Have you ever searched for plug-ins for WordPress? it is overwhelming, right. Also, which plug-ins do you really need and what is just useless? We have seven WordPress Plug-ins to use to make your life just a bit easier. Ready? Read on!
7 WordPress Plug-ins to Use
Let’s start by saying no plug-in is really ever truly “necessary” for your site’s functionality, their role is just to make things easier. Also, there is such a thing as too many plug-ins. The more plug-ins you have installed the slower your site will respond to users visiting it.
Our favorite WordPress plug-ins to use, in no particular order
SEO is important for any site; without it being found by your ideal client is a bit more challenging. Trying to optimize your content is easier with Rank Math!
ShortPixel Image Optimizer
Images impact your load time. The longer it takes for your site to load, the less likely people will hang out waiting on it. ShortPixel is a pretty good all-around option for compressing pictures.
Sucuri Security is a great option to keep your site secure and in your control. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but once you get your notification set up correctly, you know when someone is trying to maliciously hack into your site.
Broken Link Checker
Nobody likes running into a dead-end 404 page but how to keep all the changes you make straight with all the URLs on your site? Install Broken Link Check to make that part easier. It scans your site and sends email notifications weekly to let you know when you have a broken link (or two dozen…).
Site Kit by Google
If you do not opt to use Rank Math as your SEO plug-in tool, you definitely need to add Site Kit to the mix. This plug-in allows you to see a quick snapshot of your site’s analytics.
GDPR Cookie Compliance
Are you a lawyer? More than likely you answered no to that question. That means you might benefit from a GDPR plug-in. What is GDPR? It is a set of laws in that govern privacy in the EU block of countries. Yes, I know that we are in the US (I assume so, at least if you are reading this site). However, privacy policies are a good idea, especially since we aren’t lawyers. GDPR Cookie Compliance plug-in is pretty easy peasy to use and covers your backside pretty well.
BOLO! Keep them up-to-date
Nobody likes spam or hostile takeovers of their site! Make sure you keep your plug-ins updated to ensure your site operates optimally. Also, if things go awry always check to see if a plug-in might be the culprit. Like the 1980s movie, The Gremlins, they can cause chaos if they are not properly managed. Just because these WordPress plug-ins make life easier doesn’t mean you can put your site on auto-pilot (we have seen how well that has worked for Tesla).
Know which WordPress Plug-ins to use but don’t have time to keep an eye on your them being up-to-date? We can help with that! Just comment below or send us an email to talk more about our services.