Useful WordPress Plugins

Scribe SEO WordPress plugin

Scribe SEO WordPress plugin

1. ScribeSEO – Premium plugin that gives search engine optimised copywriting advice.

2. Yoast SEO plugin – Best and exhaustive WordPress SEO plugin. Better than All in one SEO plugin.

3. Gravity forms – The ultimate WordPress forms plugin.

4. bbPress – Official WordPress forum plugin.

5. Akismet – To block spam. Must have.

Gravity Forms WordPress plugin

Gravity Forms WordPress plugin

6. Google Analytics for WordPress – To insert Google Analytics code.

7. Backupbuddy – Premium plugin that does shceduled backups for whole website including wp-content folder. Delivering to Dropbox is a great addition.

8. qTraslate – For offering manual translation.

9 . WPtouch Pro – Premium plugin for displaying mobile and iPad friendly themes.

10. WP Security Scan – For tightening your site security.

11. W3 Total Cache – For speeding up your websites.

12. Simple URLs – Easy way to mask affiliate URLs

WP Touch Pro premium plugin for mobile display

WP Touch Pro for mobile display

WordPress plugin usage best practices:

* Try not to use more than 10 plugins.

* Deactivate and delete unused plugins.

* Use only the plugins from trusted sources or reputed premium plugin sellers. It is good to test them in a beta site first.

* Do not use more than one plugin to have same functionality. For example, do not have two plugins to track stats or backup.

* Always keep your plugins updated.


  1. I’m surprised I didn’t see any caching plugins listed…like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache.

    • Hi Susan, I have listed plugins based on my requirements and experience. Caching plugins are useful, ofcourse.

  2. Thank you for this list! I am already using most of these but it was great to see a recommendation on a few others I should be adding. What do you think about gTranslate for automatic translations and Relevanssi for searching?

    • Hi Karena, sorry for the delayed reply. gTranslate is the obvious choice for automatic translations. I haven’t tried relevanssi but I have used “search everything” plugin before. I think the default WordPress search is good enough now.

  3. Helle Ravi,
    Thank you for sharing this list.
    I didn’t know Backupbuddy plugin.
    I think a good complement of wp-dbmanager.
    What do you think about that?

    • Hi Fred, yes it will be a good complement. Besides backing up wp-content, it also does malware scan and makes it easy to migrate or restore.

  4. Thanks for this post, I followed your link from sitesketch where I was doing some plugin research for my new blog. I am going to go and get the broken link checker plugin now on your recommendation.