One of the most popular CMS platforms, or content management systems, on the internet today, is downloaded an astounding 500,000 every day, and running approximately 157,500 sites. This software runs 4.5 percent of the internet, 13.6 million people view some 600,00 pages on a daily basis; and, there are thousands of themes. There are 1.42 million blog posts published each day on this powerful CMS, and to make user experience and sites perform better, as well as protect intellectual property, WordPress plugins are quite powerful, yet simple.
Compact software components that integrate seamlessly into the platform and run in the background with very little wasted space and delivering some great features, plugins provide ways to get your site to perform a specific function. These include all kinds of helpful and neat tasks, from posting automatically on social media, to blocking spam, to forms, and much, much more.
The Most Essential WordPress Plugins
WordPress plugins can make site management and performance markedly better. Choosing the right ones is key to getting the most out of your website. What you ought to avoid is adding these without knowing their limitations, size, and usability. In addition, you should keep the number of plugins limited because it frees-up more space and allows your site to load faster. A site with a slow response time will increase bounce rate and decrease conversions, not to mention a drop off in time on site and time on page.
Whether you’ve recently installed WordPress or have been using the popular content management system for a while now, you need to make sure your site is optimized. If it isn’t, visitors and search engines will neglect your WordPress blog or website–no matter how awesome your content is. —Inc.com
To get the most out of your site and provide a better experience, along with protecting and backing-up content, you can use plugins. When you do install these, be sure to take a moment to look at the number of downloads, users’ ratings, and if they are compatible with the version you’re running. Here are the most essential WordPress plugins to use:
- SEO by Team Yoast. This is a very powerful and useful plugin that comes in a free version, as well as a premium version. It analyzes such page and post metrics as keywords, meta data, length, outbound links, and much more. It also allows users to turn on a nofollow, noindex, and provides social optimization.
- WP-Copy Protect. If you have a need to protect your intellectual property from being copied and stolen, this is the plugin to use. It disallows visitors to highlight and copy content using the CTRL+C keys or right click. Should you find that your content has been stolen before installing this plugin, file a compliant with the DMCA.
- W3 Total Cache. Page load time is a really big deal, especially with the rise of mobile search and click, and its outpacing of desktop search and click. This plugin streamlines your site to optimize its performance in several areas.
- Jetpack by WordPress.com. This features a suite of functions that include related posts, automatic social sharing newly published posts, limit login attempts, provide visit stats, and social sharing buttons appended to posts and pages.
- Ultimate Category Excluder. For those site owners who need to keep certain pages and posts out of search range and avoid being indexed, this is a very useful plugin. It has enough customization features to make it worthwhile.
There are a few others that you might also consider. These would include image optimizers, which reduce file size and help to decrease load time, contact forms and order forms, and backup plugins that keep your site content from being lost in a problematic situation.