Most of the websites today are made with WordPress, and I encourage that. WordPress is an amazing CMS and is good for beginners and experts too. But in the sea of plugins, sometimes is hard to choose which ones to use, so today I’m sharing my list of top plugins to use on your website. (and a couple of ones you should avoid).
So, let’s begin:
The security of your website is so important, and Wordfence is the right plugin for that. There are thousands of malicious bots on the web that try to attack your website and destroy your entire work. That is why you must always prevent the spams and keep your website secure.
This plugin offers Firewall protection, malware scan, blocking, login security, live traffic monitoring and so much more.
It has a free and premium version and you can check it out here.
Who loves spam? Only a crazy person would say yes 🙂
Since Askimet is developed by the people behind WordPress, it is one of the default plugins that come with every new WordPress core installation. It is an anti-spam plugin that checks all comments and filters out the spammy comments.
The plugin is free for personal sites and blogs while you have to subscribe to its monthly plans for commercial sites.
I know that every one of you knows what SEO is and how it can help your website. And most of you have heard of Yoast plugin, and I absolutely love Yoast. But I recently came across this great (free) plugin that I love a little bit more than Yoast and it’s Rank Math.
It is really easy to set up (the setup wizard takes you through most of the setup), it has Rich Snippets Integrated, it can optimize up to 5 Keywords (and most of the plugins offer only 1 in free versions), you can connect your Google Search Console, 404 Monitor, Internal Link Suggestions, Sitemap generator and so much more.
Believe me, if you decide to try Rank Math, you will not be sorry.
We all know you need to have images on your website, because, let’s face it, we are all extremely visual people and we just love to look at pretty pictures 🙂
But images can also be so “heavy” on our website and most of you don’t think about scaling them before uploading to your website.
This is where WP Smush comes into play 🙂
It optimizes all of your image files in JPEG, GIF and PNG formats using advanced compression techniques and saves lots of storage space. It auto-smushes all your attachments on upload while you can also smush your attachments manually in the media library.
The free version has some restrictions, but it’s good anyway 🙂
Plugins I don’t like or recommend
Yes I know, most of you are shocked right now 🙂 Jetpack is recommended by WordPress and it’s developed by the people behind WordPress. But I still don’t recommend it. Why? Because it’s really heavy on your website. It uses a lot of your hosting resources (memory) that it makes your website so slow. So, for me, these plugins just aren’t worth the installing.
All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets, Redirection, 404 Monitoring and Sitemap plugins
A big NO from me for all the plugins like that. Why? It’s pretty simple. All these plugins are already included in Rank Math so there is no need to have additional plugins that suck the life out of your hosting when you can only have one plugin that does the job.
You might have seen that I didn’t include any caching plugins in this list. And the reason why is because I hate them all 🙂 Yes, I love just one that does an extremely great job, but that one is hosting related. My hosting provider has its own caching plugin and you can only use it with that hosting (but I will talk about that some other time).
Why I hate all the caching plugins is because they are all extremely difficult to set up and configure properly, most of them don’t even work properly and you have to install additional plugins because they don’t do the whole work. And c’mon! If I install a caching plugin then I would want that 1 plugin to do the job. I don’t want to install a million plugins to have a fast website.
So this is really tricky because you SHOULD have a caching plugin but which one?
My final advice
I know that we all love plugins and different functions they provide. But remember, the fewer plugins you have, the better your website will work. So next time, when you think about clicking that “Install” button, take a minute and think – do I really really really need that plugin that makes snowflakes fall all over my website? 🙂
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