The must have WordPress plugins for 2020
What extensions to install for your WordPress site? Find a selection of 20 plugins to improve, optimise or protect your web pages.
Yoast SEO is probably the most popular SEO extension among WordPress plugins. It allows you to benefit from different indicators to help you optimise the SEO of your site. It has a page analysis tool to optimise content, an XML sitemap tool and Open Graph support. Yoast SEO provides all the information Google needs to help you reference your site.
As the name suggests, Woo-commerce is an extension to build its e-commerce store. You can set up your store by creating product pages, shopping cart and payment tunnels, choosing your secure payment methods and shipping options. You can then integrate your content and products into your site via modular blocks and monitor your metrics from a dedicated dashboard.
Smush Image Compression and optimisation
To optimise its website, one of the imperatives is that it is very fast to load its pages. If you need to post a lot of images, these can affect the performance of the site. Smush Image Compression and optimisation is a plugin to compress and reduce the size of images so that they remain light, while maintaining high quality.
In the same spirit as Smush Image Compression and optimisation, Imagify optimises image quality while reducing weight. This is done automatically as soon as an image is loaded into WordPress, the extension can convert WebP files. optimisation will also work for images included in your themes and plugins.
Akismet compares your comments and contact forms with the Global Spam database of Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, to prevent your site from posting malicious content. You can view the spam comments entered in the admin comments screen of your blog.
MailPoet is a newsletter extension to manage subscribers, set up and send the newsletter without leaving WordPress. You can easily add content and images directly from your media library. No need to download files to third-party services, everything is ready to be used in your WordPress dashboard. Subscribers to the newsletter can be automatically notified of new content.
Contact Form 7
The Contact Form 7 extension is used to manage and customize contact forms. The function of Contact Form 7 remains very simple but effective. You give your visitors the possibility to contact you easily while remaining protected from spam thanks to other plugins like Akismet. You can configure your questionnaire, the required fields to fill, the sending of files, all very easily.
Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team. It restores the text editor preceding the update to WordPress 5 and the Edit Post screen. The plugin will be fully supported and maintained until at least 2022, or as long as necessary.
Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan
As the name suggests, Wordfence Security’s mission is to protect your website from malware by installing a firewall and scan system. Your site will be protected from bad URLs, backdoors, SEO spam, malicious redirects or code injections. The firewall identifies and blocks malicious traffic and also protects against brute force attacks by limiting connection attempts.
Elementor Page Builder
Elementor Page Builder allows you to build the pages of your website. This plugin allows you to simply introduce your design elements, edit the page and simultaneously see the changes. Elementor offers live design and online editing, so the entire writing and design process is done directly on the page, without having to press update or switch to preview. It also works perfectly with or without Gutenberg.
Divi Builder is an extension to build complex and original layouts. It is known to be very easy to use and to have many features designed to make life easier for everyone. It also has the advantage of being usable front or back and to download ready-to-install layouts.
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin can increase SEO by creating special XML sitemaps that will help search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your site. The plugin supports all types of pages generated by WordPress, as well as custom URLs. It informs all major search engines every time you create an article on new content.
Duplicator – WordPress Migration Extension
Need to migrate the content of a site to a new domain? The Duplicator extension allows you to copy or clone a site from one location to another. It also allows to automate the export-import of your site and thus facilitate the task for the most novices. Simple and fast, Duplicator is a popular plugin for this kind of approach.
WPS Hide Login
This plugin allows you to change the URL of the login form page and make inaccessible the wp-admin directory and the wp-login.php page to protect you from bots that have the annoying habit of trying to connect to the administration of your site.
WP Rocket is a cache plugin that speeds up the loading of pages and improves the performance of your site. It keeps in memory the pages already loaded so that the navigation is more fluid for the visitor. WP Rocket is known to be very simple to set up, and has many features that can be configured.
With this plugin, you will be able to communicate more easily with your community via your WordPress site. BuddyPress makes it possible to develop a social platform on its site with the possibility of creating profiles of members, groups of users, functions of messaging etc.
Advanced Custom Fields
Advanced Custom Fields allows you to add fields to WordPress edit screens with just a few clicks. You can add them wherever you want: publications, users, media, comments etc.
The official AMP plugin for WordPress allows your pages to load faster on all mobile devices. It will automatically create urls in / amp /.
Broken Link Checker
Once this plugin is installed, Broken Link Checker will analyse your website in order to identify broken links and notify you. It also detects missing images and redirects and may even prevent search engines from tracking broken links.
Jetpack is a very effective little toolbox for administering your WordPress site. You have protection against brute force attacks, malware scanning, and spam filtering. Jetpack also backs up your entire website, optimises your pages, manages your community management etc.