My top favourite plugins – WordPress is like a modular machine. You may 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 ten hand-picked plugins. You want to install just what you need, keep update with those that you need and remove plugins that are not required. 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 on every page of your website. I think this is one of the convenient ways configure and get analytic integrated with the site.
Quickly 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 repeat things and modify sometimes this is faster to work with the 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 a 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 redirection for deleted contents or updated version of pages.
- Yoast SEO
The first option for all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more. This plugin is my choice to setup basic setup 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, and 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 real fan of the slide, as I like the more minimalistic look of a 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
Merely integrate a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into your WordPress site. This plugin is a part of my usual optimization, some website doesn’t need a CDN, but if you want your website to perform better, this might be the one to add to your system.