WordPress is great for various reasons, but one that sticks out the most is the fact that you can enhance your site with plugins. Plugins allow you to add features and functionality to your website that isn’t available for a vanilla WordPress install. While there are thousands of plugins to choose from, I always rely on a small handful when I’m setting up a new site. This is not a complete list of everything you will need, as all sites are different, but a small recommendation of plugins that will help your site perform better and stay protected.
You will notice this handy plugin in your plugins section that it is installed but not configured. Take the two minutes and configure this as soon as you can. Akismet intelligently blocks comment spam, which there will be plenty, and stops your email from being flooded with advertisements.
As your website grows, you will continue to add pictures, text, forms, etc. that more than likely will remain static. This plugin helps keep your website speed up by allowing browsers to download these static files to load them quicker. If you want to see this idea in action, visit a website that you’ve never been to before and notice how long it takes to load. Now restart your browser and load the website again. Did it load quicker? That’s because your browser is storing static files so it doesn’t have to download everything again, and this plugin will help your website do the same.
3) Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a necessity if you want to increase visitor traffic to your website. This plugin helps you structure your posts and pages for Search Engine Optimization so Google can better serve your website information. There is a lot to learn with structuring SEO (some colleges are starting to offer courses on this) but the benefit Yoast offers is definitely worth your time. Yoast is also great at holding your hand and offering tips to obtain the Green Circle you will start chasing for all your pages and posts.
there are a ton of different options to protect your website, and this plugin tends to rank at the top. It can help schedule automatic backups, alert you when someone tries to brute force their way into your site, protect your databases, and much more. The free version offers a decent amount of features to get started.
WordPress offers so many ways to customize your site, and your journey should begin by installing the plugins above. Of course there are plenty others that could be recommended, but it all depends on your goals for your website. If you have other suggestions of must haves, please post them in the comments. Thanks for reading!