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Updated by Daniel D'Ambrosio on Jan 01, 2020
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Top 5 WordPress Plugins

The following 5 WordPress plugins are beneficial for any WordPress developers and should be included in your arsenal when developing websites.

These plugins can make a massive impact on your WordPress websites user experience, site performance and even boost search engine rankings.

1

Yoast for SEO

Yoast for SEO

Yoast is the most widely used SEO plugin for WordPress and probably the most downloaded plugin overall.

It allows website owners the ability to optimize HTML elements and content within their website so that search engine crawlers can better understand their site content and infrastructure. If you're looking to boost your sites visibility in search Yoast is a plugin you can't ignore.

It allows website owners to add title tags and meta descriptions which are both used to construct a listings for pages in the search results, add an XML sitemap, redirect pages and add schema.

Yoast can be easily installed through the WordPress plugin library.

2

WordFence

WordFence

Having your website hacked or compromised is not an experience any site owner would want to go through. Since WordPress is open source, this allows hackers to find vulnerabilities to exploit, which is also why it's important to constantly update your WordPress version, plugin and theme.

WordFence is a plugin that can be installed through the WordPress plugin library and configured in just a few minutes. It also has a premium version which can be purchased to provide additional security features.

It protects your website from malicious attacks and notifies you for any suspicious files, updates or brute force attacks.

3

WP Rocket

WP Rocket

Google has previously stated that site performance is a factor considered when ranking websites. Furthermore, page speed can impact user experience, bounce rate, time on site and even conversions.

This is why it's important to ensure you website loads optimally.

WP Rocket is one of the most popular page speed optimization plugins which can increase page loading up to 75% by compressing scripts, caching files and more.

4

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms

WordPress has several contact form plugins such as Contact Forms 7, Ninja Forms and our personal favorite Gravity Forms.

With Gravity Forms you can easily created beautiful contact and advanced forms through a drag and drop interface.

Gravity Forms is available for purchase for only $59 but is well worth the purchase compared to other free contact form plugins due to its ease of use and support.

5

NexScripts

NexScripts

Social media should be part of every websites internet marketing strategy. However, managing social media can require a lot of effort and become time consuming.

Nextscripts provides a social media plugin that allows WordPress website owners to connect their website to multiple social media platforms and have their blog posts automatically shared upon publishing.

Connecting your website to social media platforms can be tricky however it is well worth the time as it can save you time from having to post to individual sites each time you post an article.