There are over 45,000 plugins available in WordPress.org alone. It may be more than that since there’s a high chance of other plugins not available in WordPress.org. You’re probably wondering what plugins you actually need for your website. We have listed here the need-to-have plugins for your WordPress website.
BackUpBuddy is a plugin where you can create a backup of your website without complications. You can schedule when you want to back up your data which is ideal to prepare for the worst. You just need to install the plugin, set up how to be notified of the backup and errors, create a password for the backup, select where you want to send your backup, and select how often you want to backup your site. Once your site is backed up, you would also have the option to either download or send your backup to what you’ve initially set. It’s that easy! It’s always best to have a backup of your website rather than re-start from the ground-up.
Soliloquy is a plugin to create an image slider on your post without slowing your website. It’s currently the fastest slider plugin for WordPress. It’s got a drag and drop feature to easily select and assign the image sequence, it’s mobile-friendly, offers pre-built templates, works well with WooCommerce by allowing you to use this plugin to create an image slider for your products, a fullscreen lightbox so that a viewer can look at the image slider as a pop-up on your website, and you can even create dynamic sliders that you can use for featured blogs or images from your website’s social media.
3. WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress SEO by Yoast is a plugin for your website’s Search Engine Optimization. It analyzes your content even before you save your post or page. You can indicate your focus key on the post or page you’re creating that will be beneficial for the performance of that post or page on search engines. Once you install this plugin, you’ll find Yoast below the text editor of a post or page for you to see if the post or page you’re about to publish is SEO-friendly. It will also show you what you need to improve on your post or page.
Akismet filters the comments on your posts to detect spam comments. This is important as you want your posts to be seen as trustworthy for readers. If your posts have spam comments, it will be a dead giveaway that your website doesn’t have any basic security and it is discouraging your readers to engage with your post’s comments section.
5. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache allows your readers to see your website faster by optimizing the speed and performance of your WordPress website. If loading your website is a pain for readers, it would discourage them from coming back, no matter how useful your website is to them. Always be sure that loading your website won’t be a hindrance to your readers.
6. Jetpack by WordPress.com
Jetpack also helps to speed up your website. Aside from speed, it optimizes your website’s traffic growth, security, image performance, contact forms, subscription, and so much more. It can even allow you to simultaneously publish your posts to your social media by connecting your website to WordPress.com for free.
7. iThemes Security
iThemes Security is a security plugin that protects your website from vulnerabilities. You may think that this is no longer necessary as WordPress is a trustworthy website creator. This doesn’t mean that your website will be 100% safe. WordPress does protect on the common website hacks there is out there but additional security for your website is never too much. Any step of protecting your website is a step away from harm.
8. Login Lockdown
Login Lockdown is a plugin that limits the password attempts on your website. It records the IP address login attempts. If it reaches the number of attempts of a wrong password entered, it will lock out the IP address from retrying for an hour by default. The default setting can be changed on how many attempts within an x number of minutes will you block an IP address. This is ideal since hackers will limit a hacker’s attempt on your website. Your website’s safety relies on the steps you take to prevent hacking which needs to always be emphasized.