6 Most Essential Plugins for Your WordPress Blog

Essential plugins in your WordPress blog will not only boost your website traffic, but also security and piece of mind. In this article you will find those must have WordPress plugins that are used by me and the experts of WordPress.

So, let’s get started with one of  the most popular and the used WordPress plugin.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Its one of the most popular plugin in WordPress. Why? Because it helps you in Search engine optimization (SEO). Another notable plugin that I have used in past is All in One SEO plugin, which is again a pretty great plugin.

W3 Total Cache

Using a shared or VPS web hosting environment can make your website slow due to other websites on your server getting high traffic, so you need to have a caching plugin that allow your html files to be compressed and delivered quickly.

Caching plugin that I have used in past also include – WP Super Cache, still a good option, and much easier to setup.

Google XML Sitemap

A sitemap will tell Google about a new post published and those you have modified on your blog.

Although SEO plugin from above comes with a XML sitemap, but I prefer to use a separate plugin for Sitemap, as Google XML Sitemap is more organized and way better according to me.

Contact Form 7

If you want your site visitors to contact you via contact form, then this plugin is a must. I use it on every single blog I have.

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack is another super duper plugin that I use for almost all blogs, it has several plugins inside it and its bundle of joy for bloggers. I can’t live without the Stats plugin that it has, I check my blog traffic, referrers, outgoing links, popular posts, search engine traffic all from within my WordPress dashboard.

For checking statistics, I also use Google Analytics, as it provides many more insights about your traffic.

Shareholic or Addthis

You will find social share buttons in the left hand side of this blog and many others. Floating Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon etc can be seen on almost every big or even small websites. People that want to share your article can use these buttons and they bring social traffic to you. Another important plugin for social media growth.

These six WordPress plugins are highly essential and I recommend them strongly. I know these plugins are very few, but you don’t have install some plugins for the sake of it. More plugins will make your site load time longer. So, use plugins that you actually need and don’t overdo.