Introduction

WordPress has completely changed the traditional way of designing websites. Within just a few minutes you can design a beautiful website with WordPress.
59.9% of websites run on the internet are built with WordPress, which makes it the largest platform to use in designing websites.
Just like an Operating System(OS) is of no use without its applications. Similarly, WordPress is also useless without plugins. Plugins expand the possibilities of customization.
There are thousands of WordPress plugins available on the market but all are not as useful for all. Here is the list of most essential plugins that everyone should use.
As time flows, new plugins appear in the market. But there are some plugins which cannot be replaced by anyone.
I can assure you that these plugins will definitely improve your website performance.

One Signal plugin

OneSignal is a free web push notifications for WordPress websites. It is an amazing plugin and is trusted by over 470,000 developers and marketers.
This plugin increases the engagement and drive more traffics. It is very easy to set up.

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Some basic features of this plugin are:

  • Supports all type of browsers on both HTTP and https sites.
  • It will automatically send notifications to your followers after every post.
  • You can easily target your audience and send notifications. The best part is you can target your audience based on language, geography or number of times anyone visited.
  • Opt-in customization lets you customize the prompt that your visitors will see.
  • Real-time analysis lets you check the notifications that is delivered in real time.
  • The last feature is Scheduled notification which enables you to schedule the notifications which are to be delivered in future.

Icegram Plugin

Icegram is a free plugin which lets us create beautiful optins pages and also enables to create a call to action of our choice.
This plugin provides free templates which makes it even more simple to use. It is trusted by more than 20,000 developers.

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The image displaces some pre-designed beautiful templates.
Benefits of Icegram:

  • Grow your subscriber’s list
  • Instantly drive traffic with Call to Action buttons
  • Grab visitors attention which will reduce the bounce rate.

Really Simple SSL

As its name suggests, Really Simple SSL is a simple plugin to run your website over https(secured).
It automatically detects all settings and configures your website enabling it to run over https.
This plugin has more than 1 million installations and is trusted by many developers.

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It is very simple to use. Install the plugin and enable SSL with just one click. This plugin comes with both free and paid version. You need to get the paid version to expand all its possibilities.

WP Fastest Cache

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Website caching is the best way to increase optimization. Websites that are loaded faster are ranked higher in Google. Clearing the cache also increases website performance.
Every time a page is rendered, MySQL and PHP are used up which consumes higher RAM and CPU usage.

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WP Faster Cache plugin provides better results than any other cache plugins.
Whenever traffic increases at your website, the system uses a lot of RAM and CPU which makes rendering very slow.
This plugin will maintain the CPU usage and optimize the site which will make loading faster.

WPS Hide Login

WPS hide login is an amazing plugin which allows you to easily change the URL of the admin or the login page in WordPress. Therefore, it protects from hackers.
This plugin will reduce the chance of being vulnerable. It doesn’t modify or change anything in the kernel. It simply intercepts page requests and works on any WordPress site.

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Suppose, you log in to your WordPress panel at www.websitename.com/wp-admin. Now, wp-admin can be changed with your custom URL ( like www.websitename.com/xyz).
Once you change the URL, you will no longer be able to access by wp-admin. You will have to log in with the custom URL that you changed. You can bookmark it in case you forget it.

Smush image Compression and Optimization

Page speed is one of the most important factors to rank in google. In most cases, images take a lot of time to load. Images should be well optimized in order to increase the page speed.

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Images are very good assets to grab visitors attention. People are attracted by images. But at the same time, images take up a lot of storage space and slows down your website.
Smush image optimization is a powerful plugin to optimize and compress all your images. It is a free plugin developed by WPMU DEV.

Jetpack by WordPress

Jetpack is an all-in-one plugin for marketing and security. It is a must-have plugin by WordPress.
Jetpack takes care of your WordPress website in many different possible ways like website security, website performance, image optimization, traffic growth and a lot more.

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It is very simple to use and install on your website.
You will require a WordPress account to connect this into your site. The best part of this plugin is it monitors your site frequently and notifies you instantly if any errors found.

Yoast Seo

There are only two ways to get traffic to your website – Free traffic and Paid traffic. In order to get free organic traffic, your SEO should be strong so that it ranks above in the Search Engine.
Yoast SEO plugin will guide you to write a proper content and also improve your ranking on search results.

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It is a simple and most popular tool as it aims for the number one spot in the search results. It is a favorite tool of millions of users and has over more than 5 million downloads.

Wordfence Security

If you’re the website owner, you cannot ignore one thing i.e. protect your website from attacks.

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Wordfence is one of the most popular WordPress firewall and security scanner.
Wordfence firewall protects your websites from viruses, malware or any other malicious codes. Its other features are login security, website monitoring various metrics, and more.
Moreover, it adopts two-factor authentication to enhance the login security where it checks the password strength. Overall it is an amazing plugin to use.

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is the best eCommerce plugin for WordPress which allows you to sell anything on your website. It powers over 30 % of all eCommerce stores.

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It is not easy to create an online store in WordPress. But this plugin made all the works simple. This plugin is used in over 4 million websites and is trusted by millions of marketers.

All in one migration plugin

Many times our websites get crashed or sometimes we wish to transfer your website into another domain. This plugin is useful in both the cases.
It has drag-and-drop features which makes it easy to export any website within WordPress. The best part of this plugin is it can fix if there are any serialization problems that occur while replacing.

Check the video to know how this works.

They keep a backup file, every time you export your site for later use.

Broken Link Checker

You may sometime lose your potential customers because of broken links. This plugin will monitor your website and also inform you instantly if any broken link found.

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Broken Link Checker will check your posts, pages, comments, blogroll, and even custom fields and prevent search engines from following any broken link if found.
This tool is very popular and very easy to use. It works automatically

Tidio Live Chat Plugin

Tido Live chat is a solution to give proper service to your customers. As its name signifies, it is a Live chat plugin where your customers can easily raise questions and you can connect to them very easily.

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Tido Live chat is very simple to install and easy to configure. The main benefits of having a live chat are that you can solve your customer’s problems almost instantly.
I’ve personally tried all these plugins, they are really awesome.

Conclusion

Without plugins, WordPress is useless. Plugins help you to customize the website of your choice. It expands the possibilities.
Hopefully, after reviewing these plugins, you have understood what these plugins can do.
If you’ve started your blog, you must use these plugins to customize your website. These plugins will help you to optimize your website and provide a smooth experience.
If you have any experience with these plugins, please feel free comment below.
Also, comment if you would like to add some more plugins to this list.
Thank You.
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