WordPress: Discover the Best Plugins

By Nico 2 weeks ago

One of the most traditional yet popular contents on the internet is blogs. Although they’ve been evolving through the years, a platform stood out from the others: WordPress. But did you know there are an incredible amount of plugins that can make your life a lot easier when using WordPress? 

Before we start:

What’s a plugin?

Even though it’s a common term, refreshing some concepts never hurts.

Basically, a plugin is a software that adds certain functionality to a program or site. One of the key advantages is that you can modify either of both without changing a single line of code. 

They can be officials (which means they’re created by the same site or program developer) or produced by third parties.

Why is it so important to add plugins to your WordPress site?

Maybe it’s not necessarily important, but practical or useful.

For example, your blog can improve its SEO thanks to some functionalities from some plugins. You can add a Whatsapp connectivity feature, in-mail options, or even create a contact form.

You can customize your site so it can make pretty much everything you need.

Also, you can use it to manage your sites, perform A-B tests, performance checks, run automatic back-ups, and much more.

Our Picks

The WordPress plugins world is huge. You can find more than 50.000 official ones, and way more developed by third parties.

That’s why in this article we’ll show you a brief selection of those we consider the best of the best.

Yoast SEO

As we discussed in this article, when good content meets a good SEO, your sites get better results.
That’s why this tool is almost indispensable.
Yoast SEO is a free plugin that analyses all your content in order to optimize it; also it offers different characteristics such as templates for titles and meta descriptions, XML sitemaps and it also lets you do a schema implementation.
One of the most strong points that make this plugin great lies in the keyword optimization feature. You can evaluate the keywords you use, while it shows you which options are better. This is possible thanks to the Semrush tools that comes with Yoast SEO.
Another important thing to highlight is that Yoast SEO is the only tool that shows google in a combined way, that your site is an article that belongs to X organization.
While the majority of SEO optimization tools don’t allow you to combine these elements.

HubSpot

Marketing is essential to keep a good business, this is the main reason why HubSpot is so useful. It allows you to manage everything related to clients, from contact forms, sheets, newsletters, e-mails, and much more.
Also, it lets you analyze how each one of these elements develops.
These kinds of tools help you optimize your content without losing focus on your business.
Another cool thing is that, because it’s a plugin, you can do all these kinds of modifications, without changing a single line of code.

WooCommerce

E-commerces tend to be some of the hardest things to program. That’s why, learning that a plugin solves this problem, is awesome news.
Basically, WooCommerce lets you transform your WordPress into an online store. This way, you can sell both physical and digital products, show reviews, add filter functionalities, and much more.
A key point of this plugin is that you are the owner of every piece of data you get from your users. Also, you can automate your taxes process, which probably will save you a lot of time.
Although it’s free, WooCommerce offers certain extra tools for a small extra fee.

WP Rocket

Optimization is everything or almost everything. That’s why when a tool lets you take advantage of any element, no matter how small it is, we need to highlight it.
WP Rocket is a plugin that helps you improve your WordPress site’s performance.
Not only it enhances caches management, but it also optimizes your blog scripts, accelerates the loading time of images, cleans your database, among other things.
All of this, in a super simple way, so everyone can use it. Overall, it’s a plugin that’s worth every penny. 

Elementor Website Builder

WordPress is really useful to create any sort of site, especially blogs. However, it doesn’t provide a lot of tools to make them look good.
Elementor Website Builder as it states in its name, lets you turn your WordPress site into a beautiful piece of art with an extremely easy-to-use interface.
With this plugin, you’ll be able to drag and drop elements into your articles; also you can choose from a wide range of pre-generated templates the right look for your WordPress.
Elementor Website Builder has a free version; however, you can access all of its functions with a premium subscription.

Broken Link Checker

Adding links to your articles is a really good practice for SEO optimization. But, sometimes it’s really hard to know if the links keep working or not. When this happens it’s a real problem, because it has a negative impact on our SEO. With this plugin, you’ll be able to follow up on every link on your articles.

These are just a few of the plugins that we recommend, but there are so many more.
The question now is: 

How do you install a plugin?

There are different ways to add a plugin to your WordPress project. You can do it from the platform’s dashboard, which is the easiest way to install plugins. The downside of this is that it only works for official plugins.

  1. From the dashboard select the “Plugins” option —> “Add new”
  2. Search for the desired plugin.
  3. Once you’ve found it, click on the “Install now” button.
  4. After installing it, you’ll need to activate it. To do so, click on the “Activate” button. You can do this in the “Plugins” tab.

The other way to install a plugin is by doing it manually. You’ll need to do this when the plugin you want to add was developed by a third party.

To do so, just follow these steps:

  1. Download the plugin you want as a .zip file.
  2. In the WordPress dashboard select the “Plugins” tab —> “Add new”.
  3. Click on the “Load plugin” option.
  4. Select the file you’ve downloaded and press “Install”.
  5. Finally, activate the plugin.

The plugins world is huge. Which do you think we should add to the list? Tell us in the comments section.

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