WordPress most commonly known as a 'blogging platform' by various bloggers and freelance writers, is also one of the most preferred content management system among website users. This is evident from the fact it hosts about the 25% of the Top 10 Million Website in the world.
Well, WordPress also features numerous plugins to enhance the performance and effectively contribute to its management.
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
The plugin that will improve your WordPress SEO, help you write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress website. First and foremost, it helps you write better content by making you choose a focus keyword and then making sure you use it everywhere. Other cool features include: snippet preview which shows a rendering of what your post or page will look like in search results, page analytics, meta & link elements, XML sitemaps, RSS, etc. The premium version costs $69 per single site and comes with premium support, the option to have multiple focus keyword and a redirect manager, so it’s worth the investment. All in all, this plugin makes sure that search engines love your site’s content.
2. Jetpack by WordPress
Jetpack is a plugin that will help you increase your traffic, view your stats, speed up your site and protect yourself from hackers. There’s a free, premium and professional option, each one coming with certain additional features. You need only choose the right one for your site. The best features include traffic growth and insight, security from hackers and unauthorized logins, image optimization, centralized WordPress Dashboard, custom CSS, contact forms and galleries.
Free plugin that is a fully featured comment system complete with social network integration, advanced administration and moderation options, and other extensive community functions. Most importantly, by utilizing Disqus, you are instantly plugging into our web-wide community network, connecting millions of global users to your website.
Own an ecommerce site? Then you definitely need the WooCommerce plugin. It is a powerful, extendable plugin that helps you sell anything. It’s built in a way that gives both the store owners and developers complete control. It powers 30% of all online stores. You can sell anything, anywhere, ship wherever you like, choose among multiple payment getaways.
MailChimp is a newsletter service that allows you to send out email campaigns to a list of email subscribers. It is free for lists up to 2000 subscribers. The Mailchimp plugin for WordPress, connects your WordPress site with your MailChimp account. It helps you subscribe your WordPress site visitors to your MailChimp lists with ease. You can create good looking and optioned forms or integrate with any other form on your site, like your comment, contact or checkout form.
Akismet checks your website’s comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not. Major features include automatic checking of all comments and filtering out the ones that look like spam, each comment has a history the moderator can look through, and a discard feature. It’s a free plugin, but there is also an upgraded paid version. This plugin will save you precious time as you won’t need to filter your comments manually.
7. XML Sitemap
Automatically generates XML sitemaps for your site and notifies search engines when they’re updated. It also stores your cache sitemaps in the sitemaps folder. It simply creates a list of pages on a website that is accessible to all users. It tells search engines about all the pages that exist on their website. It also determines the number of blog, category and tag pages on your site.