Below are a few must have plugins for your WordPress website. These plugins can help you build and maintain secure and optimized website. Though most businesses have different needs these plugins are common to use for any and all kind of websites.

Here are few of best security plugins for WordPress websites. These plugins help protect websites from malware and brute force attacks.

Sucuri Security

One of the best security plugins available for WordPress. It provides valuable tools for blacklist monitoring, malware scanning, file integrity monitoring, and security hardening. 

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Pricing: Free / Premium ($199.99/year)

Features:

  • Security Activity Auditing
  • File Integrity Monitoring
  • Remote Malware Scanning
  • Blocklist Monitoring
  • Effective Security Hardening
  • Post-Hack Security Actions
  • Security Notifications
  • Website Firewall (Premium)

Wordfence Security

One of the best security plugins available for WordPress. It provides valuable tools for blacklist monitoring, malware scanning, file integrity monitoring, and security hardening.

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Pricing: Free / Premium ($199.99/year)

Features:

  • Security Activity Auditing
  • File Integrity Monitoring
  • Remote Malware Scanning
  • Blocklist Monitoring
  • Effective Security Hardening
  • Post-Hack Security Actions
  • Security Notifications
  • Website Firewall (Premium)

All In One WP Security & Firewall

It reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities, and by implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques.

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Pricing: Free

Features:

  • Password strength tool
  • Stop user enumeration. So, users/bots cannot discover user info via author permalink.
  • Login Lockdown feature.
  • Monitor/View failed login attempts
  • Automatically lockout IP address ranges which attempt to login with an invalid username.
  • Identifies files or folders which have permission settings which are not secure
  • Monitor all host system logs
  • Firewall protection
  • Brute Force Login Prevention
  • Security scanner

WP Activity Log

This plugin keeps a log of every activity on WordPress website. It helps monitor any suspicious activity or login attempts. It can also be useful in trobuleshooting errors.

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Pricing: Free

Features:

  • Ensure user productivity
  • Improve user accountability
  • Ease troubleshooting
  • Know exactly what all your users are doing
  • Better manage & organize your WordPress site & users
  • Easily spot suspicious behaviour before there are security problems

Below are few recommended plugins to improve website content for SEO and to optimize pages to improve keyword ranking.

Yoast SEO

This plugin improves website’s rankings on search engines, by helping optimizing content and allows to add meta descriptions and key phrases for the pages and posts.

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Pricing: Free / Premium ($99/year)

Features:

  • Automated technical SEO improvements, like canonical URLs and meta tags.
  • Advanced XML sitemaps: making it easy for Google to understand your site structure.
  • Title and meta description templating, for better branding and consistent snippets in the search results.
  • An in-depth Schema.org integration that will increase your chance of getting rich results, by helping search engines to understand your content.
  • Full control over site breadcrumbs, so that users and search engines always know where they are.
  • Faster loading times for your whole website, due to an innovative way of managing data in WordPress.
  • E-mail support for our Yoast SEO Premium users.
  • Readability analysis
  • Google preview
  • The possibility to expand Yoast SEO with the News SEO, Video SEO, Local SEO and WooCommerce SEO extensions. (Premium)
  • Social previews (Premium)

SEMRush (Marketing Platform)

SEMrush is all in one marketing platform. It helps monitor position tracking, provides keyword analysis, On page SEO checker, content optimization and competitor analysis.

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Pricing: ($119/month)

Features:

  • Keyword Overview – Discover all the best keywords to target and bring traffic to the website
  • On-page SEO – Audit website pages and get ideas to improve their health and SEO performance.
  • Competitor analysis – Increase your website traffic and improve performance with competitors’ winning strategies.
  • Content Marketing – Develop a powerful content strategy with data-driven solutions
  • Local SEO – Optimize your site for local searches and get more local customers
  • Create insightful PDF reports with Semrush and automate your reporting and analytics process
  • Backlink analytics, Backlink audit tool
  • Organic traffic insights
  • Link Building Tool
  • Keyword overview

MonsterInsights Pro

This plugin provides insight into Google Analytics data within WordPress dashboard. It shows real time visitors and prepares customized report to analyse the traffic source.

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Pricing: (99.50/year)

Features:

  • Audience Report – It shows you detailed insights like which country your visitors are coming from, what are they most interested in, which device are they using.
  • Behaviour Report – It shows you exactly how people find your website, which keywords did they search for, who referred them, what did they click on your site, and more.
  • Content Report – It shows you stats on exactly which content gets the most visits, so you can stop guessing and start creating content that gets more traffic and conversion.
  • Site Speed Report –  makes it easy to track pagespeed insights and loading times for your website and get the information you need to improve user experience and your SEO rankings.
  • Focus Keyword Tracking – see stats for Yoast focus keyword and see how it correlates with your traffic.
  • Category Tracking – see stats for your WordPress categories to find out which sections of your sites are the most popular.
  • Tags Tracking – see stats for your WordPress tags to find out which tags are the most popular.
  • eCommerce Tracking – 1-click Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce tracking for WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, LifterLMS, and MemberPress.

Site Kit by Google

This Free plugin allows to connect various Google tools such as Google Analytics, Search Console, Ad Sense, PageSpeed Insights and Tag manager into WordPress dashboard.

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Pricing: Free

Features:

  • Easy-to-understand stats directly on your WordPress dashboard
  • Official stats from multiple Google tools, all in one dashboard
  • Quick setup for multiple Google tools without having to edit the source code of your site
  • Metrics for your entire site and for individual posts
  • Easy-to-manage, granular permissions across WordPress and different Google products

Website speed is an important factor for SEO and there are many factors that affects website performance. Here are two plugins that can help in improving your website speed.

Autoptimize

This website optimization plugins provides various techniques to optimize website pages by compressing static resources and optimizing images.

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Pricing: Free

Features:

  • GZIP Compression
  • Database optimization
  • Image optimization
  • Image lazy loading
  • Optimise Google Fonts,
  • Async non-aggregated JavaScript,
  • Remove WordPress core emoji cruft

WebP Express

This plugin allows website to serve images in WebP format. It convers jpeg/png images into the WebP format and serves it one WebP supported browsers and improves website speed.

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Pricing: Free

Features:

  • Much faster load time for images in browsers that supports WebP. The converted images are typically less than half the size (for jpeg), while maintaining the same quality. Bear in mind that for most web sites, images are responsible for the largest part of the waiting time.
  • Better user experience (whether performance goes from terrible to bad, or from good to impressive, it is a benefit).
  • Better ranking in Google searches (performance is taken into account by Google).
  • Less bandwidth consumption – makes a huge difference in the parts of the world where the internet is slow and costly (you know, ~80% of the world population lives under these circumstances).
  • Currently ~95% of all traffic, and ~96% of mobile browsing traffic are done with browsers supporting WebP. Check current numbers on caniuse.com.