WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world right now to build and manage websites. This can be clearly seen in the chart below.
One of the best features about WordPress is that it is open source which means the code that powers the platform is made readily available for customization to web developers.
This is one of the reasons for its huge popularity because a whole ecosystem of "plugins" now exist to make your website even better.
However the sheer popularity of WordPress means that there are now over 52790 plugins you can choose from. This sometimes makes it incredibly difficult to know which ones are best to choose.
No worries though I have organised this list for you in order of importance for all website owners.
As much as we love WordPress there is an elephant in the room.
The WordPress editor used to add text, images etc is pretty crummy. So much so the team behind WordPress is attempting to fix this with their Gutenberg editor. Word to the wise - don't use that - use Thrive Architect rather.
After installing WordPress this should be the next item on your to-do list to install. Yoast SEO makes your website easier to be found and ranked by Google through its ability to add meta tags and give your posts a SEO score. Make sure to also use the built in XML sitemap generator to automatically ping Google every time you publish new content.
Talk to any Internet Marketer and they will tell you the money is in the list. But how do you built said list?
Well that is where Thrive Leads comes into play. This little plugin has every form type imaginable to get your website visitors to subscribe to your newsletter. There is a fee to this one but again it is one time and not an annual license.
The best caching plugin for WordPress period.
There are free to use tools out there like W3TC but Rocket blows them out the water with even faster loading website pages.
This is related to the plugin above because it is designed to make your website load faster. Images if they are not compressed can really slow down your website. Short Pixel addresses this issue whilst ensuring the quality of the image remains high.
Hands down the best affiliate link management plugin for WordPress. The brand new Pro version includes so much more options including ability to link directly to the Amazon API to add dynamic ecommerce links. It is free to get started and if you want pro its a click away.
Having Google Analytics on your website is a must to track how effective your website is performing. This FREE plugin displays your website data right inside WordPress for ease of use.
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