WordPress is a huge platform now with literally hundreds of thousands of plugins and themes available, all with different baseline capabilities of their own.
Add e-commerce to the mix and that’s an awful lot of code to navigate through as a beginner in the world of new website CMSs and the like…
So the question really is:
Which plugins are so central to a fast, secure, effective, and flexible WordPress website that you couldn’t do without its functionality?
10 Kick-Ass WordPress plugins you can’t do without
Plugins listed in alphabetical order.
All title links go to the official WordPress plugin repository page. You can also copy and paste the plugin title into the search form on Plugins >> Add New. Learn how to install new plugins in WordPress here.
If you have comments on your WordPress site you absolutely need a way to protect your site against spam.
This amazing plugin is quite simply the best page builder for WordPress. Elegant, easy to use, and when combined with the PRO addon, it has more features than you could ever want. With a relentless release schedule, Elementor PRO regularly blows other plugins out of the way.
This plugin keeps your site functional in terms of SEO and user experience and helps you deal with outdated and broken links on your website. More about Broken Links checker.
Reduces bandwidth (and increases speed) on your WordPress site by telling visitors browser to access common script libraries through Google instead of from your domain.
10. WP Super Cache
WordPress is the best system for websites available, but all that power comes at a cost to speed due to having to access the database each time a page is built. A caching plugin like WP Super Cache allows you to speed up your sites loading timer massively.
This plugin can bulk process all images in your media library and ones that you upload to your WordPress site to make sure they are optimized for web display. i.e. smaller file size without compromising on quality. You can also read the ultimate guide to managing images in WordPress.
When you place an image on a page and link to the original file this plugin makes the larger image open up in a classy looking, mobile responsive lightbox.
The Jetpack suite is an amazing collection of useful plugins that are great for beginners. I have lately been deactivating it for speed reasons. Google regards speed as so important to their ranking now that it’s difficult (on shared hosting at least) to have Jetpack activated and get decent speed ratings in Google Page Speed.
I’m sure you can upgrade your self-hosted WordPress site with these essential plugins.
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