Recommended Plugins Every Site Should Have

These are just a few types of plugins that all WordPress sites should be using!

** I do not provide support for these plugins. If you have issues with any of these plugins, please contact the plugin's support.

Backup Plugin

It's important to regularly backup your website. If your site breaks, you can restore it in just minutes with a backup! Your hosting company should have backup tools you can use to automatically backup your site, so check with them first before downloading another plugin. But if not, these free WordPress plugins that will work just as great: UpdraftPlus and BackWPup

Security Plugin

Unfortunately, roughly 90,000 websites that get hacked each day, 83% of them are using WordPress. I highly recommend installing a security plugin to protect your site from hackers. Don't think, "oh that won't happen to me" - because it very well could.

I recommend the popular security plugin Wordfence! I use this plugin to protect all of my websites.

Spam Plugin

Getting a ton of spam comments and spam contact form submissions? Askimet is the #1 anti-spam plugin you need. It's free for personal sites and non profits!

SEO Plugin

SEO is Search Engine Optimization. It means how well your site ranks in Google search. Good SEO means a higher rank in Google search!

The best SEO plugin out there is Yoast. It's a very powerful tool that can help you make your site as search engine-friendly as possible. It's simple to setup and manage, and it's free!

Cache Plugin

The purpose of a caching plugin is to speed up your website and boost performance. It stores your website data to allow pages to load more quickly.

There are tons of caching plugins available. My personal favorite is Hummingbird - I use for the premium version, but there is a free version as well.

Here are a couple more really great & popular cache plugins I recommend: W3 Total Cache & WP Super Cache

Image Optimization Plugin

Images can take up a ton of space and can cause your site to run slowly, especially if you're uploading a ton of large images. I recommend the Smush plugin to size down & optimize your images to improve your site speed. There is also a lazy image load option that can boost performance as well. I recommend the paid version of this plugin, but there is a free version as well. 

**  I do not provide support for these plugins. If you have issues with any of these plugins, please contact the plugin's support.