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.

Cookie Notice – Cookie Notice allows you to elegantly inform users that your site uses cookies and to comply with the EU cookie law GDPR regulations.

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

Infinity WP

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.

Affiliate Links

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