Based on Apple’s slogan in 2009 there are different applications for any field. Similarly, this theory is true for WordPress.
There are plenty of plugins based on your demand, such as security features, SEO, reservation systems, etc., in the market. As we are writing this article, WordPress reservoir contains more than fifty thousand plugins.
How would you select the most fitted plugins to your job in this ocean?
Web designers and digital marketers will encounter websites full of plugins, while some of them may be in conflict with each other. Moreover, some may have not been supported by WordPress or may be so complex that any minor changes will make a website face difficulties.
How would you understand the main value of a plugin in order to be applied in your customers’ websites? In the following section of our article, we will concentrate on the abilities of the best plugins available in the market. They are all practical to be used in any ordinary or professional websites.
10 Best WordPress plugins 2019 are:
- Wordfence Security (Free+Premium)
- Really Simple SSL (Free+Premium)
- BackWPUp (Free+Premium)
- Yoast SEO (Free+Premium)
- Gravity Forms (Premium)
- Akismet Anti-Spam (Free + Premium)
- Advanced Custom Fields (Free+Premium)
- Autoptomize (Free+Premium)
- Smush Image Compression and Optimization (Free+Premium)
1. Wordfence Security (Free+Premium)
Wordfence is the most well-known firewall and security plugin with more than 2 million active installations worldwide.
It focuses on your website security by:
- Avoiding brute forces
- Forbidding different IPs
- Daily scans and warnings
Wordfence Security plugin is available either free or buyable. While the free version has basic features, you will get premium services by purchasing it:
- Two-step identification
- Ongoing database upgrades from malware
- Avoiding reaching from known countries
While Wordfence Security is a strong tool, but will not overtake human duties. Some users complained about not being able to access the PHP codes as well as lack of space in their hosts.
2. Really Simple SSL (Free+Premium)
SSL protocol is a standard for making a safe connection between the web server and the browser. This protocol will guarantee the data transferred between these two.
Google has recently announced that Google Chrome will send warnings to users without a security license. Hence, an increase in bounce rate of websites without security licenses will not be unexpected.
As many users may encounter security warnings because of inaccuracy in installing security license, Really Simple SSL will help you making the right settings for it. This plugin will automatically detect the settings and configure them correctly.
Before installing Rally Simple SSL, proceed to purchase a security license from your hosting company. This plugin is really easy to install. After activating it, you can configure SSL with only a click.
3. BackWPUp (Free+Premium)
You may face different difficulties in maintaining a website:
- Being hacked
- Losing your website as a result of installing a plugin or theme
- Database failure
That is why you absolutely need a recovery plan, especially when more than one person is working on the website. Creating a backup version of your website is vital and that is the goal of BackWPUp plugin.
Its services are totally free and you can back up your website whenever you want to. Moreover, you can save a theme in different sharing and storage spaces, such as Dropbox and FTP.
Crating backups from your theme, database and other data are easily available from your WordPress dashboard. Be aware that if you are not able to edit PHP settings, you may face difficulties in site server.
4. Yoast SEO (Free+Premium)
Yoast SEO plugin was introduced and has been by far the most powerful SEO plugin.
Its platform lets its users to straightforwardly optimize their website and no-indexing categories and tags without knowing a bit of back-end coding.
Yoast SEO plugin helps users in coding contents and meta description tags and presents other guidance in making text layouts optimized.
Interference with other plugins is its problem which users have complained about. However, you can install and activate All-in-One SEO instead, If you have faced this problem.
Keep it in mind that only installing the Yoast SEO plugin will not help you make your website optimized in terms of content management. It is more than installing one or two plugins.
5. Gravity Forms (Premium)
In today digital world, contact us forms play an important roll in making a connection between the owner and customers. These forms must have the following features for every purpose:
- appeal users
- being user-friendly
- do its tasks properly
Gravity Forms plugin helps you achieve these goals. This non-free plugin enables you making powerful online forms and share them with one single click. Containing 30 different fields and conditional logics are of its features which makes form customizing an easy task.
Based on your purchased version, there are connection possibilities to other platforms, such as Slack, MailChimp, and Stripe.
As this is not a free plugin, it may lose lots of its possible users. However, if spending money is not a big deal for you, it will absolutely meet your expectations.
6. Akismet Anti-Spam (Free + Premium)
Spams are spreading all the time. Their growths are so severe that cannot be controlled individually.
You will not be able to check all of your comments if you own a blog website with lots of daily commenting traffics. Akismet Anti-Spam is a free plugin helps you through this task.
It will automatically check all your comments with its spam database, as soon as you activate it. After doing its tasks, you will be informed of the results. And you are the person to bring them to the court.
Merging ability with Contact Form 7 plugin is another feature for checking spam comments and emails before submitting them. By applying this plugin, the possibility of receiving spams will be declined to an acceptable stage. However, it may be impractical someday.
7. InfiniteWP Client (Free + Premium)
Management of multi websites will be a big deal. Planning to make backups and updates, and database managing may have plenty of difficulties.
Professional InfiniteWP plugin will help you through. This free plugin lets users manage their multi WordPress domains through its server. It will save you time by making management tasks easier.
However, you have to update your WordPress and themes directly from the website. Customized themes can be updated only by removing your present theme.
8. Advanced Custom Fields (Free+Premium)
Have you ever dreamed of editing the way of displaying your website and applying some tricks when you are working in the backend?
More than a million WordPress users enjoy working with Advance Custom Field plugin to design customized fields in their own websites.
It will enable you to make a field in an innovative and detailed way. You can make flexible custom fields in common category pages.
The field can be added to any posts, users, media, comments, etc. Therefore, you should spend time on making the desired fields. Configuring and expending the ability of fields need some coding information.
9. Autoptomize (Free+Premium)
No one wants a slow website. Many admins pay most attention to contents and forget the importance of their websites’ speed. Even lots of webmasters underestimate the technical optimization of the websites.
Autoptomize plugin presents an automatic approach to the webmasters. This plugin has the following features:
- Transferring the scripts to the end of the page which increases the website loading speed
- Catching the files in order to increase loading speed by decreasing load on the server
You may face interferences if you are using Cloudflare services on your website. Thus, try using other plugins for catching and compressing your files.
10. Smush Image Compression and Optimization (Free+Premium)
WPSmush is a WordPress plugin using its own servers for compressing website images. A website with low-sized images loads more quickly, so having a tool for image compressing is vital.
WPSmush has won by far lots of awards and been introduced as one of the most featured WordPress plugins. Its servers are able to compress images to an optimum level without losing quality.
WordPress is one of the best website builders in the world and contains lots of useful developed plugins. However, never exaggerate in using these plugins.
Only install plugins which you are going to employ them. Installing multi outdated plugins may encounter your website with failure.
Before installing a plugin, pay attention to its rating stars and online feedbacks. Make sure of its compatibility with your WordPress version and theme. There are also multi-language plugins which you can activate the theme by your demand.
Avoid using outdated plugins as may let your website to be hacked or failed.
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