One of the advantage using wordpress self hosted compared to other blogging platforms, is allow us to easy customizing our sites. There are so many plugins provided in wordpress plugin directory which can be used to modify and add function in our site as needed.
If you want your wordpress blog work very well, secure, interesting, interactive and loved by search engine, you can use some best wordpress plugin to make it real. So, here i make a list of the best and the most popular wordpress plugin you can install both free or premium.
Jetpack is all-in-one wordpress plugin developeb by Automatic. This plugin allow you to add some function into your wordpress blog such as statistic, contact form, gallery, auto post to social media, etc. You can active or deactive the functions as needed.
Search Engine Optimization
A most popular free SEO wordpress plugin. WP Seo by yoast help you to optimize your sites SEO by adding some setting of basic and essential SEO factors such us Meta Tag, Title Tag, Redirection, Sitemap, Htaccess, etc.
An advanced SEO plugin that not only allow you to optimize Onpage SEO, but also Offpage SEO. The most complete and complex SEO plugin to optimize a great website.
This is the most popular caching plugin. W3 total cache help you to manage caching and speed up your website. There are so many setting you can set.
Wp super cache is alternative of W3 Total Cache. Some people are more comfort using this plugin than W3 total cache. For the comparison of them, you can see here : https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/top-wordpress-caching-plugins/
Akismet is the most popular wordpress plugin to handle spam in your sites, especially spam comments. It developed by automatic team and installed automatically in your wordpress installation. You just need to activate it by your account.
Login Lockdown allow you to limit login attempts from an IP for a certain time period. Login LockDown records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. It help you to secure your site from hacks via login form.
This plugin is useful when you change your wordpress theme. It will regenerate all thumbnail size based on wordpress theme you use and delete unused thumbnails.
Vaultpress is a backup plugin developed by automatic team that based on paid subscription. It help you to backup your wordpress site easily to its server. This is the best and the most secure backup plugin for wordpress site.
Social Campaign & Marketing
SumoMe is all-in-one social plugin that can help you to add social share button, promotional popup, building email list, etc. You have to register first in sumome.com before you use it in your wordpress dashboard.
Wordpress Social stream allow you to automatically post your social media update to your blog. There are more 15 social media available, with 60 feed content options to fetch and publish it on your blog.
Visual Composer is more complex and advanced page builder that not only allow you to create simple page, but also some crucial pages like landing page, product promotion page, etc. All you need to do is just drag and drop the element.
Slider and Gallery
Nextgen is the most popular wordpress gallery plugin with over 13 million downloads. It provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), and a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images.
That’s all the plugins i recommended to you. You can choose from the 36 plugins above to install in your wordpress site. I don’t suggest you to install them all because it will hurt your site. Pick some according to your needs.
Do you have any opinion about the list ? A suggestion about other plugins maybe ? Don’t hesitate to write that in the comment below.