Must have WordPress plugins you need in 2020

One of the many outstanding benefits of using WordPress for your websites is the feature to incorporate pre-written modular pieces of codes, called plugins, which you can install on your site to add several features and enhance the functionality, aesthetics and performance of your site to ten folds.

Think of these plugins as apps and your WordPress website as a mobile OS, such as Android or iOS. Like how apps add exciting features to your phone, plugins give the control to you so you can manage the appearance, security and SEO of your site as per your ease. The good thing about plugins is they can be added, modified and removed whenever you need to, without having to start your website from the scratch.

However, with over 55,000+ plugins in the WordPress plugin library and several more from third-party developers around the world, it can be intimidating for an average web developer to find the just right plugins for their sites. Choosing the appropriate plugins that are compatible with your WordPress version and theme is essential to create a seamless website viewing experience.

Below I have detailed some of the most popular free and paid plugins, so you can get started on your website ASAP:

Yoast SEO

What good is a website or blog if it attracts only a few weekly visitors? The fastest way for your site to get noticed by the masses is through search engines, like Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo.

The higher your website appears on their search results, more will be the chances that it will be opened and explored. So, what can you do to make your site rank better? Most search engines have software robots that crawl through the internet day and night looking for relevant contents on web pages from around the world. To get your site noticed by these bots, it must be structured and optimized in accordance with keywords that are relevant to your content. This is called Search Engine Optimization, or SEO in short.

While WordPress is designed to be SEO-friendly right-out-of-the-box, you can further improve your website’s on-page SEO and consequently, increase web traffic by using WordPress SEO plugins, like Yoast SEO. Despite being free to download, Yoast features a comprehensive set of tools for your all of your SEO needs.

Yoast makes it easier to generate sitemaps, add meta-tags, optimize your site for social media and connect to the Google Search console. It senses irregular change of URLs and create auto-redirects with its Redirect feature, so visitors do not come across broken links on your website.

For more information: Yoast SEO

Sucuri

Just like SEO, security of your website must have a high priority for all online businesses and professional blogs. With so much technology around us, it is possible for anyone with a hacking background to hijack your website if no is there to look after it 24×7.

Thanks to the WordPress community and several third-party developers, there are now multiple free and paid plug-ins available that can monitor, notify and protect your site against possible attacks, such as Sucuri, which is the ultimate security plug-in for WordPress sites.

It offers a web application firewall along with a security plug-in, which are the best protection tools that you can install on your website. When combined, Sucuri ensures that your site remains protected against DDoS, brute force attacks, XSS attacks, malware and other threats.

Sucuri offers three pricing plans and the basic version costs $199 per site per year. Visit: Sucuri Security

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is the best eCommerce plug-in for WordPress websites and is used by more than 4 million websites. It features all the tools you would ever need to develop an online store for your business.

It allows you to sell everything from physical products, such as computers, wearable and mobile phones to digital files, such as apps, plug-ins, themes and wallpapers. With WooCommerce’s endless customization features, developers can add sorting and filtering options, show reviews, set currencies and several checkout options, upload countless images per item, and more on their online store.

With the largest client base of any other eCommerce plug-in, WooCommerce has established itself as the go-to plug-in for business from all sectors. More recently, the geniuses behind WooCommerce have come up with their own dedicated hosting and themes.

We are living in a truly fast-paced world and since there are so many things going around us, our attention span is greatly used. Now imagine this, a regular internet user, who is otherwise occupied in a myriad of tasks, wants to visit your business website. He enters the URL in Google Chrome and presses enter. Instead of the landing page of your site, he sees a revolving loading icon with a blank page. What do you think he will do? Immediately switch to a similar website. There, you just lost a visitor and a potential customer.

A responsive website is the need of every online business in today’s world. To improve page loading speeds, WordPress users are blessed with numerous cache plug-ins that will improve your website instantly. One such plug-in is WP Rocket, which is quite popular among professional web developers and presently powers over 1,175,000 websites worldwide.

For more information about WooCommerce, please visit: WooCommerce

WP Rocket

WP Rocket enables users to improve their website loading speed dramatically in just a few clicks, without having to touch a single line of code. Features like gzip compression, cache pre-loading, lazy loading images, DNS pre-fetching and CDN support ensure your website’s performance is greatly improved and stays that way. Additionally, it automatically craws through your website backend and builds cache for all pages, which results in even better loading speeds.

WP Rocket’s lifetime plan retails for $14.99. Subscribe today at: WP Rocket.

MonsterInsights

Understanding your visitors and targeted audience is the right way to drive more web traffic towards your website. A free tool to help you with this task is Google Analytics, a statistical tool that understands web traffic patterns and be connected to WordPress websites through dedicated plug-ins.

Among several options, MonsterInsights is the most popular plug-in for WordPress websites. It enables you to connect your site with Google Analytics properly, so you can have a better idea of where visitors to your site come from and which webpages they spend the most time on.

The interesting part is that MonsterInsights displays all the essential statistics of your website right on your WordPress dashboard, so you can take appropriate actions to increase web traffic, subscribers and consequently, any generated revenue. MonsterInsights is integrated with Google AdSense and is designed to be eCommerce-ready, which means that you can track your ads performance, conversion rates and product popularity as well, all right from your WordPress dashboard.

Official MonsterInsights website: monsterinsights.com

Some honorable mentions include WP forms, Wordfence Security, WP Smush and Elementor Page Builder, all of which will be excellent addition to your website.

To keep your website up-to-date with the latest WordPress’s plugins and themes, WordPress blogs are a great way to remain informed throughout the year. Find out which blogs to follow at: https://www.rizvihaider.com/best-wordpress-blogs-to-follow-right-now/

Originally published at https://www.rizvihaider.com on July 20, 2020.

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