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10 Must Have WordPress Plugins 2016

If you are a WordPress developer or you manage your own WordPress blog, then I highly recommend these 10 must have WordPress plugins!

1. Advanced Custom Fields

This being more for developers it is an awesome plugin which lets you easily add custom fields to your posts and pages. It also has great documentation. I recommend taking a look at the repeater field addon too which is awesome!

2. BackUpWordPress

Backing up your website files and database is extremely important and this plugin does this all for you automatically. In the settings you can schedule the backups to your preference and select the amount of backups to store on your server. If you like to keep a copy of the backups locally you can download them from the plugin settings page with ease.

3. Better WordPress Minify

I really like this plugin because it simply just works, where all other minify plugins I’ve tried don’t seem to do anything when I rescan with Google’s PageSpeed Insights. You can also quite easily specify which files not to minify if they are causing issues. Another powerful feature is the ability to choose whether to minify the file in the header or footer.

4. Contact Form 7

You have probably already heard of this plugin as it has been around for a while and it has over 1 million active installs. It allows you to easily add contact forms to your website using a friendly and intuitive user interface. You don’t need to have any coding experience although a basic understanding of HTML would be advantageous.

5. Google Universal Analytics

This plugin is simple but effective and gives you some more advanced options if you wish. All you need to do is enter your GA code, enable and click save. This will add the GA tracking code to every post and page on your site.

6. IP2Location Country Blocker

If you want to add an extra layer of security to your website this is a great way of doing so. It allows you to block certain countries from accessing your website from the front end or the back end. I like to use this plugin to block all countries apart from my own from accessing the backend.

7. Responsive Cookie Consent

Displaying a cookie consent message is now compulsory so it is a must have plugin to add to your website. Responsive Cookie Consent is very lightweight, highly customizable and responsive cookie consent plugin made by myself. It’s great for developers who want to customize the finer details but simple enough
for anyone to use.

8. Wordfence Security

This is a feature rich security plugin which protects your website from hacks and malware. Some of its features include blocking, login security, security scanning, firewall, monitoring and more.

9. Sucuri Security

Like WordFence this is another great feature packed security plugin. I tend to use both plugins for extra security which is absolutely fine to do, unlike antivirus software on your computer where you must only use one (that’s an unrelated bonus tip right there).

It also has a premium ‘Website Firewall’ addon which runs all traffic through it first, filtering out anything that could be harmful to your site. This does not negatively impact site speed and in most cases actually improves it with their CDN.

If you are an agency it seems to work out around $10 a month per website. So if you had 40 WordPress websites it would cost you $400 a month plus a one off set up fee of around $300. You may also add more websites to your package in increments of 5 for $50. These are just rough figures which may have changed by the time you read this blog.

10. Yoast SEO

This is a very popular SEO plugin which works on a traffic light basis. If you’re in the green your page has been optimised well for SEO, if it is red then… you get the idea. You can tailor the SEO for each page, tweaking the meta description, page title etc. Without any SEO knowledge you can drastically improve your ranking by following the suggestions given to you by Yoast when editing your pages.

James koussertari

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