The Most Essential WordPress Plugins

Hey guys, hope you are enjoying blogging as much as I am. If you have self-hosted WordPress blog, keep reading. As I said, you can improve the performance of your WordPress blog by using various WordPress plugins.

There are 45,656 plugins available in the WordPress plugin repository. Isn’t that too complicated to pick a right plugin for you?

What if choosing plugins for your blog get easier?

To make picking up WordPress plugins, I have listed some excellent plugins which will surely add more features and new functionality to your WordPress blog.

List of Essential WordPress Plugins

Jetpack

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin by team Automattic. This plugin comes with multiple features viz, Traffic Growth & Insights, Security, Image Performance, Centralized Management, Comment system, and more. It has both a free and paid version.

Wp-Super Cache

Team Automattic develops this plugin. This plugin speeds up your blog loading speed by enabling cache functionality for your files. This plugin is free for all users.
Tutorial – How to Install and Setup WP Super Cache

Yoast SEO

SEO plays an important role to get more traffic to your blog. Yoast SEO is a plugin which has full functions to make your SEO right. Team Joost de Valk writes this plugin. It has both free and premium versions.

WPForms

WPForms is the best drag & drop WordPress form builder plugin. It is 100% responsive and comes with smart CAPTCHA and honeypot that automatically prevents spam submissions on your site.

Advanced Database Cleaner

Advanced database cleaner is a tool to clean and optimize the WordPress database. It works right from the WordPress dashboard. You don’t need to log into your phpMyAdmin.

Force Regenerate Thumbnails

This plugin regenerates thumbnails of the media files (images) after compression. It force regenerates thumbnails when you upload pictures for your contents.

Google XML sitemap

Google XML Sitemap generates a special XML sitemap which helps you to better index your blog in search engines.

W3 Total Cache

It is one of the famous plugins to improve blog loading speed. This plugin has various options that can quickly improve your page loading speed. This plugin has page cache, minify, database cache, object cache, and more features. This plugin is available for both free and paid versions.
Tutorial – How to install and Configure W3 Total Cache Plugin

Wp-Smush

WP-Smush is a smart plugin which reduces the file size of images during upload. It compresses all type of images. The free version can compress only files below 1 MB in size.

Limit Login Attempts

Limit login attempts is a plugin which enables extra security for your login page.

WPForms

WPForms is the best drag & drop WordPress form builder plugin. It is 100% responsive and comes with smart CAPTCHA and honeypot that automatically prevents spam submissions on your site.

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