Are you new to wordpress and want to improve your wordpress website or blog?
WordPress is the easiest and most Google friendly content management system available. It offers thousands of inbuilt applications, known as plugins which enable some very interesting and useful functionalities to your website/blog. With the use of right plugins, you can improve your reach, user experience and make your website more professional.
In this article, we will discuss about top 10 essential wordpress plugins, that every beginner or marketer should know and install.
1. Social Login
This plugin lets users to log into your site with their social media profile. The plugin comes with more than 30 different networks you can choose to log in with, including Amazon, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, WordPress, and more.
This plugin is free to download and use.
2. Monarch Social Sharing Button
The plugin offers a variety of social sharing buttons, that will appear at the beginning and/or end of the post, automatic pop-ups, floating social sharing bars. This is a mobile friendly and you can choose customize button shapes, colors and more. This has more than 20 different social networks.
3. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Google Analytics is a powerful tool that every business should use, regardless of size or industry. First you need to get your Google analytics tracking code then install the plugin and paste the code where asked. The code will automatically applied to every page of your website.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP is a free plugin.
If your hosting company didn’t provide you automated backup, then Backbuddy is the ultimate option. This will allow you to back up your site as well as your each blog post.
In its setting you can decide how often you want to back up your website, you want to do this automatically or manually. You can also select the location for your website back up.
You can set notification mail so that if you get any backup error, notifications will delivered right to your email, so you’ll know right away if something goes wrong.
BackupBuddy is a reliable paid plugin, starting at $80 per year and providing backups of upto 1 GB for one site.
Disqus is an easy to install plugin for enabling comments on your blog/website. It allows commenters to easily log in and engage. You will get notification when someone leaves a comment or even tags in conversation. So that you don’t miss even a single comment to respond.
In addition, it also provide some valuable features like automatic spam filtering, subscribe options, blacklisting for blocked users, and whitelists.
This is a free to use plugin.
6. SEO Yoast
Whether you’re an SEO expert or a beginner, SEO Yoast helps you to make your content rank better in SERP.
This allows you to set your meta title, description and focus keyword. After you set your meta description and the keyword, this plugin automatically evaluate how your individual page or post will perform in search based on that focused keyword. If your content is highly optimized, it shows green signal as in the picture below:
SEO Yoast is free, easy to use, has one-click installation, and is frequently updated.
7. Newsletter Sign-Up
Building an email list is important for both your present marketing strategy and future prospects.
The Newsletter Sign-Up plugin comes with box, you can place these boxes on posts, pages, and/or in widget areas such as sidebars.
This plugin is compatible with most third-party email services like MailChimp and ConstantContact, and it is a free plugin.
8. W3 Total Cache
After the well optimized meta tags, site’s speed plays an important role in search engine rankings. Your visitors and Search engines both love fast website. This plugin reduces your page load time by more than 50%, increases your site performance and improves the user experience significantly.
Read this guide on how to install W3 Total Cache plugin from scratch.
Its a free plugin.
9. Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will automatically generate an XML sitemap for your site that help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to index your website and its pages. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a new post.
10. Contact Form 7
You can create and manage multiple contact forms through this plugin without the knowledge of coding. When you install the Contact Form 7 plugin, you’ll see a default form named “Contact form 1”, and a code like this:
contact-form-7 id=”1234″ title=”Contact form 1
Copy this code, open the edit menu of your contact page and then paste the code.
Now your contact form setup is complete. Visitors to your site can now find the form and start contacting you.
You can customize your form, mail content and add more fields to it.
What do you think about these plugins? Which WordPress plugins are you using? Did any of your favorites didn’t appear in this list? Share your views, knowledge, and experience in the comments below!
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