We all know that WordPress is most widely used Content Management System or CMS platform for website/blog and technically good platform for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
I personally like WordPress as my blogging platform because is flexibility and ease to use even for people who don’t have coding skill, there is thousand of free or paid Themes and plugins that we can add and install directly from WP Admin panel.
And this time I am going to discuss about essential WordPress plugins for website / blog,that’s very useful for to optimize your site, security and SEO.
Actually I don’t install much plugins on my blog, plugins list you see below is just a recommendation of my personal experience so.. here they are.
As a blogger and website owner we will always deal with spam in comment section, we all hate spam even spammer hate spam so to protect our site we need an anti spam plugins, one of most effective and its installed by default when you install wordpress is Akismet
When someone add a comments Akismet will analyze if they look like spam or not and let you to review it before you decide to approve or remove it. To use it you’ll need Akismet.com API Key don’t worry key are free for personal blogs, but also available for paid subscription for businesses and commercial sites.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
We need to optimize our site for Search Engines right? so we need a plugin that can help us to get the job done, there is two plugins I know, that almost all blogger expert will recommend to you and me.
Install only one of them, both are great and you can choose to use it as a Free or Pro/Premium version. I use All in One SEO Pack in my blog.
If a visitor landing on our blog and interesting with one of our post and want to share it with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and other social media we need to provide them a tool to allow user to sharing with their friends.
There is so many social sharing button plugins you can search and add directly from WordPress admin panel, this is are Social Plugins that I recommend
Sitemap and analytics
This is really important plugins for your website to get indexed by Google.
It’s not necessary but very useful, install Google Analytics plugins, in WordPress admin panel navigate to Plugins > Add new, in search box use keyword “Google Analytics” you will found a lot of GA plugins from different developer just grab one you like most.
The better way is to install google analytics manually by placing HTML code provide by google into your site. Sign in to Google analytics with your existing Google account. Read and follow their instruction to install it properly.
Peoples love a super fast loading website they visit, so here is some great plugins you can install to optimize your website load speed.
This plugins will improves the user experience of your site by increasing your website performance, reducing download times via features like content delivery network (CDN) integration.
What ShortPixel plugins do is improves your website performance by reducing image size.
Other plugins that I’ve got recommended by Senior blogger and useful for this purpose are Jetpack, Smush Image Compression and Optimization.
Conclusion (and another optional plugins)
There is a lot of another plugins create by awesome developers that maybe you need beside the list I’ve write above, all plugins on list above is the most essential and a must to have for website optimization based on my personal experience.
So if you guys have good suggestion for another essential/basic plugins that I’ve missed please hit me on comment bellow I really love to hear that.
Okay! I think thats it for now see you on next post about blogging stuff
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