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List of 5 Best WordPress Plugins of 2016

List of 5 Best WordPress Plugins of 2016

Good news! The list of 5 best WordPress Plugins 2016 is here!

WordPress is known as an incredible and most popular Content Management Systems today because of its strong number of plugins enabling users to both customize and optimize their websites. Very recently, it has also crossed the mark of 25% in market share worldwide.

Although WordPress keeps on continuously modifying and developing their plugins, here are the best 5 of 2016. Let’s have a look:

5 best WordPress Plugins 2016:

1. WooCommerce: For eCommerce

woocommerceWooCommerce continues to remain at the top even in 2016. This very popular WordPress plugin is specifically for eCommerce that lets you sell your products and services with ease. The exclusive features include –

  • Can sell anything (real products, digital downloads, subscriptions and anything)
  • Sell anywhere in any country
  • 100% open source; hence highly developer friendly
  • Audited by plugin security leader Sucuri for security code
  • Can handle any payment mode
  • Powerful reporting options enable monitoring the sales anytime.

Around 30% of online stores are powered by WooCommerce. With its more than 300 free as well as paid extensions, a WooCommerce store can easily be enhanced with huge number of integrations and features.

2. Yoast SEO: For SEO

Out of all SEO plugins in WordPress, Yoast SEO is the uncontested champion worldwide for better SEO. It provides –

  • Stepwise instructions on every single aspect of SEO
  • Real-time feedback and content analysis
  • Snippet editor feature
  • Numerous optimization options
  • Easy to edit robots.txt and .htaccess file using Files editor

wordpress seo by yoast

You can get advanced features and support in the premium Yoast SEO plugin. Some of them are – redirect manager, all types of social previews, multiple focus keywords, etc.
While premium package has to be purchased, you can download the free version. This plugin can be conveniently used by both professionals and novices.

3. W3 Total Cache: For caching

W3 Total Cache is the best WordPress plugin to optimize performance of browser, object, page, database, CDN support and minify.

  • It massively increases the loading speed of your site by creating cached HTML files.
  • W3 Total Cache can combine JavaScript files and CSS into small and compressed versions.
  • Transparent CDN management using theme files, media library and WordPress.
  • It has JavaScript embedding (non-blocking)
  • Caching in disc or memory
  • Minifies feeds, pages and posts

w3 total cache

With W3 Total Cache, you now don’t have to change any theme, template or content for a better user experience.

4. Redirection: For Redirecting Traffic

The best in redirecting traffic, this WordPress plugin is capable of managing as many as 301 redirects. It also keeps a track of 404 errors, interestingly without having to know Apache.
Redirection is reputed and best for affiliate links that are personally branded. Other features include –

redirections plugin

  • Can direct all URLs besides those that don’t exist
  • Provides complete regular expression support
  • Redirection statistics notifies the number of redirection occurrences and other related information.

The redirects are done based on login status, referrer and to random pages. Redirection is extremely useful when you are:

  • migrating pages from your old website
  • changing the WordPress directory installation

This plugin is available 100% free.

5. Wordfence Security: For Security

Wordfence Security is that plugin of WordPress providing top-class security to your website and protecting it from attacks like malware and hacks.

  • Alerts immediately whenever the site is compromised
  • Provides real-time traffic view and attempts of hack

wordfence security

It also comes with Premium API key enabling scheduled scans, country blocking and password auditing. Wordfence Security checks whether your IP address is used for Spamvertizing. This WordPress plugin is also available for free.
With these best 5 plugins of WordPress, it’s time to expand beyond!

Statpress Visitors (Version 1.5.3)

Statpress Visitors (Version 1.5.3)

Statpress Visitors provides visitor statistics for your website based on WordPress. This plugin after its installation makes a separate tab in the Dashboard left side, below the “Settings” tab. As you move your mouse over, it opens up a whole list of options to view.
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Let’s play with the first option. Click StatPressV. You will see a Blue graph being displayed on the right with lots of readings.

Statpress graph 2

As you see in the pic, on the top are the different tabs that were also accessible from the mouse over position on the StatPress tab. If you look below them, you will see Visitors. Then the total number of visitors is shown. On the right side, visitors of Today and Yesterday are shown. Not only visitors but Statpress provides statistics for Visitor RSS Feed Subscribes, pageviews, and spiders that have crawled through the site. Below these is the Average calculated for visitors, rss, pageviews and spiders.

You can now click on latest Hits. Each tab you click will be empty at first until you select the number of rows to show from the dropdown menu. After that you will see the date of visit, time, IP of the visitor, which page he/she viewed from which operating system and which browser. This information is quite useful if you want to know whether your site is accessed more through tablets or PCs and from which country it is more frequently visited.

You can click on the Latest Search Terms to know which keywords got you the visitors so you can concentrate on key areas more and get your potential clients ultimately generating sales if you are running a business/ecommerce site.

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In the 6th column are the search terms and in the last is the search engine from which they were referred. To clear the confusion: the site in the example is about funny pictures.