There are more than 50,000 WordPress plugins to choose from, but their quality varies wildly. To help you navigate the plugin jungle, here are WordPlace’s ten essential plugins for 2019 (all are free or have free versions):
Hacking, server crashes or user errors can ruin any WordPress site, so backing up is vital. UpdraftPlus lets you back up files with a single click, so you never need worry about losing your work.
The best all-round security plugin available, Wordfence does a great job at protecting against cyber attacks. Its features include firewall protection, malware scans, file integrity checks and log-in hardening.
Smush uses lossless compression to automatically optimise the images you upload to your WordPress site. This means you can resize large images without them losing their quality.
This handy plugin lets you shorten links using your own domain name, which is perfect for cleaning up long affiliate links, for example. It also tracks links to help you analyse WordPress traffic.
Broken links are bad for business. If your site sells any goods or services, a faulty link can literally cost you money. Broken Link Checker monitors every link on your WordPress site and will alert you to any necessary fixes.
Archived WordPress posts don’t have to lose their lustre. Revive Old Post helps bring your older content to life by automatically sharing it to your social media channels, including Twitter and Facebook.
WooCommerce powers an estimated 30% of all online stores, which is more than any other platform. Whatever you want to sell via your WordPress site, this plugin gives you total control over how you do it.
8. Yoast SEO
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is crucial to the success of any website, and Yoast is the undisputed No.1 WordPress plugin for SEO. If you want to increase the visibility of your WordPress to search engines, Yoast is an essential tool.
One of the highest-rated WP plugins, TablePress makes the fiddly business of inserting tables into WordPress incredibly easy.
Spam comments can be a big problem for WordPress users, but Akismet does an excellent job at identifying spam and filtering it out.