Top 5 Must Have WordPress Plugins – 2016

January 13th, 2017 Wordpress 8,410 views

If you are a WordPress websites developer and looking for a list of must have wordpress plugins, you have come to the right place.
Here I have shortlisted the list of wordpress plugins that I have used myself in last 4 years on almost every web project.

Let’s take a look at each of them one by one.

1. BackupWordpress

Taking backup of you website is the most important & essential task. Many (shared)hosting providers already provides inbuilt autobackup facility. But most of the time it is for very limited timeframe or very limited number of backups. When it’s about wordpress website, BackupWordpress the best plugin I have used since last 3+ years and never had to look for any alternative.

It provides features as below:

  • Very simple to use, no technical knowledge required.
  • Manage more then one schedules.
  • Allows to send backups by email.
  • Backups are done in the compressed zip file.
  • Works on both Linux & Windows Servers.
  • Allows to Exclude files and folders to backup.
  • Great support to get help with your issues or queries.
  • Works with low memory, “shared host” environments.
  • Supports translation upto 10 languages

Download: https://wordpress.org/plugins/backupwordpress/

2. Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack is a kind of plugin that has grown into something that makes it All-in-One WordPress plugin.
It provides huge list of features and that is also for free. If you go for Paid plans, it gives provides more features. As it has been built by the developers who did built the WordPress, it provides great support.
Let’s take a look at the features that are provided for free.

Traffic Growth

  • Site stats
  • Related Posts
  • Enhanced distribution
  • Sharing tools

Security

  • Brute-force protection
  • Single sign-on

Site Management

  • Plugin management
  • Auto-updates
  • Cross-platform tools

Content Creation

  • High-speed CDN for images
  • Easy CSS editing
  • Contact forms
  • Custom image galleries

Download: https://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/

3. Contact Form 7

Although, the previous plugin(jetpack ) also allows us to place contact forms on website, some people just want to provide limited features for the website and not prefer to go too much flexible by providing huge list of jetpack features.

Contact Form 7 is a very simplistic form builder plugin for wordpress. It allows us to create Web forms using very easy to follow interface where you can add form tags by just using buttons. It also allows us to customize the email we receive from Form submission.

They also provides support to add captcha validation using reCAPTCHA which is very useful to protect from spams.

Other then that it provides support for form validations and all the form submission is done using AJAX.

Download: https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

4. Regenerate Thumbnails

Assume that you have made changes into the thumbnail dimensions settings via WordPress Admin -> Settings -> Media for some reasons. That will store all the new uploaded images with new dimensions. But what about previously uploaded images? They are still stored with old dimensions. So to make them in new thumbnail dimensions, you have to regenerate all the images. There is no inbuilt function provided in wordpress to do that easily. Regenerate Thumbnails plugin is the one that provides you to regenerate all the images with just one click. This is one of those plugins which I have always used on all of my WordPress website projects. I even used it on the websites that had more 2000+ images on it and all images got regenerated with just one click.

Download: https://wordpress.org/plugins/regenerate-thumbnails/

5. Yoast SEO

When it’s about search engine optimization, Yoast SEO plugin is the first choice for most of the WordPress developers and SEO professionals. There is currently 1+ million active installs done for Yoast SEO. And it is one of the highest ranked WordPress plugin.

Here is the list of all the features provided by the free version :

  • Write better content with Yoast SEO
  • Page Analysis
  • Technical WordPress Search Engine Optimization
  • Meta & Link Elements
  • XML Sitemaps
  • RSS Optimization
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Edit your .htaccess and robots.txt file
  • Social Integration
  • Multi-Site Compatible
  • Import & Export functionality
  • Import functionality for other WordPress SEO plugins
  • Multilingual support

Download: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

Honorable Mentions

Here are some other plugins which I can not forget to mention. As they are also ones that I have used on most of the WordPress website projects.

  1. Disqus
  2. Bootstrap 3 shortcodes
  3. WP Mobile Detect
  4. Widget CSS Classes
  5. Wordfence Security
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