17 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Your Site


WordPress is the best and most used blogging platform to build any kind of site or blog.

There are thousands of plugins available to download for free, but some of them are extremely essential, no matter in what niche your site is.

So which are the best wordpress plugins to use on your site? I know this is a personal question and the answer will depend for each kind of site.

But few of them are extremely useful and can help a lot to improve your site performance, speed, usability and also increase your earnings.

The Best WordPress Plugins for Your Website

#1. W3 total cache


W3 Total Cache helps you optimize your site speed and performance. It allows you to easily setup page and browser caching, compress pages for quicker downloads, and setup a content delivery network for your static files.

#2. SEO by Yoast


WordPress SEO by Yoast is the best SEO plugin for wordpress. It is a complete website optimization package. It’s very easy to install and setup, it also allows that you configure all the most important SEO aspects of your site.

#3. Akismet


Used my millions of wordpress sites, it’s probably the most efficient spam killer. The internet is full of spammers and you will need a solution to avoid spend time deleting and monitoring spam comments.

#4. Google Analytics for WordPress by Yoast


Much more than simply setup google analytics, with this plugin you can track your WordPress site easily with powerful resources like latest tracking codes and lots added data for search result pages and error pages.

#5. Cloudflare


Cloudflare is a platform used to improve speed and performance of your site. Using cloudflare you can optimize your wordpress site in different aspects like:

  • Faster loading speed;
  • Better security against hackers and spammers;
  • Your site always online, because cloudflare will keep a cached copy of your wordpress site.

#6. Floating Social Bar


Most social media plugins for WordPress come with a lot of useless resources that will slow down your website and with countless social networks that many people don’t know.

Floating Social Bar is a simple but powerful social media plugin for WordPress, it allows you to add only a handful of social networks that really matter.

#7. Disqus Comment System


Disqus is my favorite comment system for wordpress and it comes with many interesting features. Some advantages of using disqus are:

  • Poll system, each comment can receive positive or negative votes;
  • Simple and easy to use;
  • Display comments by how relevant and popular they are;
  • Possibility to share comments when your visitors write a comment.

#8. Contact Form 7


Contact Form 7 allows you to easily create efficient contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the email contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

#9. Sucuri


Sucuri is a must have tool to monitor the security of your site. Any website on the internet can get hacked or attacked at anytime by malicious denial of service attacks. It is always better to be prepared for the worst.

Sucuri offers real time alerts, website security scanner, and even offers malware removal service.

#10. Outbound Links


This plugin forces the nofollow and new window on all outbound links. Having this plugins is very important because it will forces wordpress to open a new window on external links, in this way you won’t lose your visitors.

#11. SEO Friendly Images


This plugin will automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images improving traffic from search engines. If your website has tons of images, you can save your precious time not having to add alt and title attribute on every image.

#12. Display Widgets


This plugin is useful when you need to display or hide a widget on certain pages. Display Widgets allows you to easily show or hide widgets on selected pages and posts. You can even show widgets only to logged in users and hide for everyone else.

#13. Pretty Link


This plugins transforms “ugly” links into “beautiful” links, it’s very useful to help increase your SEO score. Pretty Link also allows you to track each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from.

#14. BackupBuddy


BackupBuddy is the easiest and most beginner friendly WordPress backup plugin. It allows you to quickly setup automatic backup schedule for your wordpress website.

You can store your backups on the cloud and sleep easily, knowing all your content is safe and backed up.

#15. OptinMonster


OptinMosnter is a must have plugin that helps you get a lot more email subscribers. It allows you to create beautiful optin forms and pop ups for your wordpress sites and convert your visitors into potential buyers.

It comes with features like  page-level targeting, analytics, split testing, and exit-intent technology which allows you to display optin form when a user is about to leave your site.

#16. Login LockDown


By default, a user can try to login into your site with as many incorrect attempts as they want. Most hack attempts usually will try breaking into your site’s admin area by using password lists .

Limit Login Attempts simply puts a limit on how many times a user can try to login. After a given number of login attempts it locks down the admin area.

#17. WP Smush.it


WP Smush.it is a essential wordpress plugins for all sites with many images. Why? Because it reduce image file sizes, improve site’s performance and boost your SEO score.

As said on beginning, the best wordpress plugins will depend for each kind of website you are running.

However these plugins can be used on absolutely all sites, not matter about what your site content is, plus it can increase your site performance, better usability for your users and consequently more customers and profit.

Is there any other plugin or tool that you consider essential for your wordpress site?


  1. Hello Cleber,

    What an incredibly awesome post here, you did a really great job but I have something to contribute with regards to “Disqus Commenting System” which usually drives away traffic from a website (that’s it disadvantage) but again – 100% awesome content here!

    Edos Ubebe

  2. There are so many plugins you mention that I currently implement into all of the sites I own & build.
    Yoast, W3 Cache & WP-Optimize are ones that stand out the most in my opinion. They have transformed not only the way I build sites, but more enhance their speed & localization.
    Of course none of this would make me any success without help from Elegant Themes & WordPress!
    Thanks for a very thorough review of these plugins!

  3. Hello,

    Yes, there are many good wordpress plugins, but SEO by Yoast and W3 Total Cache are 2 must have plugins for any website, no matter in what niche it is.

  4. I would argue that UpdraftPlus is the best backup program for WordPress. It’s the most downloaded backup plugin on WordPress.

  5. Yep, there are several good plugins for wordpress backups.

  6. Great list; I use many of those but will certainly try Vault as I use WPBackUp and haven’t had a response to a support request for two weeks !

    A recent plugin that I found is Dropbox Photo Siteloader. If you use Dropbox to collect your photos or receive photos from brands/PRs you work with, this plugin pulls all your selected photos from Dropbox folders into your media library. No more downloading and re-uploading !

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  8. I appreciate your advise, with no doubts I’ll think about your suggestion, thanks.

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