Useful WordPress Plugins

Collection of useful WordPress plugins I use. Includes plugins for stats, SEO, mobile display, page speed, spam control and contact form.

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.

7 thoughts on “Useful WordPress Plugins”

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

  1. 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?

    1. 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.

  2. 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?
    Fred

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

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