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WordPress is a great content management system. It is ideal for people that no prior programming experience but wants to create their blog, CV or portfolio. Furthermore, many pre-made plugins that lend a hand for everyone in their blogging businesses or just in their site.

Those plugins follow your traffics, shows ads and helps you to earn extra money, analyses your texts and much more. Because we know how WordPress plugins can boost your website usability and traffic we have made a list of some great plugins to use on your site.

Today, we have a collection of 20 WordPress plugins that we use, or we recommend using it to make your site better.

Yoast SEO

This is an ultimate plugin that every WordPress website must have. it is a complete package of website optimization tool. Furthermore, it adds such features to your site as page analysis, SEO analyzes, Meta and link elements and much more. By the way, we use Yoast SEO plugin too.

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is a great plugin that has been downloaded more than 1 million times. It improves the SEO and user experience of your site by increasing your website’s performance. It has many features that come handy on a WordPress site.

Edit Flow

This plugin provides you with an efficient editorial workflow management system. It will allow you to collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress. It is modular, and because of that, you will be able to customize it to your needs.

Quick and Easy FAQs

This WordPress plugin will allow you to quickly and easily add FAQs to your site. You will be able to add it by using custom post type and later displaying it by using some shortcodes

Disqus Comment System

Disqus is a plugin for web comments and discussions. It makes commenting easier and much more interactive. It connects websites and commenters to great thriving discussion community.

Login LockDown

This plugin is essential for your site security. It records the IP addresses and timestamps of every incorrect login attempt. Also, if it detects some unusual attempts to log in, it disables the login function for the website.

AdSanity

AdSanity is a light and rotator plugin for WordPress. This app is great if you want to show ads on your blog or magazine. It provides you with the possibility of creating and managing ads show on a site and keep statistics on clicks and views.

Akismet

Akismet is another plugin that is essential if you want to be secure of spam. This plugin checks yours page comments if they look like spam. Furthermore, it has a feature that outright blocks the worst spam, and saves you a lot of disk space.

BackUpWordPress

BackUpWordPress is a great WordPress plugin if you are afraid of losing your websites information. This plugin will make a backup your entire site including your database and all your files. Also, it can be set on a schedule to make backups repeatedly.

Contact Form 7

If you need a great contact form on your website, this is a perfect choice for you. This plugin manages multiple contact forms. Also, you can quickly customize it to your needs, and it supports other plugins.

PayPal Donations Widgets

If you want to collect donation through PayPal, this is a great plugin just for that. It allows you to add a Paypal donation sidebar widget and shortcode to WordPress. Furthermore, its options menu lets you set up your PayPal ID and a few other settings.

MailPoet Newsletters

MailPoet is a plugin that is made for sending newsletters. It will allow you to create automated emails, post notifications, autoresponders. You can capture subscribers with its signup widget.

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin creates a special XML sitemap. The XML sitemap helps search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and others to better index your website. Because of that, your blog will rank much higher.

All in One WP Security & FireWall

If you want to have a secure web page, you need a WP security plugin. This plugin has many features that will keep your site safe. Here are some of the features force log out of all users after some time period, protection against “Brute Force Login Attack” and much more.

AddToAny Share Buttons

This is a great WordPress sharing buttons plugin. It allows you to add sharing buttons from any services that people could share your posts and pages. Also, it has „follow“ buttons, that readers could follow you right from the blog.

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack is a really must have for every website powered by WordPress. It has a lot of great features that helps you managing your site. It tells you traffic growth, insight, image performance, checks website security and much more.

Category Specific RSS Feed Subscription

This WordPress plugin provides you with multiple RSS feed subscription options. Furthermore, the best thing is that it lets you show category specific RSS feed for all your categories.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a WordPress plugin that analyzes your traffic. It has a simple setup that adds Google Analytics javascript code automatically to every page, shows visitor trends and much more.

NextGen Gallery

NextGen Gallery is one of the most popular gallery plugins in WordPress with over 1 active installs. Moreover, It is great for general and simple use, but also powerful enough for professional photographers portfolio or blog.

Google AdSense

If you want to earn some extra cash from your blog, this plugin is perfect for that. Google AdSense will allow you to make money by placing ads on your WordPress pages, posts, search results and more.

Posted by Justas Markus

Founder/CEO Just&Tom and JustasMarkus.com. Passionate traveler and blogger at Entrepreneur.com, Observer.com, Influencive.com and others. Catch up with Justas on Twitter.

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