11 Deadly-Essential Plugins for Every WordPress Blogs – [Free]

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Last updated on October 27th, 2021 at 08:44 am

When it comes to professional blogging, WordPress has always been the prior choice. WordPress plugins play a crucial role in making WordPress the second to none choice. Over twenty thousand plugins are added to the WordPress plugins repository and still counting.

For bloggers, plugins are something that saves time, mental strain, and coding. It helps to add cool features and visual effects to the blog without structuring and compiling complex codes.

Being a WordPress user, I utilize most out of the plugins and here I share the 11 unavoidable WordPress plugins you should definitely install.

1. Better WP Security

I would say, Better WP security plugin is the lifesaver of many WordPress users like me. It identifies and suggests almost 90 % of vulnerabilities in a blog. Its functioning seems to be as that of a premium plugin but surprisingly it’s a free plugin.

After installation, you may see the 4 coloured suggestion notes indicating the current vulnerabilities to be fixed. Red, Orange, Blue, and Green signals indicate the different states of your existing security status.

You can protect your databases, htaccess files, core files, and .ini files within the plugin dashboard itself. Moreover, it reduces the use of 3 other plugins say, Database backup, Limit login attempts, and Broken link checker.

All the above-mentioned functions can be set in the single plugin itself. I personally suggest you install this awesome plugin at a high rate.

How To Secure Your WordPress Blog From Hackers

2. Contact Form 7

For every blog, the “Contact Us” page is a must and it’s also considered as one of the authority factors. So, this plugin adds a simple yet effective contact form that can be easily integrated into the “Contact Us” page.

There are many alternatives to this plugin but why I recommend this because of its simplicity and less laggy uptime. After installing, simply go to the plugin settings page and fill in necessary boxes such as the recipient email, content type, etc.

You will get a shortcode after this that can be inserted to the “Contact Us” page.

3. No self Pings

Did you ever think about what makes blogs out of the box rather than normal websites? Yes, its the ability to ping directories ( search engine as well as submission directories) in order to get maximum advantage of indexing.

Faster page indexing means better pinging and healthy pages. WordPress allows to manually set the ping list within the settings menu. But improper pinging may really kill your blog regardless of your content quality.

Let’s talk about an example. Suppose you wrote a blog post having 1000 words and published it. Sometimes you may want to edit any phrases or words in the post. But every time you update the post, WordPress will automatically send the pings to the corresponding directory.

Unfortunately, most of the directories haven’t been blessed with the ability to identify the changes that you were making in every update. What’s over, your blog may be banned due to excessive pinging, generalized as “Ping Spam”.

This plugin efficiently manages your pinging and helps you to stay away from ping spam issues.

4. Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate

Sitemaps are considered the backbone of off-page SEO. In order to get the maximum benefit from search engines, you’ve to submit a sitemap to respective search engine webmaster Tools.

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com to better index your blog with qTranslate support.

This is pretty much similar to the “Google XML Sitemaps” plugin but I should go for this plugin. Because sometimes Google XML plugin make conflicts with the submission and couldn’t properly set the prioritized indexing.

But this plugin makes indexing without any hassle. Just install, mark some boxes and relax.

5. nRelate Related Posts

There might be hundreds of related posts plugins, but this plugin seems to be the most efficient, responsive related posts plugin. You can adjust the post counts, thumbnail size, and even the array.

It’s proved that related post widgets significantly increase user engagement, Page views and play a vital role in decreasing bounce rates.

This one is cool, Fast, and recommended in my own opinion.

6. SEO Auto Links & Related Posts

It’s one of the smartest plugins ever invented for automatic SEO benefits without any effort. It smartly interlinks your posts based on tags. Internal linking is considered the must-do process for gaining competent ranking in search engines.

Frankly saying, this plugin has improved my SERPs by automatically interlinking my posts. Most of the time, I blog from my android phone and it could have been more difficult to internal link if I don’t use this awesome plugin.

SEO Auto Links & Related Posts main features are auto-create internal link, add related posts below content, and show slide-out related posts in the bottom right corner when visitors scroll down and reach the end of the article.

Internal linking from mobile blogging is much difficult as we do in the “Insights” plugin. It’s really a boon to all mobile bloggers like me. Thumbs up.

7. Shareaholic* | share buttons, analytics, related content

Shareholic simply adds bookmarking, sharing buttons below every post much more features and I would say, it’s a Rocking plugin.

It makes sharing easier than ever before by adding cool stunning icons to the page. You can also track your traffic stats using the built-in analytics tracker.

Shareaholic adds an (X)HTML compliant list of social bookmarking icons to each of your posts.

8. Spam Free WordPress

You may wonder why I didn’t say a word about Akismet plugin. From my personal experience, Akismet is crap. I was getting some (more) spam comments even after installing Akismet.

I have been using the free version and I think it might be the reason. However, “Spam Free WordPress” is an excellent alternative to Akismet. I didn’t get a single spam comment after installing this plugin.

It uses an anonymous password authentication to achieve 100%
automated spam blocking with zero false positives, plus a few more features.

9. Comment Luv

Comment Luv is a revolutionary plugin that directly converts your reader to a commenter. It significantly increases comments by promoting commenter blog posts below the comments.

It encourages readers to leave a comment at least for link building and post promotion. Comment Luv has a premium version that enables you to add specific keywords corresponding to the post to be promoted.

10. Subscribe To Comments

This plugin lets us register for a comment. You will be notified whenever your comment gets a reply. This is also another plugin to increase Pageviews without any extra job. You can gain returning visitors by using this plugin.

11. W3 Total Cache

W3TC is the ultimate WordPress performance plugin. It has come with tremendous features and unlimited options. Actually, I may write a separate post to explain its usage and optimizations tips.

If you use any kind of Content Delivery Network (CDN), you can supercharge your blog along with this plugin. I suggest you sign up for Cloudflare and optimize with W3TC. Let’s see what happens.

It’s also The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object, and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.

I have intentionally missed some Must have Plugins that could be seen on other posts. Some of them are WordPress SEO, SEO by Yoast, Newsletters/subscriber box, etc. Why I missed those is because all of these plugins are mentioned in all posts regarding Essential plugins.

So, What’s up Buddy?

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Sidharth

Professional Blogger. Android dev. Audiophile.

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  • Awesome List,
    Thank you very Much, just have a question, if we use two seo plugins together then will it harm our Blog or its rankings
    As I am using SEOPresor and WordPress SEo by yoast together but as they are increasing CPU usage on hosting Server, I wanna delete one. Which one should i keep
    my Website: http://modemtweaks.com

    • Hi Murtaza,it’s not recommended to use multiple seo plugins simultaneously. It may definitely harm your posts as well as host. However, if you have SEOPressor, forget about all other plugins. It’s great plugin ever invented to create fully optimised posts. Thanks and stay with us 😀

  • I develop WordPress sites, and I have a local XAMPP But every time when I post anything I personally need to update Live database for the every post.tell me something how can get a mechanism so that if I posted something on localhost that will automatically get updated on live server.

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