10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | Wickller

What is WordPress And What are WordPress Plugins ?

WordPress is an open source Content Management System(CMS), Which is used by thousands of people every day to carry out their business or to share information which could be helpful to others, through blogs.
Whereas, WordPress plugins are more like Add-ons, which are used in order to extend the abilities of a WordPress website or blog.

Why Choose WordPress?

Here, let us consider myself. Though I had heard about WordPress, I had preferred to use Weebly, as the drag and drop function made things very user-friendly for me back then. Later, I found myself in a boundary set by Weebly, which clearly didn’t allow me to build my website according to my liking. but, once I started using WordPress, I was really excited because it had everything that I wanted and needed. Now, there is a lot of difference between a Want and a Need. Basically, when we are talking about WordPress, Want is focused on having what you think is essential for your website or which according to you is very much required in order to complete your website in terms of appearance, performance, and security. Whereas, Need is the inevitable necessity that is required to run a website.

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Best WordPress Plugins Of 2017

There are many plugins that deserve to be on this list, but I’m gonna restrain myself to choose just 10 plugins. These 10 WordPress plugins are very much required to carry out a WordPress website at its full potential.

10. Google Analytics By Monster Insights

Sayed Balkhi, Who is the founder of WPbeginner – One of the best sites for free WordPress resources, acquired Google analytics for WordPress from Yoast SEO and re-published it as Google Analytics by MonsterInsights. This plugin integrates Google analytics to your WordPress site and allows you to keep a track on the traffic your website is receiving.
Price – Free
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | Google Analytics By Monster Insights | Wickller

9. W3 Total Cache

Before we talk about the plugin, Let’s have a moment of silence for all those, who have Godaddy as their hosting provider, including me.
Godaddy has blacklisted around 50 plugins and the W3 Total cache is one amongst them. Godaddy claims to have integrated caching already into their systems, so external plugins are not needed for this purpose. Not fair! This plugin increases the performance of your website by caching and optimizes your website for better page load speed.
Price – Free
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | W3 Total Cache | Wickller

8. Shortcodes Ultimate

This plugin gives you a pack of 50+ shortcodes (that’s Awesome), which will appear in your content editor. These shortcodes are highly customizable with a color palette and a ton of icons to pick from.
Shortcodes Ultimate | WickllerThe above image shows the available shortcodes. This plugin is also highly responsive and supports all themes.
Price –
Free / Premium
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | Shortcodes Ultimate | Wickller

7. Lazy Load

This plugin helps you to increase the page load speed by loading the images only as you scroll. Basically, make your website a lazy ass like yourself!
Price – Free
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | Lazy Load | Wickller

6. BackWPup

Scared of losing data or shitting up your website? Why not back it up!
This plugin helps you to backup your complete website to a directory, FTP server, Dropbox and much more. You can also schedule your backups to keep your backups updated and the restoration process is also easy.
Price – Free / Pro
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | BackWPup | Wickller

5. WP Smush

Why does my website take time to load? People who own a website always have this question beating the shit outta their brain!
The answer is Images! Images have the biggest impact on the load time of a website, second comes the plugin. Plugins are not an issue, as the problem can be solved by removing them. but, when it comes to Images, they are pain in the ass. You can remove them but you don’t want to, so the only way to solve the problem is to optimize them to a smaller size to load faster and that’s what Smush does!
Price – Free / Pro
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | WP Smush | Wickller

4. Monarch Social Sharing

Adding social sharing buttons to all pages of your website is a very good practice. This practice can make a small or sometimes huge difference in the traffic u receive, But the fucked up part is choosing the right plugin.
Don’t worry bro, I have it covered for you. Monarch social sharing is the best one you can find, but you need to sell your underwear as this plugin is not free.
Price – Paid
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | Monarch Social Sharing | Wickller

3. Wordfence Security

Friend : Hey bro, Wassup?
Me : Nothing much bro, Somebody hacked my website, stole all the data and changed my slider headline to “I’m an asshole”. how about you ?
If you don’t want to go through something like that, then you better install this plugin.
The defense system of this plugin is constantly updated to protect your website from any possible hack and also alerts you through mail.
Price – Free
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | Wordfence Security | Wickller

2. WP-Optimize

You clean your body by taking a poop.
In the same way, WordPress has to take a poop to work well and this plugin helps it to do so. This plugin scans through your WordPress database and removes all the junk files from your WordPress database and optimizes it for better performance and load speed.
Price – Free
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | WP-Optimize | Wickller

1. Yoast SEO

SEO refers to Search Engine Optimization. It’s a process in which you make use of On-page and Off-page activities to make a website rank higher in google search results.
Now, this plugin helps you to achieve that by helping you to optimize your post or page through the proper use of meta tags, which is one of the most important parts of SEO.
Price – Free
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016 | Yoast SEO | Wickller

So these were the 10 recommended WordPress plugins of 2017

Just like I told you, there are many more plugins that deserve to be on this list. So, I will create a list of plugins and also a list of themes for each month, so stay tuned for that. Hope you liked this article and found it useful. If you have any suggestion, advice or request, then please do convey it through comments. Have a nice day 🙂

Sanju Joseph
He’s a 21yr old trying to pursue a career in Digital marketing. He started Wickller.com to share valuable information that he learnt and to help people build something valuable.
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