There are many lists of the best WordPress plugins and this is just another list with plugins that are must own plugins when you are using WordPress. This best WordPress plugins list is obviously not all encompassing but its a good start and may grow from here.
OptinMonster is amazing for converting users from unknown to known by offering popups, downloads, social sharing etc. This is a great way to grow your email list. Get it here: Optin Monster
MonsterInsights Google Analytics
MonsterInsights is one of the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. You can easily connect your website with Google Analytics, in order to learn more about your website visitors such as where are they coming from and what are they doing on your website.
Getting hacked sucks! This blog has been hacked once or twice so Security should be a concern. Sucuri’s web application firewall is one of the best protection you can get for your site. They monitor and protect your site from DDoS, malware threats, XSS attacks, brute force attacks, etc.
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress plugins for SEO. It allows you to optimize your WordPress site for search engine and is incredibly insightful as you work on a post. There isn’t a better, more intuitive SEO plugin, period.
WP Fastest Cache
Most caching plugins are hard to use and hard to understand. WP Fastest Cache is quick to setup and helps your site crush it on Google Page Speed test.
The single best and easiest form building for WordPress. Not only can you create ridiculously simple forms you can even do conditional logic. You can also setup user-submissions for content or even login and ecommerce. You can even connect Gravity Forms to nearly anything that has an API.
WordPress’ built in galleries suck. If you want to create amazing photo galleries there isn’t an easier way to make great looking galleries. Envira Gallery allows you to responsive galleries in WordPress.
Jetpack is built by the team at WordPress and offers a suite of tools such as enhanced security, improved site performance, plenty of content tools, spam-free Comments, Social Sharing, Related Posts, Post by Email, and much more.
Akismet is an amazing network spam filter created by the makers of WordPress. it Akismet automatically checks comments against their network web service and blocks the spam automatically. And if it isn’t sure–you hit spam and help the world! Karma 🙂
Google XML Sitemaps
If you don’t already now why you need an XML sitemap–then I highly recommend looking into it. Then you will know why this plugin is so fantastic. This quickly generates an XML sitemap for your site.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
The Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) can display a list of posts or pages that relate to the current post. This feature provides a great opportunity for your readers to see other relevant content from your site.
BJ Lazy Load
BJ Lazy Load helps your site load faster by replacing images on your site with a placeholder and then loads content as it gets close to entering the browser screen when a visitor scrolls the page.
Redirection helps you do multiple things: redirect pages that you might need to use for marketing, manage 301 redirects and keep track of 404 errors. Also, in the future if you change your url structure this makes it easy. A redirection can be setup to pass a URL through to another page, file, or website. Any URL can be redirected, not just those that no longer exist.
Advanced Custom Fields
All in One Schema
Ever seen stars and ratings on Google search? This plugins helps you add the right snippets of information for your content can help you stand out from your competition. The plugin supports the following content types: review, event, people, product, recipe, software application, video, and articles.
This plugin allows you to easy change your sidebar content for different pages, categories, and more. No more coding to create multiple sidebars for different scenarios on your site.
All you need to do is click a checkbox on or off for where you want widgets to display or be hidden.