Most web owners depend on plugins to really make their site meaningful and look quite professional.
According to Wpbeginner, a plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites.
They basically make your website more beautiful, easy to use, boost your SEO and your website’s immune system— health. They make it easy for you to manage your site and its widgets without any knowledge of coding or advanced computer programming.
So if you’re just getting started with your website or blog in WordPress, here are the 10 compulsory plugins you must have as a web owner. Probably, you have to liken this to 10 compulsory courses you must pass before you graduate from college.
Akismet helps you to manage your comments section. It helps you block spam comments and keep that section secured of unwanted opinions and comments.
If you’re using WordPress and you don’t have this plugin, you might loose your files forever and that will probably make you want to cry.
Updraftplus makes it easy to back up your files in WordPress. You can also restore your files from the plugin if you think you lost them.
This plugin allows you save your files into Google Drive, Dropbox folder, Rackspace, FTP, etc.
For you to keep track of who visits your website and what they do is mandatory. Google Analytics has made it easy for web owners to keep track of their website.
To connect your website properly with Google Analytics, you’ll have to install Monsterinsights. It gives you a full analysis of how your site is visited and used right there on your dashboard.
This freemium plugin secures your site and it’s users from malware bytes and hackers. It protrcts your site from threats from malicious activities and spams.
5. Yoast SEO
No doubt, this is arguably the best plugin for SEO. Yoast SEO helps you rank better on search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex, and Yahoo. It also create sitemaps for you to submit to search consoles which makes it easy for bots to crawl your website for ranking.
Apart from all that helps you analyse your contents and suggest improvements. It also helps with keyword research for your contents.
6. WP Smush
Images are an integral part of your contents and they make the contents more expalinable.
Mean while some images take a lot of storage space and WP Smush would help you optimise the images for the SEO.
7. WP Total Cache
W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin is one of the most popular plugins and probably the best caching plugin for WordPress. It features page cache, database caching, object caching, browser caching and a lot more. Besides, it lets you integrate CDN services to reduce page load time. Besides, it has options to minify and HTTP compression of the HTML, JS, and CSS files so that you can save bandwidth up to 80%.
With the reduced loading time, you will get better ranking on search results which consecutively result into high traffic and more conversions.