List of 13+ Best WordPress Plugins 2020
Plugins provided for WordPress are thousands in number. Of the many plugins, I will share information on some of the important WordPress plugins that must be installed on your blog.
Before entering the list of plugins that I mean, I will mention a little of its functions. Simply put, a plugin is an additional script that has been packaged in such a way as to perform certain functions on your blog.
The collection of scripts is designed to be well integrated with WordPress CMS. Some of the main functions of the plugin include:
- Allows third parties to create additional capabilities on your WordPress blog.
- Supports certain features that are important, but not yet visible to WordPress users.
Have you imagined it? This is also one of the strong reasons why in the beginning I told you to install a blog on WordPress self-hosted, not on WordPress.com or Blogspot.
WordPress self-hosted in totality provides the best and easiest support for its users, through powerful developers who make lots of plugins and themes.
Imagined by you, what would happen if you were told to make contact form designs manually with HTML codes? It must have been dizzy first, haha. If there is a plugin, just click it.
Best WordPress Plugins
I do not know exactly how many WordPress plugins are available both free and paid. What is clear is very much at all, and some have similar functions.
For example, Contact Form 7 and Caldera Forms are two plugins for creating forms. Or there are Yoast SEO plugins and All In One SEO that function together to help optimize the On-Page SEO of your blog.
If so, which plugins are the best? Or, how do you install the WordPress plugin? That is the question many people who are just starting blogging using WordPress.
Not all plugins are good for your blog. Installing too many plugins can also make your blog’s performance slower, which ultimately makes visitors even blurred.
In this article, I will lay out a list of the best WordPress plugins from my personal point of view. I compiled this list randomly, based on what I have / still use.
HTML, CSS & JS optimization
The collection of scripts above will be called just once with a code that is made one line (inline) with the HTML code of your blog. That way will maximize your blog loading.
2. Caldera Forms
One of the best WordPress form plugins has a function to create a form that I can paste on any page. Usually, I use it for contact form or registration form.
Why choose Caldera Forms? Because of its complete features, and cool appearance. Here are some of the features in it:
- Support autoreply email after the user fills out the form.
- It can be integrated with Google Sheets.
- It has a lot of types & functions of fields.
- Support redirects to certain pages after filling out the form.
I will definitely submit the form to this plugin. Almost all my needs related to forms are fulfilled by the cool Caldera plugin.
3. Really Simple SSL
This plugin functions to redirect your blog from Http to Https (with a note, your hosting already provides an SSL certificate in it).
Instead of you having to manually set some code in .htaccess my suggestion is better to use this plugin only. It doesn’t need a lot of settings in it, and your blog is secure with an https connection path.
Alternatively, if you use Cloudflare, you only need to use SSL from Cloudflare. So you don’t need to use this plugin.
4. Smush Image Compression
In my opinion, there are almost no blogs that have no image at all. Because the image is one of the best media that has the ability to attract the attention of readers.
With Smush, you can limit the size of uploaded images to adjust the size of your blog’s large image. So that every image you upload automatically compresses and resizes.
Image resize feature
Do not worry about the quality of the picture, because it tends not visible decrease really. With the size of the image that is adjusted, will impact on the increasing speed of loading your blog.
5. UpdraftPlus Backup
Ever experienced a blog that contains a lot of articles suddenly all of its contents are lost due to several reasons such as hosting error, or malware. I happen to have experienced it.
And worse, I don’t have a backup of my blog content. So, I don’t want to start over again. It’s really bad.
Since then I installed the UpdraftPlus plugin on all blogs. One of the advantages of this best WordPress backup plugin is automatic scheduling and it can synchronize with Google Drive or Dropbox.
All content displayed on your blog comes from data that is “called” from the database. The amount can be tens, hundreds, even thousands, depending on the number of articles.
The longer the data pile up in the database, some are used, some are not used, and continue to accumulate like garbage. For example, when you write an article, WordPress runs autosave every 10 minutes.
The autosave file will continue to accumulate in the database.
For this reason, I recommend you use the WP-Optimize plugin. This cool WordPress plugin will help optimize your blog database with just one click!
There is even a scheduling feature that makes WP Optimize run automatically on a regular basis. Instead of bothering you to sort out any data that is not used in the database, leave it to this plugin.
7. Sassy Social Share
In the process of SEO optimization, the role of social media has a significant influence. This requires a plugin that displays a share button to popular social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
The better the article you write, and the easier it is for visitors to share your article, the article will go viral on its own. And Google reads it as a positive social signal.
In addition to its important functions, it also looks pretty cool with a choice of positions in the first paragraph or the last paragraph of your content, to floating (floating) next to your content.
8. Quick Adsense
One method of making money from a blog is to become a Google Adsense ad publisher. You will be paid every time your ad is clicked by a visitor or every time your ad has shown 1,000 times.
You no longer need to edit the theme HTML code just to insert the Adsense script. You simply put in the Quick Adsense column, and choose to display in the paragraph to how much content in your article.
9. Easy Table of Content
This plugin helped me to create a table of contents automatically in the article based on the subtitles I wrote (tags H1, H2, H3, and H4). That way readers will more easily see the entire contents of the article.
10. Lazy Load Image
Usually, tutorial-type articles often contain quite a lot of pictures. These images have indeed been optimized with the Smush plugin. But that is not enough.
With the Lazy Load plugin, all images will be loaded later after the contents of the article appear full. Images will be displayed one at a time as readers scroll the screens of their gadgets.
The advantage is loading the blog will be faster, because at the beginning it only contains writing. Only then do images appear one. If the reader isn’t scrolling, the pictures below won’t appear.
After all, it’s useless also raised, which adds to the loading time of the blog. The reader hasn’t read to the bottom. Really?
The popular Lazy load plugin is A3 Lazy load, or you can use the Lazy load image feature built-in WP Rocket, Autoptimize, or Smush.
11. Subscribe to Comment Reloaded
One problem with the WordPress comments feature is that there are no notifications to users when their comments are replied. So they don’t know what your answer is unless they deliberately stop by your blog again.
With this plugin, you can give notifications to your e-mail readers (with email content that can be customized). The advantage is that the level of reader interaction can be higher.
On the Aliefirfany.com blog, I have proven the effectiveness of this plugin. I discuss a lot with readers through the comments column. There are no obstacles when I and the user reply to each other comments.
Articles are few but active comments
12. WP Post Rating
This plugin helps you in many ways. You can know the quality parameters of your writings based on the votes given by each visitor who reads.
It’s not 100% valid, sometimes just the visitors who fill in the votes & feedback. But overall I am quite satisfied and helped with this plugin.
Some articles that have been reviewed
In addition, the post rating feature will also enhance the appearance of your article in the Google search engine. The effect, of course, on the potential to increase the chances of your article clicked by users who are looking for.
Display on SERP
13. Yoast SEO
And, this is the best WordPress plugin that in my opinion has the most important role for your blog’s SEO performance in Google’s eyes. Yoast will help your blog appear optimally in search engines.
Yoast focuses on On-Page SEO optimization such as your blog’s meta title & description, tag & category optimization, title and alt tags on the images you upload, breadcrumbs, and many others.
I deliberately put Yoast in the last place, because I will discuss it specifically in the next article. I will reveal how to set the best SEO Yoast for your blog.
As a result, several times I delivered articles with low-medium competition keywords to the first page, only with On-Page optimization assisted by Yoast SEO.
Thus some of my versions of the best WordPress plugins, which I always use on all blogs. The list above will continue to be updated when I find other cool plugins.
If you think, which plugin do you rely on the most, and what is the reason? Write your opinion in the comments column.