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Pre-installed WordPress Plugins Guide

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms used by newbies and professional developers. It comes with pre-installed plugins, allowing you to begin customizing your website the way you want it.

When you install WordPress, there are some plugins that are already available in the WordPress Dashboard by default. You can choose to retain or remove these plugins. However, it is best practice to only keep the plugins that are actually needed for your website. Take time to look over these pre-installed plugins to see if they will benefit your site.

Here is a list of the pre-installed plugins you may see in your fresh WordPress install. Please click each link to see the plugin's description and features.

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Akismet Anti-Spam

Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started, activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.

Advantages
  • It has the automatic feature of checking all comments and filters out those that look like spam, putting them away in the Spam section.
  • It gives visibility to see the number of approved comments per user.
  • It has the feature that outright blocks the worst spam saving you disk space and speeding up your website.
Disadvantages
  • Some legitimate comments were flagged as spam.
  • Once Akismet marks a user as a spammer, all comments from that user will be blocked.

Creative Mail by Constant Contact

Free email marketing designed specifically for WordPress, Jetpack, and WooCommerce. Send newsletters, promotions, updates, and transactional e-commerce emails. Simple and easy, powered by Constant Contact’s rock-solid reliability.

Advantages
  • Automatic syncing of contacts and building of marketing lists.
  • Deeply connected to website and WooCommerce store.
  • Establishes better branding
  • Provides free access to an integrated photo library to make email marketing campaigns with award-winning images.
Disadvantages
  • This plugin will not work on the WordPress version lower than 4.6.

Hello Dolly

This is not just a plugin. It symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Louis Armstrong: Hello, Dolly. When activated, you will randomly see a lyric from Hello, Dolly in the upper right of your admin screen on every page.

Advantages

None but you can have some amazing Hello Dolly quotes in your WordPress Dashboard!

Disadvantages

None


Jetpack

Security, performance, and marketing tools made by WordPress experts. Jetpack keeps your site protected so you can focus on more important things.

Advantages
  • Allows theme installation and management. The mobile theme allows users to be presented with a mobile theme instead of the regular theme.
  • Security using SSO.
  • Social sharing by adding buttons to posts which allows visitors to shared content.
  • Contact forms for posts and pages.
  • Generating XML Sitemaps which is useful for search engine indexing.
  • Publishing by email where users can publish posts by sending an email.
  • Spam filtering and site optimization.
  • Make Payments by adding payment buttons on the customer's site.
  • Brute force attack protection where the user is safe from spam, suspicious sign-in attempts, and online attacks.
  • Extra sidebar widgets and customization, which allows the users to add custom sidebar widgets like social icons, RSS, Twitter embeds, upcoming events, etc.
  • Marketing automation by publishing to social media.
  • Uptime monitoring where customers can get an email when the site is down.
  • Custom CSS allows users to add CSS codes without messing with the theme, and this stays intact even after updates.

For Premium users:

  • Earn revenue by displaying advertisements on the site.
  • It has VaultPress, which automatically creates backups and does security scanning.
  • Allows users to upload videos to the website, which is hosted on WordPress.com, lessening the load from your server.
Disadvantages
  • Resource-extensive.
  • Expensive when purchasing its advanced features.

MOJO Marketplace

This plugin adds shortcodes, widgets, and themes to your WordPress site.

Advantages
  • It comes with different WordPress themes for specific uses.
  • It offers templates allowing users to design and publish websites without any coding, plugins, and extension for various applications, graphics, and logos to get the site with that professional-looking quality, thus saving costs in updating and managing websites without a web developer.
Disadvantages
  • It is resource-extensive.
  • Its premium features are expensive.
  • There are bug reports that this plugin blocks comments from users.

OptinMonster

OptinMonster is the best WordPress pop-up plugin that helps you grow your email list and sales with email pop-ups, exit-intent pop-ups, floating bars, and more!

You can also try out HostGator's Constant Contact, an email marketing tool, instead.
Advantages
  • The builder’s drop and drag interface is very user- and mobile-friendly.
  • It has non-interruptive pop-ups that improve conversion rates and do not interfere with site visitors' activities.
  • It gives plenty of customization options to create any kind of pop-up. It allows users to set exactly when and where this pop-up will show up.
  • OptinMonster also has customized templates for ease of use.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of pop-ups users can create.
  • Animation is an additional feature that users can use to customize their pop-ups.
  • It integrates with today's most popular digital marketing tools.
Disadvantages
  • Some of OptinMonster best features are available at a high price.
  • Since the plugin is commonly used, it's highly likely that site visitors are already accustomed to seeing the same pop-ups templates from other sites too.
  • It has no internal analytics.

PageLayer

PageLayer is a WordPress page builder plugin. It is very easy to use and very light on the browser.

Advantages
  • Provides a variety of customizable features as a drag & drop editor.
  • It has a large number of widgets and styling options you can use for design.
  • Allows users to see their changes in real-time.
  • It has typography features allowing users to beautify their page content by changing font style, weight, and size, and also allows adding of Google fonts.
  • It has animation effects that are triggered when the element is in the display area.
Disadvantages
  • Plugin users must update the plugin to the latest version of 1.1.4 to take advantage of the recently developed security patch that prevents critical security issues.

PopularFX is a lightweight theme with 500+ templates to make beautiful websites with PageLayer. PopularFX can be used for a blogging site, WooCommerce Store, Business website, personal portfolio, etc.

Advantages
  • PopularFX theme comes with a drag-and-drop builder with powerful design options and tools.
  • Offers a variety of different and powerful themes for any kind of website.
Disadvantages
  •  Limited ability to customize the template.

WPForms Lite

Beginner-friendly WordPress contact form plugin.

Advantages
  • Securely collect payments securely with Stripe, PayPal, and Authorize.Net to get more income streams from your website.
  • It provides a form that can build marketing campaigns by sending form entries to services like Mailchimp and Drip.
  • Provides forms for customer surveys and polls and generates reports for these surveys.
  • It allows users to create unlimited forms without coding and receive responses by email.
Disadvantages
  • Advanced features available in premium plans are a bit pricey.
  • WPForms do not sell individual extensions like Ninja Forms or Caldera Forms.

Yoast SEO

The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps, and much more.

Advantages
  • SEO configuration is made accessible to users of any level.
  • Provides SEO settings that make your site better from title configuration to auto-generated XML sitemaps.
  • Helps optimize website content for search engines
  • Enhances user readability. The plugin will help you with the best number of words for your subheadings, the use of passive voice among other SEO elements.
  • Customizes social media (Twitter and Facebook) post-sharing snippets.
  • Helps detect issues with website indexes.
  • Defines the cornerstone articles for your website.
Disadvantages
  • Unable to definite canonical URLs
  • Resource-extensive causing slow site speed
  • Needs the premium version for advanced SEO settings

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