Looking for absolute must have WordPress plugins for your blog that will help you grow in 2021
In this post, I will show you the 10 must have WordPress plugins for your website/blog.
Don’t have a WordPress blog yet? Start with this step- by- step guide to create your blog in WordPress
Click here to Read >>> How to Install WordPress plugins.
What are WordPress Plugins?
A plugin is a piece of software with specific features you can add to your WordPress website. You can compare a plugin to the apps you have on your Smartphone. It works the same with a blog.
Why are Plugins Important?
Plugins are the building blocks of your WordPress site. They bring in important functions to your website, whether you need to add contact forms, improve SEO, increase site speed, create an online store. Whatever you need your website to do can be done with a plugin.
The plugins am going to share with you today will:
- Help to grow your blog
- Boost your blog’s speed
- Secure / protect your blog
- Improve user experience
- Helps to boost Google rankings
- Optimize your blog for social sharing.
Thou, there is one downside to plugins, it can slow your blog if you install too many of them (max 10-15 plugins). Therefore only install essential plugins!
Let’s get started!!
- YOAST SEO
Everyone wants their blog to rank higher on search engines. This WordPress plugin helps you to improve your SEO so that you can rank higher in Google search results. It also allows you to select a keyword and then optimize your page around it. You can configure all these features in the setting tab.
- AKISMET ANTI-SPAM
It’s great to receive comments and feedback from your readers. But, in reality, many of the comments you’re going to receive come from spammers. Everyone hates spam, but unfortunately, it’s a part of life. But you can prevent this with the help of Akismet. This plugin filters these comments out and makes sure they are not published.
Once installed, you need to get an API key to start using this service.
Simply click “Get your API key” and follow the instructions.
Once you finish, make sure you paste your API key into the box and choose where you’d like the spam comments to go.
- WP SUPER CACHE
You’re painfully waiting for a web page to load with your cursor hovering over the back button for when your patience evaporates.
It’s really frustrating…..I know
This plugin improves the user experience of your website. How? By increasing the performance and by reducing loading times. WP super cache reduces your hosting server’s workload which results in a faster website for you!
Here you can see the plugin is quite straight forward to use.
Make sure you install this plugin to optimize your site and avoid frustrating your visitors.
Content can become dry and boring without images. If you want to place images without increasing your bounce rate, you should optimize them. This means that you can resize your images without affecting their quality. The Smush plugin does that for you.
Here you can see what the plugin looks like when running a “Bulk Smush”.
After installing the plugin, follow the prompt to bulk smush all your images.
Make sure that “Automatic Smushing is enabled” is showing in the top right-hand corner of the window.
- WP FORMS
One of the easiest ways for people to contact you on your website is a contact form. This plugin is incredibly user-friendly and yet powerful in features.
Here’s what the WPFORMS drag and drop building looks like when you use it to create a contact form.
Here’s an example of what it can look like once you’re done.
Have you thought about what would happen with your blog if hackers break your website? Or when you make an adjustment that you can’t undo for some reason? This is not something most bloggers think about in the beginning. But it’s a step you shouldn’t skip.
Updraftplus is the perfect tool for that. It takes these precautions for you by making automatic backups on a regular basis and stores them to a cloud service like Google drive. If something were to happen to your website, you can recover it, thanks to this plugin. This is a must-have plugin for every blogger.
- SASSY SOCIAL SHARE
Do you see those beautiful social media icons on the right side of this web page? Or at the bottom, if you are reading this on your mobile phone. You can create these icons with the sassy social share plugin. And when your readers click on them, they will be able to share your content on their social media.
- ELEMENTOR PAGE BUILDER
Elementor is a page builder that makes working with WordPress a lot easier. You can also buy the premium version, but the free version already has a lot to offer. This plugin allows you to build your pages with sections, widgets, and modules. It also gives you detailed control over every element on your page. Building a page from scratch can waste valuable time, but elementor comes with a bunch of templates ready to go.
Below am using the editor to start building a new page.
Install Elementor plugin to create stunning, user-friendly designs on your WordPress website.
- SITE KICK BY GOOGLE
Tracking your data is important to the continued growth and improvement of your website. A tool Google Analytics can help you improve your website content and user experience.
With the Site Kick by Google plugin, you can easily add, customize, and manage the Google Analytics website-tracking services. You can do all this from within your WordPress dashboard.
These are the best and most important plugins for your blog. They will help you grow your blog, feel safe, and monetize it. They’re all real must-haves as far as I’m concerned.
I hope this post was helpful and will get you started.
Thanks for reading!
Please don’t forget to share this post.
Yeah…..till next time