WordPress is like a modular machine. You may to add more functionalities and capabilities by using the right needed plugins to make your website works better.
WordPress and its 52,400 plugins!
Yes, there are thousands of plugins out there. But you probably only 10 hand picked plugins. You want to install only what you need, keep update with those that you need and remove plugins that is not needed. The list below is plugins based on my personal workflow preference.
- Google Analytic Dashboard for WP (GADWP)
Displays Google Analytics Reports and Real-Time Statistics in your Dashboard. Automatically inserts the tracking code in every page of your website. This is a really handy plugin to configure and get analytic integrated with the website.
- Gravity forms
Easily create web forms and manage form entries within the WordPress admin. It is my favorite form handling plugins, simple to use and offers integration with some other services.
- Post Duplicator
Creates functionality to duplicate any and all post types, including taxonomies & custom fields. I like to duplicate things and modify sometimes this is faster to work with predefined template than to start from nothing.
- Really Simple SSL
Lightweight plugin without any setup to make your site ssl proof. It is now in 2017 your website should be in SSL mode, https enabled for security standard needed by majority of web browser and also good for SEO.
In the process of maintaining a website, with lots of content you might want to use a redirection for deleted contents or updated version of pages.
- Yoast SEO
The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more. This is a basic need for search engine optimization and my favorite one is Yoast!
- Wordfence Security
Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan. I use the free version one, if you want to extend the capability and protection you might want to have the paid version one. I like the regular updates and notification telling if any of my plugins are obsolete or someone logged in into the website. Good to feel safe.
- Slider Revolution
Slider Revolution – Premium responsive slider. Personally I’m not a really fan of slide, as I like more militaristic look of website that is easy to load. But when it comes to slider needs, I will go for slider revolution.
- WPBakery Visual Composer
Drag and drop page builder for WordPress. Take full control over your WordPress site, build any layout you can imagine – no programming knowledge required. All you need is imagination
- CDN Enabler
Simply integrate a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into your WordPress site. This is a part of optimization, some website don’t need a CDN, but if you want your website to perform better this might be the one to add into your system.