This post was updated on November 28, 2018.
WordPress is my favorite blogging platform. It is highly versatile, especially with the use of plugins.
“What are the best WordPress plugins?” This is an extremely common question among bloggers. You’ll always get different answers when asking this question because every blogger has different plugins they consider to be useful. These are my favorites, so I’m hoping that it helps you decide which ones to add to your WordPress blog!
What are your favorite WordPress plugins? Let me know in the comments!
Akismet is an amazing anti-spam plugin that will help you fend off annoying, spammy comments.
When I first started my blog, I didn’t enable it right away. I didn’t think it was a big deal and I wasn’t sure if it was valuable. When I saw that I had just over 100 spam-filled comments pending on my blog on various posts, I enabled it in my Plugin menu and it started blocking spam comments right away.
WordPress comes with Akismet already installed, so be sure you enable it.
Jetpack is another good plugin to have. It has some SEO, security, and backup services that are helpful. It also has downtime monitoring, which is a feature I love because Jetpack will send me an email and let me know if my site is down. You also have access to your blog’s stats, although this may not be a huge deal to you if you use Google Analytics.
3. Yoast SEO
This is the best Search Engine Optimization plugin that currently exists. If you don’t have it, you’re doing your blog a huge disservice.
4. WP Rocket
This WordPress plugin is a great caching plugin. A cache is essentially a snapshot of your blog that Google created and stored after they indexed it. Allowing your users to view this “saved” version of your blog allows it to load faster for them. WP Rocket does an amazing job speeding up my blog and improving it’s overall performance.
This is the best plugin I have found for inserting Google Adsense ads onto my blog automatically.
This is the best Instagram widget I’ve found for WordPress. It’s easy to use and it’ll fit perfectly in your sidebar.
Reduce image file sizes, improve performance and boost your SEO
This plugin is great for reducing your image file sizes, improving your blog’s performance, and even boosting your Search Engine Optimization (of your images).
This is especially useful if you have size limits on your hosting account with your blog’s host, but it’s a good idea to have it even if you don’t have limits because it’ll help your blog’s load time slightly.
If you want the homepage and archive pages of your blog to have excerpts of your posts (recommended) instead of displaying the entire post and you aren’t comfortable editing any of your blog’s code on the backend, get this plugin.
You can install it and specify the size of the excerpt in just a few minutes.
Contact Form 7 is a great plugin if you want an effective, lightweight contact form on your blog. Just install it and take a few minutes to change the settings. Whenever someone fills out your contact form, the plugin will email you with their message.
10. WP Recipe Maker
This is an awesome plugin for those of you that post recipes on your blog.