Whatever purpose your website is going to serve, whether it’s a personal blog, news website, or a commercial site,
you have to make sure it is equipped with the right functionality.
Although launching a websites involves a lot of planning, organizing, designing and other considerations,
it’s absolutely essential to give a careful thought about it’s visual appearance, readability and overall functionality.
The good news is that you can bring any functionality to your WordPress website using a simple plugin, probably not requiring any coding skills at all.
It doesn’t matter you’re launching the site for a client or for yourself, this checklist will help you bring the right functionality to it.
Depending on your site purpose the plugins you’ll need may vary but you’ll find some picks in the list that would certainly meet your needs.
Google Analytics (GADWP) will give you detailed reports on your site performance, traffic sources, user interactions, geo locations and many more.
It allows you to compare reports from different periods, as well as export them to PDF or CSV formats.
You can set custom reports, set and manage goals for tracking targeted activities,and filter out any unnecessary information from your reports.
Google Analytics also gives you AdSense, AdWords and eCommerce sales stats.
The plugin has a very user-friendly back end, and is super easy to customize.
Form Maker is the most feature-packed form generating plug-in, allowing you to create any kind of contact,
registration, survey, application, questionnaire forms with custom styling and design.
It comes with an easy to use visual editor and lets you add a number of form fields to the forms and fully customize them.
There are 4 form display options-embedded, topbar, scrollbox and popup, and a myriad of editable form themes, that you can further customize and use.
The plugin supports Paypal, Google Maps, three types of Captcha protection and many more.
With more than 2 million active installs, Wordfence Security is one of the most sought after security solutions for WordPress websites.
The high-end features provide protection from unidentified threats generating from unknown sources.
The Threat Defense Feed mechanism drives the functionality of this amazing plugin.
Wordfence Scanning function is capable of identifying and eliminating more than 44,000 known malware types.
Wordfence Firewall foils all the hacking attempts on your website
Wordfence Scan scrutinizes all the activities and intimates the owner about the threats
Live Traffic function imparts real-time information regarding the traffic sources
It offers multi-site security for more than one website
It is compatible with most of the themes and plugins
You can access WordPress Security Learning Center, a valuable learning resource on Wordfence official website
Some of the features, such as Country Blocking, Scheduled Scans, and two-factor authentication, are available with the Premium version
Take your website security to an advanced level with this security plugin for WordPress websites.
The developers claim this security plugin will not hamper your site speed.
The users can schedule automatic database to minimize the risk associated with loss of data.
Security levels are categorized into Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced
Login Lockdown feature secures the website against Brute Force Login Attacks
The Strength Meter Gauge intimidates the security score
Regularly updated to prevent any loophole in the plugin functionality
Provides overall security solution including firewall setup, database security, user security, etc
The Intermediate and Advanced may not be compatible with the theme and other plugins.
Before proceeding with these features, get acquainted with the Basic security feature.
Cacheing Plugins are must for any WordPress site.
WordPress is dynamic due to which a ton of files are created during the fetch process.
To get rid of that slow process happening every time, WP Super Cache creates a copy of the
page once loaded and serves it to the readers which increases your website performance.
Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) plugin is an effective security solution that protects your WordPress website
forms from spam entries while letting real people pass through with ease. It can be used for login, registration, password recovery, comments, popular contact forms, and other.
This plugin adds credits to the media uploads: Source and source URL.
URLs are nofollow (no follow) by default, but you have the option to follow them.
With a shortcode and various options to display image credits in the posts.
This becomes very important when you need to get an image from Google Images which is relevant to your blogpost article.
Social Warfare gives you full control over your social sharing and lets your visitors share your content across various platforms.
It gives you the most attractive sharing buttons that you can place anywhere on your site,
with the possibility to have floating share bars.
The plugin supports share counts and a popular posts widget, to let you display some of your most popular posts in a widget.
You can fully customize the share buttons with the available style and design options, or create your own button styles with custom CSS.
You don't have to install Akismet
as it comes pre-installed with WordPress, but you still have to activate it from the plugin’s section.
It is a comment spam filtering plugin, which will monitor your site’s comment section for spam and block the users and content right away.
Site moderators can see the approved comments for each user and manually mark comments as spam.
Site backup is a very important process for any website.
When there’s a mistake and if your whole WordPress website got messed up, you should have a recent backup to restore.
Never depend on your host for weekly backups. You can make hourly backups with UpDraftPlus so that you may sit with relief.
YARPP lets you display posts, pages and custom post types to your visitors relevant to the content they’re viewing.
It chooses the relevant content using its advanced algorithm, which takes into account the post content, titles, tags, categories and custom taxonomies.
You have full control on how your content is displayed to your readers with the number of template options the plugin offers.
Yoast is second to none when it comes to SEO.
If you want to make the right foot forward and have search engines love your website, Yoast SEO is your best partner.
It helps you to fully optimize your website by writing a keyword rich content, relevant post meta descriptions, inserting image alt tags, social sharing text, etc.
The plugin features a snippet preview functionality, which displays how your content will look like in search results.
JetPack comes with a set of useful tools and helps you keep your site secure, drive more traffic and engage your site visitors.
It comes with analytics tools, social sharing, related posts functionality and many more features to help you grow your site audience.
Its powerful monitoring and protection features will make sure your site and its data is safe out there.
Other of its features include contact forms, carousels and slide shows, extra widgets, Youtube embed,and more.
These are the plugins that will come in handy no matter what kind of a site you’re going to set up.
They bring lots of outstanding functionality and are super simple in use.
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