Hey, Today I’m gonna talk about best WordPress plugins for blogs. Plugins are particular code that allows some additional functionality on your website. Like adding a contact form, slider, parallax, social sharing buttons and much more. So, if you have coding knowledge then you can simply create a code but if you are like me then definitely plugins are very helpful for creating and customizing the website.
There are lots of different types of plugins out there but some are most important for SEO, backup and restore your data, blog security etc. So, today, I’ll discuss my most favorite 23 best WordPress plugins for blogs which I personally use on my blog. Most of these are free and some are free but If you want additional functionality then you have to purchase. And I’m sure all are worth paying! So, without further due, let’s dive into it.
23 Best WordPress Plugins for Blogs
WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin is the best free SEO plugin for WordPress. I’m telling it the best SEO plugin because it provides so many services given below;
- Meta Description for Homepage
- Meta description for Single Post
- Social Sharing
- Social SEO
- XML Sitemap
- Create robot.txt file
- Page Analysis
- Single Focus Keyword
- Email Support (Premium)
- Multiple Focus Keywords (Premium)
I’m using this plugin for basic SEO of my blog. It gives me an idea about complete on-page SEO & if you are a beginner then go for free and if you are comfortable using it then go for the premium version.
As the name suggests, It will check broken links on the blog. It’s totally free and you have to simply install and activate. Once it’s activated it will take care of everything, you don’t have to worry about it.
It helps you to find & fix all internal links and external broken links (404 error). These types of broken links create the negative effect on your google page rank so it should be removed.
Not only posts and content will drive traffic towards your blog, by optimizing images you can drive a significant amount of traffic from Google images. This plugin will help you to get more traffic from images. But Problem is that; This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It works perfectly on my WordPress, I don’t know if it working on your WordPress or not. But don’t worry, It will automatically create Alt Text but you can manually add Alt Text in Featured Image (click on set featured image and upload the image and add Alt Text) and optimize your images.
MonsterInsights is the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. You can track activities, get proper idea about your traffic, optimize your website to get more earnings and so on. You can also learn more about your website visitors like where they coming from and what are they doing on your website.
It’s a free plugin but you want some more features then you have to purchase the premium version. I’m using MonsterInsight for my blog. It’s awesome!
When you are creating your website then you have to deal with some HTML code which you have to place into the head tag or body tag to get access. So, it’s the best plugin to insert headers and footers codes into WordPress. So, when it asks to insert code into the head tag then if you don’t have this plugin then you should use the editor and it’s a very complex and risky. If you don’t know anything about HTML coding then you may lose your data. So, in my opinion, If you are beginner then you should use this plugin & It’s totally free.
Rich Snippets are special markup that you can add to your content and describe your content more precisely to the search engines. Now, search engines show your content differently like if you post product review then it will show star rating below your product. So, It’s the best plugin to add schema markup on your website & It’s totally free of cost.
7. SUMO ME
SumoMe is the must have a plugin for every blog. It’s a free plugin and it provides better email listing, analytics, social sharing and much more. The best feature is Heatmaps which analyze where visitors click on your page. So, there are lots of different ways to grow your email list including welcome mat, pop-ups, hello bar and more.
It also includes the premium version of SumoMe. If you serious about growing your email list then definitely you should upgrade it to use more features. To be frank, I’m also using SumoMe and it is very helpful to me.
One of the most important parts of your blog/website is Contact Form. If you don’t have any contact form on your website then you can’t interact with your visitors or vise verse. Making it easy for customers to get ahold of you and your content is a great way to provide superior customer service.
Contact Form 7 is highly recommended for manage multiple contact form for your website. It is one the most popular plugins (1M+ active installs) out there. I’m using it & It’s totally free.
This is also must have plugin. It is very useful and provides security towards your blog/website. It provides a different way to secure your website from spam and hackers. I’m using this plugin and it is very helpful. It’a free plugin and it provides lots of features but if you want more security for your website then it’s worth to upgrade it.
10. Woo Commerce
WooCommerce is the best plugin to create an online store. If you want to create eCommerce website then you definitely check out this plugin. Almost 30% online eCommerce website is based on WooCommerce. It provides some other services like sell anything like digital and virtual products and they provide total control for developer and store owners.
It’s easy to use and showcase offering in beautifully designed displays with multiple configurations and it has features for affiliate marketers. It is free eCommerce plugin.
Jetpack is another must have a plugin for every WordPress website. It’s all in one plugin. Jetpack takes care of your website security, traffic growth, web site performance, image optimization, website appearance and most important part image CDN. The best thing is it will automatically send your publish data to search engines to grow more traffic towards your website. It also creates a sitemap so that search engine can easily index your website.
Jetpack protects your website security by preventing brute force attack and also monitors your site for downtime and instantly informs you by email. To be frank, I’m using Jetpack only for image CDN, It helps me a lot & It’s totally free.
Actually, it’s a default plugin that comes with every new WordPress installations. It’s an anti-spam plugin which protects your website from spam comments. It provides a history from each and every comment so you can check it and when you approve it then only it will publish to your website. So, It’s an awesome plugin and it must have for every website because it prevents web spamming.
You can also check approved comments. It’s a free plugin but if you purchase premium version then it provides some advanced level of spam control.
Once you install and activate it. It automatically creates a sitemap for your website. So, it’s an awesome plugin and totally free.
It is one of the most useful plugins for backup and restores your website data. It allows you to store backup data to remote locations like Dropbox, google drive etc. So, you can take backup and store it on their server as well as remote locations. I really like UpdraftPlus and It is very helpful to backup your website data.
Read More: How to setup UpdraftPlus on WordPress?
UpdraftPlus is the highest ranking backup plugins on WordPress with 1M+ active installs. It is free of cost but you can upgrade it to use more features.
16. WP Super Cache
It is the best caching plugins out there. This plugin generates static HTML files with mod_rewrite or PHP, depending on your preference for your dynamic WordPress blog. It’s free easy to use and requires little no configuration.
This plugin adds a new Visual Editor widget type that allows you to insert rich text and media objective in your sidebar. Because WordPress default text widget has less functionality compare to Black Studio TinyMCE Widget. It provides lots of features. The best thing is you can switch between Visual Mode and HTML Mode. You can insert images/videos from WordPress media library. It provides a live preview of theme customizer. It is an awesome plugin and it’s free.
It is a simple and easy way to add custom fonts to any WordPress website. This plugin integrates with the WordPress customizer so you can preview fonts on your site in real-time. The good is it compatible with almost every theme & It’s free.
It is used for login protection. If someone tries to login to your WordPress account and enters wrong id password then he got a message like 4 attempts remaining. It is very useful and also provides Captcha Verification, Login Weight Plugin, Redirect to the homepage when the abnormal request and much more. Limit Login Attempts is a free plugin and I recommend it to everyone.
20. No Self Pings
This plugin disables intra-blog pinging. Basically, internal linking is good for SEO. Are you tired up self-pings? then turn it off now with No Self Ping plugin & It’s free.
Page Builder by SiteOrigin is the most popular page builder plugin out there. It makes easy to create grid and column based responsive content using widgets. So, you can customize your page very well with drag and drop and no coding.
It is compatible with almost every theme. And the best part is it has its own widgets and you can use it to create your page & It is free of cost.
22. Image Widget
Image Widget is a simple plugin which allows you to insert images in your sidebar widget. It is very popular and very useful plugin. It has so many features like link the image, add title and description, versatile, customize the look and much more. If you want some additional features then you have to purchase Image Widget Plus.
It is must have a plugin for every WordPress site. Social media share buttons are very important to share with other people and get more traffic. Floating Social Bar is a lightweight plugin that adds a horizontal floating share bar to your blog posts, pages. the best thing is floating ability allows eye-catching media bar to get maximum shares. I really link this plugin & It is free.
It’s my list of best 23 WordPress Plugins in 2017. I hope you like this tutorial. Thumbs if you like and share if you love.
Tell me which plugins are you using in WordPress and what’s your best plugins list in comments.
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