Must Have WordPress Plugins List
I consider Yoast SEO for WordPress plug-in an absolute necessity. If you install no other SEO plugins, this one is key to your success online. It is one of the most comprehensive, widely used, and renowned plug-ins in its class. The activation of the plug-in will make several notable alterations to your WordPress installation, especially within the admin panel. Many of the changes have already been documented in previous sections. The plug-in is well documented, and provides real-time help, coaching the user during the setup of pages and posts. It will automatically give you various summaries as to the density of the Focus Keyword or phrase, and review all the other items already discussed. It’s very intuitive, and it gets better with each update.
All in One SEO Pack All in One SEO Pack is similar to Yoast SEO for WordPress in many respects, and is also one of the most used Plug-ins. In fact, it is in direct competition. The plug-in you ultimately decide on installing is your personal preference.
WP Broken Link Status Checker This plug-in will check for broken links through a series of scans, each one containing its own configuration and results. You should be aware that if you have an extensive site with many links and pages, these ‘crawling’ processes could slow down the server’s performance, so it is best to set it up in an optimal fashion. Access the results page with a click in the scan name, or by clicking the ‘Show results’ link from the scan actions row. It’s a great way to ensure you don’t have broken links, but probably not needed for smaller sites. Use your discretion with this plug-in. Digital Marketing Agency in Glasgow says that broken link building method is the most underrated in the SEO industry, which they use in all of link building campaigns for their client and it has the second position after guest posts for acquiring links. Isn’t that awesome?
404 Redirected This plug-in creates automatic redirects for 404 traffic (pages people surf to but are not found), and page suggestions when matches are not found. Convert your 404 traffic by providing the visitors with a better browsing experience, while eliminating 404 URLs, which are damaging to the overall SEO of the site.
WP Smush – Image Optimization This plug-in will reduce image file sizes, and improve performance, which in turn boosts the SEO. It’s easy-to-use compression software that processes the images in your library one at a time, or in bulk, up to 50 images at a time. WP Smush can automatically optimise and compress your images as they are being uploaded. I recommend this plug-in if you do not have any experience with graphics, but be careful not to ruin the quality of the images.
SEO Optimised Images The SEO Optimised Images plug-in lets you easily insert ‘alt’ attributes and title attributes to your Images. It dynamically replaces the ‘alt’ and ‘title’ attributes, while leaving the database intact. You can insert an image name, post title, post category, and ‘alt’ and ‘title’ attributes of image.
Regenerate Thumbnails Regenerate Thumbnails allows you to regenerate the thumbnails for your image attachments. This is very handy if you’ve changed any of the thumbnail dimensions after uploading images, or have changed to a theme requiring different featured post image dimensions. You can either regenerate the thumbnails for all image uploads, individual image uploads, or specific multiple image uploads. I highly recommend this plug-in when you require it. It also doesn’t load on the front end of the site, so it should have no impact on the performance.
Google Analytics by MonsterInsights The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your blog easily and always stays up to date with the newest features in Google Analytics. It provides an elegant visitor metric dashboard right in your WordPress installation. It can also track search result, and 404 pages. Outbound link and downloads tracking is also possible. Google Analytics uses the universal or the asynchronous Google Analytics tracking code. It’s not a required plug-in, but it provides great insight if you install it and monitor your site’s traffic.
W3 Total Cache W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing website performance, reducing download times via features like content delivery network (CDN) integration. What it means is that by caching your site on faster servers, it will be displayed to visitors much quicker.
Table of Contents Plus Table of Contents Plus is a powerful yet user-friendly plug-in that automatically creates a context specific index or table of contents (TOC) for long pages (and custom post types). Table of Contents Plus can also output a sitemap listing pages and categories across your entire site. By default, and with Wikipedia styled pages in mind, the table of contents appears before the first heading on a page, but can be placed anywhere, including sidebars or footers.
It has many customisable options, and where required can be inserted manually via a ‘shortcode’. Having a proper TOC lends credibility to the site, and improves SEO for each page. It also makes navigation on long pages a breeze. Since the TOC is generated when the page loads, it automatically updates according to your settings, and the <h> headings on your page. If you make use of headings on your site, and have long pages, I strongly recommend installing this fantastic plug-in.