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Best WordPress Plugins Exposed

Best WordPress Plugins Exposed
Written by Adarsh M

If you are using a self-hosted WordPress blog, then you might have seen many plugins. There are several plugins for the same purpose. So, to sort out the best from all those plugins is a bit longer process. And many of the bloggers hate it! And they settle with whatever they got first.

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Yes, we should test many plugins to find the best WordPress plugin among those 50,177 plugins in WordPress directory. It isn’t really easy to find the best among this huge list of plugins. But what if we do that for you?

But what if we do that for you?

I have personally used many plugins these days for myself and for you. And I classified it based on the needs here. I think we have different needs and views. So, you can use the plugin from the list of best plugins.

Best WordPress Plugins Exposed

I think we have different needs and views. So, you can find and use the plugins that match your needs and views.

    Security

WordPress is Secure, but we should be more vigilant these days. And here are some plugins that can do the job for you. We have tested these plugins and found very useful.

WordPress Security means not just protection from online hacking attempts. Protecting your site from Data loss, Malware check, notify when your site is offline, etc. comes under security.

During the last few months, there were almost 15,473 hacking attempts, and it was our security plugin that protected from us.

WordFence:

Wordfence Security

I think WordFence is one of the best Free WordPress security plugins. I have been using it and recommending it for a few months now. You can download and install the free WordFence security plugin from WordPress directory. And you can update it to Pro version if you want an upgraded security for your site.

WordFence protects your site from fake login attempts, malicious attacks, fake traffic and malicious IPs, Country blocking, etc. I honestly believe that WordFence Free Plugin works good for Blogs and you need the Premium version only if you run a site where online transactions and other personal details are stored, etc.

Sucuri:

Sucuri Security

Sucuri is another Powerful WordPress security plugin that has almost similar features like WordFence. But it is famous for its work post hacking attempts. They provide Premium services like malware cleaning post hacking and site check up, etc.

You can do remote check up of your site using Sucuri. You don’t need to install anything on your site. But still, they have a plugin that can help you do the check up if installed.

Updraft Plus WordPress Backup Plugin:

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

This is the best plugin for WordPress backup. You can use the free or premium version of UpdraftPlus. Scheduled backup, Database encryption, etc. are some of it’s best features.

    Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

If we ask anyone about their SEO Plugin, it will be either Yoast SEO or All In One SEO Pack. And we consider it as the best SEO plugins for WordPress.

Yoast SEO:

Yoast SEO

All In One SEO Pack:

All in One SEO Pack

    Image Optimization

WPSmush:

Smush Image Compression and Optimization

This plugin helps to compress images and increase the page load time as well as helping you save your site bandwidth and storage. It has free and paid plugins.

Compress JPEG & PNG images:

Compress JPEG & PNG images

This is the best plugin for image compression. You can compress about 100 images every month using the free account of TinyPNG.

    Email Marketing

Mail Chimp:

 

MailChimp for WordPress

You can design, send and track emails to your subscribers. MailChimp free plan has autoresponders, and it helps in marketing automation.

Aweber:

AWeber Web Form Plugin

The best email marketing platform for business. I don’t this plugin, but you can use their service, because they are good in what they do. You can use it with OptinMonster or Bloom.

OptinMonster:

Popups by OptinMonster – Best WordPress Lead Generation Plugin

Collect emails from your visitors using OptinMonster. They have the best forms that can collect leads for anyone.

Bloom:

It is the best plugin for collecting emails from your visitors. It’s a paid plugin and it is a non-techies thing, a beginner friendly plugin. It is not available in WordPress directory. You should buy it from their site.

    Forms

Forms can be of different use. You can use to create a contact form, a survey form, or even sign up form. Some of the plugins available are free, and some are paid. But which is the best one?

Contact Form 7:

Contact Form 7

It is the free WordPress plugin, which helps you to create forms on your WordPress site. You can customize the form using CSS, and it’s one of the most installed contact form plugin.

    Monetization

Many free and paid plugins help in monetization. Here I will list the best plugin for affiliate marketers and for those who use AdSense and other related ad networks.

Thirsty Affiliates:

It helps in cloaking the affiliate links and change the keywords into affiliate links. Also, you can geo-target the users and change the affiliate links. This is a free and premium WordPress plugin. Free plugin is limited to link cloaking, and you have to buy the add-ons to upgrade the plugin.

  • Download Thirsty Affiliates free WordPress plugin from WordPress directory.
  • Official site of Thirsty Affiliates where you can buy Premium Add-Ons for the plugin.

AdInjection:

This is for AdSense users, who want to add their ad codes on different parts of their site can use this free WordPress plugin.

  • Download AdInjection WordPress plugin from WordPress directory.

AdSense Plugin WP QUADS:

AdSense Plugin WP QUADS

The plugin is user-friendly with several ad positions.

    WordPress Site Performance

For better performance of your WordPress site, I have already written an article about WordPress Speed Optimization. But if you want to know the best plugins to use, to make it really the best performance. Here are the list of plugins.

Wait, if you are using Managed WordPress or Cloud service. Some of the hosting providers have an inbuilt cache plugin, and you don’t need to install it.

W3 Total Cache:

You can use this Cache plugin to make your site load faster. It has inbuilt option to minify the codes, and you can connect it with your CDN account. There is a free and premium version for W3 Total Cache. The premium version will unlock Fragment cache and extension framework.

How to Remove render-blocking JavaScript using W3 Total Cache in WordPress.

WP Super Cache:

W3 Total Cache

It is a great cache plugin that has several good features. And it is the plugin by Automattic.

    Comment Redirection Plugin

You can redirect your users to a thank you page after they comment on your blog post. You can take them to a landing page with special offers or your social media links.

    Social Media Plugins

Revive Old Posts:

This is the plugin that keeps your blog alive by sharing your old posts automatically to social media. This plugin shares your old post automatically to social media. But the plugin isn’t free.

Better Click To Tweet:

This plugin helps to add tweetable words on your blog post.

Sumo:

This is an all in one plugin (free & paid). It has social sharing buttons, welcome mats, pop-ups, etc. You should create an account in SumoMe to use this plugin.

    Migration Plugin

All in one WP migration:

This is the best plugin for WordPress.org sites from a hosting to another.

Blogger to WordPress:

This is the best plugin for Blogger to WordPress.org migration.

 

There are many other plugins to add into this list. I’m testing many plugins these days and will update the post with those plugins. Stay in touch.

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Adarsh M

Adarsh.M is a blogger and a web designer from South India. He writes about WordPress, SEO, and Related things.
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