The WordPress plugin market is always in a constant state of evolution.
Ctain high quality WordPress plugins continue to stay on top year after year due to committed development by their owners and suprocport from customers. Others fall behind and are replaced by newer plugins that have been released to the market.er
Discussions about which plugins and solutions are best for WordPress users always generate a lot of debate. This is perhaps because there are so many fantastic WordPress plugins on the market and because we all use WordPress in different ways.
Despite the subjective nature of “Best Of” lists, we at aThemes wanted to share what we considered the best WordPress plugins of 2019. Our list is divided into twelve categories and for each category we have declared a free solution and a premium solution.
Best WordPress SEO Plugins
The SEO Framework has everything you need for SEO. It will automatically generate titles, descriptions, and canonical URLs, and it comes with built-in sitemap functionality.
One of my favourite features is the SEO bar that is displayed next to posts and pages. It helps you easily see at a glance the SEO status of an article.
Premium SEO Pack – $45
For a one-off fee of only $45, Premium SEO Pack gives you everything you will ever need.
It features on-page optimisation, a built-in link builder, SEO friendly images, Google Analytics support, SERP tracking, redirection options, and video sitemaps. It also has fantastic support for social media.
I recommend checking Premium SEO Pack if you are looking for more analysis of your website’s SEO situation
Best Caching WordPress Plugins
Comet Cache – Free
Originally launched as ZenCache, Comet Cache is an easy to use cache solution from the developers of s2Member. It gives you full control over how different areas of your website is cached. For example, you can cache your home page and your archive area differently.
Gzip compression, client-Side Caching, user-agent and HTTP referrer exclusion patterns, are all supported. Additional features such as support for a content delivery network and HTML compression can be unlocked if you upgrade to the pro version that retails at $39.
WP Rocket – $39+
The beauty of WP Rocket (review) is that you simply activate the plugin and it will instantly improve the page loading time of your website. Advanced options are still available for technical users who want to change the default settings.
Features include page caching, cache pre-loading, Gzip compression, browser caching, lazy loading of images, CDN support, import and export functionality, and more.
A license for WP Rocket retails at $39 per year for one website, $99 for three websites, and $199 for an unlimited number of websites.
If you want a more in-depth comparison between the best caching WordPress plugins in the market, please check out our article “9 Best WordPress Caching Plugins Tested and Compared“.