Top 5 best WordPress plugins for your website

Best wordpress plugins

In this article, I will describe the top 5 WordPress plugins available for free.

Plugins expand the functionality of your WordPress. There are many plugins available for WordPress, but not all of them are necessary and useful to install. Before each installation, please make sure that plugin that you would like to install on your WordPress is compatible with your version of WordPress.

To get information about already installed plugins, please log in to your WordPress admin area and click on ‘Plugins’ -> ‘Installed Plugins’ in the left menu.

If you want to install a custom plugin for your WordPress, please perform the following steps:

1. Log in to your WordPress admin area and click ‘Plugins’ -> ‘Add New’ in the left menu.

Add new plugin

2. Type in the plugin name in the ‘Search plugins…’ section in the top right corner.

Search plugin

3. Check if a plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress. There is usually an information about compatibility for each plugin.

compatible plugin

4. Click ‘Install now’ button and then ‘Activate’. Your plugin should now be installed.

I recommend installing the following top rated and free plugins for your WordPress:

1. Yoast SEO

This plugin is an all-in-one search engine optimization tool which helps you to create better content. Yoast SEO has a snippet preview which shows a rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results.

You can check with this plugin if the title is too long or too short and that your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. This will help you increase the click through for organic search results.

The Yoast SEO plugin has the most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality – the plugin automatically creates XML sitemaps and notifies search engines of the sitemaps’ existence.

Inform search engines about Social media networks your website will be linked to.

2. Autoptimize

This plugin concatenates scripts, HTML code and CSS styles. It also minifies and compresses all scripts and styles, significantly increasing your website performance.

Set Autoptimize Settings in ‘Settings’ (left WordPress menu) -> Autoptimize -> Main -> check HTML, JavaScript and CSS Options.

3. WP Smush

The WP Smush plugin allows resizing and optimizing of all your images with an incredibly effective image smusher. It allows you to decrease the size of .png, .gif and .jpg images by approximately 5-10% without quality loss. Large image files usually slow down your website – optimization helps solve this issue. After optimization, you can just relax and enjoy the enhanced speed of your website.

4. Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

WordPress uses MySQL databases to store data. This plugin helps to keep databases clean and optimized by deleting redundant revisions of posts and pages. You (optionally) can keep an ‘x’ amount of the most recent revisions. The plugin increases search speed among MySQL databases and results in reducing the time needed to render a page and show it in the browser.

Set ‘Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions’ plugin Settings in ‘Settings’ (left WordPress menu) -> ‘Optimize Database’ -> Save Settings.

If you want to optimize your database then click ‘Settings’ (left WordPress menu) -> ‘Optimize Database’ -> Go To Optimizer -> Start Optimization. I recommend running database optimization at least once a month.

5. All-in-One WP Migration

This plugin allows you to create backups of your website and exports your database, media files, plugins and themes. It creates a special file with .wpress extension. Using this plugin, you can move your website to another web hosting service without any problems. It provides a perfect and tested all-in-one solution for backups and migration.

To create backup, please click ‘All-in-One WP Migration’ (left WordPress menu) -> Export -> Export to File -> save file to your local computer.

If you need a help or detailed information on how to use the plugin, you can always go to ‘Plugins’ (left WordPress menu) -> Installed Plugins -> Under Description section click ‘View details’ -> WordPress.org Plugin Page.

Thank you for reading and I hope that this article will be useful for you.