The WordPress plugin library can be a pretty overwhelming place to be if you don’t know what you’re looking for – there are thousands upon thousands of plugins (and not all of them are good quality or property supported and updated).

I have a handful of plugins that I install on virtually every client site, including:

SEO

  • Yoast SEO

 

Analytics

  • Google Analytics by Monster Insights

 

Caching

  • WP Super Cache
  • WP Fastest Cache
  • W3 Total Cache
  • WP Rocket

 

Security

  • WordFence Security
  • iThemes Security


Backups

  • UpDraft Plus
  • Backup Buddy
  • VaultPress


Under Construction Pages

  • Seedprod


Contact Forms

  • Contact Form 7
  • Ninja Forms
  • Gravity Forms


eCommerce

  • WooCommerce


Image Optimisation

  • EWWW Image Optimizer
  • WP Smush


Membership Sites

  • ActiveMember360
  • WishList Member
  • MemberPress
  • AccessAlly


Payment Gateways

  • ActiveRelay


Migrating

  • Duplicator
  • Updraft Plus Pro


Image Gallery

  • Essential Grid
  • FOO Gallery

Miscellaneous

  • Akismet (blocking spam blog comments)
  • Jetpack
  • Law for Websites (privacy policy/terms & conditions via http://lawforwebsites.info/)
  • WPS Hide Login
  • Instagram Feed WD
  • WP Optimize

Try and keep the plugins that you install on your WordPress site to a minimum – to help minimise the load speed of your site, and also to minimise the potential security breaches that can come from using outdated/unsupported plugins.

Do you have any plugins that you swear by? Feel free to tell me about them below!

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