12 essential plugins for your WordPress website

Plugins related to the security of your website

Akismet

It is a free plugin for personal sites and a cost for commercial sites. Keep it in mind depending on the objective of your website. Akismet checks your blog comments and prevents spam, giving you the opportunity to review those comments that the plugin categorizes as spam, to accept them or not. Once installed, by the way I leave you here the download link , it will ask you for an API key that you must use to activate the plugin.

Updraft Plus WordPress Backup

This plugin allows you to manage your backup copies of your website in a simple and practical way. More than a million active installations guarantee it. With it you can make backups in the cloud and then restore them in easy clicks. It has a free version and a paid version. The latter extends backups by sending them to OneDrive, Azure, or Google Cloud Storage. To begin with, with the free version, it will be fine. Y

Limit Login Attemps Reloaded

With this plugin you will limit the number of wrong login attempts, to prevent your website from being hacked. In addition, the plugin allows you to include a white and black list of IP addresses and usernames. Highly valued by users, it has more than 1 million active installations. 

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Positioning Related Plugins

Yoast SEO

Since 2008, it is without a doubt the king of WordPress seo plugin. Its function is simple: it helps you to achieve a better positioning in a visual way of your posts and pages. It helps you make the content you write more friendly to Google, it shows a preview of the snippet so you can see how your post or page will look in the search results and also analyzes the readability of your content. Very complete tool. Join the more than 5 million websites that already have it installed

jet pack

Jetpack is a plugin with many features. It is a security, performance, marketing and design tool that will also help you increase the speed of your website. Combined with WP Super Cache, you can get maximum speed for your WordPress site. With it you can automatically publish blog posts and products on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. It also includes design tools. 

Plugins that facilitate interaction

Contact Form 7

With Contact Form you can create and manage forms in WordPress to facilitate user contact. In addition, the forms created with this plugin support Ajax submissions, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and others.

WPForms

Building a form with WPForms is quite easy, thanks to its Drag and Drop technique. This makes it easy to create beautiful forms for your contact or subscription pages. More than 3 million installations are already active and you can download

Maintenance and performance plugins

Broken Link Checker

With this plugin you will be able to review and check all the internal and external links that point to your site, to find those that are broken and correct them. Its operation is simple but very useful especially when the content on the blog grows and improves your positioning. 

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LazyLoad

It is a plugin that will help you make your page take less time to load. In this sense, the functionality of this plugin lies in loading the images of your website only when they are visible to the user. This will improve the load time of your website and make the site faster. 

Smush.it

Are you one of those who upload images to your website without taking into account their weight and size? With this plugin you can solve this. With it, you will optimize the images to favor the loading of the page and improve speed. It will compress your images without losing quality and will make your website fly. 

WP Super Cache

With this plugin you will increase the loading speed of your web page by creating static html files, and processing these instead of WordPress PHP scripts. In Christian, replace the latter, which are much heavier and consume more resources, with much lighter ones that will make your website go faster.

design plugin

Elementor

It is one of the most powerful web builders today. It offers designs and templates to create creative pages and predefined blocks to create more specific designs. It has a Free version and a Premium version. To start the free, you are going pearls. Create effects and more powerful designs thanks to its full-width templates. If you want to learn more about Elementor, read our blog dedicated to this plugin.