With over 1/4 of the all websites powered by WordPress, it is the single one of those thing that is quite “running” the Internet. And with WordPress’ next goal of turning that 1/4 into 1/2, it’s clear that WordPress is going to be the most used content management, PERIOD!
Who cares, Francis…
Everyone know this stuff.
The cool thing though is that WordPress is so versatile.
These interesting little additions can do wonders for a website or blog, and some of them are so widely used that they have millions of downloads.
I’ve put together a list of 10 of the most popular plugins on the WP Plugins Directory to shine some much deserved light on plugins that are reaching for the top. Each of these bad boys currently has over 1 million active installs, and they’re ready to make a new home on your WordPress blog, too.
In this post, I have put together two lists
10 most downloaded free plugins (with over 1 million downloads).
My favourite plugins that I personally use.
Top 10 (free) most downloaded plugins
Comment spam is the worst thing ever. Would you agree?
Those lovely little emails and junk mail that come flooding in your email box are just so much fun… Seriously though, spam really is very annoying. And spam comments in WordPress are the most frustrating of all.
If you want to save yourself a serious headache, then Akismet is the pain reliever of choice.
It helps fight off comment spam and even has the ability to delete all the junk comments on its own so you never have to even see any of that shit.
Plugin for comment spam
Believe it or not, even if you’ve done everything you can to optimize your posts for SEO, your site itself might be what is causing the biggest issues for it not ranking…
And the Google XML Sitemaps plugin is one of the most popular for giving your site just what it needs. By creating an XML sitemap, your site is much easier for Google to crawl and read, thus helping your site rank higher.
Seriously, it is just a good idea, even if your not into SEO, you should have it!
This plugins makes a sitemap for your blog
If you haven’t noticed, my Contact me page has a contact form. I didn’t have to code anything and I didn’t really design it. It’s awesome for us non techies!
It’s a very simple for creating different types of contact forms. In contact form 7, you will be able to add different forms and give them names. You can also make some of the boxes as “required“, for example the email address or phone number box. No need for special CSS coding.
The plugin integrates into a post or page by the use of shortcodes, and you can pretty much customize the input forms and drop down menus as to say whatever you like.
Plugin for contact box
Instead of going in search for a ton of other plugins, Jetpack a whole bunch plugins rolled up into to one package.
There are over 30 “modules” that you can activate to help you run a tighter faster ship…
And quite a few more. You’ll need a WordPress.com account to use and connect the plugin to your site, but it’s well worth the extra step.
All-in-one plugin for WordPress users
It took the more difficult aspects of creating and running an online store with WP and made it about as easy as humanly possible.
Though it does take some learning, the ease of use and the many other plugins and companies that support the plugin add a lot to its popularity.
With this plugin you can turn your blog into e-shop.
A house might have deadbolt, but that won’t keep a thief from breaking in.
Many people recognize the need to add security measures to their site and that’s why so many flock to Wordfence. The security plugin allows features like blocking malicious networks, scanning for vulnerabilities, monitoring various metrics that could make your site more open to attack, and much more.
It’s no wonder so many people use it.
Makes your blog more secure
7) Yoast SEO
You know it, I know it:
SEO is a big deal.
And even though a lot of what we know about what SEO is has changed, a lot of things have stayed important — like creating content that is optimized for Google search.
However, creating that content correctly can be of a hassle if you don’t know what you’ve done right and what you’ve done wrong.
That’s where the Yoast SEO plugin comes in.
Instead of being left to guess if you’ve optimized your content correctly, the plugin helps you every step along the way. And if you use this one, you can skip the extra XML sitemap plugins, because Yoast takes care of that too.
Makes your blog more search-engine friendly.
You know what stinks? Blurry images!
You decide to give your site a facelift and so you switch themes to change the look of it. Then, come to find out, all your featured images and thumbnails look terrible.
Enter the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin!
When you run into this kind of thing just run the plugin and it will regenerate your media as needed.
Every tried and true online entrepreneur seems to know and understand the need for a fast and reliable website.
Caching a WordPress site is something that is good for providing both of these.
One reason why this plugin is more popular than others is because of it being easy to use and setup. Just install, activate, check a few boxes to configure the plugins and you’re pretty much good to go!
This plugins speeds up your blog
Have you ever had that moment where you need to look at more than one browser tab and then feel suddenly overwhelmed with what feels like screen overload?
When you’re running an online venture, there are a lot of things you need to check on to keep a tight running ship like Google Analytics and your WordPress site.
But thankfully, the Google Analytics plugin by Yoast saves the need to open that extra browser tab.
Just install and setup the plugin, and you’ll be able to view the analytics of your site right there in your WP dashboard.
What are your thoughts about this list of Plugins?
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