As of writing, WordPress.org has 55,021 free plugins and not to mention premium plugins. It would take you a lot of time to go through all those plugins and see if which of them you should install on your site. So, we have taken that burden out of your shoulder and provide you a very short and comprehensive list of plugins to help you out on deciding which one will you be needing.
Disclaimer: We are in no way affiliated with the developers of the plugins suggested. These are also the plugins that we are regularly using on our client’s sites. Please also note that incompatibility issues might still arise if you have already pre-installed some plugins on your site. Due diligence is expected if you use the suggested plugins.
Here in SquadPress, we don’t take backup lightly. We are actively using UpdraftPlus on our client’s site. Backup is very important as this will serve as a copy of the site before doing any fixes. And if that change doesn’t work or worse it messes up the site then we can just restore the site with a click of a button.
I have also put this as the first plugin as I would like to reiterate how important it is to backup your site ALL THE TIME. A backup is your last resort if your server doesn’t have a copy of the site in case you lost your site’s content or database.
The advantage of Updraft is that restoring has been made easy, scheduled backup is also available, you may send it to remote storage as well and it’s definitely FREE.
2. Contact Form 7
The reason why you have created a website is for you to introduce your business. It is very important that you connect or communicate with your future clients and one way of doing it is having a contact form on your site.
Contact Form 7 is a highly recommended free contact form plugin in WordPress due to its flexibility and simplicity markup.
3. Ninja Forms
This is also another contact form plugin that is also considered easy to use.
It has a user-friendly interface which is very desirable if you are new in using WordPress.
However, if you are already using Contact Form 7 there is no need to still install Ninja Form as they have similar functionality. It is not ideal to use plugins that offer similar functionality.
In all different platforms being used in the entire web, security has always been an issue. It is a crucial part of a website that an owner shouldn’t overlook.
One of the best security plugins that you might want to consider installing on your site is WordFence. You may use this plugin in running malware scan, setting up a firewall, login hardening and many more.
5. Yoast SEO
One of the goals, when you have a site, is to improve your site’s ranking and one way to do this is through using a tool like this.
This is our suggested plugin when our client would need an SEO plugin and at the same time, it is a popular SEO plugin.
This plugin has the ability for you to add titles and meta descriptions on the site as well as in your posts. You may also automatically create an XML sitemap so you won’t need a separate plugin for XML.
So if you would need to improve your on-page SEO then Yoast SEO would be your go-to plugin.
6. W3 Total Cache
Site speed also impacts your rankings. Therefore improving your site speed is also needed to boost conversions, traffic, and ranking.
One way to do it is by using a caching plugin like W3 Total Cache. This plugin will reduce the page load time, improve overall site performance, saves bandwidth and many more
Having a caching plugin will provide a compressed and cached file to the site visitors.
The downside of using a caching plugin though is it might interfere on the site’s front end if you are applying a fix. So if that happens, I would suggest that you deactivate it first while you apply the fix, so you don’t have to keep on clearing the cache.
If you are into eCommerce then this is the best plugin to use. If not then just don’t install it.
WooCommerce is a widely used plugin when you are planning to sell something on your site. It has a lot of powerful features that you may use to set up an online store using WordPress. From setting up the variations of your products to shipping and credit card setup, WooCommerce got you covered.
Things to Remember:
- Always backup your site before installing a plugin.
- Some plugins might not work on your site due to incompatibility issues.
- Make sure that the plugins that you install are still supported, you may do it by checking on its page.
- Keep the number of installed plugins as low as possible.
So what do you think about our lists? Let us know in the comments below.