If you have a website on WordPress, then you may have seen a section called “plugins” from the dashboard menu. This is where you can add different applications, essentially, to your WordPress website.
Be careful though! You don’t want to weight down your site with too many plug ins, and you want to be mindful of the type of plug ins you download. Typically, you want to make sure they reputable and have good rating, and that they have been updated within the last 6 months – you can find all of this info on the plugin’s website.
We recommend keeping your site clean and your plug in library simple by only downloading a few plugins that are actually really important to have. You don’t need a ton of plug ins to make your site work – in fact you need just a few to really take advantage of all that WordPress has to offer.
At Tech Creative Co, we only use essentially 6 core plugins with all of our client’s websites. These 6 plug ins are easy to maintain, and optimize each site for peak performance….
Here are the 6 plug – ins you ACTUALLY need for WordPress:
Yoast SEO – FREE
We love Yoast because, “As Yoast’s mission is SEO for Everyone, the plugin’s users range from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet.” (Yoast Plug In website)
Akismet – FREE
This is a must have for anti spam. A lot of times it will already be downloaded in your plug in library with a fresh install of WordPress, if not, download it at the link below..
“Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.”
PixelYourSite – FREE
As with any website, you will want to make sure you have some type of tracking installed so you can track your web traffic. A lot of people use MonsterInsights, which is fine, but we love PixelYourSite because not only can you add Google Analytics tracking, but you can also install the Facebook tracking Pixel.
The Facebook pixel will come in handy whenever you go to run a Facebook ad, you will have access to powerful retargeting audiences and lower ad costs if you go ahead and install it now.
To set it up, all you have to do is copy and paste your Google Analytics and FB Pixel IDs and you’re good to go.
Elementor Pro – $49
This plug in is absolutely perfect for WordPress beginners. It is a page builder that allows you to create pages from the front-end of your website so you can see all of your changes in real time – no coding / css / html required!
You can try the plug in for free using the free version, but we highly recommend downloading the Pro version because you will have access to the simple pop up builder, opt in forms, custom fonts, and much – much more. This is the plug-in that keeps on giving.
UpdraftPlus Backups – FREE
This plug in is for peace of mind as it will automatically backup your entire website and also allows you to restore your website as well. Just in case something happens to your website, you absolutely need to have a backup on hand no matter what. We also love the fact that you can choose to backup your files to GoogleDrive!
Wordfence – FREE
“Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive security option available.”
Two additional (but not 100% necessary) plugins that we LOVE:
WP Rocket – $49
This plug in will make your slow website, fast. We love it because it is so easy to configure and it really does work!
“It provides fast loading times whether you are a beginner or a performance expert.”
WooCommerce – FREE
If you plan to sell products on your website, then you will need the WooCommerce plug in as well.
If you would like to also learn how all of these plug ins are installed, configured, and in-action, check out our WordPress Workflow Video Training, here!
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