The Best WordPress Plugins

To understand the best WordPress Plugins for your website, you must first understand what Plug-ins are. If you were a website developer some years ago, you would need to be proficient in several coding languages to add functions to your website. Suppose you think of something simple, like adding a social button to your site, like Twitter. The web developer would need to write a code or a link to Twitter and add an image on all the pages. With the introduction of WordPress and its many associated Plug-ins, this is no longer the case. All a developer or site builder needs to do now is search for a Plug-in and install it with the click of a button.

Why Do We Need WordPress Plugins?

We can’t truly understand why we need plugins until we’ve planned our site and understood what we want from our site. When we have a good idea of the functions the site requires, we can understand the best WordPress Plugins for its needs.

WordPress Plugins

What Do WordPress Plugins Do?


To understand WordPress Plugins is to realize that there’s nothing they cannot do. is an open-source project, meaning anyone can produce any Plug-in they wish. This means for every problem with a WordPress website, there is a solution in the form of a Plug-in. Many plugins are used for data capture and SEO. We will look at some of the best SEO WordPress plugins shortly because it’s on the list.

Which WordPress Plugins Do I need?

The first thing to do here is never to have more than one Plugin doing the same job. If you do, the only failure will follow.

Secondly, the Akismet anti-spam plugin, now the best-known Plugin, is no longer free, so I suggest using WP-spam shield or SI CAPTCHA anti-spam.

So, What Are The Best WordPress Plugins, And Which Ones Do I Need?

For this WordPress Plugin tutorial, I will outline what I believe to be the minimum requirements to run a WordPress website safely and successfully, starting with a list of WordPress plugins and a description of the function.

So, let’s get started with our list.

1. All-in-one SEO Pack

2. Google XML Sitemaps

3. Hide Title

4. Mail Subscribe List

5. Pretty Links

6. SEO Smart Links

7. SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam

8. Sociable

9. WP Fastest Cache

10. WP-Spam shield

11. Table Maker

12. Contact Form 7 + Download Monitor + Email Before Download

Notice that number 12 contains 3 plugins, which I want to discuss as a whole because these are used together to create a subscription before the download function on your site.

Also, as a starting note, it’s always wise to run on as few plugins as possible due to the resources these plugins use. Don’t start to panic; it’s just something to consider when adding your plugins because the more you install, the more resources will be used. This could affect the site’s efficiency, such as loading speeds.

All In One SEO Pack.

The all-in-one SEO pack does what it says on the tin- it’s one of the best SEO WordPress plugins ever! Essentially, it installs an interface that allows you to configure your site’s SEO so the search engine can easily understand your content.

It includes all these options

The Google XML sitemap plugin will generate an XML sitemap to help search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and better index your blog. This sitemap describes your site to the crawlers sent out by the search engines, meaning those search engines understand your pages and can serve these pages to people looking for your content.

The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress-generated pages and custom URLs and notifies all major search engines whenever you create a new post or page.

This plugin has been around for 9 years and is highly rated as a plugin that provides a complete XML sitemap for search engines without slowing your site down. It is clearly one of the best WordPress plugins, in my view.

Hide Title.

This is a simple plugin that you will appreciate once you start creating pages and posts. If your page has the same name as your content title, then this will appear twice at the top of your page. What if you wanted your page name and content title to be the same but only show once at the top? This plugin allows you to hide the page name to give you a single view.

Mail Subscribe List

If you plan to create a mailing list, a subscriber mailing list will be essential. Visitors can enter their name and email address on your website, and the details are stored and available to view and modify. The data capture can be added to your WordPress site as a widget or a page using a shortcut code.

Advanced features include 3rd party integration, mass emailing, and double opt-in options to qualify your leads.  Clever coding means this plugin works with all email service providers and allows the exportation of the mailing list. The customization is also impressive, including all the following areas that can be displayed as you prefer.

  • “prepend” -> Adds a paragraph of text just inside the top of the form.
  • “show name” -> If true, show the name label and input field for capturing the user’s name.
  • “name txt” -> Text displayed to the left of the name input field.
  • “name holder” -> Text displayed inside the name input box as a placeholder.
  • “email txt” -> Text displayed to the left of the email input field.
  • “smallholder” -> Text displayed inside the email input box as a placeholder.
  • “show submits” -> If true, this will show the submit button and return the required to submit the form.
  • “submitted” -> Text/value displayed on the form submit button.
  • “thanks” -> If true, this will display a JavaScript Alert Thank You message instead of a paragraph above the form.

“thank you” -> Thank you for a message displayed when someone subscribes. (Will does not show if blank) The list of customization is longer than this article allows, but I think you get the idea of just how versatile this plugin is.

Pretty Links.

Pretty Link is a must-have plugin for any affiliate marketer. It protects affiliate links and makes readers feel better about navigating to product pages.

A typical affiliate link may look something like this. As you can see, it is not very attractive, and some people do not want to click on such a link, but what if you could change that Link to something like this

Instantly, it’s more friendly and more descriptive, and all you need to do is enter your original URL into Pretty Link, add the link name of your choice, and click a button. In addition to cleaning up your links and protecting potentially valuable affiliate links from being stolen, Pretty Link can also track and report on the use of your links. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best WordPress plugins out there.

SEO Smart Links.

This is another amazing SEO WordPress plugin that helps you create internal links to your pages and posts, which tells the search engine crawlers how important certain pages are and the benefits of your SEO.

The SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding pages transparently.


Whenever a reader leaves a comment on your post, they must enter CAPTCHA anti-spam before submitting.

  • This prevents spam attacks that fill your comment in a tray within hours.
  • Features include:
  • *Configure from Admin panel
  • *Valid HTML
  • *Allows Trackbacks and Pingbacks.
  • *Setting to hide the CAPTCHA from logged-in users and or admins
  • *Setting to show the CAPTCHA on the forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all.
  • Sociable.
  • Sociable gives you the option to add multiple social buttons to your site.

It is a feature-packed plugin allowing a degree of customization so you can select and customize features like text, color, and length to ensure visitors have a great Sociable Experience. This is a free Plug-in with over 1.5 million downloads so far, which is a testament to its abilities and popularity as one of the best WordPress plugins.

WP Fastest Cache.

Every time a user opens a web page, the server, the website, it’s on, and the computer viewing the website utilizes resources such as CPU and memory. When pages are rendered, PHP and MySQL are used on the server, taking up precious resources. The more users or visitors, the more resources are used. This plugin helps the process by creating static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress site, meaning fewer resources are used and load times are reduced. The setup is simple. You don’t need to modify the .htacces file. It will be adjusted automatically.


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