If you ask me why I like WordPress, I will blindly say due to its rich plugins. As per Wikipedia, currently WordPress has more than 39078 plugins and there are a large number which are in development phase. And I am not the only person who likes WordPress due to its large set of plugins. You can find lacs of such people and this is the reason, 74.6 million sites depend on WordPress.
Today, I am listing here ten WordPress plugins that we use at WPDean.com.
All these 10 plugins are also used by many other WordPress experts and are highly recommend for better, smother and quicker WordPress blog.
Must Have WordPress Plugins of 2015
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
I am sure if someone talk about SEO plugin, WordPress SEO by Yoast is the top name anyone can say. There are few more SEO plugins as well, but SEO by Yoast is considered as the best.
No matter it is just your personal portfolio or a big blog, this SEO plugin is the number one choice that can take care of all your on-page SEO problems.
SEO by Yoast not only allow you to add Meta tag but also help you to generate a sitemap, disable duplicate content and even optimize your site for social sharing.
How many of you get irritated with the spam comments? Well, I get. You work hard, and someone just tries to spam your site and tries to vanish all your hard work.
So if you want to get rid of such spam comments, Akismet Plugin is for you. If you just don’t want to spend hours to delete such spams, you should install Akismet plugin right now.
Jetpack is also one of the few WordPress plugins which come pre-installed with WordPress and to use such plugins you just have to activate it.
The primary functions of Jetpack are parallax support, spelling and grammar support, social-network posting and much more. Jetpack also offers email subscription and CDN service. The plugin is a combination of plugins and offers tons of different features related to the WordPress website.
4. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is another plugin that improves your website performance. W3 Total Cache takes care of the loading speed of the website and helps improve both the user experience and the search engine rankings.
It offers browser cache, database cache, page cache along with features to minify CSS and script files.
5. iThemes Security
Online security is a major concern in recent times. If you are a regular user of social sites or news sites, you must be hearing lots of noise about website hacking. There are numerous of hackers who always try to hack your site and destroy all your hard work.
iThemes Security plugin that almost takes care of all your fundamental and advanced security need. This plugin keeps everything intact and offers various functionality to overcome the hacking attempt by bots and hackers.
6. WP Smush.it
If you are uploading a lot of images to your site, you may not have time to go in and optimize and compresses each image. That’s where WP Smush.it comes in.
This plugin compresses the images without destroying its quality as soon as you upload it to the server. As it compresses all the images resulting in a smaller size, so it decreases the loading time of your page. By using this plugin, you can save much of your site’s bandwidth efficiently.
7. Contact Form 7
There are many WordPress themes which comes with inbuilt contact forms but still there are many famous themes that don’t have inbuilt contact form options.
Contact form 7 is one of the amazing plugins used for contact forms. You can customize each form field to meet your needs. This plugin allows you to create custom forms just by drag and drop. You can use the form anywhere on your site just by using the sort code generated while publishing the form.
In blogging or any online business, subscribers are called as a real asset as those are the people who are loyal to your website.
One of the best plugin to capture the visitor’s email is Bloom from ElegantThemes. Bloom is an awesome email opt-in plugin by ElegantThemes, which provides hundreds of sample opt-in forms with highly customizable features.
9. Social Share – Add This
No one can ignore the importance of social media nowadays. Promotion using social media is a good marketing strategy, and you should customize your site in a way so that your visitors can easily share your articles on social media and can connect. At WPDean, we use Add this plugin. It is a free plugin and provide great functionalities.
And sanity is one of the best plugins to show and manage ads on the WordPress. It supports not only AdSense ads but also other ads like banner ads, affiliate ads, etc. So you can consider Add Ad sanity in your list to monetize your blog.
11. 301 Redirects
Apart from the above ten must have WordPress plugins, I also recommend you to use Simple 301 Redirects. This plugin easily redirects your 404 pages to the other pages of your site by creating a 301 redirect.
Over to you
So these were the top 10 must have WordPress plugins that we also use at WPDean.com. If you are not using any of these, you can install them right now.
I would love to hear your opinions about these plugins and other plugins as well that you guys use on your website.