If you are running a WordPress.org website, it is inevitable that you will need to install certain plugins to help you with the photo galleries, security, analytics, spam protection etc.
Half a year ago, I created my own website and I wanted to share my perception of chess (I am a chess fanatic) and how it is connected with life and everyday situations we find ourselves in. I purchased my space on the internet at GoDaddy and I installed WordPress.
After the famous 5 minute installation (thank you WordPress!), I had to choose the right theme for my website and the set of plugins I am going to install. I quickly chose the Blox theme by Cyberchimps (because it’s awesome!) but choosing the right plugins for my website required a lot more time and I tried many of them before I found the right ones:
- Akismet – the best plugin for catching spam comments. I love it!
- All In One SEO Pack – one of the best SEO plugins for your blog!
- Google Analyticator – easily add the necessary code for Google Analytics to your blog and monitor the statistics at your Dashboard!
- iThemes Security – a must for each WordPress website, it adds an additional layers of security and protects your website (I’ll cover more about WordPress security in one of my next posts)
- Jetpack by WordPress.com – so many perks you get from this plugin which boosts your blog tremendously, be sure to check it out!
- Limit Login Attempts – adds one more layer of security to your website!
- ManageWP Worker – the best WordPress websites management plugin, no doubt there. Also, I am Head of Customer Happiness team at ManageWP and I must say that, besides being one of the best plugins out there, their support is brilliant! 🙂
- Photo Gallery – my favorite plugin for photo gallery, simple yet effective!
- W3 Total Cache – one of the best caching plugins for WordPress!
This is my choice of plugins which I used on my personal WordPress.org website. What is yours?
Updated list of plugins – November 2019.
A lot has changed since I wrote this article back in March 2015 and I thought I’d also provide my updated list of the plugins I can recommend for different functionalities on a WordPress website. This updated list is also the one I shared with the attendees of the WordPress workshops in Novi Sad that I’m holding.
- Code Snippets – an excellent plugin for adding PHP code snippets.
- Health Check – I use this plugin when I’m troubleshooting plugin/theme conflicts. It allows you to enter into a troubleshooting mode (enabled only for the administrator) with all the plugins deactivated and a default theme activated.
- Theme Switcha – allows you to switch the theme of the website but only for the administrator of the site. The visitors will still see the old theme.
- Yoast – one of the best SEO plugins out there, it can go toe to toe with All in One SEO Pack that I mentioned back in 2015.
- RankMath – in my humble opinion, RankMath is the absolute best SEO plugin currently available.
- User Role Editor – allows you to manage the capabilities of different user roles on your site.
- Smush – a very good plugin for optimizing images.
- Simple 301 Redirects – for managing 301 redirects.
- Velvet Blues – one of the best search/replace plugins out there.
- WooCommerce – the leading WordPress eCommerce plugin.
- Sensei LMS – I believe this is the best learning management plugin for WordPress.
- LearnPress – another very good plugin for adding a learning management system to your site.
- Akismet – for stopping spam on your site, this plugin is still a must-have.
- Jetpack – it has grown so much since I mentioned in 2015. It was fantastic back then, now it’s even better 🙂
- ManageWP – for me, it’s still the number 1 plugin for managing multiple WordPress websites.
- AIOWPM – one of the best migration plugins out there.
- Duplicator – another really good migration plugin.
- Polylang – a very good multilingual plugin.
- WPML – probably the number 1 multilingual plugin currently (only the paid version exists, though)
- Say What – for changing strings on your site.
- WP Job Manager – a plugin for adding listings to your site. I love it!
- Ultimate Member – for creating a membership site.
- BB Press – for creating a forum
- BuddyPress – for creating a social network on your site.
- MailPoet – a really good newsletter plugin.
- iThemes Security – it’s still a fantastic security plugin.
- W3 Total Cache – still one of the best caching plugins for WordPress.
- WP Super Cache – another really good caching plugin.
- WP Rocket – this one exists only in a paid version but it’s probably the best caching plugin currently.
5 replies on “My Plugins of Choice for a WordPress Website”
Thank you for your report creating the site, your experience will be very useful to me.
Glad you’ve found this article useful! 🙂
Sally here, from ThimPress.
I’m reaching out on behalf of ThimPress, who you’ve mentioned in your article: https://davor.blog/2015/03/31/plugins-of-choice-for-wordpress/
I was wondering if it might be possible to link the word “LearnPress” in that sentence to https://thimpress.com/learnpress/ instead of https://wordpress.org/plugins/learnpress/?
I think this would help your visitors to find ThimPress easily.
Let me know if this is possible.
I’m just following up on an email I previously sent to you. I understand that you are busy, but I would appreciate it if you could review the email and respond to me as soon as you can.
Thanks for stopping by! You mentioned:
>I was wondering if it might be possible to link the word “LearnPress” in that sentence to https://thimpress.com/learnpress/ instead of https://wordpress.org/plugins/learnpress/?
>I think this would help your visitors to find ThimPress easily.
The article is about plugins, not companies behind plugins. So the main purpose is to have the plugins found easily, not companies behind them. For this reason, the open-source link is better suited in this case. Cheers!