WordPress, which is the best platform for creating a website for non-programmers and by installing some of the best & essential WordPress Plugins of 2020, you can make your website better.

 

In this post, I have shared best free WordPress Plugins and some paid WordPress plugins that are essential WordPress plugins for bloggers & business websites. The list is made based on my practical experience. I have covered all the necessary plugins whether it is a SEO, image compression, security, speed optimization plugins. Try these plugins and see yourself.

 

 

20 Essential WordPress Plugins for Bloggers & Business In 2020

 

  1. Yoast SEO
  2. All 404 Redirect to Homepage
  3. Safe Redirect Manager
  4. Jetpack
  5. Akismet Anti-Spam
  6. WPS Hide Login
  7. W3 Total Cache
  8. Wordfence
  9. Autoptimize
  10. WP Smush
  11. WP-Optimize
  12. Wti  Like Post
  13. Contact Form 7
  14. Sumo
  15. Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights 
  16. Woocommerce
  17. WP- Subscribe
  18. Pixel Your Site
  19. Really Simple SSL
  20. All In One Schema Rich Snippets

 

Best SEO Plugin

 

1)  Yoast SEO ( Free/ Paid) (By Team Yoast)

 

Yoast SEO is one of the top WordPress plugins of 2018 for SEO. It is all in one SEO plugin which provides from on-page content analysis to XML sitemap. It also helps in verifying your website from google, bing, etc.

When we are writing any post after the completion of the post it gives suggestion on the post like about keyword density, focus keyword etc. and it also helps in creating a snippet.

You can also create and customize XML SITEMAP like you can select the pages that you want in the sitemap. For example: if you don’t want media(attachment) in your sitemap, then you can select not in sitemap option.

There is also a PREMIUM option where you can get more features like add multiple keywords, no more dead links, internal linking suggestions, social media preview etc. the price for Yoast SEO premium starts from $69.

Key features:

  • Custom meta title and description
  • Create XML sitemap
  • Set focus keyword

 

Best Redirection Plugin

 

  1. All 404 Redirect to Homepage (Free) (By Fakhri Alsadi)

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This plugin helps to redirect all 404 errors to the Home Page. It helps in avoiding 404 errors as it affects website SEO.

If someone has typed any wrong URL or any page or post that has been deleted, It will automatically redirect it to the homepage of the website.

Just install and activate the plugin and go to setting ~ All 404 Redirect to Homepage and save option.

 

Key features: 

  • Set a custom redirect Page for every 404 paths.
  • You can choose which redirect method to be used for your site.
  • Helps in maintaining your SERP ranking.

 

  1. Safe Redirect Manager (Free) (By Taylor Lovett) 

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When you change URL of a page, then there are more chances of getting 404 error which ultimately affect your SERP ranking. But can redirect the page from old URL to the new URL using Safe Redirect Manager plugin. 

You can choose the type of redirection you want 301,302,303,307,403 or 404. After changing any page URL just click on create redirection rule and insert the old URL and On the next column Insert the new URL , choose the type of redirection you want for this page and click save.

Key Features:

  • Helps in redirection of any post or page.
  • Multiple redirection options
  • Simple and easy to use  

 

Best All in One Plugin

 

  1. Jetpack (free/paid) (By Automattic)

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Jetpack is a powerful plugin that offers multiple features like security, website traffic growth. image compression, post sharing button on social media sites etc. This essential plugin is ignored by various wordpress website users but it offers multiple service in one.

Some premium features like spam filtering, backups, and security scanning.

 

Key features:

  • Improve website security
  • Website traffic analytics
  • Post sharing and monitoring
  • Showing related post
  • Contact form

 

Best Spam Comment Protection Plugin

 

  1. AKISMET ANTI-SPAM (free) (By Automattic)

As the names tell, it protects your website from spamming comment. This plugin automatically checks all the comments and find the commented that looks like a spam. This is an essential wordpress plugins for bloggers to protest their site from spam comments.

This is a free plugin and it is best especially for bloggers. After activating Akismet, you have to sign in and get the API  key.

Key feature:

  • Block Spam Comments

  

 

6.Wps Hide Login (Free)  (By Remy Perona for WPServeur)

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This plugin helps you to change your WordPress admin page URL and improves the security of your website. You can set your own custom URL. It is very essential wordpress plugin to improve your site security.

Key Features:

  • Create a custom login URL
  • No coding skills required
  • Improves security

 

Best Cache Plugin

 

8.W3 Total Cache (free/paid) ( By BoldGrid )

As Search Engines gives more weight-age to fastest loading sites, so this plugin helps you in reducing the loading time of a  WordPress website which is an important factor for ranking in Search Engine Result Page.

It improves loading time of your WordPress Website and can also link with Content Delivery network(CDN) integration such as Cloudflare, Maxcdn to reduce loading time. 

Key Features:

  • Accelerated Mobile pages(AMP) Support.
  • Caching of Pages And posts in memory.
  • Caching of CSS and JavaScript In memory.
  • Supports CDN
  • Improves loading time

After Activating go to the Setting tab.

In Page  Cache option check Enable option and in Page Cache method Select Disk: Enhanced And click on save All Setting.

Next in Minify Option

Minify: check the Enable option.

Minify Mode: select Manual.

Minify Cache Method: Disk.

And click on Save All Setting.

This will Help in reducing the Loading Speed of your Website

To check your Website Loading Speed Click here.

 

 W3 Total Cache Alternatives:

 

  • WP Fastest Cache ( Free/Paid ) ( By Emre Vona )

 

  • Wp Super Cache ( Free/ Paid) ( By Automattic )

 

Best Security Plugin

 

 

 8. Wordfence (Free/Paid) (By Wordfence)

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To secure your wp website Wordfence plugin is one of the essential WordPress plugins of 2020. This is the most popular security plugin and is also updated regularly.

Key Features:

  • WordPress firewall
  • Blocking features
  • Security scanning
  • WordPress login security

You can also upgrade to premium, which will cost $99 per year for 1 key. If you buy for a longer duration for each key helps you to reduce yearly costs.

 

 Wordfence Alternative:

 

  • Sucuri Security ( Free/Paid )  (By Sucuri )

 

 

Best Speed Optimization Plugin

 

9. Autoptimize (Free) (By Frank Goossens)

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If you want to reduce the loading time of your wordpress website then Autoptimize plugin will help you to Achieve this. It reduces the loading time without affecting the design of the website.

Key Features:

  • Minify HTML
  • Minify CSS
  • Minify javascript
  • Async and deter Javascript & CSS
  • Reduce site loading time

Note: You can use both w3 total cache and autoptimize plugin but say you are minifying javascript by w3 total cache then don’t minify with autoptimize because minifying the same thing from both the plugins can break your website design.

 

Best Image Compression Plugin

 

10.Wp Smush (Free/Paid) (By Wpmu Dev)

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The second important to speed up your wp website is to reduce the image size because if you use a high-resolution image without compression, then it will take more time to load. The solution of speeding up of images loading is Wp Smush Plugin. This Plugin compresses the images and helps in reducing the loading time of the website. 

Use jpg images instead of png images because png images are in larger size and even after compressing the image does not get compressed to the actual compressed size.

When you upload an image, it automatically starts compressing and reduces the size. if the images are added before the plugin was installed, then you can compress up to 50 images once at a time (for free version). For the paid version, it compresses more than the free version.

Key Features:

  • Bulk image compression
  • Resize images
  • Support jpg, png, gif, wedp images

 

11. WP-Optimize  (Free)  (By David  Anderson, Ruhani, Team Updraft )