The List of Essential Plugins For WordPress Website.

 important plugins for wordpress

There are many plugins which can be used on your WordPress website. But can you decide the most useful WordPress plugins? Most of the bloggers get confused when they start their blog. It’s because there are many plugins and it’s hard to decide the best plugins for the website.

In this post, I am going to mention some important plugins for WordPress site which should be installed when you start your blog. There are many factors to think about a WordPress blog. You should take care of the spam comments, your comment system, and many other things.

Here Are The Most Useful WordPress Plugins For Your Website.

1. Spam Comments Protection Plugin.

When you install WordPress to handle your website then within one day, you would notice the hundreds of spam comments. The no. would increase day by day. Sometimes it’s hard to control the spammers. To get rid of them, you must install Akismet which would help you to save your website.

When you get any spam comment then it would be added to the spam list and you can empty the list once a day. Your website won’t get attacked by those spammers.

2. One of The Security Plugins.

You know that nowadays many websites are getting hacked and it’s important that you secure your website using any of the security plugins. You can use the “all in one security, bulletproof security, sucuri, and others.

There are many free plugins in the market and if you can go for the premium plugin then sucuri or Wordfence would be a better option. It’s important to take care of the WordPress security.

3. Backup Plugin.

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It’s important to keep the backup of your website and the database in your computer hard drive. You can use BackupBuddy, BackupWordPress, or any other plugin. Even your security plugins can backup the database of your website.

Though you can backup WordPress website manually using the cPanel but for beginners, it’s good to have any backup plugin. You should keep ready for hard time. There are many web hostings which provide the daily backup option with the web hosting plan.

4.  SEO Plugin.

One of the  essential plugins for WordPress website is the SEO plugin which will help you to write the SEO friendly article. You can use the “all in one SEO, SEO by Yoast, SEOPressor”. There are many SEO plugins which are free and premium

e better the SEO, the more would be the visitors. There are many SEO tips and tricks which can help you to drive traffic to your blog.

5. Database Optimization Plugin

When you write the blog posts then in WordPress the posts get saved automatically. When you edit your post again then everything gets stored in the database. Most of the bloggers don’t use any database optimization plugin due to which the database get overflowed.

It means that the tables and rows can be broken. So it’s important to use the plugin which can remove the unnecessary autosaved and updates to decrease the no. of rows in the database table. “Wp-Optimize” is on the most useful WordPress plugins for your database.

6. Sitemap Plugin.

We all know that the sitemap of a website is the medium to let the search engine know about the post and pages present on our website. It’s important to create a sitemap using any plugin and then add sitemap to Google Search Console.

7. Caching Plugin

The speed of your website plays an important role in the ranking. You must improve the speed of your website by minifying using a caching plugin. There are many caching plugins including W3 Total Cache, WP Super cache etc.

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It would reduce the page loading of your website. If you don’t install any caching plugins then the cache won’t get cleared due to which the load would increase on the web server.

8. Contact Form Plugin.

You may have read about blogging tips that for a blog, it’s important to have the contact us page which can be created using the contact form plugins. There are many contact form plugins including the “contact from 7, Ninja forms, WP forms etc.

Try to build a contact page which is user-friendly. Most of the plugins provide the option to generate your own contact form. Make sure that your users can contact you without any difficulty.

9. Social Sharing button Plugin.

If you want to build brand on social media then it’s important to use any of the essential plugins for WordPress plugins which can let your readers share your content. You may place the social sharing buttons under or above the blog posts. We all know the power of social networking sites in today’s era of digitization.

10. Jetpack By WordPress.com.

If you are using the self-hosted version of the WordPress then this is one of the most useful WordPress plugins. It will connect your self-hosted WordPress website to the fully-hosted version. You can connect your website to WordPress.com using Jetpack.

There are many useful options in this plugin. You can even create a contact us page which can be handled from your WordPress admin panel only.

11. WP Edit.

When you start writing your blog post then you may have seen some options in the post editor. WordPress doesn’t provide all the necessary options to craft your blog post perfectly.

important plugins for wordpress

It would be great if you use the WP-Edit plugin which would provide some extra edit options in the post editor. You can manage your blog posts properly.

12. Comment System Plugin.

If you want to keep the default comment system then you can use CommentLuv plugin on your website. It would attract more visitors to your website and your would get more comments.

You can use the Facebook plugin to enable the Facebook comment system. There is an another option for the comments. You can add Disqus comment system to get rid of the spam comments you get with the default WordPress comment system.

Are You Using All of the Important Plugins For WordPress Website?

The plugins may vary but the concept shouldn’t. For spam comment protection you can use the GASP plugin which will generate the checkbox in the comment section so that only humans can comment. There are many plugins which can do that for you.

The list of the above-mentioned essential plugins for WordPress website should be followed. It’s important to choose a WordPress plugin which can satisfy you. Check the reviews, ratings before installing any plugin on your website.

by Ravi Chahar

A blogger, web developer, and designer who intend to guide his readers about WordPress, Blogging, Web Development, Web Design and more. I have expertise in WordPress theme development and customization. I can set up and redesign the Thesis themes. I have been working in this field for years now.

18 comments

  1. Hi there Ravi,

    This is a great list of must have plugins for WordPress.

    I’m telling the truth that I have got almost all the plugins you mentioned it here, except the Jetpack.

    I have heard before for it, but still not convicted, after you mentioned it I will give a shot.

    1. Hey Clay,

      When you are about to start a blog then it is necessary to have these plugins. Jetpack is one of the most effective plugins which can allow you to provide the option below your blog posts to subscribe to your comments.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Have a great day.
      `Ravi

  2. Hello Ravi,

    Great list. I think you have covered all. I want to add P3 profiler to use as it tells you which plugins are putting how much load which can be very useful when your site is going down or being slow.

    Rest all are good ones! I am using most of them! Never used WP Edit. I will try it out.

    Thanks, and have a great time.
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    1. Hey Atish,

      I am glad that you liked the list.

      I have checked the P3 profiler and it isn’t that much effective. Though it can let you know the number of plugins which are active. I have scanned for the load but it didn’t show anything.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Enjoy the day.
      ~Ravi

      1. Ravi, I was the same. For some reason it didn’t tell me much either.

        Do you think we are doing something wrong? (because everyone else thinks that it is a great plugin to find heavy plugins etc.)

        1. Ahmad,

          There is nothing wrong with the plugin. Actually, when you use other plugins along with it then sometimes it may conflict. There are many plugins which can’t be used together.

          Maybe there is another plugin which is creating the problem and doesn’t let it work properly. It’s hard to say anything.
          ~Ravi

  3. Hi bro,

    Good list there. Going through your list and then subsequently through a list of plugins that are active in my blog, I have not used any security plugin, backup plugin and caching plugin. Thanks for the reminder. I will have some installed in my blog.

    And when it comes to comment system plugin, I have not yet used any. I want to continue with default feature only. I will study them and install later. Thanks.

    Have a great day ahead!

    1. Hey Sherab,

      You should install a caching plugin for sure. It would enhance the speed of your website. Sometimes a few plugins gather the cache which should be deleted.
      The security has the major issue because nowadays many bloggers a re getting hacked.

      It’s good to use the default commenting system. It depends on your choice.
      Glad that I could help.
      Have an awesome day.
      ~Ravi

  4. Hi Ravi,

    Great list! I use almost all the plugins which you have mentioned here.

    I would like to add one more essential plugin that is Image Optimization Plugin. Image size plays important role in the website loading speed.

    1. Hey Umesh,

      Imapge optimzation plays an important role in the page loading time. You can install any plugin for that. But it’s better to optimize your image using any other tool. It won’t be good to put the burder of another plugin if you can do that without it.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Enjoy the day.
      `Ravi

    1. Hey Saurabh,

      There are many plugins which can be useful for your blog. Always remember to install a caching plugin which can help you to boost the speed of your website.
      The contact form plugin, after a few days when your blog will grow then you would be in need to install the security plugin too.
      Thanks for stopping here.
      ~Ravi

  5. Hi Ravi,

    Well all the plugins that you have shared in your post are awesome. I have already use most of them on my blog but for Database Optimization i am using WP-Sweep rather then WP- Optimize.

    Thanks for lovely share 🙂

    Regards

    Mairaj

    1. Hey Mairaj,

      The main thing is that you should optimize the database. When you write the blog posts then the posts get saved many times. It increases the no. of rows in the database and the size of it.

      It’s important to minimize the tables and rows. You can use any plugin. WP-Sweep is also a good plugin.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Enjoy the day.
      ~Ravi

  6. Hi Ravi. I agree with most of your list. I’m thinking about removing Akismet from my sites because WP All In One Security can block the ability for robots to leave spam, so I get very little spam anymore. I installed WP Super Cache a couple months ago and I am absolutely amazed at how much it has improved the speed of my website. Yoast SEO takes care of the need for an XML sitemap plugin. I think All I One SEO does too.

    There are a couple plugins that I’m rather disappointed with. The social sharing plugins that I have found are all way to big for a task that only takes a couple of lines to implement. I have also removed the contact forms from my website. Between my email address, phone number and comment form there are more than enough ways to contact me. A contact form seems redundant.

    Speaking of comments, I use CommentLuv. I would never use Facebook comments or Disqus. When I comment on other blogs I like to read through the comments for other bloggers to follow. Disqus and FB comments make that very hard to do because there is no blog link.

    It is better to use as few plugin as you need to, so you have to be very discriminating. I have been going through my plugins recently and removing any that aren’t absolutely necessary. It has simplified my blog and improved its speed a lot.
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    1. Hey Ben,

      WordPress directory consists of many plugins to use. I agree with you that people shouldn’t use more plugins on their website. It’s good to reduce the number.

      If you have an SEO plugin then it would take care of many things. You won’t need to generate the XML with any other plugin. The spam protection would be provided.

      But when you run thesis themes then you have to use the XML plugins because you won’t need any SEO plugin.

      I prefer to do the things manually without any plugin and social media icons can be added without any plugin.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Have a great day.
      ~Ravi

    1. Hey Ahmed,

      There are many plugins in the WordPress directory but you should choose theme carefully.
      Wp-Edit can help you add more edit option in the post editor.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      ~Ravi

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