The 8 Best WordPress Plugins You Must Try
If you are running a self-hosted domain, I am pretty sure you are using WordPress platform and by far, is one of the best platform ever done by mankind. I am not sure if this is a guy thing but I really love my WordPress plugins (imagine those technology gadgets). When it comes to having a website, many things come into play such as page loading speed, search engine optimization and even advertising. Thankfully with WordPress, these problems or challenges can be solved with the installation of plugins.
What is plugin actually?
According to Wikipedia, plugin is a term used in computing which means a set of software components that adds specific abilities to a larger software application. If supported, plug-ins enable customizing the functionality of an application. For me, a plugin simple means an easy program that is installed to our root directory (hosting) to easy our webmaster days. A plugin is not a must but it acts as a simple tool or an easy solution for us when it comes to domain hosting and further improving our day to day website operations.
There are a few plugins that I really love. Here goes the list:
1. Rank Math
When it comes to blogging, Search Engine Optimization is vital. You could always perform SEO manually but with Rank Math plugin, you do whatever you want when it comes to SEO matters. The plugin works so great It helps you with a ton of things including;
- Content optimization
- XML sitemaps
- Google search console integration
- Offers you internal linking suggestions
- You can nofollow all external image links
- You can nofollow all external links (you can also open external links in new tabs)
- You can edit using .htaccess Editor
- Here are the biggest benefits of using Rank Math SEO plugin.
- Offers a redirection module so you don’t have to install any other plugin
- You can optimize for up to 5 keywords with one post (you can also use a sneaky filter to optimize up to unlimited numbers)
- Works with almost all the WordPress themes
- You can easily import with 1 click from other SEO plugins (such as Yoast, AIO etc)
- This plugin will automatically add alt tags for missing images (such a cool feature!)
Above all, it’s completely FREE to use
the in all, Rank Math is an incredible SEO plugin which helps you improve your site’s SEO.
You can edit using robots.txt Editor and so much more
The best part is, it’s completely FREE to use on any number of sites you own. It’s also used by a ton of other influential bloggers
Thus, If you’re a blogger, affiliate marketer or an SEO enthusiast who is looking to get more traffic from search engines, you need an SEO plugin like Rank Math.
2. Feedburner Feed Smith
Okay guys, let’s face it. One of the best ways to get traffic or visitors to your site is by using RSS. Thanks to technology nowadays, many of us are on smartphones and those tablets. Thus, RSS feeds is definitely the way to go. If you want to tell the world on your newly published post or comment, this plugin will just the job for you. All you have to do is to ensure you place your feed’s address at the setting and you are basically ready.
3. Google Analytics for WordPress
Does the name sound familiar? I use this plugin to integrate it with my Google Analytics account and I could be rest assured everything is encountered for. Straight forward and extremely useful.
4. W3 Total Cache
When it comes to having a self domain, loading page will actually affect visitors and even page rank. In order to speed up your website loading speed, W3 Total Cache will actually increase the speed of your website. You can even further customize your configuration and easily boost your website loading speed. Indirectly, you are one step closer to increasing your page rank.
Nowadays, the mobile-ready theme is important especially when it comes to surfing the website via mobile. Forget about those special configurations for a mobile look as with WPTouch plugin is one of the best mobile plugins for WordPress. There is no special setting needed and all you need to do is to press the Enable button.
6. WP Smush.it
For those using having limited storage space on your hosting like me, you would definitely need to save up those important memory space. What WP Smush.it does? It reduces the size of the images with losing the image quality. It is very easy to use and you can optimise the images on the fly. Its benefit is that this increases your storage space and at the same time, reduce the speed loading page and increase the speed of the site as well. The plugin also comes with an option where you can schedule an automatic image resizing. As a default, it is set once every 7 days but my personal preference is 3 days once.
7. Google XML Sitemaps
For a less tech-savvy blogger or webmaster, generating a sitemap to get search engines to index your website could be one of the biggest hassles and that is what Google XML Sitemaps will do for you. It will automatically generate a new sitemap and submit the sitemaps to all search engines.
8. Ad Injection
If you are looking for a program to rotate advertisements according to location, time and specific pages, then Ad Injection is the right plugin for you. By far, this is one of the best ad plugins I ever tried on WordPress. It does it is told to do every time without fail. There are many choices you can choose from such as showing ads on the widgets, footer, header and even between posts. Anything you can think of and Ad Injection is there to save the day.
These are the 8 plugins for WordPress to die for especially if you want to have a fast loading website. If you think that this is all for you, you are wrong!