The WordPress plugins I’d like to disclosure have been used on several of my blogs, including this Best Premium WordPress Themes. From time to time, there are so many new Best WordPress plugins popped out. The new one has replaced the old plugin, because the new plugin has better features and a lot people love and use it. So, the list of Best WordPress plugins below are the best in 2018, but also will possibly continue to be used on next 1, 2 or 3 years.
All of these plugins are free to use, you can find them on WordPress plugin directory. You should know that the best plugins below are the best basic must installed plugins on your blogs. Of course you’ll need other plugins depending on your blog needs. Said you build list on your blog then you’ll need WP Subscribers or other plugins related to list building. You run a news blog with multiple authors then you’ll need rich snippet profile picture plugin (or theme supports it) and multiple authors management. Or your blog needs an extra security so you need security plugin. And many other types of blog I can’t mention one by one.
The most important thing is the plugin features and benefits, not the plugin name I mentioned below. The plugin below have the alternative that you can use to replace the main functions. Each person may vary, said I’m familiar with SEO Ultimate whereas you prefer to use WordPress SEO Yoast, both plugins have almost same features so you only need one of them.
- 1 Akismet – Anti Spam Plugin
- 1.1 Akismet Alternatives:
- 1.2 SEO Ultimate – SEO Plugin
- 1.3 Alternatives:
- 1.4 Contact Form 7 – Contact Form Plugin
- 1.5 Google XML Sitemaps – XML Sitemap Generator Plugin
- 1.6 Alternatives Google XML Sitemaps:
- 1.7 Quick Cache – Caching Plugin
- 1.8 Other Caching Plugins:
- 1.9 WordPress Ping Optimizer
- 1.10 WP Smush.it – Image Optimization Plugin
- 2 Conclusion
- 3 Best WordPress Plugins Show More
Akismet is automatically installed with WordPress. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet net service to visualize if they give the impression of being like spam or not and allows you to review the spam it catches below your blog’s“Comments” admin screen.
- Anti spambot plugin GASP by Comment Luv, bundled with Comment Luv plugin
- List of Anti-Spam Plugins for WordPress
SEO Ultimate – SEO Plugin
SEO Ultimate gives you control over title tags, noindex, meta tags, Open Graph, slugs, canonical, auto-links, 404 errors, rich snippets, and many more SEO related settings.
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.
There are quite many contact form plugins for WordPress. Just type ‘contact form plugin for wordpress’ on search engine, you’ll find many alternative plugins.
Google XML Sitemaps – XML Sitemap Generator Plugin
This plugin can generate a special XML sitemap which can facilitate search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and raise.com to higher index your web log. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.
You also need to consider adding image or video xml sitemap. Here are the plugins:
Alternatives Google XML Sitemaps:
- WordPress SEO by Yoast also features xml sitemap generator. It creates index sitemap, then sitemap for posts, pages, tags and categories are created separately.
- XML & Google News Sitemap Feeds
- Google sitemap plugin
The biggest benefit of caching plugin is to speed up your WordPress site. Quick Cache takes a period pic ( building a cache ) of each Page, Post, Category, Link, etc. These snapshots are then stored ( cached ) intuitively, so they can be referenced later, in order to save all of that processing time that has been dragging your site down and costing you money.
Other Caching Plugins:
Too many pings in a short time will cause your blog flagged as spam. This plugin help you to prevent your blog pings unnecessary ping to ping services. Do you know your WordPress blog pings unnecessarily every time you edit a post? Think how many times you click on “Save and Continue Editing” or “Save” button. Your blog will ping unnecessarily that many times you click on those buttons.
Additional resource: list of 74 ping services
WP Smush.it – Image Optimization Plugin
This plugin reduces image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress. Every image you add to a page or post will be automatically run through Smush.it behind the scenes. You don’t have to do anything, just activate the plugin.
There are so many WordPress plugins out there so I can’t mention all the alternative plugins. I don’t use only these plugins on my blogs, but these plugins are always installed on all of my blogs. As I said, the most important thing is know the features and benefits of each plugin.