One of the most common questions people ask me, pertaining to WordPress, is this: “What WordPress plugins do you use?” This is a bit of a trick question because I have multiple websites, and each of them uses different plugins because each website has a different purpose/function.
I still want to answer the question for people – But I am going to leave out the “special function” plugins that I use on specific websites. Instead, what I am going to share today are my top 7 WordPress plugins that I recommend to use on every website.
These plugins have been the most helpful for me and have made managing my WordPress websites simpler.
Quick disclaimer, don’t just download all of these plugins because I use them. The last thing you want to do is load up your website with too many plugins to manage. It’s going to slow down your website and potentially break something along the way. Also, none of my recommendations are fancy or flashy plugins; each is a WordPress essential in my book.
Here are my top 7 favorite WordPress plugins:
Prioritizing website security is essential. Shield is the most powerful WordPress security provider. Even if you don’t use shield, make sure you have a plugin that protects your website.
Most websites have social share buttons. What people don’t realize is that most plugins for social buttons will drastically slow down your website. Easy Social Share Buttons keeps your website loading quickly and offers some of the best looking social buttons. This plugin is also highly flexible to meet your needs.
See how I use these on my other website, DailyPS.com (Scroll down and look to the left for the social sharing buttons.)
#5. Classic Editor
In 2018 WordPress released Gutenberg. They all it “the new editing experience.” Here’s the deal – I hate it, and I usually love new things and change. Classic editor allows me to keep the old-school blog editor that I fell in love with many years ago.
Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features that are only available to WordPress.com users. Using JetPack enables you to gain the benefits of WordPress.com on your self hosted website. Also, it has a feature called Publicize connections. This feature auto shares your new content to social media. No one does this better than Jetpack!
Having an image optimizer is a must! This made my website ten times faster. Imagify is the best on the market when it comes to image optimization and maintaining quality.
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#2. WP Rocket
WP Rocket will drastically improve your website speed. This is a game-changer, and you’ll quickly notice the performance enhancement. Every website I work on has this plugin.
The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps, automatically create redirects and much more. This is 100% my favorite plugin. It’s helped me become a better writer and understand SEO. If you truly plan on creating a successful WordPress website, you must have a reliable SEO Plugin.
Here’s the thing about my #1 WordPress plugin recommendation, Yoast. Understanding how to get this plugin to REALLY work for you and help your content rank higher in search engines takes some additional education and wisdom.
There you have it, my top 7 (favorite) WordPress plugins.
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If you were to add an 8th must have WordPress, what would it be? Comment below!