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WordPress has grown dramatically over the years as one the best and easy to use CMS systems. Previously it was popular as blogging platform but today it is flourishing as a complete system to build SEO and user friendly websites including Ecommerce. Moreover, there are thousands of plugins available in WordPress Plugin Repository in order to extend the website core functionality and make it more custom.

In this post we have gathered few best and must have WordPress plugins for 2016. They are listed into different category to make it easy to digest:

WordPress Optimization / Speed Plugins

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache

Caching is one of the best techniques of making your website load faster and improving user experience. W3 keeps the previously executed static image of your website therefore it helps improve website accessibility and reduce page load time by providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.

WP Smush

WP Smush - Image Optimization

Optimize all of your images – makes them consume less disk space without having any impact on the visible quality of the images. Simply, get faster site by optimizing your images using advanced lossless compression techniques.

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)

Often time, WordPress websites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many installed. P3 generate report of your already installed plugins so you can find the bad one that is making your website struggle to deliver aimed result.

WordPress Security Plugins

Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security

This must have WordPress plugin that offers an enterprise level security without charging anything. It creates security layer for your website and if anything shady takes place, it will alert you to take necessary steps. In short, it protects your website from hacks and malware.

WordPress Backup to Dropbox

WordPress Backup to Dropbox

Backup is probably most important thing you can do to ensure your website is always recoverable, no matter what tragedy strikes. Just set day, time and how often you wish backup of your website and this plugin will do this for you automatically and saves back up to Dropbox account.

SEO Plugins

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO

SEO Yoast is most popular WordPress plugin of all time. It helps you build fully optimised website for search engines thus increasing chances of getting ranked up. Easy set up and top features.

Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker

Google hats broken links on your website. This plugin will help you find the broken links exist in your posts, comment and other content of your website.

All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets

All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets

Rich snippet is a short summary of your page in the search result of Google Bing and Yahoo in nice format with star ratings, author photo and image etc.