For WordPress sites, installing plugins is not only essential, it’s easy. For almost every type of functionality that you could need, there’s a plugin that will do the job.
You can choose from free or paid options when you install plugins. For someone just starting out, free plugins will do the job just fine. If you can afford the paid options, then you may want to go this route. These will generally come with added features and a lot more support.
Your choice will depend on what you need done, and how much you need the extra features. Once again, doing your research is key. If a plugin is developed by a reputable developer, does what you need it to do, and is free, then why go for the paid version? But if it is free, check that it is a good option, that some form of support is available and that it is well-reviewed.
Luckily for WordPress users, plugins do come with a rating. When you install a plugin on your site, you’ll see what options are available, their star ratings and how many Active Installs they have. So simply search for what you need, hit the Install Now button, and Activate.
Plugins you need
There are all sorts of plugins that you’ll want to install, and many of these will depend on your individual requirements. But here are some that you should install from the get go. We’ve listed our top choices below.
This is an awesome plugin that helps you write content for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). It gives you hints to improve the readability of your content, while helping you tweak your posts for SEO. The description given by the plugin itself: The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more. Find out more at Yoast.
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
This is another good plugin to install. It gives you a rundown of what’s working on your page, and what isn’t, using Google Analytics. Here’s what the plugin says: The best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. See how visitors find and use your website, so you can keep them coming back. Visit MonsterInsights for more info.
Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd
This is a landing page plugin that allows you to customize your landing page – set up is easy and you can capture leads before you even launch your site. It also comes with a Maintenance Mode, so you can let visitors know that your page will be up and running again soon. A free version is available, but without the flexibility of your paid options. Get more details on SeedProd.
For images, image galleries, or video galleries, this is a great option. It’s easy to use, and allows visitors to your page to view your images in a responsive lightbox. Free and Pro versions are available, ensuring that you get the right image gallery for your budget. Find out more at FooGallery.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
This is also an analytics plugin (similar to Monster Insights). With this plugin, you can access your analytics from your dashboard. There’s a drop down menu that allows you to select which view you would like to see, including Users, Sessions, Page views, Pages, Traffic sources and more. You can find out more here.
As soon as your plugins are installed and working, you can move onto the next stage: creating good content with good SEO.