One of the best things about the WordPress content management system is plugins. If you want to add a function to your website that your current theme doesn’t support, search for a plugin that does what you are wanting. Chances are you will be able to find what you need. Here is a list of some of our recommended WordPress plugins.
Recommended WordPress Plugins 2019
The best places to search for a plugin is within your WordPress installation or here at wordpress.org/plugins. Be sure only to choose plugins that have a four or more rating and has many reviews. You don’t want to risk using an untested plugin on your site for security reasons.
Yoast is an excellent plugin for setting your SEO Title and meta descriptions for every post, page, and project. It has helpful tools and suggestions that you can use to check and improve your search engine optimization on each page.
One of the oldest plugins out there, Akismet helps keep spam comments to a minimum. Use it! It comes preinstalled on every WordPress. All you have to do is activate it. You’ll be glad you did.
Smush Image Compression
We use this to optimize all of the images that we add to our websites. This plugin reduces the size of your images without sacrificing quality. Paid upgrades are available for this service.
Want beautiful image galleries with the latest layouts, including the ability to customize the size, padding, and other features? NextGen Gallery is our go-to gallery plugin. The free version has a lot of great gallery options, but we like to use the Pro version.
Other plugins we recommend are Wordfence for security. Comet Cache is an advanced WordPress caching plugin inspired by simplicity. MonsterInsights is the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. You can see how visitors find and use your website, so you can keep them coming back.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel with WordPress. Use our recommended plugins or just search and choose a well-reviewed plugin with plenty of positive reviews. Make sure it is compatible with your version of WordPress, and it is updated regularly.
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