7 Best WordPress Plugins

7 best WordPress plugins and 7 more must have WordPress plugins that every WordPress user should consider having in their installation.

A number of my clients ask me to help them with what WordPress plugins they will need. This list was compiled accordingly. I hope that you find these WordPress plugins useful.

WordFence Security 

Having WordFence installed is like having your own guards protecting your site. WordFence blocks malicious attempts to gain entry into your site and searches your site for out of date plugins, themes, and other code. WordFence will then send you an email notification stating that the section is out of date and needs to be updated.

WordFence - Number 1 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

WordFence Security – Number 1 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

 

WordFence does not only thwart off malicious attacks on your site. It offers a very impressive page caching option with their Falcon Engine. Whenever you enable Falcon Engine, your page will load 30-50 times faster. On dial up or a slower connection, that loading increase could mean the difference in a visitor bouncing or actually visiting your site.

 

WordFence - Number 1 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

WordFence Security – Number 1 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

You can check out more on WordFence Security here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/

WP Smush

WP Smush is a wonderful image compression plugin developed by WPMU DEV. It is ranked number in my “Best WordPress Plugins” list only because WordFence protects and speeds up WordPress. WP Smush compresses the images that are uploaded to your site to allow your page to load faster. 

WP Smush - Number 2 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

WP Smush – Number 2 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

WP Smush uses WPMU DEV’s servers to compress the images to keep the load off your on server. The returned image is then uploaded into your media folder. By compressing the image, if your site is running on VPS hosting or other limited storage hosting, this also saves storage space on your own server.

More details on WP Smush can be found here. You can also visit WPMU DEV’s website here

FolioPress WYSIWYG

– FolioPress WYSIWYG is a very good WYSIWYG editor. (WYSIWYG stands for: what you see is what you get) Here is why FolioPress ranks number 3 in my “Best WordPress Plugins” list:

  • FolioPress plays well with text and images
  • FolioPress provides SEO ready image tools giving you control of the image size, image alt text, and image title.
  • FolioPress has a modern theme as well it is easy to get to source code and quickly edit additional html code.
  • FolioPress produces standard compliant HTML code quickly and easily.
  • FolioPress will never go out of date: FolioPress is assembled from the best open source WYSIWYG editor code and will always be up to date and on the cutting edge of web design

 

FolioPress - Number 3 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

FolioPress WYSIWYG Editor – Number 3 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

FolioPress - Number 3 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Easily Upload and Insert Images into Posts with FolioPress

 

FolioPress - Number 3 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

FolioPress – Number 3 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Learn more about FolioPress here.

Check and Enable Gzip

Check and Enable Gzip is a simple tool developed by Richard’s Toolbox that checks your site for Gzip compression and enables it for you. 

Why is Check and Enable Gzip useful? Gzip compresses the webpage into an archive similar to a zip file that is know as gz. The page then decompresses once it is loaded into your browser resulting in up to 70% faster page load time. 

Check and Enable Gzip - Number 4 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Check and Enable Gzip – Number 4 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Check and Enable Gzip - Number 4 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Check and Enable Gzip – Number 4 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Check and Enable Gzip - Number 4 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Check and Enable Gzip – Number 4 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

You can learn more about Check and Enable Gzip here.

YouTube

This simple YouTube plugin allows us to easily embed YouTube videos into our WordPress posts, pages, and, whenever installed, store items.

YouTube - Number 5 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

YouTube – Number 5 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

This plugin allows us to insert YouTube content into our content by using one of several methods. You can insert straight from your WYSIWYG interface.

YouTube

YouTube – Number 5 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

YouTube - Number 5 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

YouTube – Number 5 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

YouTube - Number 5 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

YouTube – Number 5 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

You can also insert media using shortcode. Shortcode for all those who don’t know is where you use brackets with a tag. WordPress automatically will convert the tags inside the brackets to html code on your site. For instance, [shortcode]…[/shortcode].

YouTube - Number 5 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

YouTube – Number 5 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

You can learn more about YouTube here.

Backup Database

I have chosen this plugin as number 6 instead of the backup to Amazon or backup to DropBox because as your site grows, you database will grow. In time, your database will grow as well and may outgrow the size of your free DropBox storage. Due to ever changing policies from these online storage companies, they could possibly reduce your storage size or cancel your account all together if you are a free customer. This plugin gives you ultimate control.

Backup Database gives you One Click Backup, unlimited backups, the ability to download your backup, manage your backups, customize the backup, display database info, and display table info. 

Backup Database - Number 6 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Backup Database – Number 6 of 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Learn more about Backup Database here.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO gives you a very clear understanding about how each post you write will rank with search engines. Simply put, if you are wanting to blog about the keywords “The Pasta Place”, Yoast SEO will show you an in-depth analysis of how your site stands. As a result, you can edit the post and modify to increase the likelihood of your site being found.

Additionally, Yoast provides Google webmaster tools built in. Furthermore, you can create sitemaps and optimize your RSS feed. As a result of this, your site is more likely to be found by the search engines.

Yoast SEO - Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO – Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO - Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO – Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO - Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO – Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO - Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO – Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO - Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO – Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO - Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO – Number 7 or 7 Best WordPress Plugins

More Noteworthy Must Have WordPress Plugins

Akismet

If you have just installed WordPress, or even if you have had it installed for awhile, you may not know exactly what Akismet is. Akismet is a plugin that provides protection from spammers.

Akismet - 1 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

Akismet -1 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

If you’re having problems with new comments daily that say something like, “Nice theme! I absolutely love your site, especially the post you wrote this morning!” or something like that, you are having issues with spammers. Please note: Most of these spammers are not actually visiting your site but rather spamming your site from some sort of software remotely. This is their “blackhat” method of building backlinks to their spam site.

Akismet activates extremely easy and protects your site from this behavior by simply placing all spam message into the spam folder. If, for some reason, the comment isn’t spam, you can simply mark the comment as not spam and publish it.

Akismet is actually one of the notably best WordPress plugins and is included with every new WordPress installation. Furthermore, it was developed and is maintained by the creators of WordPress.  

To activate Akismet, simply click through to their server to activate. You will have the option to donate but this value can also be set at $0. The $0 option is okay but, bare in mind, the money that is donated is what pays to keep the server alive and to pay the dedicated team of coders to continuously write updates.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is a simple but flexible contact form for WordPress.

Contact Form 7 - Number 2 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

Contact Form 7 – Number 2 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins”

Contact Form 7 makes it to manage multiple contact forms on your site. In addition, you can customize the form easily with simple markup. Finally, Contact Form 7 provides Captcha and Akismet spam filtering to protect you from receiving SPAM messages. 

Contact Form 7 - Number 2 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

Contact Form 7 – Number 2 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins”

You can learn more about Contact Form 7 here.

MailChimp for WordPress

MailChimp provides you with an easy to use form to capture email addresses to import into your MailChimp account. After the list is imported, you can build your online presence by sending newsletters and promoting your site as well as products that you have for sale or are an affiliate of.

MailChimp for WordPress - Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress – Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

Because MailChimp provides you with a free account, the MailChimp for WordPress is definitely a must have WordPress plugin for every WordPress site.

MailChimp for WordPress - Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress – Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress - Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress – Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress - Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress – Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress - Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress – Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress - Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress – Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress - Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

MailChimp for WordPress – Number 3 of 3 Must Have WordPress Plugins

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