List of 6 plugins you should be using for WordPress!
The beauty of WordPress is that you can do a lot with little to no technical know-how. Below this small paragraph are my main recommendations for plugins.
- Yoast SEO – It is very important to have a good SEO these days. I highly recommend this plugin!
- WP SEO Structured Data Schema – A plugin to set up structured data so you don’t have to add your own JSON-LD.
- Google Analyticator – This plugin is more of a luxury to have because it shows your Google Analytics right on the dashboard!
- Smush – This plugin optimizes your images sizes. It has a free version and paid version to increase the size of the files that can be Smushed.
- W3 Total Cache – An amazing plugin to speed up your site! Some technical know-how is needed to use this plugin but if used right will help your site immensely!
- Howdy No! – My plugin. In the Dashboard’s upper-right corner, Where it says, “Howdy, [user]”. It replaces the word Howdy to whichever word you place in the textbox under Settings –> Howdy No!
Download plugins 1-5 by going to Plugins on your dashboard, then hover over “Add New”. Go to the left side of the screen and type in the search textbox.
For plugin 6, go to https://bhotzel.com/plugin and click on either the link or the image. Follow the instructions on that page.
WordPress management console
I only have 1 recommendation for this because I only know of two WordPress management consoles. I recommend ManageWP very highly! You can have many sites for free, perform scans (security and performance scans), make backups (1 a month for free, it’s better than nothing though), restore those backups (you can have multiple for a paid price), and other options! You do have to pay to have other options such as uptime monitoring, SEO website rankings.
All you have to do is install a plugin to connect ManageWP to your site. It is such a fast process. You install the plugin called ManageWP – Worker and once activated, look for the plugin and click “View Connection Key”. It shows you the key, you copy it, go over to www.managewp.com, log in, click the + sign in the upper right-hand corner, and follow the instructions.
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