The beauty of WordPress is that there is a plugin for almost every problem imaginable. But with thousands of plugins available, it is sometimes difficult to choose which one you need.
- There are many plugins that protect your website and ensure that spam is averted
- There are several plugins that can help you make your WordPress website
- SEO-proof There are also plugins that can add pop-ups, sliders, forms, and cookies to your WordPress website
In short, a lot is possible and this creates choice stress. Fortunately, you don’t have to download every plugin out there. Every plugin takes up space and makes your WordPress website slower. This is detrimental to SEO. A statement that is very appropriate for plugins: less is more .
Of course, this does not mean that you should not download any plugins at all. How much a plugin slows down your WordPress website is highly dependent on the plugin itself. A plugin that adds a form to your website is usually a lot less slowing down than a plugin that integrates different webshop functionalities.
To help you on your way, we list our top 7 plugins for you below. These plugins don’t slow down your WordPress website and are a must-have for any WordPress website.
The best WordPress SEO plugin: Yoast SEO
SEO plugins are specialized in ranking your WordPress website higher in Google. There are many different good SEO plugins available such as All in One SEO and All-In-One SEO Pack. Yet there is one plugin in particular that stands out and that is Yoast SEO
Why? Because of the many possibilities. Of course, you can adjust your titles and meta descriptions per page. But you can also have the title and description tag generated automatically for all pages. You can also adjust URL structures with it and the plugin has a tool for making texts SEO-proof.
Furthermore, the plugin also generates sitemaps, there is a link with Google Webmasters and a possibility to configure your permalinks. In short, exactly what you need for search engine optimization of your WordPress website!
The best WordPress redirect plugin: Redirection
Redirection perfectly coordinates the 301 redirects on your website. This prevents 404 errors. As soon as you change the permalink of a page/post, this plugin automatically creates a 301 Redirect that is placed in the .htaccess file. This is ideal if you are less technical and don’t know how to place a 301 redirect in the .htaccess file yourself. Very handy.
Since 40% of all websites run on WordPress, it is an enticing target for hackers and spammers around the world. No WordPress website owner wants spam comments under football or cryptocurrency articles.
Fortunately, with a security plugin, you can nip most spam in the bud. Akismet is the mother of all security plugins for securing your WordPress website and reducing spam comments. It was developed by the company Automattic and has been around since 2005.
You do need an API key to use this plugin. Fortunately, the API key is available for free and for non-commercial use.
The best WordPress speed plugin: WProcket
WProcket is an all-in-one tool for optimizing the speed of your WordPress website. With this plugin, you can not only combine and compress scripts but also clear your cache. It can also help you remove and/or move render blocking resources. You do have to pay for the plugin, but then you also have something.
The best WordPress form plugin: Gravity forms
With Gravity Forms, you can create forms. The plugin offers great flexibility to build complex forms. And with that, you can greatly improve your landing pages and calls to action on your website. It is even possible to use the plugin to sell products. If you take your WordPress website a bit seriously, then in our opinion you cannot do without this plugin.
The best WordPress multilingual plugin: WPML
Building a multilingual website is always tricky. You often forget how much time it takes. So for us as a company, this is clearly a risk of loss. However, since we purchased the WPML plugin (a while back), building multilingual websites has become much easier. WPML is very flexible and stable in terms of translating pages, menus, widgets, themes, plugins, etc. And also very user-friendly. We can’t imagine building another multilingual website in WordPress without WPML.
The best WordPress analytics plugin: Monster Insights
The second plugin developed by Yoast SEO that we recommend is MonsterInsights. With this plugin, you can configure your Google Analytics code in an advanced way so that you can measure even more specifically in Google Analytics. A must-have for marketers and website owners engaged in website optimization.
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