If you’re running a website that uses WordPress, you should be taking advantage of the Plugins feature. It provides a huge universe of additional functionality that you can add to your website easily, usually without needing to do anything outside of the admin panel.
Plugins can help improve your website in many ways. What I’m going to do is go over 5 fantastic plugins that you should add to your WordPress website to make it even better.
If you’re concerned about search engine optimization (and you should be), using WordPress SEO should be on the top of your to-do list. It’s a highly powerful tool that gives you a lot of advanced features to make your site more attractive to search engines.
Everyone hates spam. Something you’ll notice on your WordPress website is that your comment section can often become a breeding ground for fake purses, medications, and other strange comments that usually don’t relate to your content.
One of the best ways to fight comment spam is by using the Akismet plugin. It can punch back the junk and keep your blog posts free of spam. It does require a subscription to use, but it’s free to sign up for. We highly recommend it.
Your WordPress website is powered by a database. Because of that, things are a little more intense for the server you’re hosted on. This usually isn’t a problem until your site gets really popular.
To help your site stay quick and keep your web host from complaining, we recommend using WP Super Cache. This plugin can take your content and build static files to provide for visitors instead of pulling from the database. They won’t notice any difference other than a possible speed increase.
Security is always a concern. To help take the pressure off, the Wordfence Security plugin is there to help prevent unauthorized logins, alert you to out of date plugins and bad URLs, find changes in files and locate malware. It can do a lot more than this list shows and is highly recommended to use.
An official WordPress plugin, using Jetpack is like throwing an entire toolbox at your website. It comes with a large number of features for your website. From social sharing and contact forms to visitor stats and proofreading, Jetpack can give you a lot.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of the plugins you should be using, but instead, a few of the most important ones we feel will help improve your website.
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