Must Have WordPress Plugins: The Right WordPress Plugins To Get You Started.

WordPress plugins

After installing WordPress, the next step should be to install and activate the right WordPress plugins that will help you to get started as a blogger. (Learn how to install WordPress properly in 5 minutes or even less)

First things first, what is a WordPress plugin?

In easy to understand words, a plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites.

For example, if I want to add a contact form on my blog page, there is a plugin that will make it easier for me to do that just with a single click. I won’t have to write a code, both on the front end and back end in order to make the form work (respond). Web developers understand this.

We all know that WordPress is a CMS that allows you to create and run a site without writing any code. And plugins help achieve this ultimate goal.

As someone who is getting started with WordPress, it is important that you only install the right WordPress plugins to your blog.

I call them “right WordPress plugins” because without them, you won’t be able to do lots of things on your new blog.

The other reason why I insist that you only install and activate the right plugins is because when you are starting out, it is essential that you don’t install and activate too many plugins as this may lower your site’s speed.

The Right WordPress Plugins.

Here is the list of the right WordPress plugins. They are all free but you can always upgrade to premium if you want more features.

1. JetPack by WordPress.com

This plugin enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.

I once had a blog on WordPress.com and I must confess, in as much as there are lots of restrictions as compared to blogging on WordPress.org,
WordPress.com had some cool features.

For example, you can be able to view your stats on your WordPress dashboard, add a facebook page to your blog, add a twitter timeline touch your blog and so much more.

JetPack allows you to bring all these to your self hosted site.

Download it here.

2. Akismet Anti-Spam

One of the common cyber threats is spam comments.

Akismet will protect your blog from spam. Installing it and activating it is one of the recommended ways of fighting spam comments in WordPress.

To activate it, you will need to go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.
Download Akismet here.

3. Yoast  SEO

It is every blogger’s wish to see their sites performing well in the search engines.
Yoast SEO is the plugin that will help you realize this.

The plugin will enable you to do most of the technical SEO best practices and on-page SEO.

This plugin will show you, while writing your blog posts and pages where you need to improve on and what you need to do to the blog post in order to make it SEO friendly. Something like a SEO checklist.

Premium features include the ability to add more than one keyword and creating a sitemap for your blog.

Download Yoast SEO here.

4. WP Smush

This plugin by WPMU DEV enables you to reduce the size of images you use on your blog posts without interfering with their quality.

By reducing the image file sizes, your blog’s performance will increase thereby boosting your SEO.

Their premium feature include smushing multiple images at once.

Download the plugin from here.

5. WP Super Cache

This is a very fast caching plugin for WordPress.

If you are looking to enhance your site’s speed, this is the plugin for that. And by the way, Google doesn’t reward websites that load faster. But it does penalize slow sites. Which is why you need to start working on your site’s speed from day one.

Download the plugin from here.

6. WP Security Question

WP Security Question is also one of the right WordPress plugins you must install and activate on a new WordPress site.

This plugin will protect your WordPress account with a security question.

To activate it, you will need to choose one or two questions that you personally know answers to.

It will ask questions on login, forgot password and registration page.
With this plugin, another security layer is added to your WordPress account.

Download it here.

Final Words

With these right WordPress plugins, you won’t have to worry about the speed of your site.

As a word of warning, do not stuff your WordPress site with too many plugins.

If you are still having trouble setting up a WordPress blog on your own even after reading our tutorials, let us help you for FREE. Find the details right here.

If you must use a plugin, check if there is an alternative.

That’s it. How is your blogging journey so far? Tweet me your experience so I can retweet it to the world. Don’t forget to include your blog’s url in the tweet.

As always, happy blogging.

Patrick

I am a twenty-something savvy web designer / social media manager / SEO strategist and a blogger based in Nairobi, Kenya. I am passionate about web design, HTML/CSS/Javascript, beautifying things and internet marketing. Follow me on social media and say hello!

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4 Responses

  1. Amy says:

    Very helpful, thank you!

  2. Philip says:

    Amazing content you have here.
    Keep doing what you are doing.