January 24, 2020

Must Have Plugins For WordPress Website

If you are running a blog or website on WordPress then you must need some plugins to extend functions of core WordPress. Below are the list of My Favorite and FREE must have plugin in a WordPress website. 

1. Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

Major features in Akismet include:

  • Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam.
  • Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
  • URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
  • Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
  • A discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site.

2. Elementor Page Builder

A page builder that delivers high-end page designs and advanced capabilities, never before seen on WordPress. With Elementor’s unique features, you can create websites that have that certain ‘designer touch’.

There are many features to help you build better websites:

  • Pre-designed templates and blocks
  • Mobile first. Mobile editing.
  • Undo / Redo & Revision history.
  • Canvas. A blank page template for landing page.
  • Built-in maintenance mode & under construction.
  • Custom fonts
  • Role manager
  • Image & video sliders

3. Ninja Forms – The Easy and Powerful Forms Builder

Ninja Forms is the ultimate FREE form creation tool for WordPress. Build forms within minutes using a simple yet powerful drag-and-drop form creator. For beginners, quickly and easily design complex forms with absolutely no code. For developers, utilize built-in hooks, filters, and even custom field templates to do whatever you need at any step in the form building or submission using Ninja Forms as a framework.

Features of Ninja Forms include, but are not limited to:

  • A gorgeous and intuitive user interface.
  • NO LIMITATIONS on the number of forms, fields, emails, actions, or submissions.
  • Dedicated, easy to use fields for emails, dates (w/ datepicker), phone numbers, addresses and more
  • Modify your own field then save them as favorites to re-use later (even in other forms!)
  • Force required fields and correct data formatting with custom input masks
  • Give your users a success message or redirect them elsewhere after they complete a form.
  • Manage, Edit, and Export form user submissions.
  • Export and Import forms and favorite fields.
  • Email form data to administrators and/or users every time a form is processed.
  • Customize emails and add raw HTML(for photos, videos, and more) with the powerful Summernote HTML editor.
  • Several anti-spam options including Google reCaptcha, question/response fields, and honeypot fields
  • Form submission via AJAX, allowing a seamless user experience without page refreshes

4. Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Resize, optimize, optimise and compress all of your images with the incredibly powerful and 100% free WordPress image smusher, brought to you by the superteam at WPMU DEV! Smush has been benchmarked and tested number one for speed and quality and is the award-winning, back-to-back proven crowd favorite image optimization plugin for WordPress.

  • Lossless Compression – Strip unused data without affecting image quality
  • Bulk Smush – Optimize up to 50 images with one click
  • Image Resizing – Set a max width and height and large images will scale down as they are being compressed
  • Incorrect Size Image Detection – Quickly locate images that are slowing down your site
  • Directory Smush – Optimize images even if they are not located in the media library
  • Automated Optimization – Asynchronously auto-smush your attachments for super fast compression on upload
  • Unlimited & Free – Optimize all of your images up to 1MB in size forever (no daily, monthly, or annual caps)
  • Gutenberg Block Integration – View all Smush stats directly in image blocks
  • Multisite Compatible – Both global and individual Multisite settings
  • Process All Your Files – Smush will process PNG, JPEG and GIF files for optimum results
  • Super Servers – Smush images with no slowdown using WPMU DEV’s fast, reliable Smush API

5. Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan

THE MOST POPULAR WORDPRESS FIREWALL & SECURITY SCANNER

Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.

  • WordPress firewall
  • WordPress Security scanner
  • Security Tools

6. Yoast SEO

YOAST SEO: THE #1 WORDPRESS SEO PLUGIN

Need some help with your search engine optimization? Need an SEO plugin that helps you reach for the stars? Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is the favorite tool of millions of users, ranging from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet. With Yoast SEO, you get a solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results. Yoast: SEO for everyone.

Yoast SEO does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders. How? Below you’ll find a small sampling of the powers of Yoast SEO:

7. WP Fastest Cache

This plugin creates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a page is rendered, php and mysql are used. Therefore, system needs RAM and CPU. If many visitors come to a site, system uses lots of RAM and CPU so page is rendered so slowly. In this case, you need a cache system not to render page again and again. Cache system generates a static html file and saves. Other users reach to static html page. Setup of this plugin is so easy. You don’t need to modify the .htacces file. It will be modified automatically.

FEATURES

  • Mod_Rewrite which is the fastest method is used in this plugin
  • All cache files are deleted when a post or page is published
  • Admin can delete all cached files from the options page
  • Admin can delete minified css and js files from the options page
  • Block cache for specific page or post with Short Code
  • Cache Timeout – All cached files are deleted at the determinated time
  • Cache Timeout for specific pages
  • Enable/Disable cache option for mobile devices
  • Enable/Disable cache option for logged-in users
  • SSL support
  • CDN support
  • Cloudflare support
  • Preload Cache – Create the cache of all the site automatically
  • Exclude pages and user-agents

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