Have you ever taken a look at your plugins tab in your WordPress admin, and thought to yourself, "what a mess?!" Well, you're not alone. Many, many, websites that have not gone through a significant redesign in the past couple of years end up with a bunch of plugins that are no longer useful and/or are a security risk.
The news lately has been buzzing with stories about sites that have been hacked. To help, we recently wrote a post about how you can vet a plugin to ensure it's secure. Now we want to take time to point you to WordPress plugins we know to be secure.
Now, it's time for the best WordPress plugins that we love to point businesses to in order to get their digital presence functioning at peak performance and at a 99% security record.
WordPress security and functionality are the most important factors when it comes to weighing a plugin, but we also made sure to account for popularity, only including those with more than a million installations.
Learn why the number of installations matters when assessing plugins here.
If you're a WordPress expert, this post might seem like an obvious one, sorry. However, if you're looking to really make a difference and you're just getting started—here we go!
1. WordFence: No hackers allowed—sincerely, the Entire WP Community.
WordFence is an all-in-one package that uses crowd-sourced data to protect our sites 24/7. Top features include malware scanning, weak password monitoring, administrator login tracking and malicious IP address blocking.
Are you worried about your website getting hacked?
Start with WordFence Plugin for WordPress, it really makes a difference and it's widely trusted among the top websites and professionals.
2. Advanced Custom Fields: Unlock the true potential of WordPress data organization.
Advanced Custom Fields is our go-to system for accommodating structured data in WordPress.
We've utilized Advanced Custom Fields to organize a wide variety of information on our sites including job postings, testimonials, employee contact details and business locations.
Honestly, if you want comments you should be ready for spam. There's no way around it. Build the inbox, the junk mail will come!
Don't disable comments completely
Enabling comments on your website is a great way to cultivate an active site that users really value. They feel like their voice is heard, they find new solution and you get to mine that opportunity for new content and suggestions.
4. Gravity Forms: the right answers come from the right questions. 🤔
Gravity Forms allows anyone on your team the ability to create seriously advanced forms that perform well and look great.
There's a catch here: you do need some web-design knowledge and a little bit of training on how Gravity Forms works. But it's super powerful, highly recommended and totally worth the time to learn something new.
5. Honorable mention: Those that needed to be included, less an ArcStonian receive a black eye.
Honorable mentions include WP Rocket and WP-Mail-SMTP.
As the name suggests, WP Rocket is about some serious speed! Page speed is so important. Google recently revealed that page speed matters and slow websites will be penalized in search rankings. This is huge!
Think about the last time you abandoned something on your phone because it loaded too slowly. Don't be that website—use WP-Rocket.