Welcome once again to the hub of Lifehacks (Expomaster), this time I have decided to update the fun stuff (or simply called the tech) category with a very vital information that will go a long way in the success of your blog and your blogging career. I will be exposing the reliable, efficient and best WordPress Plugins.
Talking about WordPress plugins, there are so many WordPress plugins available, but there are some every blogger should by all means install and activate on his or her blog for better performance.
WHAT ARE WORDPRESS PLUGINS?
But first, for clarity purpose, what are WordPress plugins?
WordPress plugins are written in PHP programming language and they can be likened to applications on your smartphone.
They tune your blog the way it should be or the way you would want it to be. They’re extremely vital in ensuring optimal output and performance of your blog.
WordPress plugins have different functions and as such can be categorized on that basis.
Now in each basic category of WordPress plugins, there are some that are extremely reliable and worth using ahead of the rest.
I will be listing the most important, efficient and also WordPress plugins of each category a standard and professional blog should have installed and running.
1. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGIN FOR SECURITY
As we all know, security is of utmost importance in any and every ramification of life.
WordPress CMS (Content Management System) consists of hundreds of plugins in this category, and almost all can be trusted to give your blog the maximum security it requires.
But the very one I would recommend is WORDFENCE.
WordFence manages access and security as well as monitor for problems on your website or blog.
Like most plugins on WordPress it has a premium upgrade, but the freemium functions are enough to get the required job done efficiently.
Give it a try and let me know how good it is in the comment section below.
2. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGIN FOR BACKUP
If you’re still new to the blogging world and in need of a WordPress plugin that backs up your blog for free, I would recommend TOTAL UPKEEP.
TOTAL UPKEEP is the backup solution you need. It can backup remotely to your Google drive and Amazon S3.
It also halts website crashes before they happen and sends mail notifications, all on freemium plan.
3. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGIN FOR SPAM CHECK AND REMOVAL
Spam comments has recently become a norm in the blogging space, as many bloggers now turn to black hat means of creating backlinks to their site by utilizing the comment section of your own blog instead of genuinely earning them.
There are numerous WordPress plugins that fall under this category, but I’d recommend AKISMET.
AKISMET is used by millions, and has overtime proven to be the best when it comes to identifying and marking a comment as spam as well as separating it from normal comments.
Without doubt, it is the best WordPress plugin to employ if you’re looking to protect your website or blog from harmful spam comments, and in just one click you can permanently delete all the spam comments from your blog for good.
4. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR CACHE
Caching your blog is extremely vital, cache plugins helps reduce the load time of your blog, that is, it helps your blog to load really fast.
According to Google, it is advised that your blog takes maximum of three (3) seconds to load. Yeah! That sounds almost impossible, but with the help of a good cache plugin, you can help your site load very fast.
Also note that, the load time of your site plays a role in your site appearing in SERPs. So take this plugin very important.
For caching, I will recommend WP SMUSH and WP ROCKET, they’re the best WordPress plugin in this category.
5. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR SHARING POST
Sharing of post is tremendously vital for the success of your blog.
And to do this you need unswerving WordPress plugins that offers share buttons to an extremely wide range of social media platforms.
Also sharing your blog post to as many social media platforms as possible speeds up the rate at which your blog gets indexed by Search Engines.
If a blog post is to go viral, social media sharing is the actual way forward to make that happen.
The best WordPress plugin to employ for sharing of blog post to various social media platform is ADD TO ANY.
“Add to Any” is a very sweet plugin in that it contains any social media sharing button you can ever think of, and it is does not slow down your servers.
6. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR STATS
This is not of extreme importance, but it is indeed needed as well.
Every blogger would love to track and have an idea of the number of visitors that visits his or her website on daily basis as it also serves as a measure of growth of the blog.
There are three WordPress plugins that go head to head in this category.
And if you ask me, I’d say use all of them, as one complements the other in order to give you detailed analysis of users that visits your blog or website.
These WordPress plugins show how long a visitor spent on your website, how they got to locate your blog (referral traffic), the keyword that was searched on search engines, gender of the visitor, as well as location of the visitor.
The WordPress Plugins I’m talking about are GOOGLE ANALYTICS, JETPACK (offers much more than just showing stats, it is a must have plugin on your website or blog), and MONSTER INSIGHTS which also comes with very helpful add-ons such as Headline Analyzer.
7. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR SENDING MAILS
This is likened to sharing on social media platforms. It is the most effective and reliable marketing tool at your disposal as a business owner or affiliate marketer. It allows you to stay in touch with your users, even after they’ve left your website.
The best wordpress plugin for sending mails and building your email list is CONVERTKIT.
There are other free ones available as well.
8. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR SEO
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is arguably the most important aspect of your blog, and should be given maximum attention too.
After writing a very good article like this particular one you’re reading now, it is paramount that such article be optimized so as to get indexed by search engine and of course drive traffic to your blog.
There are so many wordpress plugins under this category, all of which I can say are very good, but personally, I’d recommend YOAST SEO.
Yoast is available on WordPress as free and has the option for a premium version. It automatically grades content for keywords and metadata, and tag areas for improvement.
Yoast SEO plugin is efficient and also reliable. Used together on a blog with professionally written articles, it is certain to increase the site’s search engine ranking.
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Other reliable SEO plugins are, Rank Math, and All in One SEO.
9. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGIN FOR eCOMMERCE
I know exactly what’s on your mind right now. Well you’re indeed correct, it’s WOOCOMMERCE.
Woo Commerce is the very best plugin to employ on your site if you’re planning on building an eCommerce or online store website.
It supports sales for both physical and digital product.
10. BEST WORDPRESS PLUGIN FOR PAGE BUILDING
Without any debate, the best WordPress plugin in this category is ELEMENTOR