Come on, seriously. Every website?
Yup, every website that runs WordPress. These are my recommended WordPress plugins for every website because they perform optimizations and tasks that benefit every type of website. From easy migration to SEO optimization, customizations and keeping plugins and your website’s health in check, I wholeheartedly recommend and use the plugins on this list more than any others.
The list presented here is not an exhaustive one of all the best plugins out there. These are ones I personally use on the regular and recommend to my clients every time. I highly recommend you read through the documentation—including managing the settings—for any plugin before you install and use it on your website.
WordPress plugins I recommend:
While custom fields are a part of the WordPress Core, they are clunky in the Dashboard and not very user-friendly for website owners and editors. Advanced Custom Fields (known as “ACF” for short) addresses this by providing a user interface in your Dashboard and organization of fields into logical sections or Gutenberg blocks.
You are keeping up with your monthly website maintenance, right?
If you went all-in with a hosting package that includes a “one-click staging” (I’m looking at you, Siteground and WP Engine) then you can skip this one. For the rest of us, this plugin is a life-saver when it comes to moving your website back and forth from a staging location to perform your updates safely and the live website that your visitors see.
And did I mention that it all is done from the Dashboard? Easy peasy backups-are-a-breezy.
Free contact forms with a wide variety of email marketing integrations. We all like free, right?
Website caching is a widely-recommended practice to make your website download faster for visitors. This plugin makes it easy to enable and manage your website’s cache directly in the Dashboard.
Yoast has been known as THE SEO plugin for several years and unlocks beneficial optimizations for all users and advanced options for those who go pro.
How this benefits you:
WordPress does not have any optimization options available out of the box, and this plugin provides a true all-in-one solution to managing everything from your website’s search result appearance to enabling user-friendly breadcrumb links. Without it, your website is stuck with the defaults, which often are not as informative as setting custom information.
Why I recommend it:
Want to optimize your blog post for a specific keyword or phrase? Want to set your own search engine titles and descriptions? Social media previews? Enable breadcrumbs? Create sitemaps to submit to search engines? This plugin allows all that and more, and that’s before you even start paying for a Premium license!
Related plugins I recommend if you use Yoast SEO:
- Yoast SEO Premium—Expands on your ability to optimize by including secondary keywords and phrases and allows you to preview your social media post previews. If you are truly working on your website’s SEO presence, the Premium plugin offers the most features and support to help you meet your goals.
That’s a wrap!
Hopefully you found this list helpful and have a few new tips and resources to implement on your own WordPress website. I plan to share more plugin recommendations in the future, focusing on specific needs. The goal of this list was to give us a good starting point of recommended WordPress plugins for every website.