Essential WordPress Plugins

essential wordpress plugins

We often get accessed what plugins does my website need or what are the must have plugins for every wordpress site?

We have listed a useful list of must have plugins as well as useful plugins for business websites.

Must have WordPress Plugins:



Security is going to be a big concern for online business owners in 2017.  Web application firewall is probably one of the best protection you can get for your site.

If you don’t have a firewall on your website, then add one today.

1. Wordfence

Our number one security plugin recommendation.  The free version has lots of options for you to start off and you can then go to the pro version for more advanced security features.

2.  Sucuri

3.  BackupBuddy

Does your hosting provider backup your website?  Ensure your hosting provider has backups done daily if possible and kept on rotation.  If you are unsure, you can install BackupBuddy and manage your own backups offsite.

4. Captcha by BestWebSoft

Add captcah code to your site. This will display in blog comments, contact forms, login page. This will help reduce spam.

5. Google Authenticator

Add an app to your smart phone for Google Authenticator. When you login you will need to use your app to enter a code that is generated every 30 seconds.  This helps prevent hackers trying your logins.


1. W3 Total Cache

Speed is one of the most important SEO factors. Faster websites rank higher in Google, this means more visitors for your business website and more conversions.

W3 Total Cache allows you to serve compressed and cached files to your visitors.

2. WP Super Cache

3. WP Smush – Smush Image Compression and Optimization

4. WP-Optimize


1. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO (formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast) is one of the most popular WordPress plugins. It allows you to optimize your WordPress site for search engines.

2. Redirection

Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have.


Email/Lead Capture

1. OptinMonster


2.  PopupAlly Pro

Additional must have plugins!

1. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

Simply integrate your Google Analytics account.  This plugin is great as you can view your analytics at a high level straight in your WordPress dashboard without having to login to Google Analytics.

2.  Insert Headers and Footers

Do you ever get give scripts to add to your header or footer on your website?  Normally you would need FTP access and know where to put the specific code in the header or footer area.  This plugin allows you to simply add the scripts without knowing any technical information.

3. Akismet

Filters out spam comments on blogs

4. Duplicate Post

Duplicate pages/posts. Do you have a page that you just want to copy and just change the text without building the page from scratch? Try this plugin.

5. Contact Form 7

6. Woocommerce

Want to sell something online? Woocommerce is an easy e-commerce tool to use! Comes with so many advantages and additional plugin extensions.

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