Top 16 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2017

Top WordPress Plugins

With so many plugins to choose from, webmasters are often stumped by the choices available and often have to resort to trying them all out. Worry no more; we have compiled a list of the top WordPress plugins.

Top WordPress Plugins

 

  1. All in one WP Security

If you’re looking for a useful plugin to enhance your website security, then All in one WP Security is the perfect plug-in for you. This plugin is very user-friendly and can be incorporated into the site seamlessly without disrupting the flow and workability of the site. It is free and does not slow down the site.

Features include firewall, brute force prevention, user account, registration & login security, file-system & database security.

  1. EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW is a great image optimization plugin. This plugin can reduce the size of your images without disrupting the quality. Smaller image mean faster loading pages, less bandwidth usage, and faster backups. You can optimize all your old images in one go using the ‘bulk optimize’ option. Any newly added images get optimized automatically in the background.

While most pictures retain their quality, the only exception is GIF images, where the animation quality can diminish a little bit.

  1. Akismet

Akismet is the best comment spam filtering plugin. It protects your blog from spammers. Akismet takes spam protection to a whole new level. Their basic plan is free, and you need to sign up with them to get an API key. Occasionally, Akismet can give false positives and block comments which may not be spam.

  1. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is a complete SEO solution. It helps you write great content and helps you rank on search engines using well-known on-page optimization techniques. You need to choose a focus keyword for every article, and Yoast helps you with the rest and warns you where you need to improve.

It even helps you create XML sitemaps and edit robots.txt and .htaccess files. Other features include built-in readability analysis and breadcrumbs.

  1. Autoptimize

Autoptimize helps you minify CSS, Javascript & HTML. This plugin is great if you want to reduce the size of your page & ramp up the speed of your website. It even lets you inline all CSS in a single click (to pass the ‘above the fold optimization’ recommendation by Google PageSpeed).

  1. WP-Optimize

Another plug-in to improve the overall performance of your website as a whole is WP-Optimize. It works by cleaning up your database and getting rid of entries which may bloat the database. It helps you get rid of old post revisions which are no longer needed, spam, trashed & unapproved comments, etc.

  1. Contact Form 7

This plugin helps you manage contact forms on your website. The plugin is simple to use, and you can integrate it with Google reCAPTCHA to get spam protection for your contact forms. It is simple, practical and commendable.

  1. W3 Total Cache

This plugin made it to our list of top WordPress plugins because of ease of use and multiple options that it comes with. It is without a doubt one of the best plugins ever. It helps you cache pages, database, object and comes with built-in support for CDNs. We’ve always noticed a massive improvement in website speeds when using this caching plugin.

  1. Share Buttons by AddThis

It is a great plugin which lets users share your content on social networks. Share Buttons by AddThis made to our list of Top WordPress Plugins because of the ability to load asynchronously which helps in speeding up your website load time. It comes with great options like mobile toolbar and sidebar. You can position your buttons below or above content. It also lets you choose from several sizes and styles for the buttons.

  1. AMP

It is the default plugin for enabling Accelerated Mobile Pages in WordPress. Currently, pages are not supported by this plugin which means you can only have an AMP version of your posts.

  1. Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP

Glue for Yoast provides an easy way of managing your AMP pages. From various styling and color options, it lets you modify the design of your AMP pages. It also ensures that the default AMP plugin by WordPress uses proper metadata from the Yoast SEO plugin. It even lets you add Google Analytics code to your AMP pages.

  1. GM Block bots

This plugin is helpful in reducing bot-referrals in your Google Analytics report. There is no need to set anything up & it automatically runs in the background and blocks the bots. While this plugin is perfect for blocking bots, it won’t prevent ghost referrals.

  1. Ultimate Nofollow

Ultimate Nofollow plugin enhances your control over outgoing links on your website. It lets you quickly place a no follow tag on outbound links by the simple option of checking a box. Also, allows you to add or remove no follow tags on comment and blogroll links in one go.

  1. Google Webfont Optimizer

If your web site uses several different fonts, this plugin will help you speed up loading of fonts when the request is sent to Google. This plugin allows Google font requests to be combined & sent in a single batch. It comes with options to either load the fonts using JavaScript or using HTML.

  1. Google Analytics by MonsterInsights

This plugin lets you connect your Google Analytics account with your WordPress site. Google Analytics by MonsterInsights is one of the most revered plug-ins for WordPress users and allows you to track visitors on your site with ease.

It comes with options for universal and outbound tracking. The dashboard shows you report in an easy to follow interface.

  1. Remove query strings from static resources

This plug-in will help you eliminate query strings from CSS and JS files, and will also overall improve the speed of your website.

Due to some servers not caching URLs that end with ‘&’ and ‘?’, the performance of the site is hindered. By removing query strings, this aspect can be circumvented, and the speed of the website can be improved.

Use these Top WordPress Plugins to get the best WordPress has to offer you.

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