Essential WordPress plugins

 
 

Plugins give your website extra features and improved performance.

There are thousands of plugins available. A few of them are so good that we add them to almost every website we build. Several of these are ‘premium’ (i.e. paid) plugins, if we are maintaining your site we can add them at no extra cost.

Here is a list of plugins we install on the majority of sites. You will not need to touch most of them yourselves, but it’s useful to know they are there, working in the background.

Yoast SEO

https://yoast.com/beginners-guide-yoast-seo/
https://yoast.com/wordpress-seo/

Yoast SEO is a search engine optimisation plugin. It helps you make sure that your search results look good and work well. After all, Search engines like Google are often your organisation’s first point of contact with the public.

The Yoast website is a good one-stop-shop for all SEO related info, with articles and guidance for everyone from absolute beginners to SEO experts.

iThemes security

https://ithemes.com/security/
https://ithemes.com/tutorials/getting-started-ithemes-security/

‘The Best WordPress Security Plugin to Secure & Protect WordPress.’

Gravity Forms

https://www.gravityforms.com/features/
https://docs.gravityforms.com/

‘Gravity Forms is the Easiest Tool to Create Advanced Forms for Your WordPress-Powered Website.’

We usually create forms for our clients, but you can use Gravity Forms yourselves if you wish and construct your own forms. As well as building forms, Gravity Forms saves your form data and statistics inside the CMS, as well as alerting you via email whenever a form is submitted.

Relevanssi

https://www.relevanssi.com/
https://www.relevanssi.com/user-manual/

Relevanssi creates a more effective and customisable search for your site.

Safe Redirect Manager

https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/safe-redirect-manager/

As the name implies, Safe Redirect Manager lets you easily create user friendly redirects from one URL to another.

Enhanced Media Library

https://wpuxsolutions.com/plugins/enhanced-media-library
https://wordpress.org/plugins/enhanced-media-library/

Enhanced Media Library helps you keep your media library organised and manageable.

WP Rocket

https://wp-rocket.me/
https://docs.wp-rocket.me/category/3-getting-started

‘Recognized as the most powerful caching plugin by WordPress experts.’

WP Rocket speeds up your site, helping pages load as quickly as possible.

Google Analytics for WordPress

https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/
https://www.monsterinsights.com/docs/connect-google-analytics/

‘MonsterInsights is the most complete Google Analytics plugin for WordPress that’s both easy and powerful.’