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:


  • Yoast SEO



  • Google Analytics by Monster Insights



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



  • WordFence Security
  • iThemes Security


  • UpDraft Plus
  • Backup Buddy
  • VaultPress

Under Construction Pages

  • Seedprod

Contact Forms

  • Contact Form 7
  • Ninja Forms
  • Gravity Forms


  • WooCommerce

Image Optimisation

  • EWWW Image Optimizer
  • WP Smush

Membership Sites

  • ActiveMember360
  • WishList Member
  • MemberPress
  • AccessAlly

Payment Gateways

  • ActiveRelay


  • Duplicator
  • Updraft Plus Pro

Image Gallery

  • Essential Grid
  • FOO Gallery


  • Akismet (blocking spam blog comments)
  • Jetpack
  • Law for Websites (privacy policy/terms & conditions via
  • 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minimise the load speed of your site, and also to minimise the potential security breaches that can come from using outdated/unsupported plugins.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!

Melissa is an online business manager and website designer, who works with fellow rockstar women-in-business, providing support to overhaul their web presence and grow their businesses beyond their wildest dreams!

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