As a WordPress designer and developer, one of the questions I get asked a lot is “What plugins do I need?”. There are so many great plugins available that it can definitely be overwhelming for a newbie or DIYer!
Unfortunately, when I help clients with websites they built themselves, I often notice that they’ve missed the most important plugins every website should have.
So today I just wanted to share with you the top 5 WordPress plugin types your website needs.
- A caching plugin
- An SEO plugin
- A security plugin.
- A backup plugin
- A contact form plugin.
Let me go into each of them in a little more detail, so you can see why each of them are important.
Essentially, a caching plugin makes your website load faster by serving a saved copy of your images and files. And as we all know, speed matters! If your website is taking more than 5 seconds to load on a mobile phone, most people are going to hit the back button and probably not come back.
An SEO plugin is a must for determining how your website shows up on google and in social media links. It also creates a sitemap for search engines and walks you through the basics that you need to know to get that all important traffic coming through.
WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world, which is great, but also makes it a strong target for hackers. A good security plugin will regularly scan your website for malicious malware as well as protect your website from “brute force attacks”. This is a must to keep your website safe and secure.
Regular, secure backups are your number one defence from losing your website to hackers (or just breaking your site by accident!). A good backup plugin will allow you to automate your backups and send them to a secure location (like your dropbox or google drive account). So if anything does happen, you’ll be able to quickly and easily get your website back up and running.
Contact Form Plugin
This is an obvious one, but WordPress doesn’t actually come with contact form functionality out of the box. This is why some people chose to list their contact details and forgo the contact form, but this is a mistake! Many visitors won’t want to call you and won’t bother opening up their email service to write to you. An easy to fill in contact form is a must.
So there you have it, 5 of the must have plugin types for your WordPress website. I hope this information will help you make the most of your website!