The 4 Essential Plugins For Every WordPress Website

The 4 Essential Plugins For Every WordPress Website


Here is what I consider these four most important
plug-ins that you can have on your WordPress website hi my name is Adam from WPCrafter.com
where I make WordPress videos for non-techies and I upload these daily so if you enjoy the
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now I get asked this question I’ve actually had this as a request to make a video like
this now all the plug-ins I’m going to talk about in this video are three some might have
a paid version if there is I will tell you about that just so you know but I am talking
about the free versions of all of the software’s and these are the plug as I consider anyone
every WordPress website really needs to have in stalled so let’s get started so obviously
you can do these searches inside your WordPress website and install them directly by going
to plug-ins add new in doing the same search so the first thing you need is a security
plug in and this is because there are people that want to hack into your website for whatever
purpose it’s there it’s out there there’s nothing you can do to stop it there are things
you can do to protect you if this is happening to you now I’m to share with you the plug-in
that I like for this and why now when you do start a search for security Juergen received
several options here now if I’m saying I use a particular one that doesn’t mean the other
ones are bad so let me just get that out there right now so the number one plug-in for security
is a word fence security and I’ve used it I’m not really a fan and that’s because and
I really should be fair though and say I would have to try it today but before when I would
use it the default installation of it enable certain things that slows down the performance
of your website and these are I believe it’s called a live view and Leslie changed what
it’s called it’s called live view and I didn’t like this egg made the size of my database
much larger and it slowed it down and the problem I have is not with this feature it
said this feature was enabled by default now the average WordPress users not going to realize
that an organ have a slower website and a bigger database I don’t know if that’s the
case today but that was always my experience and there’s this other one here all-in-one
W because security I have not use that what I use is I-beams security and it’s probably
the only product that I like from my themes it actually was and originally there’s they
acquired it used to be called better WP security now what I like about this is it’s very simple
to configure it’s very comprehensive they also have a paid version but in my experience
I have the paid version but I don’t use any of the features that are exclusive to the
paid versions of this is one of those ones where the free version is perfectly fine the
pain one offers like two factor authentication and somethings like that that I don’t think
are necessary one of the things the paid version does have that’s nice is the ability to export
and import settings that’s the only thing I really like from the paid version the free
version is perfectly fine and what I really like about it in a word friend fence does
this as well you can opt into a network of security so what that does is if someone is
trying to hack into your website that information on that person with her IP address gets put
into a network so if they go and tried to hack into someone else’s website it will and
he’s use they’re using the same IP address they’ll immediately be blocked they won’t
even get to attempted so there’s this community aspect about the plug-in where if you’re plugged
in using this plug-in and in the network which is free when some transaction of my site and
they won’t be able to hack into your site etc. etc. hacking is really there several
different ways they try to do but usually it’s his brute force attempts of trying to
get in through the login page and it will definitely prevent that and it has all the
settings you would need in order to have some pretty complete comprehensive security coverage
on your websites now I will be making a specific video on this plug-in and its settings so
look out for that in the future the next category of plug in his backup you have to have a backup
don’t procrastinate don’t delay and it needs to be off site away from your web hosting
company in you cannot trust your web hosting company to back up your website for you do
not make that mistake I have a video on the solution that I use but for this video I want
you know the one that I’ve been using is actually that there’s a new one up but it’s traditionally
it’s been up drafts of drafts plus right here what’s nice about this plug-in is it has never
let me down I have put it through its paces and just you know I have used every WordPress
backup plug-in there is a lot of people might swear by this winter by this one but they
haven’t really put it to the test I have used them all and I put them all to the test and
the only one that has come out and covered my rear end is updrafts plus it’s the only
one now they also have a premium package that isn’t necessary but if you did want some feature
that he gave you you could use it but the free version is perfectly fine it’ll allow
you to back your website up off-site to one of the cloud hosting providers like dropbox
or Google drive and you will be able to it’s actually like easier to do the dropbox by
the way they make it easier Google Drive does not make it easy but you can backup off-site
in a 100% free plug-in now there’s other backup plug-ins by far listen to me the best one
is updrafts but there’s a new one and it’s not even like on this page I made a video
about it about a month ago let me get to it it’s right here it’s called WP time capsule
and this is a different type of backup updrafts and every other backup solution makes a full
backup every file every the database itself everything it just makes a full backup every
single time now if you have a small website that doesn’t change often this is going to
be okay for you but if you have a large website that has traffic on it you’re probably good
to be better off with WP time capsule and what this is going to allow you to do is make
an incremental backup incremental means when it goes to make a backup at season only what
has changed in it only backs up what has changed and so it’s a much smarter way to back your
backup your website is can use a lot less resources on your web hosting account and
it’s been good I been using it on my main website because I would get a couple complaints
when I was using updrafts and if someone was on my website when it was making its backup
I would get some complaints it was and often it might’ve been once a month but it would
happen and I would make my backup in the middle of the night for me but the middle and night
for me might be the morning for you and so there’s no way to win and that’s why WP time
capsule I think it’s been really good for me so Nexus move on to SCO you have to have
an SCO plug-in on your website if you want Google to send you traffic and even if you
don’t you need it as well because are certain bits of information you need to put into your
website via an SCO plug-in in order for your listening when your website is index on Google
for to look right there so you look professional and you look right and there are several SCO
plug-ins is by far my favorite one that I’ve always used is Yoast Yoast SCO and it’s free
yes have a premium version I don’t use the premium version it does add a couple of little
features that are nice but for 99.9% of the people the free version is going to be perfectly
fine so the reason I personally choose to stick with Yoast is because Yoast is actually
backed by a big company they have staff they have full-time developers that are actively
engaged in making Yoast better with each release and I’m not saying they are the experts in
SCO but they they do come across as experts in web sight SCO and I really like what they’re
doing and the tools they are building if I was a put my money on a horse it would definitely
be that horse it wouldn’t be the all-in-one Seo pack I’m not saying your nephrons and
all in one SCO if you’re a fan or current user of it but I would go the Yoast route
and there’s definitely more integration and support around Yoast and what I mean is with
other things you can use on your website they’re more Yoast friendly than other plug-ins definitely
love Yoast and the fourth plug-in is cashing you absolutely need a caching solution for
your website caching is going to make your website run faster which is good to make it
rank better and by the mere fact this can write better and it’s also going to keep your
visitors on your website think about it when you visit a website and it takes forever to
load are you really going to stay on that website I know I’m not I am out of there I
don’t have the patience to wait 10 or 15 seconds per website alone I’ll just go to the next
one and I’ll get to the next one before yours even loads caching solves that problem it’s
gonna make your website load faster for your website visitors and it’s been a benefit you
with your SCO rankings in Google is also going to reduce your bounce rate with Google now
there are a bunch of different caching solutions out there and there are free ones in their
spayed ones right now I’m using a paid solution called WP rocket you could check that out
if you chose to but there’s also excellent free options and the what really is getting
the most traction these days and really is receiving all the praise and the users and
the excitement is this one right here called Otto put them up on my dome eyes I don’t even
know I can even pronounce it right they should probably work on that name October put to
my eyes I don’t know it’s me down below if you know how it’s pronounced maybe spell it
out phonetically the competency area now there’s also one that you definitely want to stay
away from in this category and Mrs. WP or W3 total cash stay away from it this thing
is had problems it is cause problems for people it has been around for a long time it’s not
really supported properly and I just want you to not go there with this plug-in one
of the more popular ones is definitely WP super cash I think that is controlled and
maintained by the makers of WordPress themselves and their some other up and comers now I guess
that I trust my caching with WP rocket but this one right here is definitely the one
that I want to make a video on that I’m in a put on this channel all the settings and
how to do it properly if I had to choose something free this is the one that I would probably
choose today now with caching it’s definitely something you need to be careful with if you
haven’t dynamic areas of your website here’s what a dynamic area is a shopping cart if
you have any kind of e-commerce shopping cart things like that those are dynamic areas that
are changing user by user so if one person’s on your website and they have widget a in
their shopping cart and someone else is on your website nabbed a widget be on your shopping
cart you need a caching solution that is going to be aware of the most popular shopping carts
input exclusions in there so that those shopping carts are not cash this is also the case for
learning management systems so if you’ve watched any of my videos on how to create an online
course of in a complete playlist on it you will run into troubles with caching if you
do your caching solution doesn’t give you the option to exclude certain pages so that
is something to think about also with caching if you make a change on a page and you’re
looking at your page and are wondering why you don’t see the change just because you
have to flush the cache such as something you’re gonna want to be familiar with and
familiarize yourself with you can get yourself into trouble by implementing caching as well
make a complete video on it to just keep an eye on my channel and I’m another on a bonus
thing right here and that is Google analytics guys you want to know how much traffic you’re
getting on your website you really do and you want to get Google analytics installed
now Google analytics is really easy to add to your website Google analytics you go there
you set up an account you plug in your website address they give you little snippet of code
that you could go and paste into the footer of your website but unfortunately not all
themes provide a setting to put in these analytic tracking pixels and with Google analytics
or to give you so that is why there are specific plug-ins available to make the process a little
easier and also add more trigger recording events and so one of the top plug-ins is right
here it’s called a Google analytics for WordPress by monster insights and sexy just called monster
insights they have all those other words so that when someone searching for the solution
it shows on WordPress but it just called monster insights and this was recently taken over
by the owner of WP beginner he took over this plug-in project and they’re building a business
model around it so if traffic or analytics matters to you you probably want to go with
them and their package there are other analytics solutions here is one you’re gonna want to
definitely check out and see which one best meets your needs if you even want to do that
my theme that I use on my website has a section to paste in that Google analytics code that’s
working perfectly fine for me and that’s all I use that everything needs to be done through
plug-in but if you wanted to be a little easier you could definitely do it through a plug-in
I would caution you against some of the tracking plug-ins for WordPress that save all that
information to your WordPress database one of those being slim’s that there’s a couple
of them out there like that if they are kind of need to have but what it does is it makes
your WordPress database a larger over time which could in turn so down your website so
I would definitely caution you against that everyone uses Google analytics you should
use Google analytics and there’s lots of different ways to get that tracking code into your website
so I Mexican to do a video in-depth on the Google analytics number one getting it in
your WordPress website and then some of the cool things that you could do with Google
analytics to see where your traffics coming from how much traffic is coming where in the
world it’s coming from and all these demographics how you can start tracking that stuff and
you really want to start doing that from day one so anyways these are my four top plug-ins
that you need to have on every website I threw in this Google analytics bonus now if you
have anything to add to the conversation and I’m sure you do leave it, down below let me
know what plug-in you think I might have missed that is crucial to you or maybe list out the
top five plug-ins that you use on every WordPress website hate when you do that it benefits
everyone in this community here we are here to help each other out and I want to hear
what you use and what you do with your WordPress website

100 thoughts on “The 4 Essential Plugins For Every WordPress Website

  1. Great training as usual! I looked for the video that shows how to install and setup the Autoptimize plugin, but could not find it. Could you direct me to it? Thanks in advance.

  2. Aut- optimise perhaps? For the pronunciation issue.
    Could you do or recommend any Analytics training or videos?

  3. Yes, great content. Thank you specifically for the insight you provide along with your recommendations. You offer solid context for the plugins’ functions as well as helpful things to consider with each.

  4. Hi, Thanks for your videos. Would you recommend installing JetPack plugin by wordpress.com? I'm using it currently, but not sure if this is what causes the website slowdown? if you don't recommend Jetpack, any alternates you can recommend?

  5. Hi, Adam: Would you use Autoptimize (ought-optimize) with a WooCommerce web store? Settings? Alternatives?

  6. updraft plus is shit. i dont know what happened but one time it was successful recovering the site but 2nd time it failed. maybe if you delete the plugin then it wipes that site recovery details with it. its very easy to delete a plugin by accident when clearing out wordpress.

  7. Hi Adam, thanks for the overview! I independently chose iThemes, Updraft and Autoptimize, totally agree 1+ Plugins. For caching I like Fastest Cache best. No problems, easy to use, very fast.
    If iThemes is used with WP Compress, better turn off the "Banned User" option.

  8. Hey Adam. I know this is an old video and you probably already know this, but, just in case you or your readers don't, the Wordfence Live Traffic can now be disabled and there is a setting to use Low Resources. Just an FYI. PS: Love your tutorials and I share them with my students often.

  9. Hi, great content! Thanks for the info for us 'non tec' humans, awesome 🙂 One quick question; you have a video on Jetpack as well (how I found you) do I need these top 4 PLUS the use of Jetpack or is that overkill? Looking forward to the video on Cache. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

  10. Thought I had commented that one, but didn't find my comment, so let's go:

    – Security: I use iThemes Security Pro (because I once had a deal for a lifetime access to it)… As opposed to you, I do use many of the pro features, but only because they were available… Wouldn't pay a yearly fee for those… On some sites I have WordFence as well, but not installing anymore… Like you said, too heavy…

    – Backup: If I would use a free one, I'd probably go with Updraft as well (tested many as well)… But my tool of choice is BackupBuddy (again, I had the chance to have an unlimited lifetime account). The main reason is that it allows me to backup just parts of my site (like just plugins, just medias, etc) AND it allows me to restore just certain files or folders…! Ex: I install a new plugin that crashes my site: I don't have to restore my entire site: I just delete the plugin's folder and restore the older version of the folder, which reinstalls my plugin… Done in probably less than a minute or two!

    – SEO: I have use All-in-one for a while, but since most people were recommending Yoast, I switched to it… Now, I know that some features were moved to the paid version (which is not cheap) and it has been some issues lately (not the first time) so even yourself is thinking of moving away from it… I'm testing SEOPress Pro right now… A lot more features for $39/yearly unlimited sites… Seems great and has features not found anywhere else… Just not sure it plays nice with WPML…

    – Caching: I have used many in the first days… then sticked more to W3 Total Cache and Autoptimize together (that one used for the minification part)… I switched some sites back to Super Cache… But the one that I use the most is a paid one: Viper Cache.

    – When I used a statistics plugin, I was using Monster Insights (strange that it was taken over by another company, as they took it from Yoast few years ago…).

    I use a lot of other plugins as well… Like WP Blazer for sites management (and still have much clients sites on MainWP). I ofter start my sites with WP Freshstart (now on v.5 that had many improvements in v.4 carried over… but I don't use many of their new options, as I use other plugins and it seems to create many conflicts as well…). WPML for translation, Toolset for filtering and custom types…

  11. hey Adam. I love you and your videos. I have this specific problem and hope that you will help me.
    I am struggling with a specific set up for my website.

    I am going to introduce a "give way" to my readers and customers where I will give them premium themes, free tools, guest-posting opportunities etc.

    I want to create an affiliate system for my website, in which the user can generate a traceable and shareable link to any of my blog posts which he will then share in his communities and social media.

    He can view how many clicks that link received.
    It can be more efficient if we can find out how many users clicked that link.
    (we will be excluding multiple clicks from a single user)

    After he gets a certain visitors, say 50 he will have access to the premium content on the site.

    This is the basic idea.

    I have not launched the website yet, so there are no issues regarding new trials.

    The thing is I can do it manually.

    I will ask the user to fill up a form if he wants to get the access.
    Then I will contact him and tell him to choose a blog he wants to share.
    then I will create a traceable link for him manually.
    Then I will ask him to share that.

    After the estimated clicks on that link, he will report me back.

    Then I will manually give him access to the premium content.

    But the process is exhausting and time-consuming.

    I would really appreciate your help if you can help me to automate the process.

    If not fully, to a maximum level possible.
    Thanks and I am waiting for your reply.

  12. Do you need to back up every website or if you are using a cpanel linux hosting site with multiple websites will one back up all the sites

  13. Autoptimize is not a caching plugin and you can use it next to WP Super Cache without any problem. Autoptimize improves the code of your page and make it more efficient so it loads faster. WP Super Cache creates the html for the website visitor from the php files so yours site loads faster.

  14. Hi Adam. Hugh fan and great work. How can I create a Buddypress dynamic user activity link in my side bar? Buddypress has an option for the menu and that's cool, but I need mines in the side bar. As you would say " A solution for a none techies let me"

    Thanks in advance

  15. Hi Adam, Are you still recommending against W3Total Cache? I notice now that they seem to have a business plan around it (a premium version you can upgrade to, plus other tie in's that are paid and I'm assuming are some sort of partnership or other products they own… like MaxCDN and Swarmify). I just looked at it on the plugins page and it says it was updated 4 months ago. Is that good or bad? I have really good hosting (not cheap hosting or even a step up from cheap hosting) and they installed and configured W3 in a specific way that works best with their servers, so I'm just wondering if it's good to keep it or try WP Super Cache. I've seen in some of the other comments that Autoptimize is not a true caching plugin.

  16. hey hi!
    Thanks for your awesome vids
    I'm curious why not to use 2FA!? u said it's not necessary in pro features of iThemes!

  17. Thank you Adam that was good. I have read a lot about hosting and from you also you are a A1 and I am moving on to get inmotion hosting and will send my receipt to you.

  18. Hi sir, what is the best plugin to edit my comments field form. I want to remove the email box and website box. Thanks

  19. I have a single site install and use WPtotal cache (didnt know it was a headache) do I delete it and use autoptimize ? or use both ? What do you suggest

  20. How do I make my links in the home tab take me to a section further down on the home page instead of taking me to a completely different page on the website in divi? Is there a video someone can send me?

  21. If I have DreamShield do I need security plug ins? I read about Content Security Policy is there a plug in for that? Thanks for your time. Your videos are great. Oh, after adding bunnycdn, I have a 404 message on pingdom. It wasn't there at first. How do I fix that?

  22. Re: Updraft Plus and Google Drive – yes! A major pain in the backside. I opened a new Dropbox account just for Updraft and it worked beautifully.

  23. Thanks for this material. What do you think about DropshipMe plugin? I recently found it, when I was looking for ready-made tool for my store.

  24. Really need help here, before, i used a free SSL with cloudflare but my email doesn't work. I called GoDaddy which is my main host and they said that cloudflare is hosting my website and they can't tell what happen with the email. So i decided to buy the SSL with GoDaddy, but the problem now is that my customer cannot checkout with this. On my dashboard it says "PayPal-Pro gateway requires SSL certificate for better security. The force SSL option is disabled on your site. Please ensure your server has a valid SSL certificate so you can enable the SSL option on your checkout page."

  25. Hi Adam, Great tutorials – I have set-up a few new sites in the last week and have a question about transition from the shopping cart back to my store.
    Presently when a product is placed in the shopping cart and the customer clicks on Continue Shopping they are sent back to the item they purchased.
    What I want to happen is for the customer to be sent back to my store when they click on the Continue Sopping Button.
    Can you assist me with this?
    Also, one comment about your sites home page email option – I was taken back when I tried to send you an email message and I was sent to my email client – why do you not use a Contact Form for your communications – just a question why you – the Teacher – would use something like email in place of a Contact Form –
    Thanks & I will keep on taking your tutorials – They Are The Best – Jake

  26. This is the breath of fresh air I needed this evening in trying to optimize and secure a site I'm working on. So you know, your videos are highly recommended in a consulting network group I belong to. Many Thank you's!

  27. As part of Jetpack Pro there is VaultPress…how does that compare with iThemes Security? Also, if I have jetpack installed do you think I really need another SEO plugin like Yoast? If so, why? Thanks in advance!! (Your videos are always so informative, they are my first go-to for WP questions.)

  28. I am a newbie to working with WordPress, and recently made some updates, which I thought would not be a problem. Well, apparently it is a problem. I am not able to see most of the list on the left side of the dashboard, like Plugins, Users, Menu etc…. I am hoping you can help me get it back? Please? I can't download any plugins because the Menu is gone.

  29. @Adam I think revisiting these recommendations for 2019 would be cool. And, wondering about using Autoptimize in conjunction with a caching plugin, too.

  30. Hi Adam, 2 themes that I purchased this week came with Jetpack.. Should I delete or activate it? Do you have a video talking about Jetpack plugin? Thank you.

  31. Thanks that is very useful – I must look after the security and backup. Did you ever try SEOPressor? I love that one…

  32. Hey, Adam! Could one use both WP-Super-Cache in combination with Autoptimize? Confused about caching vs. optimizing CSS. Also, could you use the plugin Code-Snippets to install the Google Analytics code?

  33. Hi Adam, very helpful video as usual. Do you have a course that shows how to setup Cloudflare, iThemes Security and WP Rocket for a Woocommerce site?

  34. Hey Adam, Thanks for this video – Great help!! Did you do the iThemes setup video? Couldn’t see it on your channel (?)

  35. Question do you know how to upload csv files to eBay amazon other merchants like using ftp server or vba macros RSS feed or api? I have a plugin rextheme feed that creates a feed for products and auto updates and trying to auto sync to merchants if know a plugin or how to a video be helpful as like you're work… Mathew

  36. I really appreciate your videos. The backup app I like is Duplicator but everyone has preferences. https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicator/. For migration but a great backup to which has saved me before. You may want to check it out. Thanks again I'm binge watching your videos.

  37. looks like wordpress added plug ins to their business model sites only. i dont get the option with the 60 dollar version. it tells me upgrade to business to use plugins. not sure if its always been that way or what as i just started

  38. Hello friend, can you please tell me how I can know if my WordPress site has been compromised, or how to know if a link has not been inserted without me knowing. Or if someone is not having access to my backend without me knowing.

    Also, what is the very best way to secure my website for any unexpected issue?

    These are the plugin I currently use.

    Akismet Anti-Spam
    Bluehost
    Cookie Notice
    EWWW Image Optimizer
    Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
    Insert Headers and Footers
    iThemes Security
    Jetpack by WordPress.com
    MC4WP: Mailchimp for WordPress
    Meta Box, Page Builder by SiteOrigin
    pipdig Power Pack (p3), Really Simple SS
    Regenerate Thumbnails,
    Shopr, Smush, Tidio Chat, Wordfence Security, WP Super Cache, WP-Optimize – Clean, Compress, Cache, Yoast SEO

  39. What free opt in e-mail wordpress plugin do you recommend for 10-20-2019, and auto responder? Mail chimp is too noisy for me. Thanks for response.

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