Plugins extends the core functionalities of any WordPress website and it’s always important to select the best suited plugins out of the plethora of them available in WordPress Plugin Directory. But once you think of putting the foundation bricks of your website, you will need some important plugins installed on your site right from the beginning.
Here I’ll discuss the 5 plugins you must install on your WordPress instance to get the best out of it right from the beginning.
Yes, you thought so. Jetpack is one of the most popular WordPress plugins and acts as a single solution for managing your website. Jetpack designers have taken the features of some of the best plugins available and have incorporated them into one plugin.
With more than 1 Million active installs, Jetpack has made its way to the top of WordPress plugin directory very quickly. Jetpack is a Free plugin which secures your sites from hackers, increase performance of your content, gives you stats for your website and optimizes your site to get more traffic all at a single install.
Jetpack integrates with your WordPress.com account and gives you a centralized dashboard to keep track of your website’s contents. Some of the features Jetpack provide you with are:
- Traffic Growth.
- Site Security.
- Site Management.
- Easy content creation.
- High Speed Content Delivery Network (CDN).
- Uptime Monitoring.
- Traffic and Site stats.
- Related Posts.
- Plugin Management.
and so on…
Check out these Jetpack links.
2) All in one SEO:
All in One SEO Pack does what it says, which means it holds all the SEO secrets in its bag which are ( but not limited to ):
- XML Sitemap.
- Advanced Canonical URLs.
- Automatically notifies search engines like Google and Bing about changes to your site.
- Automatic Meta Tag generation.
- Automatically optimizes your titles for Google and other search engines.
So go ahead and install this wonderful plugin which starts working right out of the box.
Check out these links of All One SEO pack:
Also don’t miss to check this tutorial video:
3) Contact form 7:
Any website gets a trust level if it has a contact page in it, with which the users can get in touch with you.
Contact form 7, which is the most downloaded ‘Contact Form’ plugin, comes with a simple solution for all your ‘Contact’ needs, once installed it gives users all the flexible options to get the desired contact form. Some of the cool features this plugin will give you are:
- Manage Multiple Forms.
- Customization of Forms and Mail contents.
- Support for Markup.
- AJAX powered submission.
- Captcha for spam prevention.
- Akismet spam filtering.
Check these Contact Form 7 links:
4) Page Builder by SiteOrigin:
Page Builders takes out the trouble of knowing codes from your mind while you work on your WordPress. Page Builder from SiteOrigin comes with an entire bundle of widgets you will ever need on your website page. It helps in creating responsive pages while giving you a freedom to choose the theme you want.
This plugin extends the basic linier layout of theme to multiblock layout and makes your content look more organized. Page Builder uses Widgets as its content building blocks.
Some of the features Page Builder provide are:
- Works with your theme ( Theme independent ).
- No coding skills needed.
- Live Editing of contents.
- Content change versioning.
- Row and Column layout for pages.
Also check out this introduction video for Page Builder:
5) W3 Total Cache:
A good website should load in as less as 2 seconds, because most of the readers leave your site if its taking longer to load. Here comes a complete website performance optimisation plugin for wordpress called W3 Total Cache.
W3 Total Cache takes care of all these caching/performance issues:
- Up to 80% bandwidth saving.
- Reduced page load time.
- Optimized progressive render.
- Improved conversion rates, improving your site’s rank.
- At least 10x improvement in overall site performance.
- Compatible with shared hosting.
- Mobile support.
Check out these W3 Total Cache links:
Let us know if you would like to suggest some more plugins to start your WordPress with, in comments section below.