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WP Rocket and Other Plugins

03 Oct 2018

WordPress plugins are some of the best tools that you can use to improve the functionality of your WordPress website. These tools function like apps and they can do everything from tracking your website’s search engine ranking to increase the loading speed of your website.

WordPress offers 56,228 different plugins that you can use to enhance your visitors’ online experience and help you manage and monitor your website and its growth. If you have a website on WordPress, and you want to help it work more efficiently and draw more visitors, you should consider installing some of these plugins:

WP Rocket

WP Rocket is considered one of the most powerful caching plugins available on WordPress. With WP Rocket, you can dramatically increase your loading speed without hassle or complicated steps. When you install WP Rocket, page and browser caching is automatically implemented, which creates a fast load time.

Caching reduces the need to access data storage that takes a long time to retrieve by storing data in a location where it can be retrieved faster. This plugin will work seamlessly with your content delivery network (CDN) for optimized website loading.

WP Rocket also uses Lazyload and file compression which decreases loading time by minimizing the size of your files and images and only loading the images when visitors scroll down your webpage. Lower wait time means less frustration for both you and your web page visitors. If you have a WordPress website, this plugin is a must.

Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet Anti-Spam is a great plugin for anyone who allows visitors to post comments or send contact form submissions. This plugin will automatically check all comments and contact forms for harmful content and spam. Posts that look like spam or contain mysterious URLs are filtered out. Information that is clearly spam is blocked, eliminating the need for you to spend your time moderating all of your comments and contact forms. This also increases your website loading speed. If you are overwhelmed from battling and moderating spam, install this plugin.

Jetpack

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that serves multiple purposes from design to marketing to security. Jetpack helps WordPress users customize their websites with a variety of themes and other customization tools. Jetpack also helps users who want to monetize their website. It provides detailed analytics to help track clicks, page visits, and a multitude of important statistics for e-commerce. It also helps users market using automated social media posting and other SEO tools. Jetpack’s security features include spam filtering, malware scanning, and two-factor authentication. If you are looking for an all-in-one plugin for your e-commerce website, Jetpack is the perfect plugin.

Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps is a plugin that will significantly increase your SEO. This plugin creates XML sitemaps that help index your site, making your website more crawlable. This will put ensure that your website is higher in search engine results. In addition to increasing your website’s ability to be crawled, Google XML Sitemaps notifies search engines when you post new content. Higher SEO means more page visits, so this plugin is one that you should strongly consider installing on your WordPress site.

For more information about increasing your website speed, or for help developing a website or app for your business, contact Benchmark today!