WordPress is an excellent CMS (Content Management System). It is already a platform with many features, but using some plugins for WordPress it is possible to add any functionality to your site.
Top WordPress Plugins
A list of the best WordPress plugins is too complex and extensive to be presented in just one post. In this post, I will bring some plugins that I use on my sites and on virtually all of my clients' sites. This list may change from time to time and the plugins are presented in random order.
If you are concerned about the positioning of your website in the search engines (and you should) it is impossible not to think about the SEO plugin by Yoast. It is the best SEO plugin on the market and possibly the most essential plugin you will need on your site.
Yoast's SEO plugins were developed by a team of SEO experts. In addition to expert programmers, they created a complete tool to help publishers write better.
An excellent plugin for creating forms. With it you will have the option to create forms with conditional logic, create posts via the frontend, receive payments and many other features.
If you have any form on your website I recommend using Gravity Forms. In addition to being very well developed, its creators offer great support.
Imagify is a plugin for image optimization. There are several image optimizers out there: Smush, EWWW, Kraken.io, Shortpixel, etc. I've used them all and the one that showed the best performance in optimizing the images, without overloading the server, was the Imagify.
With Imagify you can in some cases, depending on the settings used, save up to 90% in the size of the images on your website. Try it and you will see a significant improvement in the performance of your site.
Sucuri Scanner and iThemes Security
Speaking of security, if you use the Sucuri Scanner and iThemes Security well configured you can rest assured. The first offers a powerful anti-malware scanner while the second is a powerful protection tool. If you feel the need, and of course I advise you to use it, also install the WP Google Authenticator to create an extra layer of security when logging on to your site.
In my humble opinion the best and most complete plugin for backup and migration on the market. With it you can perform local, remote and real-time backups of your website. In addition, BackupBuddy's cloning tool is extremely accurate even for larger sites or low-resource (shared) servers.
Speed, speed, speed. If you want your website to have high performance you need to install this plugin. It is a powerful caching tool with many features but very easy to configure (unlike plugins like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache).
If you don't want to invest in this plugin you can host your website with me. My servers have powerful caching tools that guarantee speed and performance without using plugins for this purpose.
Now, help me add to this list. Which plugins do you use and which ones do you consider essential for a WordPress site?
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