In this article we will discuss 10 must have free WordPress plugins for 2018 to increase speed, optimize SEO, monitor traffic and enhance security of your website to perform better.
WordPress Plugins not only help in development and designing the website but also make the website SEO friendly, increase speed, keep secure and achieve target traffic. There are millions of plugins available but some are the most important plugins that every website should have for better performance. Here is the list of top 10 must have WordPress plugins for 2018 to optimize website for SEO and good user experience.
WordPress technically itself is SEO friendly platform. However you may install some good SEO plugins to take the SEO to an advance level. Yoast SEO is best SEO plugin for website because it help you to target focus keywords, add proper description and take care of extra optimizations. It will analysis the post and page to make sure you are not forgetting the simple things such as images in post, alt tags and titles, focus keywrods, description and if you using proper headings etc. It will tell you SEO score by analyzing each page and post.
Yoast SEO have all the features that require to make an SEO friendly website. It will take care of all small things that we forget when making a SEO friendly website. It will actually guide us and tell us how to keep the website SEO friendly. I would highly recommend that every WordPress site must have Yoast SEO plugin.
Sitemaps are important specially when you are using Google webmaster tools. It tells Google to crawl and index the all pages, posts, categories, archives etc within your blog. Google XML Sitemaps is best plugin for creating sitemap for your website. Its pretty simple and easy. User may control what should display in sitemap. Every website specially those who running blogs and magazine must have this plugin installed and connected with Google webmaster.
Some of SEO plugins does and some of doesn’t have sitemap feature. Therefore, check your SEO plugin if it doesn’t have the sitemap feature then install this plugin.
Good Speed of site help in improving SEO as well as user experience. W3 Total Cache help to improve the speed of your website and work very well for mobile friendly website. W3 Total Cache is best plugin to keep your website speed good and it is also pretty easy to use as compare to other cache plugins. It help your website to get ranked. Every WordPress site must have this plugin in order to improve the user experience and speed of website.
Every website have plenty of images to give website an elegant look. However images should very well compress and resize properly otherwise they will increase the size of your website. It will effect not only user experience but also SEO. The solution to problem is pretty simple, just install Smush Image Compression and Optimization plugins and define the maximum width and height for images. It will automatic resize and compress images on you website. Specially if you are beginner or not familiar how to compress each image before uploading then you must have this plugin install to compress images which definitely keep your website SEO optimized and user friendly.
WP-Optimize is one of the best plugin I would recommend to every website in WordPress. It is powerful plugin which clean and optimize you website. This plugins clean up the database and get rid of unnecessary data. It clean up all spam comments, pingbacks and trackbacks. it enhance the database of your website and keep it optimized. It is mobile friendly plugin and pretty much easy to use without any technical knowledge.
Wordfence Security is popular free plugin to secure sites in WordPress. Security is most common issue for website in WordPress. Usually website get attacked by hackers or malware code inserted into themes. The reason behind adding malware is either to run 3rd part advertisement, popups or using your server to send spam emails. Therefore every website should have Wordfence Security plugin which will protect website to get attack, monitor the code of theme and plugins for additional changes, blacklist hackers, limit logins attempt, block IP’s and countries and many more features. This amazing plugin is perfect for your website security.
Google Analytics by MonsterInsights is popular plugin which allow you to connect your website to Google Analytics to monitor traffic on your website and how they landed on your website. Every website must have this plugin to monitor traffic so they can improve the content or structure of website. This plugin is extremely easy to connect and monitor traffic. No programming or technical skill required in order to monitor your website statics.
Ever website should be backup once in a month in order to keep it secure. There are many factors that could break a website such as updating plugins or themes, malware attacks, hacking etc. In such situation an backup can help to restore the website. It is best practice to take backup at least once in a month. When it comes to taking backup for site in WordPress then UpdraftPlus is best plugin. User can allow plugin to take backup daily, weekly or monthly. It is popular backup plugin that every website should have.
By default WordPress editor is simple editor to write post. This powerful plugin add additional features to default WordPress editor and make it work like Microsoft Word. It allow you to create tables, add headings, chang colors, managing fonts and much more. Every author or editor of website should have this plugin to write post more efficiently.
Contact Form 7 is most popular plugin to create multiple forms in matter of minutes. It require no programming skills. User can drag and drop multiple fields and form will be ready. Most of the themes are friendly with this plugin. Developers usually use this plugin to create forms in themes. If your theme doesn’t have Contact Form 7 then you must have this plugin to create forms.