After the fresh installation of WordPress and theme, the next very important thing is to install plugins that will make your work much easier and improve the functionality of your website. The main reason WordPress is used by million businesses is that of its wide variety of plugins. It is like adding wings to your website.
Here is the list of 7 most important WordPress plugins you must install on your blog website. Remember there are various alternatives, but the plugins I am listing here are the best and 7 most important WordPress plugins recommended for any type of WordPress website-
This plugin will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar. It makes your content creations as simple as Microsoft World. Some of the plugin features are-
Support for creating and editing tables.
More options when inserting lists.
Search and Replace in the editor.
Ability to set Font Family and Font Sizes.
And many others.
Yoast is the most powerful SEO plugin. Its free but there are also few paid versions. If you have just set up your website the free plugin is enough to fulfil your needs. Once you have installed and activated the plugin goto it’s setting to configure the plugin. Watch this video to set up Yoast plugin. The best thing about the plugin is it checks, for instance, if you have images in your post and whether they have an alt tag containing the focus keyword for that post. It also checks whether your posts are long enough, whether you’ve written a meta description and if that meta description contains your focus keyword, if you’ve used any subheadings within your post, etc. etc.
The plugin also allows you to write meta titles and descriptions for all your category, tag and custom taxonomy archives, giving you the option to further optimize those pages. With the Yoast SEO plugin, you can control which pages Google shows in its search results and which pages it doesn’t show. It automatically creates XML sitemaps and notifies Google & Bing of the sitemaps’ existence.
YouTube – Embed Plugin
A great free plugin to embed youtube videos and playlists as video galleries to your blogs. Your visitors can browse through pages of video thumbnails and choose from videos that are pulled from an entire YouTube channel or playlist. It adds one-click “Insert” button for both the Visual and Text mode of the editor. The settings page has plenty of default options that you can automatically apply to your embedded YouTube video, gallery, and/or live stream. Here are some of the cool free features of this plugin-
Loop your videos
Use the light theme
Show/hide player controls
Autohide controls until hovering
Automatically centre all your videos
Show/hide related videos at the end
Turn on/off all annotations by default
Turn on/off closed captions by default
Automatically start playing your videos
Show/hide the video title and other info
Modest branding – hide YouTube logo while playing
Make your video, gallery responsive so that it fits all screen sizes
This free plugin integrates Social Login, Social Share and Social Comments at your website easiest and simplest possible way. The plugin is super easy to use and configure. Some of its features are-
Enable Social Comments
FREE icon customization options
Rearrange order of sharing icons
Mobile responsive sharing interface
Enable URL shortening to use in sharing
Sharing counter customization options
Enable Sharing of WooCommerce products
Social Share from around 100 social networks
Enable/Disable sharing on individual pages/posts
Horizontal and Vertical (floating) layout for sharing
Shortcodes Ultimate is a comprehensive collection of various visual and functional elements, which you can use in the post editor, text widgets or even in template files. Using Shortcodes Ultimate you can easily create tabs, buttons, boxes, sliders and carousels, responsive videos and much, much more. This is a free plugin with paid add-on options. Some of the great features of this plugin are-
50+ beautiful shortcodes
1-click shortcode insertion with live preview
Works with any theme
Modern responsive design
Custom CSS editor
Translated into 9 languages
Antispam Bee blocks spam comments and trackbacks effectively and without captchas. It is free of charge, ad-free and compliant with European data privacy standards. Some of the features of this plugin are-
Use regular expressions.
Consider the comment time.
Trust approved commenters.
Validate the IP address of commenters.
Match against a public anti-spam database.
Match against a public anti-spam database.
Notify admins by e-mail about incoming spam.
Block or allow commenters from certain countries.
Broken Link Checker
This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found. Depending on the size of your site this can take from a few minutes up to an hour or more. When parsing is complete, the plugin will start checking each link to see if it works. The “Broken Links” tab will by default display a list of broken links that have been detected so far. The broken links, if any are found, will show up in a new tab of the WP admin panel – Tools -> Broken Links. A notification will also appear in the “Broken Link Checker” widget on the Dashboard. Some of the cool features of this plugin are-
Notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email.
Makes broken links display differently in posts (optional).
Detects links that don’t work, missing images and redirects.
Prevents search engines from following broken links (optional).
You can search and filter links by URL, anchor text and so on.
Monitors links in your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional).
Links can be edited directly from the plugin’s page, without manually updating each post.