There are countless WordPress plugins out there to sift through and when you’re beginning to build your website it can be overwhelming to search through them all. After working on multiple websites, I’ve learned that some can make your life miserable while others can make your site run like a well-oiled machine.
Here are a few suggestions for improving page load speed and overall appearance:
- Remove Query Strings From Static Resources by Speed Up My Website. This is one of the first plugins I install when building a site and it’s so easy to use. Find it, install it, activate it – and that’s it. Without getting too technical, the plugin removes certain query strings on your site that are unable to be cached and reduce your page load speed. Your speed will improve greatly due to this handy little plugin.
- Akismet Anti-Spam by Automattic. This should be the first thing you activate on your website. It’s already downloaded and ready to go for you in the plugins section. Just create a free account and you’re protecting yourself from spam. Easy.
- WP Super Cache by Automattic. Another great plugin for improving page load speed. No one wants to wait while a site loads, and activating a caching plugin will help get your site up and viewable quickly. Deleting your cache through this plugin also allows you to view changes to widgets and appearance.
- Wordfence Security by Wordfence. There are several options for website security but Wordfence Security is probably one of the best free options available. Most plugins require you to purchase a plan to access any features but Wordfence will give you a free firewall and site scan. Attacks on your site will happen and it makes sense to protect it from day one.
- Elementor by Elementor.com. Elementor doesn’t work with every WordPress theme but those it does work with it makes infinitely better. It’s an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface that takes all the headache out of designing and organizing a page. Add sections and then insert what widgets you want by dragging them over. Elementor also gives you a lot of customization options like typography and positioning that would be time-consuming to do otherwise.