If you are currently using WordPress as your CMS of choice, then you will already be aware of the number of benefits of this content management system, including its ease of use for first-timers, its affordability and of course, its many useful and innovative plugins.

That being said, with so many WordPress plugins being available (there are currently over 50,000 of them) and new ones being developed and released all the time, it can be a challenge, to say the least, to decide which ones to utilise on your website.

Thankfully, all you need to do is keep reading this article to discover the top four WordPress plugins for 2020, plus how they can help improve your site and make it more user-friendly and safe for your visitors.

Yoast SEO

This clever plugin is perfect for anyone that needs a little helping hand when it comes to the search engine optimisation of their site. Even if you have already carried out basic keyword research, Yoast SEO can help you to optimise any new content that you wish to feature on your site, evaluating elements such as:

  • Target keyword density
  • Optimisation of your titles
  • Optimisation of your h2 tags
  • The readability of your content

However, if you think that your site would benefit from some professional SEO help, then Preface Studios, a digital marketing agency that specialises in SEO, WordPress CMS and web design can help optimise your site and enable you to get on that much-coveted first page of Google search results.

WordPress Plugin Score: 8/10
>> YoastSEO Plugin page

WooCommerce

If you want to improve upon the eCommerce aspect of your website, then this is the WordPress plugin for you. Currently, the most popular eCommerce plugin available worldwide with 85,641,685 downloads, the amount of features that WooCommerce provides has to be seen to be believed.

There are a whole host of themes for you to choose from, all of which you can customise in anyway that you wish, it is extremely user-friendly as well as being great value for money.

What more could you want from a WordPress plugin?

WordPress Plugin Score: 9/10
>> WooCommerce Plugin page

WordFence Security

More than half of all UK companies experienced a cyber attack of some sort in 2019. That being said, two-thirds of all businesses were ranked as novices when it came to preventing themselves from such attacks.

Even more shockingly, the average cost of a cybercrime for a small business in the UK is £65,000.

Could you afford to keep trading if that happened to your business?

Thankfully, the WordPress plugin WordFence Security gives you access to a wide variety of tools that can help protect your business from a cyber-attack.

These include:

  • Malware, virus and backdoor scanning
  • A highly effective firewall
  • WordPress core file integrity verification and repair
  • Real-time traffic including Google crawlers
  • Regular email alerts to inform you of any critical problems

WordPress Plugin Score: 10/10
>> Wordfence Plugin page

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

For those who are not entirely confident in their technological abilities but want to remain hands-on when it comes to updating and improving upon their website, this WordPress plugin can give you the peace of mind you need.

In a nutshell, Updraft Plus Backup, which by the way is the world’s leading backup plugin, protects your data by instantly backing it up into the cloud, meaning that if you do make a mistake and lose your data or are affected by a faulty update, you can rest safe in the knowledge that all your hard work has not suddenly been erased.

WordPress plugin score: 7/10
>> Updraft Plugin page