Last Update October 12th, 2017 – I wrote the original posts a few years ago and wrote another post a few months ago about plugins to speed up WordPress.
Some of these plugins are a must, others are just personal preference that help me with a particular issue I was having.
When I’m working with clients, I’m always finding new plugins to fit their needs, but in the end these are the ones I use all the time.
A comprehensive security plugin. It helps you prevent brute force attacks, lock acconts, change your login URL, whitelist your IP and overall secure your website.
The most used WordPress form, together with Contact Form DB can be very easy to manage people contacting you. Now it has a new editor and also support for recaptcha. I also use Ninaj Forms. The free version works well, but if you a paid plugn and than ca
The famous comment system. It works great as a filter and it integrates well with WordPress.
I developed my own plugin to set it up, but it is not available to the public. This plugin is one of the easiest way to install Google analytics, although I recommend using Google Tag Manager to set up all your tracking codes.
I don’t install Analytics directly anymore. Most of the time I use Google Tag Manager to setup tracking codes. Like GA, I have my own plugin. This plugin makes it easy.
This is a very handy plugin to shorten affiliate links. For example, I use it for Amazon by only using https://ricardonunez.com/amazonlink . It works quite well.
A great plugin for SEO. Usually my first pick when it comes to SEO. All the blogs and websites that I create have this plugin. It’s easy to use, allows me to change SEO settings for all the pages and post individually. It has XML sitemaps and other features usually found in multiple plugins.
I’m only using this plugin for a week now and itpromises to easily optimize website speed and user experience. I only saved half a second on the loading time which is not amazing, but I’m sure for a large website that can be a lot.
This plugin is used to greet new readers of the website and asks them to subscribe. There are several alternatives to this plugin, but I choose this one because it has the ability to recognize if the reader comes from a search engines, the rss or from the social networking websites ( I think this is cool).
I’m always trying out new plugins, some of them don’t do exactly what I’m looking for, but that’s nothing what a few tweaks in the code cannot solve.
What must have WordPress plugins are you using? Which ones do you recommend?