Together with a theme, WordPress has all the important functions needed to place content and show it via the website. If you want to add more functionalities, you need plugins. WordPress plugins are scripts that enable new features and extend existing features.
WordPress plugin repository
A good example of a plugin is the search engine optimization (SEO) function. WordPress already makes good URLs and also has a canonical link function, but the system is not fully optimized for search engines. If you want that, you need to install an SEO plugin.
Which plugins should you use?
We install the following free plugins for every WordPress website. Depending on your needs, you may need even more.
We have already said it, your website is not optimal without an SEO plugin. We use Yoast SEO for (almost) all websites. The installation already fixes a number of technical SEO problems in WordPress and the content optimization functions help you improve your texts for search engines.
Security updates are regularly issued for the WordPress system and in principle, WordPress is also safe. Unfortunately, there are bots and hackers on a daily basis that try to hack into your website. NinjaFirewall protects you from most attacks.
WP Super Cache
The pages of a WordPress website are displayed using PHP program code and a MySQL database. Both use RAM and CPU. The resources are only available on a web server to a limited extent. Using WP Super Cache or any other cache plugin will temporarily store a static version. The web server can show a lot more of these kinds of static pages to the visitors without becoming slow. What are WordPress plugins
Do you want to build a website with Elementor? Then you also need to install this plugin. With the free version of Elementor you can build beautiful landing pages, but if you want to build the entire site with Elementor, it’s better to use the Pro version right away.
Which plugins should you not use?
There are also plugins that you should not use. Think of plugins that are no longer maintained or plugins that make your website slow. Below are some tips: What are WordPress plugins
Look for plugins with regular updates. If the last update is more than 1 year ago, there is a good chance that there will no longer be an update and the plugin is not safe or can disrupt the functioning of your website in the future.
Read the reviews. Are there any bad reviews? Then be careful, the plugin may not work optimally for your website.
Choose popular plugins. A large number of users is not a guarantee that a plugin will work well, but it is much less likely that the developer will stop development next year.
Don’t choose a (big) plugin for a small improvement. We regularly see websites where multifunctional plugins are installed because one of the functions is the solution for only a (small) problem. You don’t want to carry this
ballast, so look for a better solution.
Buy plugins only through the developer of a plugin. Developing and maintaining a plugin costs money and time. Because premium plugins also have an open-source license, there are sites where you can offer “expensive” premium plugins for a fraction of the original price. Do not trust these providers, there is a great danger that you will install malware on your website and you are also not entitled to plugin support!
Secure and maintain WordPress website
The moment you start with your WordPress website, it is also necessary to secure it. In most cases, hackers can access the website whenever you can. Therefore, install a Firewall plugin and also the cache plugin from the beginning.
Do you need a longer period of time to finish your WordPress website? Then regularly run the updates for WordPress, your theme, and all plugins. This way your website will always remain safe and you can immediately take into account any changes to the functions in your WordPress website.
It is also wise to make extra backups in between. Your hosting provider probably also makes backups, but these take place at a fixed time. Your own backup usually contains some feature or content that you may want to restore later.