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The best plugins for your WordPress website

To optimise your site

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Nowadays there are tens of thousands of plugins. At Mediabirds we use them regularly too. To save you time, we’ve narrowed it down to the – in our opinion – 7 best functional plugins for the performance of your WordPress website. From SEO plugins to load time accelerators to security. We’ll tell you why you should use these plugins in this blog. 

Yoast SEO

With the Yoast SEO plugin you can enter keywords or key phrases on which you want your post or page to rank in the search results. The plugin checks the content and makes sure the keywords are used often enough – but not too often – and in the right places. Yoast also checks your text for variations of that word or phrase. 

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WP Rocket 

WP Rocket is the most powerful caching plugin in the world. It is used to improve the speed of your WordPress site, SEO rankings and conversions. WP Rocket automatically applies 80% of the best practices for web performance. So you don’t need a lot of know-how to set it up and benefit from it. 

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WPML makes it easy to build multilingual sites and let your visitors switch between languages. With WPML you can translate pages, posts, custom built elements and menus. In fact, your entire website. Because more than a million websites worldwide are translated with WPML, you don’t have to worry about whether the latest update of WordPress or various plugins will work with WMPL.  

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Wordfence is the most comprehensive security option available. The plugin includes a malware scanner and endpoint firewall built from the ground up to protect WordPress. The Threat Defense Feed provides Wordfence with the latest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. 

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Cloudflare CDN

Cloudflare is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) system. But what is it? If you host a normal website at a party, your website is on the server there. Cloudflare has a huge number of servers worldwide (edge network), which means your website is visited over Cloudflare’s servers. This way, Cloudflare can handle high visitor loads and your website will never be down. Furthermore, the plugin offers ultra fast delivery of static and dynamic content through its global edge network. It also makes your website faster. 

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WooCommerce is a plugin for WordPress which you use to build web shops. In the meantime, the plugin has grown from a simple plugin to a huge community that offers much more. The plugin has been downloaded millions of times and is one of the most popular systems for a webshop. 

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Elementor is the only builder you should have if you decide to develop your website in a builder. With Elementor, you can easily create single templates. In the builder, you can integrate most things you can think of. Ideal if you can’t write code. The disadvantage of working with a builder is that it makes for a slower website and not unlimited possibilities. For a simple website this builder is a good option. 

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