What Essential WordPress Plugins do you need
Here are 8 of the Plugins I install on every website.
These Plugins Cover
> WP Super Cache
SEO Boost 1 – Change your page Title and Meta Description
> Yoast SEO
SEO Boost 2 – XMl Map helping Google help you
> Google XML Sitemaps
Analytics – See what pages your visitors are viewing
> Google Analytics Dashboard
Backing up your Website
> Updraft Plus
Image Optimizer – Helps with website speed
> Smush Image Compression
Automatic Plugin Updater
> Easy Updates Manager
Security – WordFence
The main reason for Security is to protect yourself from Hackers.
WordFence Security is one of the best plugins to provide this and easy to set up!
Speed – WP Super Cache
We and our website visitors all want to see a fast website.
WP Super Cache does a superb job at speeding up your website.
SEO Boost 1 – Yoast SEO
When you do a Google Search you can see Website Titles in blue, the website address underneath and a description below that.
Yoast SEO allows you to change the Title and the Description call Meta Description
A handy plugin! It also helps you optimize your website for SEO with helpful hints
SEO Boost 2 – Google XMl Sitemaps
Google sends out ‘bots’ all the time to index websites
That means Google stores your Website information on their servers – when you search something the result comes from the servers.
To help them ‘index’ your website an XML sitemap is the best plugin to have to ‘speak’ the bots language.
Analytics – Google Analytics Dashboard
Having a website we obviously want to connect with people.
Google Analytics Dashboard gives you a ‘dashboard’ with all the information you need about what your website visitors are doing on your website.
Really useful to make amendments on your website to make it better.
Back up your Website – UpdraftPlus
For the worst case scenario.
You lose the car keys, walk under a ladder, break a mirror and your having brussel sprouts for dinner.
And then your website breaks, disappears, stops working.
That’s why we install Updraft, which every day stores your website, so if the worst happens you can just reload yesterdays version 🙂
Image Optimizer – Smush Image Compression
This helps to make your website faster.
What usually makes a website slow aside from your hosting service, theme or plugins is down to images.
Smush Image Compression makes your images the lowest load it can go while keeping the quality helping you keep a fast website.
Automatic Plugin Updates – Easy Update Manager
Lastly all the above plugins update every now and again.
To keep your website updated installing Easy Update Manager which updates your plugins when they need to be updated saves a lot of time.
It’s handy to have the back up plugin with this just incase a plugin ‘breaks’ your website.
You can also select which plugins you want to be updated automatically.
I hope you found this article helpful ! 🙂