WordPress without plugins is like coffee without milk. It is incomplete and most of the awesomeness of WordPress goes into nothingness without plugins. For WordPress users, plugins are a blessing. It saves a lot of work and time and sometimes makes your website great even without proper knowledge of coding or web designing! In this article, we will share 10 best WordPress plugins for 2018 that will help you to design awesome website.
1. Yoast SEO (Freemium)
Search Engine Optimization is an integral part of a website. The number of internet users using search engines is increasing, making SEO inevitable part to avoid. Fortunately, WordPress users are blessed to have a plugin like Yoast SEO!
Yoast SEO is a fantastic plugin which helps you to create awesome content and improve your SERP ranking on search engines. It focuses on creating contents which are beneficial to users and search engines alike. The plugin helps to implement desired density of your focus keyword without affecting overall readability of the content.
Besides, it helps you improve how your post or pages look at the search results with snippet preview. Creating catchy headlines and better Meta description can increase the click-through rates.
2. Insert Headers and Footers (Free)
Insert Headers and Footers is a simple plugin that lets you insert code like Google Analytics, custom CSS, Facebook Pixel, Bing analytics and more to your WordPress pages. This plugin helps you from not making a mess in the theme files!
The Insert Headers and Footers plugin has a very simple interface and lets you insert scripts and codes, rather than dealing with different tools and plugins.
We here in Search Engine Nation use this handy plugin to integrate various third-party tools.
Features of Insert Headers and Footers
- Easy to set up
- Copy and paste scripts
- Custom CSS across themes
3. Akismet Anti-Spam (Freemium)
Akismet is yet another plugin developed by the same team behind WordPress (Automattic). It is one of the default plugins of WordPress. It is an anti-spam plugin which checks all comments and filters out the spam comments.
The plugin also provides a historical view of each comment so that you can understand which comments were marked spam by Akismet or the moderator. Moderators also can view the number of approved comments for each user, see the link address in the comment body and remove the suspicious or malicious links.
The plugin is free for the personal site and blogs and requires subscriptions for commercial sites. The paid subscription provides additional security features for the site.
4. WP Super Cache
Cache plugins boost your website speed by reducing calls to the database and other PHP scripts. This makes your website fast and reduces bounce rates.
WP Super Cache generates static HTML pages of your dynamic content and loads these pages to your audience. Static web pages won’t make database calls which result in a less use of server resources making your site faster.
5. Sucuri Security
The Sucuri Security is a free WordPress plugin. The internet is a very dangerous place. All sorts of harms and threats lie in every corner. Any website can get hacked or attacked by malicious DOS attacks. Therefore, it is better to be prepared than sorry. Sucuri offers real-time alerts, website security scanner, and even offers malware removal service.
- Security Activity Auditing
- File Integrity Monitoring
- Remote Malware Scanning
- Blacklist Monitoring
- Post-Hack Security Actions
- Security Notifications
- Website Firewall (Premium version)
6. WP Smush (Freemium)
Images make your posts attractive and engaging and convey messages clearly to the users. But adding images has a price – it can increase page load speed. Optimizing images without compromising quality is the key to a good website. Here comes the role of WP Smush. With this plugin, you can compress images without compromising quality!
It optimizes all of your image files in JPEG, GIF and PNG formats and saves lots of storage space. It auto-smushes all your media uploads on the go and also smushes the uploads manually in the media library.
7. All in One Schema.org Rich Snippets (Free)
Have ever seen extra star ratings, images, reviews etc. in some of the snippets on the search results? This additional information is listed by the search engine for the benefit of the users. Such brief extracts or additional information are called Rich Snippets.
Founded by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Yandex, Schema.org is a collaborative, community activity to create, maintain, and promote schemas for structured data on the on web pages.
Rich snippets are the best way to enhance the appearance of your post on search engine result pages. They help you get more click-through rates through search engines.
To create rich snippets in WordPress website, you can use the plugin All in One Schema.org Rich Snippets. It provides the search engines with the structured data to be displayed in the search engine result pages.
8. Jetpack by WordPress (Freemium)
Jetpack is a powerful plugin from Automattic, the team behind the WordPress Platform. This is a must have plugin for every WordPress site. The plugin offers a pack of super cool features for your website.
Jetpack includes services like site security, contact forms, website performance, social sharing tools, SEO tools, Ad program, traffic growth, lazy loading images, image & video CDN, website appearance and a lot more. Also, the plugin provides world-class support services.
9. Everest Forms (Freemium)
One of the most important pages you need on a website is the Contact page. Be it an e-commerce website or financial service website, the contact page is a must! You definitely need a contact form on your site from where visitors and users can contact you.
The purpose of contact can be anything; to provide you feedback on the product or services, for business deals, or suggestions or complaints, a well-designed contact page is a must.
The plugin Everest Forms helps you to create attractive and effective contact forms. It features drag and drop interface that lets you build stunning contact forms easily and quickly.
10. Social Icons (Free)
Social media has become one of the most popular platforms on the internet. The number of social media users are increasing. This helps marketers to market their contents across various social media. Plugins like Social Icon helps you to market your content across various social media platforms.
Social Icons is a free WordPress plugin helps you to show popular social icons on your website. Moreover, the plugin supports more than 100 social media platforms. It is very simple and easy to implement into your posts and pages.
The plugin offers many customization options for the icons. You can resize the icons, choose square or rounded or grayscale background icons and more. Additionally, you can also sort the icons by drag and drop method.
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