With a really huge of list available plugins for WordPress on the market it is a really tricky to pick the rights of them. I have been using WordPress for ages and it is still my platform of choice when it comes to open source CMS system. I came up with my very own list of must have plugins based on years of my experience.
Speed, Optimisation and Security
W3 Total Cache – The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.
Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan
WP Super Cache – Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.
BJ Lazy Load
Use Google Libraries
Remove query strings from static resources
WP All In One Security
Regenerate Thumbnails – Regenerate the thumbnails for one or more of your image uploads. Useful when changing their sizes or your theme.
Comments, Communication, Contact Forms and Spam
Disqus for WordPress – Disqus helps publishers increase engagement and build loyal audiences. Supports syncing comments to your database for easy backup.
Contact Form 7 – Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
Google XML Sitemaps
Yoast SEO – The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP) – Displays Google Analytics Reports and Real-Time Statistics in your Dashboard. Automatically inserts the tracking code in every page of your website.
Social Media & Email Marketing
NextGEN Facebook (NGFB)
Pinterest Pin It
Mailchimp Newsletter Signup
Site Management, Maintenance
WP Maintenance Mode – Adds a splash page to your site that lets visitors know your site is down for maintenance. It’s perfect for a coming soon page.
WP GDPR Compliance – This plugin assists website and webshop owners to comply with European privacy regulations known as GDPR. By May 24th, 2018 your site or shop has to comply to avoid large fines.
Better Search Replace – A small plugin for running a search/replace on your WordPress database.
Redirection – Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors. Redirection is a plugin for WordPress which can manage up to 301 redirections and can keep a track of almost 404 errors. It can clean up the loose ends of a site. Redirection becomes useful while migration of pages from previous websites and during the change of the directory while installing WordPress and it is absolutely free.
Duplicate Post – Clone posts and pages.
Shortcodes Anywhere or Everywhere – Allows Shortcodes to be used nearly everywhere, not just in posts and pages.
Advanced Custom Fields – Customise WordPress with powerful, professional and intuitive fields
Advanced Custom Fields: Options Page – This premium Add-on creates a static menu item for the Advanced Custom Fields plugin
Advanced Custom Fields: Repeater Field – This premium Add-on adds a repeater field type for the Advanced Custom Fields plugin
Easy Bootstrap Shortcode – Add bootstrap 3.0.3 styles to your theme by WordPress editor shortcode buttons.
WordPress Importer – Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.
WP All Export – Export any post type to a CSV or XML file. Edit the exported data, and then re-import it later using WP All Import.
WP Migrate DB – Exports your database as a MySQL data dump (much like phpMyAdmin), does a find and replace on URLs and file paths, then allows you to save it to your computer.
WP Staging – Create a staging clone site for testing & developing
Woocommerce – An eCommerce toolkit that helps you sell anything. Beautifully.
Pretty Link Lite
bbPress – bbPress is forum software with a twist from the creators of WordPress.
HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter – Add syntax highlighting to the all WordPress code editors using Codemirror.js
Crayon Syntax Highlighter – Supports multiple languages, themes, highlighting from a URL, local file or post text.Crayon