There are more than 56,000 WordPress plugins. This list of highly rated plugins focused on security, SEO and more can help you decide which options are worth your while.

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According to a W3Techs poll, WordPress is used by 31.9% of active sites. If your company uses this content management system (CMS), you may be overwhelmed with deciding which WordPress plug-ins to use, as there are more than 56,000 options. This list of highly rated WordPress plugins for website optimization, SEO, security, website design, backups and media tools will help solve some of the suspicions of this process.

Note: The user ratings and plugin statistics of the plugins come from the WordPress site.

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Site Optimization

WP-Optimize

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin cleans up site databases by removing unnecessary data, defragmenting MySQL tables, performing weekly cleanups, auto-tuning, and more.
  • pricing: 0 – $ 179 / year
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 800,000+

W3 cache in total

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin uses features like the integration of content delivery networks to reduce page load times for site visitors. it also improves SEO.
  • pricing: Free
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 1 million

Jetpack

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin is a general optimization booster that provides design, marketing and security services and provides expert support through its support forum or a "global team of happiness engineers".
  • pricing: 0-299 $ / year
  • User rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 5 million

Monster Insights

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin is designed to connect your site to Google Analytics, so you can easily get statistics on how your site is found and used by visitors.
  • pricing: 0-499 $ / year
  • User rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 2 million

Defective link checker

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin identifies broken links on your site and prevents visitors from accessing them.
  • pricing: Free
  • User rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 600,000+

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SEO

Yoast SEO

  • Key Features: This WordPress plug-in has an enhanced Sitemaps feature, the ability to set canonical URLs (which avoids duplicating content), and better branding in search results on title and meta description templates.
  • pricing: $ 0- $ 890 (price based on number of sites)
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 5 million

Google XML Sitemaps

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin enhances SEO by helping the major search engines (such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.com) index your website. It automatically notifies search engines every time something is posted on your site, further improving SEO.
  • pricing: Free (donation option)
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 2 million

Everything in an SEO package

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin provides support for Sitemap, Google AMP and Analytics, as well as extended canonical URLs. In addition, search engines (such as Google and Bing) are automatically informed about updates to your website.
  • pricing: 0-1118 US dollars / year
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 2 million

Site Design

beaver Bauer

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin is a drag-and-drop page creator and offers many design options. It is easy to use for beginners and also offers advanced features for professional developers.
  • pricing: 0-399 US dollars
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 500,000+

SiteOrigin CSS

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin lets you edit design changes to the site in real time and can be used by both novice and experienced users.
  • pricing: 0-99 $ / year or $ 38- $ 128 for a one-year license
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 200,000+

Table Press

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin creates and maintains spreadsheets of information on your website without the need for coding. Extensions are also available.
  • pricing: Free (donation option)
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 700,000+

Media Tools

WP Smush

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin compresses, tweaks, and resizes pictures, which makes your website load faster.
  • pricing: Free
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 1 million

Envira Gallery

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin creates responsive image galleries, albums, slideshows, etc. using a drag-and-drop method.
  • pricing: 0-299 $ / year
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 100,000+

self talk

  • Key Features: This WordPress plug-in drag-and-drop slider can quickly and easily create video or image sliders, carousels, thumbnails, Instagram or PDF slides, and more for your website.
  • pricing: 0-249 $ / year
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 80,000+

security

Wordfence security

  • Key Features: This WordPress plug-in detects and blocks malicious traffic, blocks requests that contain malicious code / content, and enforces the use of strong passwords and other login security measures. The plugin was developed and managed specifically for WordPress.
  • pricing: $ 0- $ 99 / year (price depends on number of licenses)
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 2 million

Sucuri Security

  • Key Features: This plugin checks, monitors and scans your site and is designed specifically for WordPress.
  • pricing: Free
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 400,000+

Akismet Anti-Spam

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin automatically checks comments and contact form submissions against a spam database to prevent malicious content from being posted to your site.
  • pricing: $ 0- $ 50 / month
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 5 million

iThemes security

  • Key Features: This plugin was created by WordPress security experts and offers more than 30 ways to protect your site.
  • pricing: 0 to 197 dollars / year
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 900,000+

Site backup

UpdraftPlus

  • Key Features: This WordPress plugin backs up your files and databases in a cloud storage system and can restore your site with one click.
  • pricing: 0 to 195 US dollars / year
  • User rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 1 million

VaultPress

  • Key Features: VaultPress has a built-in security scanner from Jetpack that backs up your website's information, including posts, comments, media files, revisions, and dashboard settings.
  • pricing: 99-299 $ / year
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 70,000+

blog Vault

  • Key FeaturesNote: This WordPress plug-in uses "intelligent incremental database and file backups" stored on the Cloud on BlogVault and Amazon S3 servers.
  • pricing: $ 89- $ 989 / year (for backup option only)
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Active installations: 30,000+

What is your favorite WordPress plugin?

If there are WordPress plugins that you would recommend to your colleagues, please share your suggestions in the article review.

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