Originally Published August 2020
In this video and blog, we’ll talk about some amazing WordPress plugins you should absolutely be using on your WP site.
After watching this video you’ll learn about four amazing WordPress plugins that can make your website faster, easier to rank in search results, prevent SPAM, and reduce noise in your Google Analytics. Most of these plugins do have premium options, but I’ll cover what they have available in their free versions here. Watch to the end of the video for all of the tools and tips you need.
Let’s learn about the four WordPress plugins you need on your website, together.
Also, be sure to check out our video on “4 WordPress Plugins You Need On Your Website” if you prefer to watch rather than read.
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a free plugin you can find at yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo.
When you’re trying to update your website’s SEO, it can be hard to find and change all the details. Yoast SEO makes it simpler by gathering everything you need to change in one place. With Yoast SEO, you can easily edit and change your page and posts titles, descriptions, and canonical URLs or breadcrumbs, schema, and more. Yoast SEO can help you optimize your page or post for a single keyword, and will let you know when your content hasn’t been edited for six months so you can keep it fresh. It’ll also give you an SEO score and Reading Ease score to help you out.
Jetpack is a free plugin you can find at jetpack.com.
Jetpack is a security and marketing plugin. It can protect you from brute-force attacks by restricting the number of login attempts from a single IP address. It monitors your website for downtime, provides XML sitemaps, image and file hosting, and more. This is an all-around great plugin to take advantage of on any WordPress site.
3. EWWW Image Optimizer
EWWW Image Optimizer is a free plugin you can find at ewww.io.
If you’d like a faster website, one of the best ways is to compress your images. With WordPress, you can start by using EWWW Image Optimizer. This plugin will automatically compress images in JPG, PNG, GIF formats as well as PDF files. This makes sure every image is optimized for every device. It can also compress images as they’re uploaded, to prevent users from mistakenly uploading images that are way too big.
4. IP Geo Block
IP Geo Block is a free plugin you can find at ipgeoblock.com.
You may have noticed your analytics can get muddied with data from areas you don’t serve. If you’re a plumber, restaurant, or bank, etc., you really don’t need all of the data about people visiting your website from Japan, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, etc. It can actually make your website safer to block anyone with an IP address from outside of your selected country from accessing the website.
With IP Geo Block, you can block those IP addresses wholesale, reducing server load, increasing security, and cleaning up your analytics. This reduces the chance of malicious access of your website, and blocks unnecessary comments. If you need to, you can unblock additional countries. For instance, if you’re in the U.S., you could include Canada or Mexico as safe countries to access your website from.
I hope this video on the four WordPress plugins you need on your website can really help you secure and speed up your website.
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