WordPress is one of the most popular CMS which is used by millions of bloggers and webmasters to run and maintain their blog. Over the period of 2 years in blogging industry, I used several WordPress Plugins to build, run and maintain my where some are Premium and some are free. I found several plugins which are really important and essential for a WordPress site or blog.
Day-by-day, some plugins get more importance and some turned out to be useless. If you are owner of a WordPress blog/site or new with WordPress, you may confuse which plugins you should use in your blog. You may also find several Free and Premium WordPress Plugins which used for the same reason. So you must choose the best plugin for your blog which may not easy for newbie.
So here, I’m going to share some best and Essential WordPress Plugins I Use to Run and Maintain My Blog. I use these plugins on my several blog and these plugins are really helpful as well as trust-able. You can use these plugins for your WordPress blog or site without any hesitation.
20 Essential WordPress Plugins
Akismet: Akismet is one of the most popular Free WordPress Plugin that will help to protect your WP blog from spam comments. When you install WordPress for first time, you will find this plugin installed by default. You just need to active this plugin and configure with an API key. You can get Akismet API key for free for your personal blog/site.
BroadedNet: Want to get traffic to your blog without SEO or Social Media? Then the BroadedNet will help you to bring a handsome traffic to your blog for free. This is a great platform to promote your blog for free and you should give a big thanks to Entine Muki who is the founder of BroadedNet.
Broken Link Checker: Another free plugin which will help you to check & clean broken links from your blog. It will automatically detect broken links and notify in admin panel as well as mail to keep your WP blog free from broken links.
CommentLuv: There is a free and premium version available of this plugin, you can use free version for your personal blog. This plugin will automatically add readers last post link to their comment. It will help to get more comments and engage readers to your blog.
GC Message Bar: Want gets more leads or sales through your blog, or engages more readers? The GC Message Bar will help to show a sticky message with a call-to-action button at the top or bottom of your blog.
Google XML Sitemap: XML Sitemap is one of the most important facts for a blog/site in case of SEO. You can easily create a XML sitemap file with this plugin and notify search engines about your blog pages and posts.
Google XML Sitemap for Images: Another important plugin to generate XML file or images. It will help to rank your blog images better in SERPs.
Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin: A free and great plugin to keep your blog free from spam comments. This plugin will automatically add a checkbox in comment section to verify that the comments provider is not a bot or this is not a spam comment.
Jetpack by WordPress.com: An official WordPress plugin that will help to add several functions to your WP blog. This is a powerful plugin that you can use for several features. (Note: This plugin may slow your blog.)
Lazy Load: Help to load your blog fast. It will automatically load images when the images on visitors viewpoint.
Limit Login Attempts: Set the number of failed login attempts for specific IP.
Login LockDown: Add security in WordPress admin login arena. It will also restrict the failed login attempts for specific IP.
Open Graph Protocol: Help to make your every blog pages or post rich objects for social media sites.
Pretty Link Lite: Do you know Google don’t like affiliate links? You can easily hide affiliate links with this plugin. There is also a premium version available of this plugin with more features.
SEO Friendly Images: Make your every blog posts or pages images SEO friendly with this plugin. This will automatically add ALT tag and title tags to images.
SumoMe: A great plugin with various features. You can grow your email list; get more social shares of posts and images and much more with this plugin.
TablePress: Create and manage table for your blog posts and pages with several functions.
UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore: Create and restore backup of your WordPress blog with this plugin. You can take backup your site locally, or backup to Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive etc.
WordPress SEO: A great plugin which will help you to get good SEO score for your blog. This is one of the best SEO plugin for on-page SEO as well as Off-page SEO.
WP-Optimize: Increase your blog loading time with the help of WP-Optimize plugin. You can easily optimize your WP blog/site database, clean spam comments etc. with this plugin.
It’s Your Time
So, which plugins do you used to run and maintain your blog? If I missed any important plugins that you use in your blog and also I need to use in my blog, please let me know by commenting below.
Hi, This is Fakharuddin Manik, Blogger and Affiliate Marketer from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I love to write and share anything about blogging & affiliate marketing. WordPress is my favorite CMS, so here I'm sharing Free and Premium WordPress Themes & Plugins to help people to choose best themes and plugins. You can Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+