The top ten essential plugins for WordPress in 2019 to get the most out of your site

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A content management system is a software tool that is used to manage documents. You can create, edit and publish content using this tool. These days almost all the websites are using content management systems to manage content on the web. 

Well, before I proceed, I ought to mention here that we are not in any way associated with any plugin provider and there might be others too which are good in their functionalities. Here the point worth mentioning is that we like working with these plugins as they have served our purpose rather well and thought that you also should enjoy the benefits of the same. 

Content Management Systems are these days available as web-based user interfaces and can be easily installed on your computer and it simplifies the process of website updating. One such content management system is WordPress. 

WordPress is an open-source content management system and initially, it was promoted as a tool to create a blog. Nowadays, as there have been changes to the core code you can create any sort of website by using the plugins which can be used with this content management system. Here is a list of the ten most essential plugins for WordPress in 2019. 

1. Hummingbird: 

Well, we all live in the Google universe and Google says that your site should load within two seconds. Also, the common visitor to your website shall not wait for more than eight seconds for your website to load. So, if your website takes more time, you are really asking for trouble as the visitor is surely going to leave without even looking at what your site has to offer. 

This is where Hummingbird steps in. It gives you an analysis of your website after scanning it. It takes just a couple of clicks to fix the issues. It just does not do page caching but also compresses and merges resulting in the overall improvement of website speed. So, as a website owner, you must have this plugin for your content management system. 

2. W3 Total Cache: 

It increases the page load speed for WordPress sites thereby giving a better experience to your user. Download times get reduced as server performance gets improved which results in improvement of overall site performance. This translates into a higher ranking for your website in search engine rankings. It also helps in improving web server performance during the times when there is high traffic on your website. This plugin is a must for your content management system. 

3. Wordfence:

One of the most crucial things you must be concerned about is the security of your website. This is something you just cannot ignore. As there are innumerable malicious viruses that can harm your website you have to keep your website safe and secure. 

Wordfence Security is a security plugin available in WordPress which features Firewall protection, malware scan, login security, live traffic monitoring among others. It lets you monitor all your traffic in real-time including robots, 404 errors, humans, logouts, etc.

4. CPT UI:

CPT UI stands for Custom Post Type UI. You can register, manage custom post types and taxonomies for your website. While it helps solve the problem of creating custom post types displaying the data becomes a problem for which you can use Custom Post Type UI Extended. The official development of custom post type UI is available on Github while the official stable releases are published on WordPress.org. 

5. ACF: 

The Advanced Custom Fields plugin helps you to take full control of your WordPress screens and data. You can easily add fields all over WordPress which include posts, media, comments and custom options pages. Also, you can load and display your custom field values in any theme template with hassle-free developer-friendly functions.

6. OPTIONTREE:

Option tree allows you to build a powerful theme administration page that has all kinds of functionality, starting from a simple text field to file upload fields. You can also create repeatable fields, tabbed custom galleries, CSS editor and many more things. Just imagine building administration options and custom meta boxes that you have made for your custom post in just under an hour. This is the facility which Option tree gives you, many configured option types that can be used in minutes instead of hours. 

This associated blogpost which talks of website visitor engagement might interest you. 

7. Page Builder by SiteOrigin:

This is the most popular page creation plugin for WordPress which makes it very easy to create content which is responsive and column-based. You can use the widgets which you want to use the most. Most importantly, your content will be accurately adapting itself to all types of mobile devices which ensures that your site is mobile-ready. You need this to make responsive content. 

8. Google Analytics +: 

It is very important to track the way your users visit the site. Moreover, it is very necessary to know when your users shall be visiting your website. This is where Google Analytics + comes to play. It gives you a measure of the popularity of your site and how you can increase the number of visitors to your website. You can keep track of visits, bounce rate, page views, average visit duration, etc. All these help you in making your website more user-friendly and optimize it so that it can rank higher in search engine searches. 

9. Google XML Sitemaps: 

If you want to really have a superior quality of a content management system it is a must that you have this plugin. This plugin will generate an XML sitemap for your website.  This is essential as having an XML sitemap is very crucial to help search engines index your blog better. If you use this plugin, search engines will get notified whenever a post is created with regards to fresh content. 

10. Snapshot:

The last one is probably the most important. As you are a website owner if you have a backup of your data, you shall be spared of much grief later. If you have a plugin which helps you in restoring your site to its original position, what more could you ask for? So, as a user of a content management system, this is one plugin you must have. To enlighten you, your content management system will be in safer hands as you can also save your backups to multiple locations like Amazon S3, Google Drive, etc. 

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