What plugins do I need for my WordPress website?

Mar 23, 2018 | Websites

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



  • Hummingbird
  • 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 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minimise the load speed of your site, and also to minimise the potential security breaches that can come from using outdated/unsupported plugins.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!

Do you have a project in mind?