WordPress plugin is small software which extends the features of WordPress. Thousands of free WordPress plugins are available for you which may put you in the dilemma regarding its necessity. So, here I’m going to enlist some free WordPress plugins that I recommend for a new WordPress website.
Akismet – Spam protection plugin
Spam protection is very important for any WordPress website as you are going to get lots of spam comments in your website. Understanding it, WordPress has included Akismet in core installation package. It means you need not install it differently. All you have to do is activate it with a key. Akismet has paid as well as free service. For normal use, its free service is also awesome. Get the key, activate and enjoy! Akismet takes care of the rest. 🙂
Yoast SEO – Search engine optimization plugin
Yoast SEO is the best WordPress search engine optimization (SEO) plugin. Although WordPress itself is search engine friendly CMS, Yoast SEO makes it way ahead. This plugin is available for Free and you can extend its features and services making some payment. Due to ease of use and its great features even in the free version, I highly recommend Yoast SEO for any new WordPress website. It has 5 Million+ active installs making it one of the most popular WordPress plugin.
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Wordfence Security – WordPress security plugin
Security is the first priority for any website. When it comes to CMS like WordPress, its must. Though WordPress core is very secure, we may leave several loopholes during implementation which may put our website in threat. So, to harden the security of your website, you need to use Wordfence Security. Wordfence Security is the most downloaded security plugin with 2 million+ active installs. It’s well-updated Threat Defence Feed and Web Application Firewall protects your website from getting hacked. Besides, it has awesome features like live traffic which lets you see who is visiting your website at the moment. I highly recommend this plugin if you want to use free security plugin.
Google XML Sitemaps – Sitemaps plugin
For better SEO results, search engines should be able to crawl your website properly. For this, all you need is good XML sitemaps. Google XML Sitemaps is best WordPress plugin which lets you have updated XML sitemaps for your website best made for Google search engine and Bing search engine. Due to its excellence, it has become one the most used WordPress plugin with 2 Million+ active installs. So, I highly recommend you to use Google XML Sitemaps.
WP Super Cache
Caching is very important for any WordPress website if you want to make the best use of shared hosting. Caching plugin produces the static web pages and delivers that to the browser. Due to this, the server shouldn’t process the PHP scripts each time and thus your website becomes very fast. There are several caching plugins available. But, I recommend WP Super Cache for the beginner. This is because, it is very easy to use and since it’s made by Automattic which is the main organization behind WordPress itself, you can totally trust it.
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
Google analytics helps you to know your website traffic much better. This free service from Google lets provides you great insights of your website followers which help you to make audience oriented changes and updates in your website. Generally, you need to observe the traffic insights from the website of Google Analytics. But, with the help of Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights you can easily observe the insights from the WordPress dashboard. Yes! You can have best insights within your WordPress Dashboard with graphs and charts. This free plugin is also one of the most popular WordPress plugins and I highly recommend you to install it on your new WordPress website.
Jetpack by WordPress.com
Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin allows you to get great features of WordPress.com in your self-hosted WordPress website. You can login your WordPress website with the login credential of your WordPress.com account where you can have SMS based two-factor authentication. You can get free CDN for the images of your website which helps to make your website fast. Besides, it has other great features like social sharing, post grammar check, downtime monitoring, site stats and much more. You can enjoy enhanced security and other premium features by making some monthly payment. So, it is also one of the highly recommended WordPress plugins for the new WordPress website.
So, here I end the list of some of the WordPress plugin that every new WordPress website should consider using for better performance and security. Do you have some other recommendation as well? You can suggest that in the below comment box.
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