The 10 most important (must have) WordPress plugins

WordPress plugins are small additional programs that add exactly the functions you need to your website. With thousands of mostly free plugins to choose from, you can tailor your website to your exact needs. Example: If you want to add an events calendar to your website, you are looking for an events calendar plugin. If you want to add social sharing buttons to your website, choose a social sharing button plugin. And so forth.

But in addition to the many, very individual plugins, there are Plugins, which I recommend as basic equipment for every website. You can find out here which plugins I install immediately after each installation:

My plugin recommendations

1. Updraft Plus

For what reason: Creates a complete backup of your website, which you can use to completely restore your website in the event of an emergency. (e.g. after hacker attacks or if an update destroys your website) You can set how often your website should be backed up, e.g. daily, weekly, etc. and the program will do it for you automatically. Even though many web hosts do backups, I would never rely on that alone and would like to create my own backup that I can access at any time.

2. YoastSEO

The must-have plugin if you want to get your website higher in Google. There you can add meta descriptions, meta titles, image and title tags, create XML sitemaps and much more. It also shows you what you can improve from an SEO point of view.

3. Antispam Bee

Antispam Bee is an anti-spam program that protects you from spam comments. These are recognized by the program and automatically moved to the spam folder. In contrast to the mostly pre-installed plugin Akismet, it is data protection compliant and therefore the best alternative in German-speaking countries.

4. Wordfence

One of the most popular security plugins, with an integrated firewall, virus scanner, file scanner to detect changes to the WordPress core files and to protect you better against hacker attacks.

If you want to use this, you need an ADV contract. On this page: you will find the link to the contract, print it out and sign it and send a copy of it back to Wordfence at the e-mail address:

Click here for the Wordfence contract:

5. WP Fastest Cache

With this caching plugin you reduce the loading time of your website, which has a positive effect on your Google ranking as well as on the length of time your website visitors stay.

6. Shariff wrappers

The Shariff Wrapper plugin creates share buttons that you can embed on your website so that your posts and/or pages can be directly shared to social networks with one click. It is the only social sharing plugin that can be used under data protection law.

7. Coming Soon Page and Maintenance Mode

When you create your website, put a privacy screen over it. Then you can build your website in peace, unobserved from strangers. When it’s done, give away the privacy screen and delete the plugin.

8. Autooptimize

Autoptimize improves the loading time of your website. By combining and compressing CSS and Javacsript files, it reduces the number of files loaded and the overall size of your website.

9. Smush Image Compression and Optimization

The file size of the images is compressed (=reduced), which allows the website to load faster and frees up storage space. (Note: You should still resize your images before uploading them to web format)

10. Cookie Notice

Since every WordPress website stores cookies, you have to inform your visitors about this from a legal point of view. Although, as far as I know, information in the data protection declaration is sufficient, I prefer to play it safe and use a plugin that shows visitors the cookie line that you are sure to know.

10.1.Cookie bar for analysis tools

If you use Google Analytics or Facebook Pixel on your site, you may only track visitor data with your consent. It is important that your website does not collect visitor data until the visitor has consented.

You can purchase this plugin here* and is one of the cheapest I know of due to the one-off payment.

*=Affiliate link – this does not change the price for you – if the tip is helpful for you, I am happy if you order via my link.

You should keep this in mind when using plugins:

  • When choosing a plugin, pay attention to how good its evaluation is how many active installations it has and when the last updates was.
  • use so many plugins as necessary, but still as little as possible.
  • Update your plugins regularly. This closes security gaps and gives hackers fewer chances of attack.
  • Sometimes it can happen that plugins don’t get along with each other. If something suddenly stops working on your website as before, then deactivate newly added plugins. If it works again, it was because of this plugin. Then look for an alternative.

Get your free website checklist

The checklist contains 16 important steps, as well as tool and provider recommendations. The roadmap for your web project.
Subscribe to my newsletter for website tips for beginners, including a checklist, straight to your email inbox.

You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. Information on data protection can be found here.

Hi, I’m Bridget.
I’m talking about your website. I’ll show you how to get more out of your website and master the technology with WordPress, the Divi Theme and strategic web design. So that your online business grows through your website as a service provider, consultant, trainer or coach.

Previous post Scan WP | WordPress Theme Detector | Plugin Detector
Next post What if WordPress hasn’t been updated in years?