Among 55,000+ plugins in the WordPress plugin repository officially, not all the plugins you wish to use. Here, we’ve shown you the most popular and effective WordPress plugins for every newbie to advanced users.
WordPress is the most popular CMS and has been used worldwide vastly for mainly two reasons: it’s convenient customization and wide range of plugins that simplify your most of the technical and SEO tasks. In this article today, we are going to talk about the 11 most popular plugins for WordPress websites which are essential and effective for every WordPress user.
1. Yoast SEO & Rank Math – Freemium
Yoast and Rank Math are the two most popular WordPress plugins that make your all the on-page SEO tasks easy than ever. However, we have put both the plugins at our 1st position because both of them have noticeable integrity and performance. You may have seen that most of the people have been talking about Yoast, but recently, rank math is doing well and catches the webmaster’s eye.
Yoast gets popular with a massive user base and a handful of features. Rank math also offers some good features like full schema support, Google search console integration, and many more. But all of the features are nearly the same on both of the devices. The real difference comes when you see their price tags. Yoast SEO has a free and paid version where you can find Rank Math still free (but the quality is top-notch).
If you prefer old, stable and popular plugin with a more user base you can go for Yoast. If you want to give a try with a new and free one with premium features, rank math can be your best bet.
2. Akismet Anti-Spam – Free
Just after the Yoast SEO (or the rank math), Akismet Anti-Spam has placed 2ndin position in terms of the download number. It is a tool developed by Automattic. This plugin is great defending/blocking spam comments which you badly in need at some point after publishing your WordPress website.
Every day you may get frequent promotional links, malicious content, irrelevant stories send by many spammers or mistakenly sent by others. And it’s very hard and annoying to filter every comment you receive per day. The Akismet Anti-Spam can help you get rid of that by their amazing automation process. It also gives security as you will not get any malicious or problematic pushed content to be published on your WordPress website.
3. Contact Form 7 – Free
The next essential and popular plugin for WordPress website is Contact Form 7. This plugin can seamlessly create and handle multiple contact forms, works great with Akismet Anti-spam in terms of reCaptcha verification and skip all the extra codes you needed to write to create beautiful contact forms.
If you are searching for a contact form making plugin for your WordPress website, this is the best one you can find till now.
4. WP Rocket – Paid
We think the best caching plugin on the market till now is the WP Rocket. With it, you can instantly boost up your WordPress website speed and performance without any technical skills. This plugin automatically starts working with the recommended caching settings like page cache, gzip compression, and cache pre-loading. You can also able to modify the settings of the optional features like CDN support, lazy load image, DNS pre-fetching, minifications and so on. All the settings and features of this plugin will really help to upgrade your site’s speed instantly.
5. Social Icons – Free
There is no doubt that social media is now the most occupied platform and you need this platform to boost your marketing and sales. Here, the social icon plugin comes handy to do your social media marketing work easy. It’s a free WordPress plugin with which you can show that social media icons on your website and your every post. You can easily add social media icons with the help of shortcodes or widgets to any of the pages or posts of your site. You can add the icons from 100 popular social media platforms.
This plugin also gives you the customization options for each icon. You can also drag and drop the icons which makes the task much easier.
6. MailChimp for WordPress – Freemium
This plugin is used for email marketing to manage subscribers, track results and send emails in bulk. It is a great and one of the most popular plugins for WordPress among the webmasters and the business owners. However, it is a free plugin with premium features and it is really very easy to integrate the plugin with WordPress. With it, you can also add beautiful subscription forms on your WordPress website. It supports all other major form plugins like WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, etc.
7. WooCommerce – Free
If you are in an e-commerce business, how could you miss this most popular WordPress plugin? You shouldn’t. You can make your WordPress website into a fully working online shop with this plugin and start selling your products to your customers on the web.
What we like about this plugin is its super flexibility of customization. With it, you can sell both the digital and physical products, use affiliate links and add extensive payment methods.
8. Elementor Page Builder – Free/Paid
We all know WordPress is user-friendly and very easy to use. You do not need much technical knowledge to build a website with WordPress. But if you are not satisfied with your website’s design and customization, you need to hire a professional one to do that job for you. Here come the Page Builder plugins that make your web design easy than ever.
Among the lots of page builder plugins for WordPress, Elementor has become one of the most popular and most used page builder plugins on the market today. It is loaded with awesome easy to use features, effective and best value for the money. Why not give a try today with Elementor and give your website a better look that everyone likes?
9. Google XML Sitemaps – Free
Yet another useful plugin for WordPress is Google XML Sitemaps, which helps search engines to better index your site with an improved XML sitemap. Just after installing and activating the plugin, this plugin can automatically create an XML sitemap of your website. After submitting the sitemap, your site will be easy for the search engines to crawls and index. And you will enjoy some extra SEO juice and boost in your rankings.
10. WordFence – Free/Paid
The security of your website is essential. Your site can be get attacked anytime by the hackers or the thousands of malicious bots on the web. If you cannot provide necessary security to your site, your whole project can be lost or you can end up destroying your entire project in no time. However, the WordFence plugin can do the job for you. It is one of the most popular and recommended security plugins for WordPress, which includes features like login protection, real-time traffic and bots monitor, 404 errors monitor, malware scans, firewall protection and many more.
11. Pretty Links Pro
If you are in affiliate marketing with your WordPress website, then Pretty Links Pro is the must-have plugin for you. It is one of the best link management plugins you can find in the market now. With this plugin, you can easily manage all of your affiliate links and also make the shortened URLs. It is a great plugin for affiliate marketers, business owners, podcasters and the one who wants all of their site’s link easily manageable
Some Bonus Tools
Publish Press: You can easily manage your editorial workflow in WordPress with this awesome plugin.
MaxCDN: This plugin helps your site to gain more speed by geographically scattering the content to multiple servers.
Envira Gallery: With it, you can create better galleries with an album.
Grammarly: This is an excellent grammar checking tool with a plagiarism checker, vocabulary improvement and more.
That’s all from us today. Following this list, you can make easy your WordPress experience and get boost your work. If you any questions or queries to ask or any suggestions, feel free to comment us below.