When you create a website or a blog on the WordPress platform, you have the opportunity to use a huge number of plugins and tools. Some of them are free; some are paid.
Some time ago, LoveUMarketing published the list of more than 60 most important tools for bloggers and online entrepreneurs.
And when it comes to WordPress plugins, below, you will find an alphabetically sorted list of the best WordPress plugins used on AliveBetter blog in 2020.
I called this list AliveBetter’s List Of Plugins.
40+ Best WordPress Plugins (2020)
This is one of the most popular and the most useful plugins in the world for blocking spam in comments. It is available as a free and paid version. The free version is good enough to solve the problem with spam.
Contrary to appearances, spam comments on the blog start appearing very quickly (even before it reaches any popularity), and also, as its popularity increases, this number can grow exponentially.
Automattic’s Akismet Anti-Spam will help you solve the problem quickly and effectively.
This plugin was released in order to allow bloggers to create tweetable quotes like the one on the screenshot above.
So how to use this plugin?
After you install and activate the plugin, go to its settings.
Enter or paste your Twitter handle (without the ‘@’ symbol), check the “Use Short URL?” option, and click “Save Changes.”
In order to create a tweetable quote, you need to select and copy a block of text you are interested in. Then you should click the blue Twitter icon, which is available on the bar located above the text window.
Then you need to paste that short block of text into the field shown below.
There’s also one checkbox that should be checked.
The second field should contain your Twitter handle (username).
Block Bad Queries is an excellent plugin for blocking requests that may be associated with attempted attacks on your website. It prevents, among other things, the SQL injection attack.
The plugin is available in the free and paid version. In conjunction with other plugins presented in this article and other recommendations that you can find on my blog, all you need is a free version of this plugin.
This is by far the best plugin for automatic incremental backup, which can be stored externally.
Even if you have any plugin for preventing brute force attacks, SQL injection, and other scenarios (the best plugins for this purpose are mentioned below), it’s highly recommended to use a service that allows you to store a backup of your site outside of your web server.
Both services have been created by the same company. The difference between them is that BlogVault, in the cheapest package, offers only backup and migration services. MalCare, in the basic package, offers only firewall and virus detection.
Interestingly, I chose the cheapest version of BlogVault which was available in the plan for 5 websites,
and yet I have all the functions active (even real-time backup – creating copies in real time) as if it was the most expensive subscription!
If you consider all these facts, you will know why you should start using this plugin. 🙂
Classic Editor is a plugin designed to restore the classic WordPress editor that has been used for many years in many versions of the platform.
This plugin is mandatory for those who are not able to get used to the Gutenberg editor introduced with the 5.0 version of WordPress.
Companion Auto Update is a plugin used to update plugins, themes, and WordPress automatically.
Obsolete plugins, themes, and an outdated version of WordPress can contribute to potential attacks on the site.
In the settings of the plugin, you can change the frequency of searching for available updates. Personally, I use the hourly option, and I recommend setting it to anyone who manages any WordPress website.
In the bottom part of the screen above, you can see information about the probable incompatibility with the iThemes Security plugin (formerly known as Better WP Security).
In my case, the automatic update of plugins, themes, and WordPress runs smoothly.
This useful and amazing WordPress plugin doesn’t work when your site is hosted at SiteGround.
This plugin adds an area with related posts at the bottom of every article (this feature can be incompatible with some WP themes, and it seems that it doesn’t work with Astra theme).
Disable Comments is a handy and popular plugin used to block the ability to write comments on WordPress-based sites.
At the beginning of April 2019, this plugin had over 1 million active installations.
This plugin displays the PHP version currently installed on your server.
This plugin creates a table of contents similar to the one on the screen above.
Elementor is recognized as one of the best and the most popular page builder plugins for WordPress.
At the end of March 2020, it had more than 4 million active installations.
12. Envato Market
This plugin helps to receive updates of the themes purchased on ThemeForest.
This is a great Google Analytics plugin that allows you to connect Google Analytics to a blog or a website easily.
Allows you to add entries to the <head></head> and <body></body> sections of the site code.
15. iQ Block Country
This plugin blocks visitors from the countries of your choice to access your website.
16. iThemes Security
This is one of the most effective and the most popular plugins that enhance the security of the WordPress platform. This plugin is available in both free and paid versions. The free version offers, in my opinion, an appropriate number of available options.
If you use this plugin, you should add Google robots’ IP addresses to the whitelist for more accessible and more efficient indexing of your site.
The list can be found in Global Settings -> Lockout White List.
The list of Google search engine IP addresses is available below. Just copy, paste, and save changes.
17. Ivory Search
As you might have noticed, some WordPress themes have a search box implemented by default. If your theme is not offering that option, you can add the box to your theme using Ivory Search plugin.
18. kk Star Ratings
This is a plugin created for implementing the reader rating mechanism. These ratings can be displayed in Google search results in the form of stars.
There is also another type of stars displayed in Google’s results. These are ratings of services or products assigned to them by the authors of the posts.
You can still use it if you want to, but your ratings will be visible only for those who visit your site. It won’t be visible in Google search results anymore. 😕
19. Migrate Guru
This is a BlogVault-based amazing plugin created for migrating websites between various hosting providers. It allows you to transfer your site to almost every hosting company easily.
This plugin allows you to easily create a widget that increases the reach and popularity of your blog.
As you can see in the picture above, the widget includes a link to the fan page on Facebook and allows you to like it instantly using the included button.
Below is the information about the number of friends who have already liked the fan-page. In case if nobody from your friends has liked it, it shows a sentence like: “Be the first person among your friends to like this fan page.”
Furthermore, this widget has the option of displaying the fan-page timeline, thanks to which your visitors can quickly review entries, like them, comment on them and/or share them on their own profiles.
Many websites have similar plugins. Nowhere, however, have I encountered the option of browsing posts from the fan-page directly in the widget on the site. After long hours of testing many different plugins and attempting to customize the method given in Facebook support, I finally came across the Mongoose Page Plugin. In my case, this is the only plugin of this kind that really works!
21. My Simple Space
It’s a very interesting plugin that displays information about the current version of PHP and the amount of space used on the server’s disk by particular components – plugins, themes, photos, databases, etc.
22. Rank Math SEO
Rank Math SEO is an entirely free plugin that is not available in a premium version.
After more than 3 years of blogging, I discovered that this plugin is by far the best WordPress SEO plugin ever.
Previously, I had been using Yoast SEO (which is also on this list).
However, Rank Math is by far the best free plugin which will help you achieve better results in Google and other search engines.
Redirection is an excellent plugin that allows you to create redirects from one URL to another one easily. This option is useful if you change the URL of one of your articles or delete an old article (with some backlinks), and you want to create a redirect to another article or to the homepage to avoid a 404 error and pass some link juice to it.
This plugin allows you to add social icons (with links to your social profiles) to your website.
Adds schema.org markups to the webpage. This is one of the quite important elements of SEO.
However, if you use Rank Math SEO, you don’t need any other plugin for this purpose.
26. Search & Replace
It is a handy and valuable plugin that allows you to solve quite often occurring mixed content problem.
You don’t need this plugin if your site is hosted at Kinsta since they have implemented their own, similar to this plugin, but even a much better solution.
This is one of the best image optimization plugins for WordPress. On this blog, the size of the images has been reduced by 30% even though before publishing, they were compressed using tinyjpg.com and WP Smush plugin.
If you scroll down to the end of this post (or any other on this blog), you will surely notice an interesting author bio box at the bottom of my article.
If you’d like to create a similar box on your blog, I can recommend you using Simple Author Box plugin.
29. Simple Lightbox
This plugin allows you to create an effect of zooming in images when clicked. You can observe such an effect in many articles on this blog when images are not big enough to be “readable” but can be enlarged when you click them.
30. SiteOrigin CSS
This plugin allows you to modify the appearance of some elements of the site by adding the appropriate custom CSS code. It’s possible not only with the built-in code editor but also in visual mode.
31. Social Warfare
As a user of the Internet, you have noticed social sharing buttons on some sites at least a few times in your life. There’s nothing strange – social media activity is quite an essential ingredient of any blogger’s success.
Social Warfare is an excellent plugin (available in free and paid version), which allows you to place social sharing buttons on your blog.
With this functionality, the reach and popularity of your blog should go up.
It’s a great plugin that allows you to create tables similar to the one in the article about creating WordPress sites.
It’s a perfect plugin for managing affiliate links.
34. Top 10
Some WordPress themes have the option of displaying the most popular posts. If your theme doesn’t, you can add this functionality to your site using Top 10 WordPress plugin.
This is the second one of the best WordPress security plugins in 2020. You can use it together with iThemes Security exactly as I do.
37. WP File Manager
It’s a file manager with options of copying, moving, deleting, renaming, editing files, and extracting archives.
With this plugin, you can temporarily display a screen informing readers of maintenance work. It’s useful, for example, if you change your site’s theme. Access to the website can be restored at any time once you feel everything is working correctly.
39. WP Rocket
For more information about this amazing caching plugin, go to this article.
This is a contact form plugin for WordPress, which is a way better than Contact Form 7. The plugin works in a visual mode and is very user-friendly.
What’s interesting, it has a built-in effective anti-spam filter. Contact Form 7, for comparison, needed a separate plugin to filter messages sent by the readers of the blog.
Furthermore, WPForms is an easy to use plugin, which makes it easy to create any contact form using its fantastic drag and drop feature!
If you are interested in creating contact forms for your websites, this should be the plugin of your choice.
41. WPS Hide Login
In the age of the internet, there may be occasional attempts to hack websites. One of such massive attacks took place in 2017. Sometimes the reasons are software vulnerabilities; other times, it may be a lack of knowledge or ignorance of the site administrator.
WordPress has a default login path to the admin panel. This path follows the format of domainname.extension/wp-admin or domainname.extension/wp-login.php. Often, this path is the main target of attacks. If the administrator of the website/blog additionally has a password that is relatively easy to guess, there is a quite high risk that the site will get hacked.
The WPS Hide Login plugin changes the default login path to the WordPress admin panel to an individual path defined by the site administrator, which should quite effectively hinder attempts to hack the site.
42. Yoast SEO
Must Have WordPress Plugins – Quick Summary
Most of the plugins mentioned above belong to the completely free category. A small part of them has both a free and paid version.
Besides, I recommend everyone to use the excellent BlogVault service to create real-time incremental backups and to protect WordPress sites against viruses and hackers.
This plugin also proves to be one of the best if you need to transfer your site from one hosting company to another one.
Rafał Alitojć is a graduate of two universities (PWSZ in Zamość and PJATK in Warsaw).
Besides, he is the founder & owner of AliveBetter blog where you can find some cool information mainly about blogging, SEO, and marketing, but also about personal development, finance, health, traveling, IT, and education.