How To Install WordPress Plugins and What Are WordPress Plugins Every Site Needs?
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So you started your website and it already seemed like a huge achievement if you are not a tech-savvy person but now you need to figure out about all these WordPress plugins if you don’t even know what are WordPress plugins.
How to install WordPress plugins then this video is definitely for you I will show you the easiest ways to install WordPress plugins on your site and if you stick with me until the end of this video you will also find out what are the best must-have free and paid WordPress plugins every blog should have this year.
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What are WordPress plugins?
They are bits of software that can be added to your site to extend or even expand the functionality of WordPress using plugins is one of the biggest advantages of having a self-hosted website and not using a free blog on wordpress.com, I actually talked about all the limitations of a free site on WordPress in my other video and if you want to check that out i will give you a link in the top right corner and in the description below this video.
Currently there are over 57000 free and paid wordpress plugins available for download from the wordpress.org plugin directory don’t worry i won’t recommend you in this video only the paid plugins to make a few bucks on affiliate commissions most of these must have plugins that i will recommend here in this video have a free version and they are the best each in its category but before we move to the popular plugins let me show you the easiest way to install wordpress plugins on your site.
Let me show you really quickly how i do it on a new website i just installed wordpress on bluehost hosting and if you want to see how to do it really easy in this bluehost interface i have another tutorial for this i’ll give you a link in the top right corner and in the description below this video and now when you are inside wordpress dashboard you can click on plugins and you will see this page on top of the page you have the button add new when you click there it will open a page with some plugins that are installed by default and then you can click on this search bar and search for any plugin that i will mention in this video.
Then install it so i will start with yoast seo you can actually just start typing the name of the plugin in most cases you will start seeing the results already from there it doesn’t have to be the full name and so this is the yoast seo plugin i will click install now on this button now you can see that install button has changed to activate button so now i’m going to click on activate and here you go when the page refreshes you will see that yoast seo plugin has been installed and it also will show up over here on the left panel as a new plugin that you can then go ahead and continue setting it up now.
That you know how to install plugins you’re facing another very common issue beginners have it’s the overwhelming burden of choosing the best plugins and not even knowing what functionality you need to add to your wordpress site in the first place but don’t worry i’m here to help you in this video so the first thing i recommend you to install is a plugin for google seo search engine optimization so when you start a new website the idea is definitely to attract as many visitors as you can right and for this you cannot go far without working on google seo and the most popular plugin that can help you optimize your site for keywords is called yoast seo.
i recommend using the free version because it’s more than enough for all of your needs, I personally never use the paid version this plugin is important for google seo on your site but it can also help you verify your site on pinterest and enable rich pins if you join my course you will learn how to do this now the other seo plugin that i can recommend is called rank math and it’s relatively new seo plugin that is currently 100% free while offering more features than yoast seo if you have an old website and switching plugins can be quite a lot of trouble but if you’re just starting a new site you might want to go for rank math right away it offers all the basic seo features that most of the free plugins offer but you might prefer rank math for a few additional features which most other plugins would require a premium version.
I won’t go into all the deals about this plugin but here is what some of these features do first it’s counting your internal and external links second is suggesting internal links on your site then it’s also monitoring pages with 404 error on your site and also this plugin is doing custom 302 or 301 redirect and some other features for which you would have to pay using another SEO plugin.
This one currently offers all these premium features for free the second plugin you need to install is for filtering comments it’s called anti-spam it’s a plugin that filters the comments on your blog automatically and it puts most of the spammy comments into the spam folder it’s really useful if you have pre-moderation of comments disabled as it filters out the majority of spammy comments on your site.
The next plugin to install is going to make your work a lot easier and faster it’s called duplicate post it allows you to duplicate both pages and posts on your site for example if you just created one landing page and you want to reuse its design in another page this plugin allows you just to easily duplicate the whole page the next plugin i want to mention here is for social sharing buttons and for optimization for pinterest it’s called grow by mediavine this plugin has a free version but even the paid version is actually really affordable and totally worth the investment i don’t get paid to tell you this and i don’t have any affiliate links to this plugin. I just honestly think it’s the best option you can get and it comes with support from mediavine company which is very responsive and always ready to help if there is any connectivity issue between the plugin and your wordpress theme, It used to be called socialpack so maybe you hear about this plugin under the old name and the free version gives you a fast and reliable plugin with social sharing buttons but on top of that if you get the paid version it also gives you the most options out of any other plugins for improving your performance on pinterest for that you would need to upgrade to 35 dollars per year for one site in my pinterest as your traffic secrets course.
I have a video lesson specifically covering all the settings of grow plugin that can help your spins go viral more often on pinterest and i’ll give you a link to my course in the top right corner and also in the description below this video the next must-have plugin is for backups so that you can sleep well every night without worrying that your hard work will be lost due to some technical issue or a bad update of the theme i recommend updraft plus it’s a very important plugin for making backups on your site it allows you doing backups on a schedule and all your data will be backed up into a cloud now.
The next plugin you must install is the best plugin for site speed and it’s called wp rocket this is a paid plugin but it’s totally worth it and again this video is not sponsored and i don’t have affiliate links to wp rocket this plugin allows you to instantly improve your wordpress speed and performance site speed is extremely important and often ignored part of online success it’s not only for user experience on your site but also one of the factors in google seo algorithm so if you have a slow site you will get less traffic and you don’t have to be a tech genius to set up.
WP rocket it will automatically do the catching settings on your site plus if you dig more into it you could also enable some advanced features like dns prefetching lazy loading images cdn support and others wp rocket also includes a free image optimization feature called imagefy which will speed up your site even faster i have to mention here there is a free alternative to this plugin it’s called wp super cache but it’s not as powerful as the paid plugin.
The next plugin i would like to recommend is called insert headers and footers this simple plugin does exactly what the name of the plugin says it allows you to insert code of google analytics google website verification facebook pixel or any custom scripts for example from your email service provider and many wordpress themes have some default functionality that allows you to add this code into the header or the footer of your site but actually some of the themes don’t have it so for those themes you will definitely need this small and simple solution for your big problem.
So here you go this was the list of the must-have plugins but of course depending on the objectives of your site and on the type of your business you might need to use additional wordpress plugins which i didn’t mention in this list you will figure it out while working on your site over time if you like this video don’t feel shy to give me a like it’s the best way to show youtube which type of content you enjoy so that you can see in your feed even more quality videos like this one i will remind you about my free course that will teach you how to start a wordpress site you can sign up for it if you check the link in the description below this video and before you close this window here are a few of my previous videos that you will find very helpful if you’re just starting a blog or website see you in the next videos