The 4 Essential Plugins For Every WordPress Website

Updated: November 17, 2017
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Setting up a new WordPress website can be daunting right?

All the little things that you need to make sure are configured correctly.

To simplify things, I put together what I consider the 4 essential plugins that every website needs.

The 4 Essential Plugins For Every WordPress Website

Here is what I consider these four most important
plug-ins that you can have on your WordPress

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now I get asked this question I’ve actually

had this as a request to make a video like
this now all the plug-ins I’m going to talk

about in this video are three some might have
a paid version if there is I will tell you

about that just so you know but I am talking
about the free versions of all of the software’s

and these are the plug as I consider anyone
every WordPress website really needs to have

in stalled so let’s get started so obviously
you can do these searches inside your WordPress

website and install them directly by going
to plug-ins add new in doing the same search

so the first thing you need is a security
plug in and this is because there are people

that want to hack into your website for whatever
purpose it’s there it’s out there there’s

nothing you can do to stop it there are things
you can do to protect you if this is happening

to you now I’m to share with you the plug-in
that I like for this and why now when you

do start a search for security Juergen received
several options here now if I’m saying I use

a particular one that doesn’t mean the other
ones are bad so let me just get that out there

right now so the number one plug-in for security
is a word fence security and I’ve used it

I’m not really a fan and that’s because and
I really should be fair though and say I would

have to try it today but before when I would
use it the default installation of it enable

certain things that slows down the performance
of your website and these are I believe it’s

called a live view and Leslie changed what
it’s called it’s called live view and I didn’t

like this egg made the size of my database
much larger and it slowed it down and the

problem I have is not with this feature it
said this feature was enabled by default now

the average WordPress users not going to realize
that an organ have a slower website and a

bigger database I don’t know if that’s the
case today but that was always my experience

and there’s this other one here all-in-one
W because security I have not use that what

I use is I-beams security and it’s probably
the only product that I like from my themes

it actually was and originally there’s they
acquired it used to be called better WP security

now what I like about this is it’s very simple
to configure it’s very comprehensive they

also have a paid version but in my experience
I have the paid version but I don’t use any

of the features that are exclusive to the
paid versions of this is one of those ones

where the free version is perfectly fine the
pain one offers like two factor authentication

and somethings like that that I don’t think
are necessary one of the things the paid version

does have that’s nice is the ability to export
and import settings that’s the only thing

I really like from the paid version the free
version is perfectly fine and what I really

like about it in a word friend fence does
this as well you can opt into a network of

security so what that does is if someone is
trying to hack into your website that information

on that person with her IP address gets put
into a network so if they go and tried to

hack into someone else’s website it will and
he’s use they’re using the same IP address

they’ll immediately be blocked they won’t
even get to attempted so there’s this community

aspect about the plug-in where if you’re plugged
in using this plug-in and in the network which

is free when some transaction of my site and
they won’t be able to hack into your site

etc. etc. hacking is really there several
different ways they try to do but usually

it’s his brute force attempts of trying to
get in through the login page and it will

definitely prevent that and it has all the
settings you would need in order to have some

pretty complete comprehensive security coverage
on your websites now I will be making a specific

video on this plug-in and its settings so
look out for that in the future the next category

of plug in his backup you have to have a backup
don’t procrastinate don’t delay and it needs

to be off site away from your web hosting
company in you cannot trust your web hosting

company to back up your website for you do
not make that mistake I have a video on the

solution that I use but for this video I want
you know the one that I’ve been using is actually

that there’s a new one up but it’s traditionally
it’s been up drafts of drafts plus right here

what’s nice about this plug-in is it has never
let me down I have put it through its paces

and just you know I have used every WordPress
backup plug-in there is a lot of people might

swear by this winter by this one but they
haven’t really put it to the test I have used

them all and I put them all to the test and
the only one that has come out and covered

my rear end is updrafts plus it’s the only
one now they also have a premium package that

isn’t necessary but if you did want some feature
that he gave you you could use it but the

free version is perfectly fine it’ll allow
you to back your website up off-site to one

of the cloud hosting providers like dropbox
or Google drive and you will be able to it’s

actually like easier to do the dropbox by
the way they make it easier Google Drive does

not make it easy but you can backup off-site
in a 100% free plug-in now there’s other backup

plug-ins by far listen to me the best one
is updrafts but there’s a new one and it’s

not even like on this page I made a video
about it about a month ago let me get to it

it’s right here it’s called WP time capsule
and this is a different type of backup updrafts

and every other backup solution makes a full
backup every file every the database itself

everything it just makes a full backup every
single time now if you have a small website

that doesn’t change often this is going to
be okay for you but if you have a large website

that has traffic on it you’re probably good
to be better off with WP time capsule and

what this is going to allow you to do is make
an incremental backup incremental means when

it goes to make a backup at season only what
has changed in it only backs up what has changed

and so it’s a much smarter way to back your
backup your website is can use a lot less

resources on your web hosting account and
it’s been good I been using it on my main

website because I would get a couple complaints
when I was using updrafts and if someone was

on my website when it was making its backup
I would get some complaints it was and often

it might’ve been once a month but it would
happen and I would make my backup in the middle

of the night for me but the middle and night
for me might be the morning for you and so

there’s no way to win and that’s why WP time
capsule I think it’s been really good for

me so Nexus move on to SCO you have to have
an SCO plug-in on your website if you want

Google to send you traffic and even if you
don’t you need it as well because are certain

bits of information you need to put into your
website via an SCO plug-in in order for your

listening when your website is index on Google
for to look right there so you look professional

and you look right and there are several SCO
plug-ins is by far my favorite one that I’ve

always used is Yoast Yoast SCO and it’s free
yes have a premium version I don’t use the

premium version it does add a couple of little
features that are nice but for 99.9% of the

people the free version is going to be perfectly
fine so the reason I personally choose to

stick with Yoast is because Yoast is actually
backed by a big company they have staff they

have full-time developers that are actively
engaged in making Yoast better with each release

and I’m not saying they are the experts in
SCO but they they do come across as experts

in web sight SCO and I really like what they’re
doing and the tools they are building if I

was a put my money on a horse it would definitely
be that horse it wouldn’t be the all-in-one

Seo pack I’m not saying your nephrons and
all in one SCO if you’re a fan or current

user of it but I would go the Yoast route
and there’s definitely more integration and

support around Yoast and what I mean is with
other things you can use on your website they’re

more Yoast friendly than other plug-ins definitely
love Yoast and the fourth plug-in is cashing

you absolutely need a caching solution for
your website caching is going to make your

website run faster which is good to make it
rank better and by the mere fact this can

write better and it’s also going to keep your
visitors on your website think about it when

you visit a website and it takes forever to
load are you really going to stay on that

website I know I’m not I am out of there I
don’t have the patience to wait 10 or 15 seconds

per website alone I’ll just go to the next
one and I’ll get to the next one before yours

even loads caching solves that problem it’s
gonna make your website load faster for your

website visitors and it’s been a benefit you
with your SCO rankings in Google is also going

to reduce your bounce rate with Google now
there are a bunch of different caching solutions

out there and there are free ones in their
spayed ones right now I’m using a paid solution

called WP rocket you could check that out
if you chose to but there’s also excellent

free options and the what really is getting
the most traction these days and really is

receiving all the praise and the users and
the excitement is this one right here called

Otto put them up on my dome eyes I don’t even
know I can even pronounce it right they should

probably work on that name October put to
my eyes I don’t know it’s me down below if

you know how it’s pronounced maybe spell it
out phonetically the competency area now there’s

also one that you definitely want to stay
away from in this category and Mrs. WP or

W3 total cash stay away from it this thing
is had problems it is cause problems for people

it has been around for a long time it’s not
really supported properly and I just want

you to not go there with this plug-in one
of the more popular ones is definitely WP

super cash I think that is controlled and
maintained by the makers of WordPress themselves

and their some other up and comers now I guess
that I trust my caching with WP rocket but

this one right here is definitely the one
that I want to make a video on that I’m in

a put on this channel all the settings and
how to do it properly if I had to choose something

free this is the one that I would probably
choose today now with caching it’s definitely

something you need to be careful with if you
haven’t dynamic areas of your website here’s

what a dynamic area is a shopping cart if
you have any kind of e-commerce shopping cart

things like that those are dynamic areas that
are changing user by user so if one person’s

on your website and they have widget a in
their shopping cart and someone else is on

your website nabbed a widget be on your shopping
cart you need a caching solution that is going

to be aware of the most popular shopping carts
input exclusions in there so that those shopping

carts are not cash this is also the case for
learning management systems so if you’ve watched

any of my videos on how to create an online
course of in a complete playlist on it you

will run into troubles with caching if you
do your caching solution doesn’t give you

the option to exclude certain pages so that
is something to think about also with caching

if you make a change on a page and you’re
looking at your page and are wondering why

you don’t see the change just because you
have to flush the cache such as something

you’re gonna want to be familiar with and
familiarize yourself with you can get yourself

into trouble by implementing caching as well
make a complete video on it to just keep an

eye on my channel and I’m another on a bonus
thing right here and that is Google analytics

guys you want to know how much traffic you’re
getting on your website you really do and

you want to get Google analytics installed
now Google analytics is really easy to add

to your website Google analytics you go there
you set up an account you plug in your website

address they give you little snippet of code
that you could go and paste into the footer

of your website but unfortunately not all
themes provide a setting to put in these analytic

tracking pixels and with Google analytics
or to give you so that is why there are specific

plug-ins available to make the process a little
easier and also add more trigger recording

events and so one of the top plug-ins is right
here it’s called a Google analytics for WordPress

by monster insights and sexy just called monster
insights they have all those other words so

that when someone searching for the solution
it shows on WordPress but it just called monster

insights and this was recently taken over
by the owner of WP beginner he took over this

plug-in project and they’re building a business
model around it so if traffic or analytics

matters to you you probably want to go with
them and their package there are other analytics

solutions here is one you’re gonna want to
definitely check out and see which one best

meets your needs if you even want to do that
my theme that I use on my website has a section

to paste in that Google analytics code that’s
working perfectly fine for me and that’s all

I use that everything needs to be done through
plug-in but if you wanted to be a little easier

you could definitely do it through a plug-in
I would caution you against some of the tracking

plug-ins for WordPress that save all that
information to your WordPress database one

of those being slim’s that there’s a couple
of them out there like that if they are kind

of need to have but what it does is it makes
your WordPress database a larger over time

which could in turn so down your website so
I would definitely caution you against that

everyone uses Google analytics you should
use Google analytics and there’s lots of different

ways to get that tracking code into your website
so I Mexican to do a video in-depth on the

Google analytics number one getting it in
your WordPress website and then some of the

cool things that you could do with Google
analytics to see where your traffics coming

from how much traffic is coming where in the
world it’s coming from and all these demographics

how you can start tracking that stuff and
you really want to start doing that from day

one so anyways these are my four top plug-ins
that you need to have on every website I threw

in this Google analytics bonus now if you
have anything to add to the conversation and

I’m sure you do leave it, down below let me
know what plug-in you think I might have missed

that is crucial to you or maybe list out the
top five plug-ins that you use on every WordPress

website hate when you do that it benefits
everyone in this community here we are here

to help each other out and I want to hear
what you use and what you do with your WordPress

website

Adam @ WPCrafter

My passion is making the best quality video tutorial online, for non-techies. When I am not behind the camera, I am usually helping out one of my YouTube subscribers.
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