What Are Some Essential WordPress Plugins?

You’ve installed WordPress, added a beautiful theme, and now you’re salivating over thousands of plugins WordPress has to offer. But before you install a single plugin, read on!

Folks love to install plugins, sometimes several that do essentially the same thing. What’s the harm, you think. Well, for one, plugins use up resources and can slow down your site. They can also potentially open up security holes. They can cause conflicts. In short, they can wreak havoc if you’re not careful.

Fear not, I’m here to help! But first, do me a favor and uninstall the Hello Dolly plugin.

With that out of the way, here’s a recommended list of essential and powerful plugins. Click on each to read about configuration and usage details. It isn’t exhaustive, as every website has its own custom needs, but it’s a great starting point. Just remember that some information can eventually become outdated so be sure to always check the provided links for the latest documentation.

  1. Adaptive Images for WordPress
  2. Akismet
  3. BackupBuddy
  4. FooBox Image Lightbox
  5. Gravity Forms
  6. iThemes Security
  7. Magic Liquidizer Responsive Table (only needed if you have HTML tables in your site)
  8. Redirection
  9. TinyMCE Advanced
  10. Widget Context
  11. Yoast SEO
  12. ZigTrap
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