Plugins are used to extend the features and functionality of the WordPress. A large number of plugins for WordPress are available catering to different needs such as design of the website, database cleaning and optimization, building email list, blocking spams, Search Engine Optimization, caching, analyzing the performance of website etc.
The official source to download WordPress Plugins is the WordPress.org repository. Some plugins are created by WordPress developers and are available for purchase from their own websites and also from plugins marketplaces such as CodeCanyon in Themeforest. WordPress plugins are created by using PHP programming language and integrates easily with WordPress which is also based in PHP.
Although there are thousands of WordPress plugins available I have compiled a list of plugins which are must for any WordPress website.
Jetpack is a free plugin by Automattic. Jetpack helps in knowing the site traffic and stats. It also helps in protecting the website from brute force attacks. It also optimizes images using the WordPress CDN.
Akismet is another very important plugin developed by Automattic to stop spam from affecting your website. Akismet checks all comments in your website and filters out the comments which looks like spam. In order to use Akismet you need the Akismet API key.
3. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is a fast caching plugin which improves the user experience (UX) of your website by enhancing the server performance, reducing the download times and providing many content delivery network (CDN) integration options.
4. Yoast SEO
With more than 1 million plus installs Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins. It was written by Joost de Valk and his team. It helps in writing better content. You can create XML sitemap using this plugin. You can also edit your .htaccess and robots.txt file through this plugin.
I hope this post will help in installing these must have WordPress plugins. Do let me know are you using these plugins already or are you planning to install them in future? What other plugins you believe are must-have on a WordPress website? Do share your thoughts and opinions through the comments box.