As you know, there are thousands of free plugins on the WordPress plugin library. However, if you are new, this article will briefly introduce the most basic plugins that you should use for your WordPress page.
A. Install WordPress Plugin
In the tutorial to set up a website, I also have guided how to install WordPress Plugin so I will not say again. Once you’re done installing, go to the next step
B. Top Necessary Plugins for WordPress
When making a website, you will face spam. Many people use automated tools to spam comments and subscribe to your site. And Akismet is a most popular free anti-spam plugin now.
How to use:
To use this plugin you have to activate the account, click Activate your Akismet account
You click Get your API key to get the activation key.
Click the Get an Akismet API Key button
It will redirect to WordPress.com. If you don’t have an account in WordPress, just create an account to use
You choose BASIC (Free) or choose higher packages if needed
You drag the price bar to the lowest level, then click Create Subscription.
Once you have entered the Akismet account page, look for the AKISMET API KEY, copy the code and return to the WordPress page, and paste to Manually enter an API key
Every time someone posts comments, Akismet Plugin will connect to the server to check the comments, if found spam, the plugin will switch to spam section.
2. Advanced TinyMCE
This plugin will display hidden functionality in the WordPress editor. You can check when creating a new post, if you don’t have this plugin installed, you will see something missing, for example, no underline, …
Advanced TinyMCE will solve your problem. Even if it supports some advanced functions such as creating tables, adding font options, font size, and more.
How to use:
By default, when you install and activate the plugin, you’ll see that the editor looks the same as the image above. However, there are also many other features that you need to activate.
Go to Settings -> TinyMCE Advanced. TinyMCE Advanced supports an intuitive setup interface, which lets you drag and drop buttons to the toolbar and arrange them.
A multifunctional plugin developed by WordPress itself. With Jetpack, you can do almost anything for your blog/website, from creating social networking buttons, related posts, contact forms, … to managing multi site or anti-brute force attacks.
How to use:
Once installed and activated, look at the left sidebar, now you have the Jetpack Plugin for WordPress.
However, to use this plugin you need to connect to WordPress.com. When you click on the Jetpack icon, it will automatically ask you to connect to WordPress.com.
At this time you will see a window appears, just enter your login information.
Now, you’ve finished connecting to WordPress.com, your job now is just to go back to the WordPress home page, select Dashboard -> Jetpack -> Settings to see the Dashboard.
You can enable/disable the features depending on your use.
4. Yoast SEO
This is a powerful and completely free SEO plugin developed by Yoast, now has over 1 million installs. The main function is to help you optimize the title tag, description, create sitemap XML, support Social Media, …
How to use:
Now after installed, you will see in the DashBoard added menu SEO. You can customize the settings for your site or follow the standard settings of howtoweb.website below
First, you click on SEO item on the Dashboard. It will take you to the Yoast SEO settings page.
Go to the “Features” tab and enable “Enabled Advanced setting pages”
Don’t forget to save changes. You will see new items appear under the SEO option in your WordPress menu. These items include: Title and Meta, Social, XML Sitemap, Advanced Options, Tools, etc,…
Next, you switch to the “Your Info” tab. This is where you will provide information about your site and the person or company information.
If you do not enter anything here, Yoast SEO will automatically use your site’s name to fill in. Search engines like Google can display this information in search results as follows:
The next thing is to verify your website with Google. Select the “Webmaster Tools” tab then click “Google Search Console”
You will be taken to the Google Webmaster page, select the HTML tag option and copy the part that I highlighted in the image below. Go back to the Dashboard page and paste in the Google Webmaster Tools and click Save Changes.
In the Accounts tab, You just need to enter the URL of each social networking account.
That’s it!, Yoast SEO basically when installed has almost configured all the things for you. You just need to edit a little bit like above
5. Contact Form 7
Its name is enough to say all the functionality that this plugin brings. Contact Form 7 is a plugin that supports creating simple, professional forms of communication. The advantage of this contact plugin is its superior customization.
How to use:
After installing the Contact Form 7 plugin, go to Contact => Add New to create a new form:
You fill in the title. If you leave the default form and save, you will have a contact form as follows:
To insert a form into any article or page, when adding the form (or edit) and save, you will see a shortcode similar to the following:
You copy this code and paste into any article or page. I recommend to create a page “CONTACT” and insert this code into.
You can add words or images if you like, then Publish.
6. Ithemes Security
A website can not lack security functionality. Ithemes Security is a plugin that has many basic security features to enhance your website security.
7. WP Optimize
The next plugin I want to mention is WP Optimize. This is one of the best cleanup and database optimization plugins up to now. WP Optimizer will delete all spam comments, drafts automatically saved, old versions of posts, … to help your database become clean, neat and load faster.
8. WP Smush
An image compression plugin built on top of Yahoo’s Smush. WP Smush is a WordPress plugin that allows you to optimize images without decrease quality.
9. WP SMTP and ReplyMe
This can be considered the legendary duo used on many blogs/WordPress site today. WP SMTP helps you send emails through the SMTP system of Gmail, Yahoo !, Hotmail. Meanwhile, ReplyMe will automatically send email notices to visitors when their comments are answered by someone.
10 . Accelerated Mobile Pages
AMP is one of the key criteria in SEO in 2017, so you should equip the AMP feature for your site with this plugin. It automatically generates AMP pages for each post.