The above-mentioned plugins are totally free so no need to check up with your credit cards… Yes! Some plugins do have a Premium paid version but the free version does the work too.
So I hope you find this post useful. Drop your comments and let me know if I should add any other plugins and I will update it.
Thank you so much.
Hey there! Am Rahul. Thanks For stopping by my site. I am 20, and I am a learning and growing entrepreneur. I run this blog and my mission is to help people with blogging. Read More…