WordPress, which is the best platform for creating a website for non-programmers and by installing some of the best WordPress Plugins of 2018, you can make your website better.
In this post, I have shared some free WordPress Plugins and some paid WordPress plugins that are essential WordPress plugins for business websites as well as for blogging websites. The list is made based on my practical experience. Try these plugins and see yourself. Before you install these plugins please backup your website.
21 must have WordPress Plugins for 2018
1. Yoast SEO
2. All 404 Redirect to Homepage
3. Safe Redirect Manager
5. Akismet Anti-Spam
6. Facebook Comment Box
7. WPS Hide Login
8. W3 Total Cache
11. WP Smush
13. Wti Like Post
14. Contact Form 7
16. Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
18. WP- Subscribe
19. Pixel Your Site
20. Really Simple SSL
21. All In One Schema Rich Snippets
Best SEO Plugin
Yoast SEO is one of the top WordPress plugins of 2018 for SEO. It is all in one SEO plugin which provides from on-page content analysis to XML sitemap. It also helps in verifying your website from google, bing, etc.
When we are writing any post after the completion of the post it gives suggestion on the post like about keyword density, focus keyword etc. and it also helps in creating a snippet.
You can also create and customize XML SITEMAP like you can select the pages that you want in the sitemap. For example: if you don’t want media(attachment) in your sitemap, then you can select not in sitemap option.
There is also a PREMIUM option where you can get more features like add multiple keywords, no more dead links, internal linking suggestions, social media preview etc. the price for Yoast SEO premium starts from $69.
- Custom meta title and description
- Create XML sitemap
- Set focus keyword
Best Redirection Plugin
2. All 404 Redirect to Homepage (Free) (By Fakhri Alsadi)
This plugin helps to redirect all 404 errors to the Home Page. It helps in avoiding 404 errors as it affects website SEO.
If someone has typed any wrong URL or any page or post that has been deleted, It will automatically redirect it to the homepage of the website.
Just install and activate the plugin and go to setting ~ All 404 Redirect to Homepage and save option.
Key features of this plugins are-
- Set a custom redirect Page for every 404 paths.
- You can choose which redirect method to be used for your site.
- Helps in maintaining your SERP ranking.
3. Safe Redirect Manager (Free) (By Taylor Lovett)
When you change URL of a page, then there are more chances of getting 404 error which ultimately affects your SERP ranking. But can redirect the page from old URL to the new URL using Safe Redirect Manager plugin.
You can choose the type of redirection you want 301,302,303,307,403 or 404. After changing any page URL just click on create redirection rule and insert the old URL and On the next column Insert the new URL, choose the type of redirection you want for this page and click save.
- Helps in a redirection of any post or page.
- Multiple redirection options
- Simple and easy to use
Best All in One Plugin
4. Jetpack (free/paid) (By Automattic)
- Improve website security
- Website traffic analytics
- Post sharing and monitoring
- Showing related post
- Contact form
Best Spam Comment Protection Plugin
5. AKISMET ANTI-SPAM (free) (By Automattic)
As the names tell, it protects your website from spamming comment. This plugin automatically checks all the comments and find the commented that looks like a spam.
This is a free plugin and it is best especially for bloggers. After activating Akismet, you have to sign in and get the API key.
- Block Spam Comments
Best Comment Plugin
6. Facebook Comment Box (free) (By King Rayhan)
If you want to Activate Facebook Comment on your blog then this is the best plugins for Facebook comment.
After Activating this Plugin you have to get the Facebook App id and paste it. Also, you can customize the comment box header level, comment per page, comment box width etc.
To create Facebook App Id Click Here.
- Set up Facebook comment
- Light-weight plugin
Also Read: how to backup your website using cpanel
7.Wps Hide Login (Free) (By Remy Perona for WPServeur)
This plugin helps you to change your WordPress admin page URL and improves the security of your website. you can set your own custom URL. Check out my blog on How to Change WordPress Admin Page URL.
- Create a custom login URL
- No coding skills required
- Improves security
Best Cache Plugin
8.W3 Total Cache (free/paid) (By Frederick Townes)
As Search Engines gives more weight-age to fastest loading sites, so this plugin helps you in reducing the loading time of a WordPress website which is an important factor for ranking in Search Engine Result Page.
It reduces the loading time of a Website by Content Delivery network(CDN) integration.
- Accelerated Mobile pages(AMP) Support.
- Caching of Pages And posts in memory.
- Supports CDN
- Improves loading time
After Activating go to the Setting tab.
In Page Cache option check Enable option and in Page Cache method Select Disk: Enhanced And click on save All Setting.
Next in Minify Option
Minify: check the Enable option.
Minify Mode: select Manual.
Minify Cache Method: Disk.
And click on Save All Setting.
This will Help in reducing the Loading Speed of your Website
Best Security Plugin
9. Wordfence (free/paid) (by Wordfence)
To secure your website Wordfence plugin is one of the must-have WordPress plugins of 2017. This is the most popular security plugin and is also updated regularly.
- WordPress firewall
- Blocking features
- Security scanning
- WordPress login security
You can also upgrade to premium, which will cost $99 per year for 1 key. If you buy for a longer duration for each key helps you to reduce yearly costs.
Best Speed Optimization Plugin
10.Autoptimize (free) (by Frank Goossens)
If you want to reduce the loading time of your website then Autoptimize plugin will help you to improve the loading time of your website. It reduces the loading time without affecting the design of the website. you can also check our blog on how to speed up WordPress site using plugins.
- Minify HTML
- Minify CSS
- Reduce site loading time
Best Image Compression Plugin
11.Wp Smush (free/paid) (By Wpmu Dev)
The second important to speed up your website is to reduce the image size because if you use a high-resolution image without compression, then it will take more time to load. The solution of speeding up of images loading is Wp Smush Plugin. This Plugin compresses the images and helps in reducing the loading time of the website.
Use jpg images instead of png images because png images are in larger size and even after compressing the image does not get compressed to the actual compressed size.
When you upload an image, it automatically starts compressing and reduces the size. if the images are added before the plugin was installed, then you can compress up to 50 images once at a time (for free version). For the paid version, it compresses more than the free version.
- Bulk image compression
- Resize images
- Support jpg, png, gif, wedp images
12.WP-Optimize (free) (By David Anderson, Ruhani, Team Updraft )
To clean your WordPress database WP-Optimize Plugin is very helpful. it removes unnecessary data like trashed, span comments etc. with a button press and makes your site lite weight which also helps to load faster.
- Automatically cleans-ups the database weekly.
- Removes all unwanted data from spam comments/trashed/unapproved.
- Easy to use.
13.Wti Like Post (free) (By Webtechideas)
To get feedback easily from your visitor about your blog post, you can implement like(thumbs up) and dislike(thumbs down) option at the end of your post. You can customize the setting as you want like whether the visitor has to login or not to give their feedback. You can also set how many times a visitor can give a vote in a session.
Best Contact Form plugin
14. Contact Form 7 (Free) (By Takayuki Miyoshi)
The contact form is the most important thing for every business site and the contact form 7 is top rated form plugin. You can easily customize the form whether you want to include any new option or you want to remove an option, that can be easily done in this plugin. You can also create multiple forms.
- Conform form support
- Offers customization
Best Social Sharing Plugin
15.Sumo (Free/Paid) (By Sumome)
If you want that your blog post should reach more and more people, then Sumo plugin is the best solution. You can select the layout where you want to place the share buttons. It comes with various Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google Plus, Pinterest, Tumbler, Digg to Messaging apps like Whatsapp and Facebook messenger.
Sumo also gives the performance report of how your shares are doing and include Heatmap feature to see where your visitors are clicking or not. There is also a paid version of Sumo where you will get additional features.
I am also using this plugin as you can see on the left side where I have included Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google plus, Pinterest Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp.
- Includes almost all social media sites
- Heatmap support.
- Easy to use
Best Analytics Plugin
16.Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights (Free/Paid) (By MonsterInsights)
If you want to track your site traffic, from where visitors are coming to your website, how much time they are spending etc. To track these actions you have to generate google analytics code and paste the code into your website with the help of this plugins.
After 24 hours of pasting the Google Analytics code, you can view the report in your WordPress dashboard.
- Real-time report
- Supports E-commerce Tracking
Best E-commerce Plugin
17.WooCommerce (Free/Paid) (By Automattic)
Woocommerce is a must have WordPress plugin for every e-commerce website based on WordPress. You can sell anything whether you want to sell physical goods or digital goods or even you can sell affiliate goods with the help of this plugins. It also has payment options with many different payment gateways.
- Easy to set up an E-commerce site
- Supports various payment options
Best Email Subscription Plugin
18. WP- Subscribe (Free) (By My Theme Shop)
Email subscriptions help you interact with your audience and by installing wp subscribe you can collect visitor email address.
This plugin currently supports MailChimp, Aweber, and Feedburner.
Just select the service provider and connect your account by inserting the API Key and select the list where you want to save the emails.
- Supports double opt-in notification.
- Lite weight plugin
- Easy to set up
Best Facebook Pixel Plugin
19. Pixel Your Site (Free/Paid) (By Pixel Your Site)
Pixel your site helps you to insert Facebook Pixel code into your WordPress site that helps to track conversion.
Just install and activate the plugin insert the pixel id and select where you want to place the header or footer and save the setting.
20. Really Simple SSL (Free) (By Rogier Lankhorst)
Purchased SSL certificate and wants to convert all your URL from HTTP to HTTPS, then you can use really simple SSL plugin to convert all your URL with just a click.
Install and activate the plugin and you will see a notice where you will be asked to enable SSL.
Note: if you don’t have SSL then this plugin will not work.
- Easy to convert URLs from HTTP to HTTPS.
- Lite weight plugin
21. All In One Schema Rich Snippets (Free) (By Brainstorm Force)
Wants to increase click-through rate of a page then use All In One Schema Rich Snippets plugin which will you to achieve a higher CTR and will let you stand out from the competition.
Rich snippets are a just small piece of information to display in a search result. This plugin has made simple to create a rich snippet.
Install and activate the plugin and create rich snippets of pages and posts where you have enter details like type of the page, your site logo, post title and description, featured image etc.
So, this is the complete list of must-have WordPress plugins for 2018. If you have any query or any plugin that I have missed then fill free to comment below.