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Top WordPress plugins for SEO, analytics, and beyond

by Marie Lewis | Jun 18, 2021, 12:20 PM
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There’s a reason WordPress is the most popular web content management system in the world-- it’s open-source (free for anyone to use and modify), and you don’t have to be a software engineer to use it. But it does take a little savvy, and the sheer volume of plugins (55,000 and counting!) might seem a bit daunting to the casual user. So we’ve compiled a list of the top WordPress plugins for some of the most frequently used applications. 

SEO

Yoast SEO is by far the highest-rated WordPress plugin for search engine optimization (SEO), with 5 million users and more than 25,000 5-star reviews. The free version offers a score for SEO and readability and other guidance for improving your content, such as site maps and meta tags. The premium version offers additional tools, insights, and one-on-one email support.

Security

Wordfence is the most popular WordPress firewall and security scanner for blocking malicious traffic, scanning for malware, and two-factor authentication (2FA). Bonus: the Wordfence team is devoted solely to WordPress security.

Google Analytics

Monster Insights is a Google Analytics plugin for WordPress that allows you to take advantage of all those juicy tracking features without the help of a developer or the need for adding complicated tracking codes to your site. It also offers integration with the WordPress WooCommerce plugin, noted below.

Social sharing

Social Media Share Buttons make it easy for users to share your content with share icons for all the top social media platforms. You can also use your own customized icons. The free version is pretty robust, and the premium level offers options for design, placement, and functionality. You can try it out on this dummy site for free.

eCommerce

Woo Commerce is “the world’s most popular open-source eCommerce solution.” Built-in tools and options for customization make it easy to handle payments, configure shipping options, and calculate fees and sales tax. 

Email and newsletter publication

Email Subscribers is a newsletter plugin that allows you to create and send newsletters, collect leads, and send automatic updates when new content is published. Premium users get additional features and one-on-one support. 

WordPress provides plenty of widgets, templates, plugins, and tools, but it doesn’t tell you what’s missing or what your website visitors expect. BoxCrush can develop a beautiful, custom Wordpress website to enable customer engagement and either hand you the controls or manage it for you so you can focus on other tasks. Drop us a message in the contact form below to start a conversation about it today.