Plug-ins to install on your WordPress blog

A WordPress blog is like a beautiful car. We want to nurture it so that it can reach its full potential and never run aground. Yet, when you’ve mastered the steering wheel and the controls, it’s not all that simple. There are thousands of extensions that can make your articles more effective, engaging and efficient. But which ones are really essential? Which ones can you trust to keep your blog from getting out of hand?


The plug-in is easy to use and requires you to sign up for an API key: one click and Sucuri will give your WordPress site a complete makeover. Also with one click, it has a security boosting feature that protects your website from server level attacks. Sucuri monitors all types of threats and communicates with WordPress to resolve security-related issues. Our favorite feature of Sucuri is its DNS (advanced) level firewall: your website traffic is filtered before it reaches the server, so it doesn’t affect your website’s performance. Although it is a very comprehensive solution, Sucuri Security is still expensive and its paid packages can only protect one website.

Yoast SEO

If you’re looking for the best SEO plug-in for WordPress, Yoast is an excellent choice. It is currently a benchmark, although its competitor, Rank Math, is actually making progress. The Yoast SEO plug-in is available for free. If you need our opinion, the free version is more than enough. However, note that a paid version exists and is available from 89 EUR/year (one site).

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With the premium version, you can enjoy additional features such as internal link suggestions, advanced redirect management, better keyword analysis and 24/7 customer support.

The event calendar

Good extensions to integrate a calendar on your WordPress blog end up being very rare. Even where they exist, they tend to lack usability. The event calendar is a simple, but very powerful tool to present your events.

This plug-in allows you to create events exactly like articles: images, texts, keywords, categories, etc. It has more specific fields that make it interesting for this extension: start date, end date, entrance fee, Google maps integration, email, etc. Users can view events in a calendar or list format. One last important detail: the extension is translated into French.

Ithemes Security

iThemes Security is a plug-in that offers more than 30 ways to secure your WordPress site. Easy to use, you need to get an API key. Once installed, iThemes will perform a security check to make sure your site is using the recommended security settings. In the free version, you can prevent brute force attacks. Your website’s login form is also secure. You can customize each option using the dashboard, which provides tips and information on how to use each setting.


Don’t want to write your own website code to get Google Analytics up and running? Then the MonsterInsights WordPress plugin is for you. With just a few clicks, you can link your WordPress site to your Google Analytics account. This will give you an overview of visitor behavior. As for Yoast SEO, MonsterInsights has a paid version, but it doesn’t seem to be suitable for our use. The WordPress extension MonsterInsights Lite (free) does the trick!

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