WP Plugins

8 Essential WP Plugins For Your New WP Blog

Are you feeling over-whelmed by the vast number of WP plugins to choose from?

Have you spent hours on end reading review after review about which plugins are the best / worst?

Below is a list of 8 essential easy to set-up WP plugins you can install on your brand new WordPress blog.

Not because I think they are the best plugins on the market. But, because they all have 3 things that will help you make your decision on choosing which WP plugins to install a lot easier.

3 Important Things These WP Plugins Have

They are all:

  • Free
  • Lite-weight
  • Simple to set up

You can argue until the cows come home about why one plugin is better than another plugin, and still disagree at the end of the day.

I use all these plugins on my site, and apart from the 3 important things I mentioned above, the other main reason I use these particular one’s is that they provide a good spread across the board.

By that, I mean they cover, website security, anti spam, essential forms, website backup and website page speed.

And they are all very easy to set-up.

Akismet Anti Spam

WP plugins

Every WordPress installation comes with Akismet pre-installed. But, it is not activated by default. You will have to carry out a few simple steps to activate it. Akismet will catch all the spam comments before they land in your moderation queue.

PS: You’ll need an API key to use it. Keys are free for personal blogs.

Yoast SEO

Yoasy SEO wp plugin

Yoast helps identify SEO (Search Engine Optimization) issues within your posts/pages. Things like, readability, keyword density, internal/external linking.. etc. The big plus with this plugin is how user-friendly it is.

Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML sitemap plugin

An XML sitemap is a special file format that lists all the pages on your blog. When Google bots crawl your website they look for your XML sitemap so they can index all your pages.

The plugin will also notify (“ping”) Google and other major search engines whenever your sitemap is updated.

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

UpdraftPlus backup plugin

A good WordPress backup plugin for your site. You can also restore your site in case you lose your data. The lite version also enables you to set up remote backups to platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3.

WPForms Lite

WPForms lite wp plugin

The free version of WPForms Lite has several basic form fields to choose from, along with a pre-built contact form template. You can customize the template with the drag-and-drop form builder if you want to.

WPSweep

WPSweep wordpress plugin

WP-Sweep cleans up common problems with the WordPress database. It optimizes for post revisions, spam comments, old and unused database tables.. etc

Wordfence Security

WordFence Security plugin

The free version of the WordFence plugin will handle any security issues just fine. You will need to get an API key from their site. This is also 100% free.

WP Fastest Cache

WP Fastest Cache WP plugin

Page speed is an important ranking factor, unfortunately most conventional cache plugins are notoriously difficult to use.

You end up with pages of settings, which, for us normal folks is confusing, especially for new users. And if you make a mistake it can end up breaking your site.

WP Fastest Cache is super easy to set-up.

Once installed, check the settings in the list below then click submit.. You’re all done.

WP Fastest Cache settings

The above list of WP plugins will cover the essential tasks to keep your site running as smooth as possible.

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