WordPress is a free and open-source tool that works as a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. In simple terms, it is the most popular blogging system in use in the web today with over 60 million websites being hosted on it. Many essential plugins are available for the sole purpose of optimizing your WordPress site when it comes to SEO, usability and conversion. The following is a brief look into some of the essential plugins you need to have for the best functioning of your WordPress site:
This plugin is a product of Yoast. All you have to do is download it and apply it on every WordPress site you might own. It is a very useful tool and easy to use to. Its purpose is to maximize on your site’s visibility on the web.
This is a useful plug-in when it comes to image gallery management. It allows for the definition of such things as the image’s title and alt tags thereby improving on any SEO image problems you might be having.
It works exclusively with your WordPress widgets. On installation, it provides an extra option into every widget that allows you to decide the exact position you would like the widget to appear on your site. Thus you are able to control what content appears where on your site.
It is the best available plug-in. A bit expensive, but in the long-run it will be worth every dollar paid, and much more. It deals with any kind of form generation and management, that is, from basic contact forms to complete content management. All entries on the gravity form are stored and easily viewed within the backend of your site thus some of the forms don’t require email notifications upon submission.
Twitter Feed Pro
The purpose of this pug-in is to output your Twitter feed according to a number of settings that use short codes. What it helps you do is output your latest tweets, view replies and public mentions, view favorites of any username or search for any hashtag.
The great thing about this plugin is that it allows you to track outbound links as well as control them completely right within your WordPress backend. This plugin, in short, helps you keep track of your outbound links.
RB Internal Links
The plugin helps a lot with internal linking. It uses the post ID to link internally rather than the URL itself. What this means is that if you plan to change the URL of a page or post that URL will dynamically be updated thus cutting the risk of internal 404 pages. Mind you, these pages can harm your SEO for internal pages by ensuring that no visitors access your site pages.
This plugin allows you to control the access to your site as you want it. It adds flexibility in editing existing user roles that is besides adding additional user roles. It comes with easy to use short codes and widgets, which means you are free to limit the content according to the user’s role.
All in all, the essentials of WordPress can’t be exhausted. What I have done is provide some basic ones that will help you a lot in improving your WordPress site. Take them into consideration for a better performing and operating WordPress site.