At the current count there are over 65 thousand plugins in the WordPress repository. This doesn’t include the thousands available through other channels. With that many plugins available at our fingertips it can be a daunting task to choose between them. In this article we’ll take a look at the 5 most popular WordPress plugins.
Yoast SEO improves your search engine optimization and helps you create better content. It also creates sitemaps, optimizes RSS, provides breadcrumbs, includes social integrations, etc., and can be expanded through add-ons.
It analyzes your content and gives you a red, yellow, or green light for your focus keywords and your contents’ readability. The analysis provides you with detailed information on where to make improvements.
Jetpack is an all-in-one plugin with dozens of free and paid tools to improve multiple areas of your website.
View your traffic stats. Improve engagement by providing buttons for social sharing, and displaying related posts. Increase security by protecting and monitoring your site, and using secure user authentication for sign-in. Change your site’s appearance by adding sidebars, tiled galleries, custom CSS, carousels, and speeding up your images. Improve your writing with spelling and grammar features, creating simple links, embedding shortcodes, and lots more.
All in One SEO Pack
All in One SEO Pack is the only free plugin that provides SEO integration for eCommerce sites such as those using WooCommerce. Your post titles and meta tags are automatically optimized. No setup is required in order to use it but if you prefer fine-tuning the settings yourself it has advanced settings to optimized everything about your website and individual posts.
It supports XML Sitemaps, Google AMP support (Accelerated Mobile Pages), Google Analytics support, Custom Post Types, Advanced Canonical URLs, Redirect attachment pages to parent post, and lots more.
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 lets you easily create and manage multiple forms for use with pages, posts, and within widgets using shortcodes. Your forms support AJAX, Akismet, and CAPTCHA.
Add the fields you want using the form builder and the available buttons. The tags are added as you select the fields you want. Once you’ve created the fields simply save it and insert the shortcode where you want the form. You can even give the fields an ID and CSS class.
Wordfence Security is a security plugin that protects your website with a firewall, live traffic, login security, rate limiting, malware scans, brute force protection, and more. The free version does a lot but to get the best security you’ll need to add features through premium add-ons.
- Scan – automatically scan for malware. You can choose settings from the list or use the default settings.
- Firewall – set rules, whitelist URL’s, protect against brute force attacks, and set rate limiting.
- Blocking – manually block IP’s, view the IP’s that have been automatically blocked, block host names, and block visitors according to patterns that you set.
- Live Traffic – view traffic with their IP’s and where they’re from, and gives you some blocking choices.
- Tools – look up IP’s and domains with the Whois lookup feature. It also shows system information to help with diagnostics.
- Options – set up your automatic scans, have alerts sent to the email of your choice, and lots more.
These are the 5 most popular plugins for WordPress. They provide features that make your website better, more secure, and easier to use. Improve SEO, create forms, share your content, write better content, add lots of fine touches, and improve your security for both you and your visitors.
Have you tried these 5 popular WordPress plugins? Let us know about your experience in the comments!
Guest post by Randy A Brown