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Google XML Sitemaps

Rated 4.9
#ratings 1758 ratings
Download  8,388,607 times
Updated 11 Jan 2017  
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.
Version: 4.0.8   Added: 16 Jun 2005
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  

Akismet

Rated 4.8
#ratings 722 ratings
Download  8,388,607 times
Updated 7 Dec 2016  
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not.
Version: 3.2   Added: 20 Oct 2005
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  
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Yoast SEO

Rated 4.8
#ratings 9450 ratings
Download  8,388,607 times
Updated 14 Feb 2017  
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.
Version: 4.3   Added: 11 Oct 2010
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  

Wordfence Security

Rated 4.8
#ratings 2986 ratings
Download  8,388,607 times
Updated 7 Feb 2017  
Secure your website with the most comprehensive WordPress security plugin. Firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security & more.
Version: 6.3.1   Added: 21 Apr 2012
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

Rated 4.8
#ratings 2487 ratings
Download  7,167,291 times
Updated 26 Jan 2017  
Backup and restoration made easy. Complete backups; manual or scheduled (backup to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email + others).
Version: 1.12.32   Added: 22 May 2012
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  

Page Builder by SiteOrigin

Rated 4.8
#ratings 486 ratings
Download  7,098,216 times
Updated 3 Feb 2017  
Build responsive page layouts using the widgets you know and love using this simple drag and drop page builder.
Version: 2.4.24   Added: 13 Apr 2013
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  
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MailChimp for WordPress

Rated 4.9
#ratings 668 ratings
Download  5,891,461 times
Updated 8 Feb 2017  
MailChimp for WordPress, the absolute best. Subscribe your WordPress site visitors to your MailChimp lists, with ease.
Version: 4.0.13   Added: 19 Jun 2013
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  

MailPoet Newsletters

Rated 4.8
#ratings 2561 ratings
Download  5,480,485 times
Updated 1 Feb 2017  
Send newsletters post notifications or autoresponders from WordPress easily, and beautifully. Start to capture subscribers with our widget now.
Version: 2.7.7   Added: 03 Dec 2011
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  

Duplicator

Rated 4.9
#ratings 1159 ratings
Download  5,026,492 times
Updated 2 Feb 2017  
Duplicate, clone, backup, move and transfer an entire site from one location to another.
Version: 1.1.30   Added: 07 Jun 2011
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  

Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Rated 4.8
#ratings 2518 ratings
Download  4,589,931 times
Updated 12 Jan 2017  
Compress and optimize image files, improve performance and boost your SEO rank using Smush WordPress image compression and optimization.
Version: 2.5.3   Added: 05 Dec 2008
Tested with WP version: 4.7.2  
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