How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress (With or Without Plugin)

Knowing about how to add google analytics to WordPress should be the top priority for any website administrator. It’s the first step to know about the readers of your website and what they are looking for. 

how to add analytics to wordpress

In this tutorial I will discuss the following things about Google Analytics, Including:

What is Google Analytics?

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google for free to check the insights of users and visitors of your website. It tracks and reports your website traffic in a detailed manner all the time. Google introduced this in November 2005 after acquiring web statistics and analysis program Urchin that was developed by Urchin Software Corporation.

Why Do You Need to Use Google Analytics In Your Website?

Knowing about your customers is the foremost important thing for any business, either it is offline or online. This will improve your sales and also gives better understanding of your customers or visitors of the website.

Here Google Analytics does the same thing for you by providing all the information about your website visitors including.

  • Analytics Intelligence to get fast answers to questions about analytics data and insights.
  • Analyze and understand how users are interacting with your site using a wide range of reporting tools like audience reports, behavior reports, conversion reports, real-time tracking etc.
  • Access your data anywhere along with web applications, you can also access it through mobile app both in Android and iOS.
  • Integrate Google Analytics with various google products which includes Google Ads, Google search console, Google Adsense for better understanding your website visitors.

How to Signup with Google Analytics?

Google Analytics is a free tool to track your website visitors, to get started with Google Analytics you need a Google or gmail account.

Step 1: Go through this Google Analytics page to sign up. You need to login with your google account.  If you don’t have a Google or Gmail account then create an account first.

Login into Google Account

Step 2: After logging in with Google account you’ve to enter an account by giving account name. Type your desired account name and if you want to share your analytics data with google tick the below options or you can uncheck those boxes if you don’t want to share any data.

create account in google analytics

Step 3: After clicking the next button you need to choose the product you want to measure. Select web to measure your wordpress website.

choose type of account

Step 4: In the next step type your website name, address, industry category and reporting time zone then click on the create button.

choose category of website

Now you’ll be presented with Google analytics terms and services agreement which you must agree to complete the setup process.

Now you’ll get the tracking code of your website along with tracking id. Copy the tracking code and keep it aside to use it in the WordPress website integration.

tracking code of website

How to Install Google Analytics with a Plugin?

There are many plugins like monster insights, google sitekit, and GA google analytics available to set up google analytics on your website. Here I’m using Googel sitekit plugin which comes along with search console, pagespeed insights and Google adsense.

Now install the Google site kit plugin and activate it to set up in your wordpress dashboard. To activate the site kit plugin you’ve to go through a few verification steps which confirms you as an owner of the website.

google site kit

After completing all steps with integrating your google account to the site kit you’ll be able to see the data from search console, google analytics and pagespeed insights at one place. You can analyze data separately from the left sidebar by clicking site kit menu.

google site kit dashboard

If you don’t want other data like pagespeed insights and search console then use GA analytics plugin which only shows analytics data.

How to Install Google Analytics in Theme Without a Plugin?

If you prefer not to use a plugin for google analytics integration on your wordpress website then you can directly place google analytics code in the theme itself. For this method you need a child theme to avoid analytics code loss during theme updation.

Nowadays most of the themes provide child themes , if your theme doesn’t have a child theme then create yourself by following the below guide.

After installing and activating the child theme you need to paste the tracking code just before the closing </head> tag in your child theme header.php file. In this way you don’t lose tracking code whenever you update the main theme.

To add tracking code click on appearance > Theme editor then choose header.php and paste your site analytics tracking code just before closing </head> tag then click on update button to save the changes.

add analytics code before head

How to Install Google Analytics in theme with a Plugin?

If you find it difficult to add tracking code in header.php file then you can easily do this step by using a plugin called insert headers and footers plugin.

After installing and activating plugin go to settings >> insert headers and footers and paste the tracking code under scripts in the header section. Click on the save button will add that code directly into the header.php file.

add tracking code in headers and footers plugin

Now we are done with the analytics setup and tracking process. To check whether it is working or not go to google analytics dashboard by logging to your google account and click on admin in the sidebar. 

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Under property select tracking info then click on tracking code. Here you’ll be able to see traffic status. Click on send test traffic and you’ll observe that 1 active user right now under status.

Most of the time tracking code works within minutes of time.If it doesn’t show traffic even after clicking the send test traffic button then try after a few hours.

That’s it you successfully installed google analytics tracking code on your wordpress website. You can go with any one of the methods mentioned above as per your requirements.

If you find it difficult at any stage of implementation, feel free to contact me through contact form.

Best Free WordPress Blog Themes for 2021

are you looking for a free theme for your WordPress website? There are thousands of free WordPress themes available in WordPress repository. The list increases day by day with themes under different categories.

best free wordpress blog themes

Here I list out some of the most popular best free WordPress themes for the year 2020. Have a look at these themes and choose the one which suits your website/blog.

Astra

Astra is a fast and lightweight WordPress theme coded under 50kb of the frontend. You can create any type of website with this theme like a personal portfolio, WooCommerce store front end, or a personal blog.

astra - best free wordpress blog theme

It allows you to use website builder tools like Elementor, beaver builder right from the start with full integration. Schema.org code and native AMP integration give an edge over sites in terms of search engine optimization.

If you’re looking for the best portfolio WordPress theme, then this would be an excellent choice for you. Its one of the best WordPress themes in terms of page loading speed, predefined customization options.

Neve

Neve is a fast, multi-purpose theme that is perfect for blogs, agencies, firms, e-commerce stores(WooCommerce storefront), personal portfolio sites. Reduced size of the theme improves the site speed and loads in less than 1 second.

neve free wordpress blog theme

It comes with a fully responsive layout and AMP optimized, which increases the chances of ranking your website on google. Neve works perfectly with WordPress latest editor Gutenberg and the other popular page builders like elementor,brizy, Divi, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer.

Generate Press

GeneratePress is a lightweight WordPress theme with 30kb size, which works best for your WordPress blog. They create this theme compatible with WordPress new block editor Gutenberg which gives you more control over creating content.

Generate Press -light weight wordpress theme

It is compatible with most of the page builders, including elementor, beaver builder. GeneratePress is a fully responsive theme without any jquery code. Integrated schema.org code for better search rankings. Its compatible with almost all famous plugins, including WooCommerce store plugins.

OceanWP

Are you looking for a WordPress theme to build a WooCommerce storefront without putting a heavy load on your server? Then choose OceanWP. A perfect theme for your WooCommerce storefront can also used for other types of websites like portfolio, business.

OceanWP WordPress Free Theme

It allows you to increase user engagement and conversions with integrated WooCommerce features. Work with most of the page builders like elementor, visual composer, beaver builder, Divi, SiteOrigin, etc.  

Fully responsive, RTL & translation ready theme, which allows you to translate the site into your language.

GO

Are you looking for a simple theme with minimalist design? Then GO theme is the perfect choice for your website/blog. Go theme is developed by the most famous domain registrar Godaddy.

Go theme by godaddy

It integrates WordPress latest block editor Gutenberg to create the most flexible theme for your WordPress site. You can customize colors and fonts, along with multiple design styles. Apart from this, it comes with multiple header and footer variations integrated with the social links menu.

Available in 27 languages along with RTL language support, the Go theme is a free minimal wordpress theme. If you want to get maximum from the Gutenberg block editor, then this theme would be the right choice for your website.

Colibri WP

Drag and Drop method is the easiest method to design a website. Even beginners can create a beautiful site with drag and drop options. Colibri WP is such a theme with a predesigned home page along with five predesigned headers and 35 ready to use content blocks.

Colobri WP theme

It comes with 25 drag and drops components, which allows you to create your custom blocks. With Colibri, you can set any background to your site by choosing a video background, slideshow background, and header content types.

It comes up with its elementor style editor to customize themes, so there is no need to install any other theme editor.

Hestia

Hestia is a theme that covers so many categories like restaurant themes, sport, and medical shop themes, online agencies, portfolios, even e-commerce. It comes up with a multipurpose one-page design along with a blog/news page and widgetized footer and also compatible with photo gallery, travel map.

Hestia - restaurant wordpress theme

It works fine with a popular page builder elementor. You can also create beautiful sliders with parallax slider. The theme is responsive and retina ready and too SEO friendly.

Shapely

Shapely is one kind of theme that gives so much flexibility in designing your website. It comes with a one-page pixel perfect design and provides several customization options.

Shapely portfolio wordpress theme

The beauty of this theme lies in its widgets  which can be used to add personal information as a portfolio and testimonials about your service. Call for action widget to increase user engagement.

It supports and works fine with most popular WordPress plugins such as Contact Form 7, WooCommerce, Gravity Forms, Yoast SEO, Google Analytics by Yoast and many more.

With availability of widgets you can change your site into portfolio, e-commerce store, local business or you can use it is a personal blog.

Its fully responsive and mobile friendly theme that suits for any type of business.

Zakra

With 10+ free starter sites we can call Zakra as a true multipurpose theme which covers most of the categories. Zakra is lightweight, fast and flexible multipurpose theme suitable for portfolio, WooCommerce store, niche-based sites like yoga, charity, cafe, education and personal blog etc. It supports elementor page builder along other popular page builders.

Zakra - Gutenberg ready theme

The theme also compatible with WordPress’s latest block editor Gutenberg, SEO friendly and translation ready.

Customify

As the name suggests it’s a multipurpose theme that works with any type of website. Customify is a lightweight, responsive and fast loading theme with great usability. It comes up with true WYSIWYG header and footer builder which can used inside the WordPress customize option.

Customify - free wordpress responsive theme

It works with most of the page builder plugins like Elementor, SiteOrigin, Divi, Visual Composer and Beaver Builder etc. You can create any type of websites like E-Commerce store, business agencies, portfolio, restaurant, medical, consultiong and personal blog.

Customify is compatible with most of the popular plugins like Yoast SEO, BuddyPress, OrbitFox, WooCommerce. Customify would be great for restaurant business.

As I said earlier there are thousands of themes available for WordPress and everyday the number increases. Choose a theme with mobile friendly design, SEO friendly site structure, light weight and fast loading to get maximum benefits.

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FAQ about WordPress Themes:

  1. What are WordPress Themes?

As per the developers of WordPress , a WordPress theme is a collection of different files that work together to create complete website layout. Changing your theme changes the layout of your website .

  • How to customize WordPress theme?

WordPress has great flexibility when it comes customize themes, you can customize your website theme with ease using the inbuilt customize option.

Alternatively you can use any one of the popular page builder plugins  like elementor, beaver builder, SiteOrigion etc.

5 Best Free Online Logo Generators

Today I’m providing the best free online logo generators that allow you to create a logo for your website, product, app, etc. There are so many websites offering free logo generating and editing services, but most of them charging any fee to download them.

best free online logo generators

There are so many posts on the internet on this topic, unlike those I list out only websites that provide truly free logo editing and downloading options. After trying most of the free logo generating services, I ended up with four logo making services, which includes a logo for free of cost without collecting a single dime.

Namecheap Free Logo Maker

How did I miss this beautiful free logo maker in the first place? We all know that Namecheap is one of the best domain and hosting provider, but they also provide free logo maker to everybody even without collecting your email id. You will get numerous designs based upon your font, color selections.

namecheap free logo maker

Just go through this link and enter your company’s name and type of business, which is optional then click on continue. Choose one font style in each and select your favorite color pattern.

Then choose 3 icons to get unlimited versions of logos. Download your logo bundled with vector files and 3 high-quality logos to use it on various platforms.

Namecheap free logo maker allows you to edit the logo, unlimited times for free. Maybe you won’t get the professional design for free, but this logo maker has the edge over all other free logo making services.

Shopify Free logo Generator

We all know that Shopify is the leading e-commerce software providing platform where you can set up your e-commerce store without having coding knowledge. They are offering a logo for free of cost.

shopify logo generator
Hatchful.shopfiy.com
  1. Go through the following link and choose your business category. If your business space not available, then select none of the above.
  2. Choose the visual style from the 18 predefined styles. You can choose upto 3 styles.
  3. Type business name and slogan(optional) in the next step and select your business type, whether it is an online store or website. You can tick all if you want.
  4. Choose any one from the created logos and start editing as per your need.
  5. Change colors, fonts, layout, and icons until you get your desired style and click on next to get your design.

You can get a high-resolution logo with unlimited revisions along with premade social media posters like Facebook page cover photo, profile photo, twitter banner (two variations), twitter profile photo, LinkedIn profile banner (two variations), Linkedin profile image, youtube profile image, Pinterest profile image and favicon for your website.

After completing the design, click on the download logo and create one free account to download all these logos. Once the signup process completed, you’ll get all your logos as a bundle to your email address.

Even after downloading logo you can perform unlimited revisions for free.

Spark Adobe Logo Maker

We all know adobe as software vendor which provides many software for video and image editing. They also offer logos for your business without charging any amount.

Tell them about your business category, name, and if there is a slogan mention that too. In the next page choose any one of the style from the 4 predefined styles.

Search for icon which is suitable to your business by searching appropriate keyword and click on next . That’s it. You’ll get your logo on the next page with all possible designs. Select any one of them and make any changes related to color, font then click on download to get your free logo.

You need to create free account to download logo as package. If you want to edit your logo further click on customize more and perform more operations like changing layout of the logo, use predefined templates and many more.

But this time logo comes with a branding of adobe at the corner of the logo. If you are okay branding then you can download it for free of cost. If not, you can settle with the before logo, which doesn’t have any branding.

Canva

If you are in online business then chances of knowing about canva is more. If not, Canva is a graphic design platform which allows users to create beautiful social media posters, presentations for free of cost.

canva free logo generator
Canva.com

Along with all these designs they also provide free logo designing service. First, create an account with canva by giving your necessary details, or you can signup with your Google or Facebook account. Next click on create design, choose logo from the list of items.

They have predefined logo designs under various categories like education, sports, fashion, art/design.

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etc. You can choose any one of the design and start editing as per your needs. If none of them suits your business you can design your own logo with the available background and elements.

They have plenty of free education, elements, and templates to start creating a logo. Choose any one of them and design it as per your needs. You can perform unlimited revisions after creating logo by login into your account.

After creating logo click on download to get your free high quality logo in various formats like PNG, JPG, PDF Standard, PDF Print, GIF and Video .

The best thing about Canva is that they are providing Canva pro account for free of cost, which costs $12.95 per month by giving credit card or PayPal details. They will even remind you before the trial ends. So far this is the best service to get your free high quality logo without spending a single dime from your pocket.

Squarespace Logo Maker

Last but not least, Squarespace, the leading website building service, also provides a high-quality logo for your website/business. They have straight forward process to create a logo which consists 3 steps only. Type your business name , change font and color, add icon and click on save logo. That’s it. Your logo is ready to download.

squarespace logo maker
squarespace.com/logo

Click on download, and you’ll get three versions of the logo with color, white and black. One thing that lacks in most of the free logo generator websites is providing high quality logos. You can download your logo for a maximum 5000px .

Unlike other logo generators, it doesn’t have more options. They give only a few options to edit your logo.

Do you know any other free logo generators which don’t charge any price? Let me know in the comments section.

Best Free Backlink Checker Tools in 2021

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Well, it’s an open fact that backlinks are essential to rank a website/blog. There are over 200 rank factors that were used by Google, but still, backlinks play a significant role in rank a blog. Here is the list of best free backlink checker tools in 2020

best-free-backlink-checker-tools-2020

It’s okay if you have quality and relevant backlinks; otherwise, your blog will kick off from search results because of spam backlinks, which don’t add any value to your blog/website.

No one wants to create spammy backlinks for their website, but sometimes your competitors can do negative SEO on your website (yes they do) and create tons of backlinks which don’t add any value to your website.

That’s why we need to track our backlink report thoroughly using backlink checker tools.

There are many paid and free tools available on the internet to check and analyze backlinks. Here I include few free backlink checker tools which give a detailed backlink report of your website/blog.

Note: Here, we consider all about backlinks, so I also follow the same rule to list the backlink checker tools.

OpenLinkProfiler

OpenLinkProfiler is one of the best online free backlink checker tools which shows the first 100 links without even create an account.

You can download up to 1000 links per website by creating a free user account. OpenLinkProfiler uses its own web crawlers to get fresh backlinks of websites.

It only shows fresh backlinks, which are active during the last three months. OpenLinkProfiler offers 14 different options to filter the results; in this way, you can get results more accurately.

OpenLinkProfiler provides some unique options like Link Influence Score and Link Disinfection to give an in-depth analysis of your backlinks.

Link Influence Score is a trust value that measures the influence of a linking page on search engine rankings of the linked web page.

Link Disinfection is another good option in OpenLinkProfiler to check bad links pointing to your website, which causes the loss in search engine rankings.

Note: By default openlinkprofiler shows multiple backlinks from the same domain, to get unique backlink report you need to enable “only unique domains” filter.

Check out openlinkprofiler

open link profiler

Link Miner By Mangools

Link Miner is one of the best backlink checker by Mangools which provides 5 SEO tools as a package for monthly and annually prices. You can get free 10 days trial without giving credit card details.

linkminer free backlink checker by mangools
  • 2000 Backlinks Limit per month.
  • Check Backlink Source site preview in the dashboard which automatically shows your website link where it is placed.
  • Dofollow, Nofollow links along with Active, Delete status.
  • Export link data into CSV format.
  • Sort links based on citation flow, trust flow, external links, facebook shares, alexa rank and link strength.
  • Filter links by giving minimum and maximum values.

If you are looking pure backlink checker then this tool is not a good choice because it allows you to check 2000 backlinks per month in its premium version too.

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Ahrefs Free Backlink Checker

Ahrefs is the leader in backlink checker tools and it has the largest data after Google in terms of backlinks with 170 million unique domains. Basically Ahrefs is a premium tool which you need to pay 99$ per one month. But they also have free backlink checker which shows the top 100 backlinks of any domain.

ahrefs free backlink checker

You can check unlimited websites in free backlink checker but data limited to top 100 backlinks along with top 5 anchors, top 5 page. You can also view exact url or include sub domains.

You can also try all features of their premium tool worth of 179$ per month for just 7$ per days.

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Rank Signals

We can call it a slimmer version of all backlink checker tools with the renewed interface, which shows data in a straightforward way.

By creating a free account on this, you can get the whole backlink report of any website without any restrictions.

Rank Signals only show unique domain links, which means it doesn’t show multiple links from the same domain.

You can check the condition of the link under Link Anchor Text and URL section, which shows the current status of link, whether it’s working or not.

Rank Signals categorizes domain links based on Page Rank, which doesn’t update since 2014.

Unlike Openlinkprofiler, there is no export option to download backlink reports which are useful to analyze competitor’s backlinks.

Check out Rank Signals

ranksignals free backlink checker

Moz Link Explorer

Moz Link Explorer is a popular tool for bloggers to check their web site PA (Page Authority) and DA (Domain Authority). It is a free backlink researching tool created by famous inbound marketing company Moz.

You can check inbound links of your website by applying 3 different filters target, link source, and link type. Moz Link Explorer has one unique metric spam score to check the bad link velocity of your website.

Moz Link Explorer provides different categories to narrow down your website inbound links. Just discovered section gives fresh data about your website backlinks, created in the recent days.

You can request a CSV file of the backlink report by creating a free account on the Moz website.

moz link explorer

To get website inbound links reports you need to create a free account on Moz.

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There are so many backlink checker tools are available online, but they have certain limitations on generating backlink reports.

I will update this list with more free backlink checker tools in the future.

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It’s okay to monitor your competitor website links but don’t run behind these backlink checker tools all over the time.

Sources & Citations

  1. http://www.ranksignals.com/ranksignals-launch/
  2. http://openlinkprofiler.org/faq
  3. https://www.incapsula.com/blog/most-active-good-bots.html

How to Install a WordPress Theme : Beginners Guide

How to Install a WordPress Theme

Are you looking for the best method to install a WordPress theme? Here you’ll find all the possible techniques and the easiest way to install a theme in WordPress.

There are 7452 themes available in the WordPress repository when I choose the latest in the WordPress admin area.

Apart from this, thousands of themes available on the internet with free and paid options—all you have to choose which theme is suitable for your website.

In this beginners guide we provide step by step instructions on how to install a WordPress theme.

Install a Theme from WordPress Dashboard Using Search:

If you’re looking to use free and freemium themes that are available in WordPress repository, then you can easily access them through the admin search box.
First, you need to login into your WordPress website dashboard by giving login details, next select appearance >> Themes and click on add new button.

install theme from wordpress admin


Here you can find all themes under featured, popular, latest, and favorites categories. If you can’t find a suitable theme, then you can select any other theme by filtering features from the feature filter.

add themes in wordpress admin


Click on feature filter, check required boxes, and click on apply filters to get themes under those filters.

apply filters on wordpress theme


Hover mouse on the theme which you want to install and click on the install button to complete the installation.

Once installation completed, you can activate your theme by clicking on the Activate button, or else you can test the theme look on your site with a live preview option.

activate wordpress theme


To exactly get the look shown in the preview, you need to customize the theme . To do that after activation, click on the customize button.

customize wordpress theme

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Install a Theme Using Upload Method in WordPress Admin:

As we said before, there are thousands of themes that are not available in the WordPress repository. To install those themes, you need to upload them through WordPress admin.

Before uploading the theme you’ve to download it from the official provider in .zip format.

Now navigate through appearance >> themes and click on add new button.

Click on the upload theme and choose the file from your computer, then click on the Install now button.

upload wordpress theme in zip format

After successful installation, you’ll see a live preview, activate links. Click on activate to apply theme on your website.

activate wordpress theme from uploaded file


As we said before, depending upon the theme, you need further customizations to get an exact look, which was mentioned by the theme developer. To do that, click on the Customize option.

Install a WordPress Theme Using FTP Method:

This method requires some other setup like an FTP software to log in to your WordPress installation directory to install the theme.

The above method is for advanced users who are familiar with FTP.
First of you need to download .zip file from the theme provider and unzip it using extracting software.

Now you’ll get a folder with the same theme name. You’ve to upload this whole folder into the WordPress themes directory.

Now connect to your website by using FTP credentials like server address, username, password, and port number. You’ll get all these details from your hosting provider.

After connecting navigate to WordPress/wp-content/themes folder. In the themes folder, you’ll find out all the installed themes.

Most of the FTP software provides side by side panels to upload files from your local site(computer) to remote location (web hosting).

Select your unzipped theme and drag it to the themes folder. If you find it challenging to do it, then right-click on the theme folder and click on upload.

upload wordpress theme through FTP

After getting successful transfer login to your WordPress admin area and select appearance,>> themes. Here you’ll find the uploaded theme through FTP. Hover the mouse to theme and click on the activate button.

That’s it now you’re able to use the theme on the website, you can customize that theme as per your need

10 Best WordPress Plugins of 2021

We can undoubtedly say that plugins are essential things for any wordpress website. Because without installing any plugins, your website looks like a static HTML page. That’s why I curated the 10 best WordPress Plugins for 2020.

Best WordPress plugins of 2020

Plugins and themes are the main difference between wordpress and other content management platforms. There are thousands of plugins available on wordpress repository, as I’m typing wordpress having 55,661 plugins. 

Every website doesn’t need a bunch of plugins; instead, you can run your wordpress site excellently with a selective amount of plugins. Here I list out those best wordpress plugins for the year 2020 based on their features.

1. Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan

Securing websites should be the first most priority for any website owner because without having access to your website, you have nothing to do. Total attacks blocked by WordFence secuirty in the last 30 days are 3,982,857,948. This number shows the vulnerability of many sites.

wordfence security- firewall and malware scan

You can prevent these attacks with WordFence security plugin. It provides full security to your website by using different methods like Two-factor authentication(2FA), adding login page CAPTCHA to stop bots, disabling, or add 2FA to XML-RPC file.

It provides access to the following tools when you install it on your website.

  • Protect from brute force attacks by limiting login attempts to a minimum number.
  • Real-time IP Blacklist to block malicious IPs.
  • Integrated malware scanner to scan for malicious code in plugins, themes.
  • Live traffic and tracking of hack attempts in real-time, including ip address and the timestamp on your site.
  • Block attackers by individual IP or a range of IPs by setting IP range, Hostname, and Referrer.

Get WordFence Security from WordPress.org

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2. Contact Form 7

Any website growth depends upon customer satisfaction, whether you’re providing services or to get suggestions to improve your website, and you need a medium to communicate with users. Contact Form 7 will do that thing excellently.

simple contact form

With Contact Form 7, you can create and manage multiple contact forms along with customizing forms. This plugin also supports Akismet spam filtering, CAPTCHA submission to prevent spam messages.

This plugin is entirely free to use on your website, which is already used by 5 million users worldwide with a 5-star rating.

Get Contact Form 7 from WordPress.org

3. Yoast SEO

With the competition from other websites, writing content isn’t enough anymore. You need to optimize the content of your website without spoiling the central theme of the material. For that, you need a powerful SEO plugin like Yoast SEO. 

yoast seo plugin setup

After installing this plugin, just follow the predefined configuration wizard of settings, and you’re ready to go. It provides numerous features that boost up your website rankings on google.

This plugin is one of the best wordpress plugins of 2020.

  • Add Focus Keyphrase to optimize your content around that keyword.
  • Dedicated webmaster tools tab to verify websites in all popular search engines with a single click.
  • Yoast SEO provides the most promising features like cornerstone content, SEO analysis, readability analysis, XML sitemaps to automatic sitemaps for your website.
  • Instant suggestions on how to optimize content for users and at the same for search engines also.

Yoast SEO provides most of the basic features for free. If you want advanced features like superfast internal linking suggestions, social media preview, multiple keyphrases, upgrade to the premium version.

Get Yoast SEO from WordPress.org

4. UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

Taking regular backups of the website will be the utmost priority of any website administrator.

Website backup will come handy in most situations like migrating sites from one hosting provider to another, recovering from malicious attacks.

updraftplus wordpress backup plugin

UpdraftPlus is the best plugin to do this job seamlessly with scheduled backups. Most of the hosting companies provide the backup facility to some extent only, after that, you’ve to pay the price. 

Ofcourse updraftplus is not entirely a free tool but provides most of the features for free. Some of them are.

  • Set automatic backup schedules 
  • Complete the backup process faster using fewer server resources.
  • Backs up content to more cloud storage sites like google drive, dropbox, Amazon S3 for free.
  • Backup and restore operations can be done in a single click.

Get UpdraftPlus Plugin from WordPress.org

5. EWWW Image Optimizer

Pagespeed is one of the ranking factors that search engines look to rank your website. Apart from that, users don’t visit a website that loads slower than usual.

Images are the best way to improve the user experience of your website. But you’ve to optimize them for getting faster page loading.

ewww image optimizer

There are many plugins available in wordpress to do this, but most of them have limitations like image size, number images. EWWW Image Optimizer is not one of them. It has several features like

  • No speed limits and unlimited file size
  • Lossy compression technique to gain maximum compression without losing the quality of the image.
  • Convert image to the most suitable format with automatic options.
  • Optimize every image in your site beyond the wordpress media library.
  • With Easy IO, images automatically compressed to the best size, lazy-loaded, and converted to the next-gen WebP format supported by Google.
  • Bulk Scanner allows you to optimize all images with a single click.

Get EWWW Image Optimizer from WordPress.org

6. Sassy Social Share

Depending on a single traffic source that will hamper your site growth in the long run, you have to diversify traffic sources to social media, organic traffic, referral traffic, etc.

You can achieve a decent amount of social traffic if you have shareable content on your website, but without having social media share buttons, you can’t do that.

sassy social share plugin

Sassy Social Share plugin will come handy in these situations. It provides the following features.

  • Share your content over 100 more social sharing services along with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Whatsapp, Pinterest.
  • Light coded plugin, which doesn’t slow down your website.
  • Share counts available to encourage visitors.
  • Free Icon customization Options.

Get Sassy Social Share from WordPress.org

7. Akismet Anti-Spam

Comments are a great way to communicate with visitors to your website. They will be useful to improve your website in many aspects, including site structure, content, accessibility. With the increasing spam comments, most of the website administrators don’t enable comments section. 

akismet anti-spam setup

You can enable comments without being afraid of spammy comments with the help of the Akismet Anti-Spam plugin. It allows you to 

  • Automatically Checks all comments and blocks the comments which look like spam.
  • Based on the previous comment history, you can decide to block or unblock comments.
  • URLs are shown in the comment body to unhide the hidden and misleading links.

To use this plugin, you need to activate the API key, which will be provided by Akismet based on your site’s purpose.

If you have a personal blog, you can get it for free. Otherwise, you have to take a subscription.

Get Akismet Anti-Spam from WordPress.org

8. WP Super Cache

wp super cache plugin setup

We already know that page speed is a ranking factor for search engines. To achieve that speed, you need to optimize the website in every possible way. WP Super Cache does the same thing for you.

WP Super Cache is a plugin that generated static HTML files from your dynamic wordpress site. The static HTML files served to the majority of users.

There are so many caching plugins available, but this one makes your site speed without breaking internal files by simply providing recommended settings.

Get WP Super Cache from WordPress.org

9. Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin for WordPress by MonsterInsights

Knowing about your customers is the crucial thing for any business, Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin for wordpress by MonsterInsights will do that for you in a simplified manner. 

This plugin collects data from your Google Analytics account with your permission and shows that in report wise like Audience Report, Content Report, and Search Console Report, etc.

Google Analytics Dashboard plugin for WordPress by monsterinsights

If you want to get real-time traffic without leaving your website, then MonsterInsights is the right choice.

Get Monster Insights from WordPress.org

10. Advanced Database Cleaner

Last but not least, the Advanced Database Cleaner plugin is a must-have for any wordpress website. If you’re on shared hosting, then this plugin will be more useful to clear junk and unnecessary files in the database.

advanced database cleaner

You should remove unnecessary data to reduce your database size, which will improve website speed and reduce the size of the database. It can do the following operations without effecting other essential files.

  • Delete old revisions of posts and pages, orphan post metadata, orphan user metadata
  • Schedule database clean up to run automatically
  • Optimize database tables

Get Advanced Database Cleaner from WordPress.org

As I before said, there are thousands of plugins available on the wordpress repository. You need to select which one is suitable for your website. Here we curate the list with ten best wordpress plugins of 2020 for any wordpress website.

Did I miss any important plugin that must be included in this list? Comment below your suggestions, or you can contact me through the contact form.