Since 2008 I have been actively keeping a list of curated plugins that I recommend and trust for my clients’ websites – plugins I can count on. This means the plugins do what they are supposed to do and nothing more. Every plugin used should meet the following criteria:
- Easy-to-use: Too many WordPress plugins include an endless array of features. Opt for plugins that are light on features and are enjoyable to use.
- Light on resources: A by product of developing a well thought out, easy-to-use plugin is that the plugin loads quickly. Your website visitors will thank you.
- Regularly updated: Ensure the plugins are up-to-date for security reasons and are compatible with the latest release of WordPress.
WordPress Plugins for (Nearly) Every Install
- WordPress Google Sitemap Plugin or Better WordPress Google XML Sitemap
- Limit Login Attempts – You’ll notice this plugin hasn’t been updated since 2012; that is OK.
- Gravity Forms – This is a paid plugin that is money well spent. If you sign up for one my plans, Gravity Forms are included at no extra cost.
- BruteProtect – Protects against botnet attacks.
Recommended WordPress Plugins
- Soliloquy (Responsive Slider) – A lightweight, no-frills responsive slider that can be used on any page.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast or All in One SEO Pack
- Leadin – Automatically get insights into everyone who fills out a form on your site.