@searchcyrus WordPress plugins – these are my favorite ones! Redirection, Pretty Links, Yoast / Rank Math, and Header Footer Code Manager. What’s your favorite plug-ins? ##wordpress##wordpressplugins##wordpressdevelopment##wordpresswebsite##wordpresstips##wordpressdesigner##wordpressblogger##wordpressdeveloper##wordpressdesign ♬ original sound – SearchCyrus – SEO Expert
Essential WordPress Plugins
I’ve been creating WordPress websites for almost 10 years now and over the years I’ve learned which WordPress plugins are necessary and which ones are not.
Below I’ve listed my 4 favorite WordPress plugins that I install on every WordPress website I create. And best of all, they’re all free!
4 best WordPress plugins
1.) Rank Math
Rank Math is an SEO plugin that helps you optimize your webpages for search engines.
This plugin will help you ensure that all of your pages and posts are search engine optimized with a suite of features and tools included in their free plan.
Rank Math is a popular tool used by both beginners and experts alike.
2.) Header Footer Code Manager
HFCM is a plugin that allows you to insert code snippets onto your pages.
With this tool you can easily deploy code site wide or to specific pages.
Here’s some examples of code snippets I’ve added to my websites using this plugin:
- Google Analytics tracking code
- Pixels and conversion tracking code for ads
- Chatbot widget code
3.) pretty Links
Pretty Links is a plugin that allows you to easily create and manage tracking links. I use this plugin a lot for affiliate marketing.
For example let’s say I have an affiliate link that looks like this:
If I use the raw affiliate link all over my blog, then people might not click it because it looks sketchy. Additionally, if I have to remove or update this link in the future, I would have to find all the pages that I put the link on and edit each page.
Pretty Links solves both of these problems. I can use Pretty Links to create a link that looks like this:
https://searchcyrus.com/xyz (which will redirect to:
I would then use this link in my blog instead of the raw link. Pretty links will not only track how many people clicked on it, but I can also edit the “Target URL” in the future if I need to, saving me a lot of time.
Redirection is a plugin that simply allows you to create redirects. This is to prevent 404 errors.
The reason I like having this plugin installed is because it will automatically create a redirect if I change the URL of a page.
For example if I change my URL from
https://searchcyrus.com/url-example-2 then Redirection will automatically detect that the URL has been changed and create a redirect for me.
That way, no website visitors will get a broken (404) page when they visit the old URL.
Search engine rankings can make or break a business, so don’t waste time and money on an SEO strategy that might not work. Through 10 years of hands-on experience I’ve learned exactly what search engines like and don’t like, and I can help you plan and implement the right SEO strategy from the start.