For today there are more than 50 000 WordPress plugins out in the market and it might be time consuming to find the best that every site should be armed with. Our clients often ask what plugins to use when starting or growing a website so today we publish a list of recommended hand-picked WordPress extensions that we use and install for users.
Analytics and SEO
All In One SEO Pack – out of the box full featured SEO.
SmartCrawl SEO – another great SEO framework that is unbranded and without ads or other distractions.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP – a bridge between Google Analytics and your WP installation. Let’s you track visitors and their behaviour directly from the admin panel.
SEO Image Optimizer – plugin dynamically replaces title and alt tag of images, making them search engine friendly.
Broken Link Checker – scans the website and fixes any broken links or missing images.
Google XML Sitemaps – most popular plugin to generate sitemaps.
Speed and performance
WP Super Cache – in our WP journey this has been most helpful speed plugin used. Creates a static HTML page and serves it instead of generating standard PHP/MySQL output.
WP Fastest Cache – strong alternative with loads of options and great overall website speed up.
LiteSpeed Cache – all-in-one site acceleration plugin, featuring an exclusive server-level cache. Supports WP Multisite and is compatible with most popular plugins.
EWWW Image Optimizer – can process all the website images and reduce their size / compress them without any visible loss in image graphics. Smaller file sizes lead to faster page loads and site speed.
All In One WP Security & Firewall – probably the single most threat a WP site can be exposed to is when somebody tries to steal the database data. Having a plugin like this secures the site and fixes any possible vulnerabilities.
Anti-spam – easiest to use and a go-to plugin to keep your WP spam free.
WPS Hide Login – very light plugin that lets you easily and safely change the URL of the WP admin login page.
SSL Insecure Content Fixer – more than often there is a “https insecure content and mixed content warning” issue associated with WP sites. Basically it prevents your visitors to see a secure version “https://” of your website. This handy plugin fixes the problem, making your domain look more credible.
Site migration and backups
All In One WP Migration – need to migrate your existing WordPress? Export the database, media files, plugins, themes and import them back into a new site with this powerful “all in one” plugin.
Duplicator – WP Migration – gives users the ability to migrate, copy, move or clone a site from one location to another and also serves as a simple backup utility.
WP Staging – need a development version of your existing site? WP staging allows you to create a staging environment in seconds.
UpdraftPlus – simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin. Backup your files and database into the cloud and restore with a single click.
Sassy Social Share – lightweight social media plugin that enables visitors to share your posts, like them or follow your profiles.
Blog 2 Social – autopost or schedule a new blog content post into all connected social media profiles.
Revive Old Posts – helps to keep your old posts alive by automatically sharing them and driving more traffic from popular social networks.
Shared Counts – show popularity of your blog article and display social media counter.
WP Social Login – social login, comments and sharing plugin that enables your visitors to sign in using most popular social media networks.
Email and newsletters
WP Mail SMTP – fastest way to make emails work in your WP installation.
Mailer Lite Sign Up Forms – good working newsletter signup form builder. It is more cost-effective option next to bigger vendors such as MailChimp.
Contact Form 7 – most popular plugin to quickly create a contact form. It supports Ajax-powered submitting and CAPTCHA security feature.
Email Templates – craft your own customized email template. Let’s you set the logo, colors and edit layout via simple customizer.
Easy Digital Downloads – easiest way to setup a shop and sell your digital products such as books, music, apps or other software. Compared to other solutions it is more lightweight and simple to use with many available ready made theme options. EDD also offers a variety of useful extensions.
WooCommerce – more robust and popular solution that let’s you sell pretty much anything. Works better with real products. For digital / virtual products we believe EDD is a good choice.
LearnPress – suitable for users that wish to launch an online educational platform and sell sell video courses, tutorials, lessons and quizzes online. Handy plugin to launch your own educational school with no coding-knowledge required.
LifterLMS – another great plugin to start an online classroom, create and sell digital courses.
Ultimate Member – share or sell your private content to members only. Plugin makes it easy for website users to sign-up for a membership.
Thirsty Affiliates – affiliate links management plugin. Easily manage, shrink and track your affiliate links in WordPress.
PolyLang – allows you to create a bilingual or multilingual WordPress site. You write posts, pages and create categories and post tags as usual and then define the language for each of them.
Coming Soon – create a simple coming soon or maintenance mode page.
bbPress – add forum or community pages to your WordPress.
Increase Max Upload File Size – easiest way to raise up a default limitation of web uploads (e.g. trying to upload an image or media but WordPress says it is too large).
PopUP Maker – create newsletter sign up forms or other popup windows with ease.
Ninja Forms – is excellent and we have been using it for some time now. Allows you to build forms within minutes using a simple drag-and-drop creator.
Strong Testimonials – collect and showcase testimonials or reviews for your products / services.
WP Customer Reviews – allows you to setup a specific page on your blog to receive customer testimonials for your business/service or to write reviews about a product.
Nextgen Gallery – offers complete WordPress gallery management system with the ability to batch upload photos, import meta data, add/sort photos, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums and more.
WP Live Chat Support – chat with your visitors for free. Perfect plugin for for small businesses and independent freelancers.
TawkTo Live Chat – free chat plugin that we use ourselves. Offers great user experience and functionality.