The plugins are at the heart of the WordPress ecosystem. They allow to extend the functionalities of a site and to adapt it to its needs. Here we will see some of the many plugins s and the functionalities they offer, as well as the essential plugins s on a WordPress site.
The free and secure plugins are available in the plugins catalogue of the wp.org site. It should be noted that while these plugins s are all free, they can be integration systems for third-party paid services or free within a certain limit (freemium). There are more than 50,000 plugins today, only on the official catalogue.
The plugins to know
Theplugin WordPress : Redirection
It is common to have to change the URLs of your pages and articles, or to simply redirect certain URLs to others. This plugin is one of my great must-haves, from a practical and SEO point of view!
It will track your URL changes to redirect them automatically, but it also allows you to create your own custom redirections.
Theplugin WordPress : Intuitive custom post order
By default, articles and other items are displayed according to their date of publication at WordPress. This plugin allows you to re-order our sample items from the back office.
Theplugin WordPress : Simple Taxonomy Ordering
Theplugin WordPress : Duplicate Post
Theplugin WordPress : Table of content +
plugins for traffic analysis and SEO optimization
A good SEO also requires a good optimization of the speed of the site and the weight of the images.
Theplugin WordPress : YOAST SEO
Essential for a good acquisition of traffic from search engines and especially Google. Theplugin YOAST allows you to work on SEO. It allows you to define the data used by search engines such as the title, the summary or even the highlighted image for a URL.
Theplugin WordPress : Google site kit
Current version: 1.30.0
Last update: April 12, 2021Site Kit by Google - Analytics, Search Console, AdSense, Speed
For tracking the traffic of a site, the tool that refers is clearly Google analytics. This service is free. To take advantage of it, you must register and create a first project. Once done, add theplugin site kit to activate the Google analytics tracking of your site's traffic.
This plugin also allows quick access to the latest statistics from a dedicated page in your backoffice WordPress, but also from a widget that can be activated and accessed on the dashboard WordPress.
It is also possible, and advisable, to add a connection from your site to Google Search Console, another Google service for web masters and developers. This tool allows you to track the indexing errors of your site by Google as well as to give you statistics on your positioning on the search engine.
Finally, this plugin gives the possibility to link your site to the Google AdSense service.
Backup and migration
Theplugin WordPress : WP Rollback
Theplugin WordPress : WP Downgrade
Theplugin WordPress : All in one migration
Theplugin WordPress : WP Migrate DB
Exporting the database is a recurring need when you have a site under WordPress. Although it is always possible to export it from the tools provided by your host, this plugin allows you to simply download your database from your back office.
But the strong point of this plugin is to allow an export of its base by applying replacements.
Theplugin WordPress : UpdraftPlus
This plugin meets the needs of large sites such as pre-programmed backups and backups on third party hosting (cloud, other FTP, ...), or a backup with advanced rules for its files or database.
Theplugin WordPress : Elementor
Theplugin WordPress : Elementor Blocks for Gutenberg
plugins caching and optimization
Theplugin WordPress : Imagify
Images are an essential component of a website. With WordPress, it is easy to upload them to your site without worrying about their size and the time it will take users to load them. Imagify offers an indispensable solution to manage this. One of the first interesting options offered by this plugin is the possibility to define a maximum size for the images. If a larger image is uploaded, then it will automatically be reduced to the maximum size you specify. Please note that you have the possibility to keep a copy of the original version of your images.
Finally, the main feature of this plugin is to optimize the size of your images. And the gains can be impressive. 30% optimization on images without quality loss or 80% optimization with minimal quality loss are classic with this plugin.
This image optimization work is done via an API, so you will need to create an account here and link your api key to your site.
Theplugin WordPress : Cache Enabler
Multilingual and translation
Theplugin WordPress : Weglot Translate
Weglot is a plugin that allows you to make a multilingual site. It intercepts all the textual elements of a site to propose a translated version. In a first step, Weglot will propose an automatically translated version of your site. This is why setting up a multilingual site that has already been translated only takes a few minutes with this solution.
In this article, I detail its operation and explain how to set it up and use it:
Theplugin WordPress : Loco translate
If the original language of your site is not English, it is possible that certain texts are not translated into your language, or that these texts are not translated as you wish. To solve this, you can useplugin loco translate. To ensure the translation of the themes and plugins, WordPress offers a file-based translation system that contains the origina text (in English), its localization (file and line in the code) as well as its translated version. Loco translate will allow you to edit these translations.
Theplugin WordPress : Contact form 7
Theplugin WordPress : Mailpoet
Theplugin WordPress : wpDiscuz
Theplugin WordPress : Disable Comments
If on the contrary you do not wish to use a comment system on your site, you can simply deactivate them with this plugin. It should be noted that it is possible, by default with WordPress, to disable comments on a particular article or post.
plugin for development
Theplugin WordPress : Code snipets
Theplugin WordPress : Query monitor
Theplugin WordPress : ACF – Advance custom fields
Theplugin WordPress : Woocommerce
Theplugin WordPress : Really Simple SSL
SSL is the essential security protocol today to secure the connection between your site and your users. It is recognized by "HTTPS" in front of URLs.
If everything is well configured with your site, you should have it without needingplugin WordPress in addition. But if you are having trouble with your site's SSL, then this plugin can help you out. It solves most of the conflicts that can prevent SSL from working properly.