Check the list of comprehensive & most essential plugins for WordPress. These are also the best WordPress plugins 2018 too.
You love WordPress because it allows doing the task very easily, thanks to the availability of various Plugins. Just like how free you are using an Android phone, you are free to install any WordPress plugins.
Best WordPress Plugins 2018
Below is the collection of 51 most essentials plugins for WordPress that we found helpful. You might not need all of them but all of them are pretty useful and so we made to 51 of them.
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JetPack is the mother of all WordPress plugins. First, install and then tell me.
As soon as I install WordPress on any blogs, I just consider navigating to Plugins > Add New and search for JetPack. I would say JetPack is one of the wonderful plugin designed for easy WordPress handling and it does the work for lot many plugins under one roof. I have stated atleast 10 reasons why I use JetPack plugin for WordPress.JetPack can do following things for you -
- Easy Contact Form, no need to look further for another plugin
- Add custom CSS codes on your site
- Automatically share content on a famous search engine, a Social network for the recent post that you have published.
- Using Mobile theme module, you can show mobile-friendly website to your visitors on mobile devices like Android, iPhone or on a tablet as well.
- Photon module will make your site images load faster by caching them to WordPress CDN, improving site speed.
- Related posts can also be shown
- Show sharing buttons
- View incredible site stats
- Allow and manage subscriptions on your site, completely free
- Easily correct any grammar or spelling mistakes before the post is published
- More features in the Pro versions.
With those features in one plugin, you are making your site load faster as each plugin contributes to your requests or page size.
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All in one functionality in just one plugin.
With JetPack, I can only imagine only Pros but it does have few cons -
- If you have Photon module enabled, and if you disable it, then on your previous shared posts at Facebook Fan page and Google+ page, you will get broken featured image. Actually not a con, just a catch in functionality but a thing you should know before using it
SEO super easy with Yoast, the best WordPress SEO plugin ever
SEO for any site is very important. For those who want more options under your WordPress SEO plugin, they can go with Yoast SEO Plugin. Yoast plugin has the option to set Breadcrumbs on your site, order on how to display pages, media, posts in search engines and allows you to add two more things - get rid of Sitemap plugin as it comes with built-in Sitemap tool and secondly take care of most of the 'Google Search Console' options here like - fixing the crawler errors, not-found errors and lot more.Pros
- Option to generate Sitemap.
- Great features in the free plugin as well.
- The free version allows targeting with only one focus keyword.
Managing ads on your site effectively
90% of WordPress blogs are meant to generate income from advertising. By far, Ad Injection is the best Ad management WordPress plugin to manage advertising scripts easily and effectively. Using Ad Injection you can handle Google AdSense, Media.net, Infolinks, VigLink & other CPM ad-codes on your site effectively. Currently, I am using it on all of my blogs.Apart from placements, Ad Injection includes several other Settings like block certain IPs, shows ads to visitors from only search engines, ad rotation, split testing, repeat ads, disabling ads on pages, homepage, search results, 404 Error pages, filters are available & many more. All these from a full free plugin.
- Full control on ads on your blog
Download Ad Injection Plugin
The award-winning & the best performance cache WordPress plugin
W3 Total Cache is an essential plugin for WordPress blog as it will significantly improve page loading time thereby enhancing user experience. You will see atleast 10x improvement in your site overall performance.The W3 Total Cache includes following functions -
- Enables you to catch WordPress pages and posts
- Caching database
- Caching of objects
- HTTP compression
- Enable fragment caching to reduce execution time for common operations
W3 Total Cache Alternatives are -
- WP Super Cache
- WP-Rocket (No free version)
- LiteSpeed Cache
- Fastest Cache
With an increase in mobile users, people want information available right on their mobile devices. If your website is featured rich, then it might be slow to load on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. This is why Accelerated Mobile Project was created to provide fast loading mobile-optimized content. Using AMP plugin by Automattic, the makers of JetPack plugin you can get AMP compatible versions of your WordPress posts.
AMP means faster loading pages
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Don't support ads. This is where other AMP WordPress plugins have taken advantage.
Download AMP for WordPress Plugin
This plugin is most downloaded SEO Plugin for WordPress blogs. It will optimize site title, post/page title and automatically generates meta tags.
This plugin will check out for any link which is broken, shows not found error or timeout error. Quite essential in terms of SEO.
For those who are much concerned of internal linking on their blogs via manual methods, Insights Plugin is designed for them. Select a keyword and it will list out articles relating, allowing users to go through one click interlinking. We currently use this plugin on our blog.
Too many comments on your site can result in slow loading of pages. This where external comments plugin is quite important.
CommentLuv plugin redefines the way you show up comments in your blog. There are Bloggers who have enabled this plugin and it's of the powerful social enticement plugin.Download CommentLuv for WordPress
Advanced Database Cleaner
Clean up plugin will automatically delete the junk files, trashes, autosaves, post version from your blog. This will help to speed up your blog for fast loading & performance.
deletes junk files, auto drafts easily
May delete your WP-tables if not used properly
XML sitemap will help Google on how to index your site in a better way by predefining a structure which is easily understood by Google. It's the must-have plugin for those who are looking to get their site indexed in Google Search Engine.You might not need this if you are using Sitemap module in the Yoast plugin.
For those who need to watermark images, Image Watermark plugin will help you to automatically add watermark to images uploaded and also to the existing images on your site.
This plugin will easily create a Contact Form which can be integrated anywhere in your blog. You can handle multiple Contact forms using this plugin. If you are using JetPack by WordPress you shouldn't use this plugin as it includes Contact forms pre-installed.
WP-DB-Backup plugin will allow you to easily backup WordPress Database table. So any user who is worried of messing the stuff, should install this plugin to keep his blog safe from hackers.
Even though Responsive WordPress designs are out in the market, many bloggers still use the the older WordPress themes which is non-compatible on mobile devices. WP Touch Mobile plugin will automatically design mobile version of your blog.
Worried of spam comments on your blog. Captcha plugin will make things harder for that auto commenting software as it brings on the captcha code to be entered.
This plugin will replace old type post navigation ie., older posts, newer posts with your custom post navigation.
Hackers are everywhere. Your WordPress blog might be easier for hackers to get through but BulletProof Security WordPress plugin is designed for you to keep hackers away.
UpdraftPlus - WordPress Backup and Restoration
A blogger is always worried of hackers and security of his blog. The updraftplus plugin will allow you to easily backup and restore your WordPress blog.
WP eCommerce allows you to convert your WordPress blog to eCommerce site easily with paying anything.
This plugin will automatically send a link to your wall, page when you publish an article.
NextGen Gallery is the intuitive way to show up Gallery on blog but I think the newly improved WordPress Gallery is a better option, still, NextGen Gallery makes it to the list of best 51 WordPress plugins here.
This plugin will allow you to add custom fields to your blog editor providing easy way to quick integration.
Bookmarklet plugin for WordPress allows you to add social media sharing options apart from normal Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus buttons. It supports 22 famous social bookmarking sites.
Theme-Check is the essential plugin for developers.
So those were our collection of most essential Plugins for WordPress blogs. Anything else you are using apart from what is mentioned above? Do let us know via comment and we will be happy to add it to the list.