When I first started my blog I spent hours searching for the best plugins to install on my site. There are so many to choose from and I was intimidated by the selection. To help people like me I thought I’d put together a list of my 5 favourite and most used WordPress plugins.
#1 Yoast SEO
This is by far my favourite WordPress plugin and for me the most useful. Chances are you will have heard of SEO (search engine optimisation) but you might not fully understand it. This plugin has a traffic light system which tells you how search engine friendly your post is, as well as content analysis to help you improve it.
#2 Broken Link Checker
How many times have you clicked a link on a website and it leads to nowhere or to an error code? It can be frustrating right? This plugin tells you which links on your site are broken, so you can fix them.
Some bloggers hate Disqus, but I absolutely love it. I like that you can easily keep track of when people have commented on a post or when they have replied to a comment.
Jetpack is a brilliant all-rounder. It has so many features, I would probably make this the first plugin you install. You can add contact forms, add widgets (such as a Twitter widget which shows your latest tweets), display site stats and so much more.
#5 Wordfence Security
It’s always good to have a security plugin to help protect your site. Wordfence is the most popular plugin of it’s type. It helps protect against hackers and has features such as emailing you when someone has logged onto your site or telling you when your plugins need updating.
I hope you found this list helpful. Do you use any of these plugins? Which plugins for WordPress would you recommend?