Plugins are the backbone of every WordPress site they shape your blog and increase the functionality of your blog, but if you have just installed WordPress then you would be wondering which plugins to install and use. The WordPress plugin repository has thousand of plugins and it’s really tough to find the precise plugins especially for beginners.
You need to be very careful while choosing a plugin, a wrong plugin might slow down your blog or it might even break the complete blog.
In this article, I will tell you about the most important plugin that you should install right after installing WordPress and plugins you should ignore.
Plugins That You Should Definitely Use
Perhaps the most important plugin in the WordPress repository that mostly every WordPress user uses, reason is simple “It protects spammy comments”. It is by far the best free spam filtering service available, it was founded by Matt Mullenberg who himself is the co-founder of WordPress. The Akismet plug-in has been included by default in all WordPress builds since version 2.0.
This plugin should be your first priority before installing any other plugin.
The plugin was founded by Auttomatic ( same company that manages WordPress) and is one of the best things happened to WordPress, all the feature that WordPress.com users enjoy are built in this plugin and can be used by the users having custom WordPress installation. It offers a bunch of different features like Users Analytics, Publicize, Custom Content Types, Single Sign in, Brute Force Protection, etc.
After installing Akismet you should definitely install this plugin.
3. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Although Jetpack provides an inbuilt analytics software its data is unreliable, and therefore using google analytics becomes important, but the problem is to integrate the Google Analytics with WordPress.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP simplifies the problem by easily integrating Google Analytics with WordPress, it also features a small analytics screen in your WordPress dashboard and you can have a real-time data of the visitors visiting your blog.
After installing Jetpack you should install this plugin if you want to track the number of visitors in your blog.
4. W3 Total Cache
Nobody likes a slow website and according to a survey, the user leaves the website that takes more than 3 seconds to load, W3 Total cache is a perfect plugin to speed up you WordPress blog, it is the best cache plugin so far and can easily integrate with any CDN provider.
After setting up Google Analytics Dashboard for WP you should definitely install this plugin.
5. Yoast SEO
No matter which type of blog you have without proper SEO everything goes in vain, SEO is one of the most important factors that help you get rank on search engines and will help you get the organic traffic.
Yoast SEO is a great plugin for your onsite optimisation, it’s quite useful in ranking your website or blog in search engines no doubt it’s the most recommended SEO plugin by WordPress community.
After installing W3 Total Cache, this is the plugin you should install.
6. iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)
WordPress is the most popular CMS, therefore, always remains on the radar of hackers and blogs with negligible security always have to face the consequences of the hacking attacks, therefore, you should not take the security of your blog lightly.
iThemes is the best free plugin available to protect your blog from bot attacks or brute force attacks, one might argue between using Wordfence or iThemes Security but as per my experience with both the plugin I would recommend you to go with iThemes Security.
Install this plugin after you’ve finished installing Yoast SEO.
7. Contact Form 7
Being a blogger or webmaster you would like to let your users contact you through E-mails or Phone number but sharing your email address or phone number might result in spam calls and emails, therefore, you need a safe spam free medium to let your users contact you.
Contact Form 7 is the most popular and free contact form that you can add to your blog, the best part is that it’s too easy to integrate and do not require any advance knowledge of WordPress.
8. TinyMCE Advanced
WordPress visual editor is one of it’s kind, it makes writing extremely simple and is one of the reasons that made WordPress so popular however it lacks various option like changing a font type or font size.
TinyMCE Advanced adds extra options to the WordPress visual editor and enhances your writing experience.
Install this plugin after installing Contact Form 7.
WordPress Plugins You Shouldn’t Use
1. Hello Dolly ( Give me one reason you should? )
2. WP Super Cache ( If you are already using w3 Total Cache)
3. All in One SEO ( If you are already using Yoast)
4. Google XML Sitemaps ( If you are already using Yoast)
5. Wordfence Security ( If you are already using iThemes Security)
6. Google Analytics by MonsterInsights ( Just don’t use it! )
Except for Hello Dolly and Google Analytics by MonsterInsights, other plugins are really great but I don’t recommend as there is a better alternative available for them and you should not use them with the plugins I recommended as it will break your blog but if you face any difficulties with the plugins I have mentioned then you can definitely try these plugins.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article if you think I missed any other plugin then please comment below and inform me.