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6 Indispensable Plugins for your WordPress Website

With the millions of wordpress plugins available out there, I wonder how is it going for a new wordpress developer to find the ones that are indispensable. I have been working with wordpress for as long as I can remember. Even after a decade I still couldn’t have my list finalize regarding the most indispensable ones. This is my first attempt to list my 10 indispensable plugins for wordress website. These plugins’ list is one I have been using for the past 3-5 years. Not much has changed in this list, except for one which I would particular mention later.

Indispensable plugins in terms of functionality according to me:

#1. W3 Total Cache.

W3 total Cache drastically slashes your WordPress site’s load time without paying a single cent.

W3 Total Cache knocks out the caching part. Caching speeds up your site by serving static files instead of dynamically rendered content (which WordPress is full of). I know that sounds a bit jargony, but all it really means is that your web server has to do less work and can, therefore, serve up your content faster.

Another really cool feature of W3 Total Cache is page cache. It is responsible for creating static cache pages for each page that is loaded, so it is not being dynamically loaded upon each page load. By having this enabled, you will significantly decrease your load time and server resources while improving performance. Refer to the image below to see how page cache works.

This plugin is an indispensable tool if you are serious with your wordpress website.

#2. Yoast SEO plugin

Since 2008 Yoast SEO has helped millions of websites worldwide to rank higher in search engines. This WordPress SEO plugin helps you with your search engine optimization. Are you not entirely convinced? Below are some of the benefits you get using Yoast SEO:

  1. Yoast SEO allows you to add meta description to your site which is important to google search.
  2. Analyze your text readability and calculate the readability score which can help you understand how your readers will get it.
  3. It checks whether you’ve used the keywords in five important locations of the article and also checks the presence of links and images in the post.
  4. Yoast analyzes the number of words in paragraphs of the article and checks the density of the focus keywords in the whole document.
  5. It does not only analyze the facts but also suggests modifications.

#3. Schema – All In One Schema Rich Snippets

Rich snippets provide site owners another way to communicate with search engines. Structured data allows search engines to see different types of content on your site, and use rich snippets to show additional information in the search results.

It gives search engines only the important & precise information to display in search result snippets.

Rich Snippets are very interactive (photos, star ratings, price, author, etc.) to let you stand out from competition

See what difference it makes in CTR (Click Through Rate)

Helps you rank higher in search results

Helps Facebook display proper information when users share your links on Facebook

 

#4. AMP for WP – Accelerated Mobile Pages

AMP for WP is another indispensable wordpress plugin. With the way google treats every website on the internet today, AMP for WP is should at the top of the list of every wordpress developers.  AMP for wp, Automatically adds Accelerated Mobile Pages (Google AMP Project) functionality to your WordPress site. AMP makes your website faster for Mobile visitors.

The reason why AMP pages load instantly is because AMP restricts HTML/CSS and JavaScript, allowing faster rendering of mobile web pages. Unlike regular mobile pages, AMP pages are automatically cached by Google AMP Cache for faster load times on Google search.

#5. Smush

Smush is an indispensable plugin for wordpress website especially if it use as a blog. What do you usually find in a blog that makes it appealing? Images, right? Smush is a free image compression and optimization plugin for WordPress. This plugin is maintained by the good folks over at WPMU DEV and is loaded with nifty features, including lossless compression, incorrect size image detection, and automated optimization, to name a few.

All of these features combine to help web pages that load faster, without any reduction in image quality – the only thing you have to do is install the free plugin.

Now each time you add a new image to the WordPress media library, it will automatically run through the Smush service, reducing the file size – without any visible loss in image quality.

#6. A3 lazy Load

Lazy load means loading content only on the visible part of a browser. It delays the download of content that appears in the lower and unseen part of the browser.

a3 Lazy Load is a free WordPress plugin to lazy load images and videos. Through the plugin’s settings, it is easy to define the elements to be lazy loaded. It supports copying and pasting of video URLs into posts and pages.

The primary purpose of Lazy Loading is improving site speed.

Site visitors can start using your site without having to wait for all the images and videos to load completely.

It makes images and videos on your website to load only when needed. This saves visitors time and resource for loading of media that they might not need eventually.

Lazy load also saves your site resources as you would not need to send images and videos until when needed; and not at all in a case where the user decides to exit without scrolling.

And that is my 6 most indispensable wordpress plugins. There are others which i could have included in this list, like classic editor plugin which I really love more than the new gutenberg editor.

Anyway, do you have plugins that you really like that you think could be best included in this list of the most indispensable plugin for wordpress? Let me know, I would be more than happy to edit this post and include your recommendation! ciao!!

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