We all know that WordPress is most widely used Content Management System (CMS) platform for website/blog. And technically known really great 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 you can add and install directly from WP Admin panel.
In this post we going to discuss about essential WordPress plugins for website / blog that’s very useful for to optimize WordPress your site. For security and SEO.
A must have WordPress plugins to Install on Blog
Actually I don’t install much plugins on my blog by the way. Plugins list you found in this list is the most important and essential only. For site owner it is a must have on their WordPress site. The recommendation list below is based on my personal experience so.. here they are.
Anti Spam Plugin
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 your site you need an anti spam plugin, one of most effective and its installed by default when you install WordPress is Akismet. All you need to do is activate it.
Generally when someone add a comments on your blog, 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 the key are free for personal blogs, but also available for paid subscription for businesses and commercial sites.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
You need your site to get rank high in Goole search result page right? so, you will need a plugin that can help you get better for your SEO effort.
There is a lot of SEO plugins out there. But here I only recommended two plugins that I use myself on my own sites.
Here they are;
Install only one of them, both are great and you can choose to use it as a Free or Pro/Premium version. I use YOAST SEO for this blog.
This is really important plugins for your website get properly indexed by Google and other search engines.
I’ve write post about how to make website get indexed by Google, Yahoo and Bing. You can read here How to Make New WordPress Blog Get Indexed by Google FASTER!
If you are using Yoast SEO, the plugin will automatically generate a sitemap for your website. So you don’t need another Sitemap plugin.
Peoples love a super fast loading website they visit, so here is some great plugins you can install to optimize your website load speed.
These plugins will improves the user experience of your site by increasing your website speed performance. By reducing download times via features like content delivery network (CDN) integration etc.
Image Optimization Plugin
What ShortPixel and Smush Image Compression and Optimization plugins do is improves your website performance by reducing the image size. So it can load faster.
If a visitor landing on our blog and interesting with one of your post and want to share it with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and other social media. Then you need to provide them a tool for them for sharing your content 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
Sumo This plugin also very useful for collecting email list for your marketing efforts.
Conclusion (and another optional plugins)
There is a lot of another plugins create by awesome WordPress developers that maybe you need beside the list I’ve write above. All kind of plugins on the list above is the most essential and a must 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. Thanks for stopping by to read my post, hope it useful.
Happy blogging 🙂