Having worked with WordPress for years, I can tell you that the right plugins can make all the difference. Plugins extend the functionality of your website and can make managing it a breeze. Here are 10 essential WordPress plugins that I recommend for new website owners.

1. Yoast SEO

One of the best SEO plugins out there, Yoast SEO helps you optimize your posts and pages for search engines.

  • Add meta titles and descriptions
  • Generate XML sitemaps
  • Set canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content

2. Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet helps keep spam comments at bay.

  • Automatically checks and filters out spam comments
  • Status history for each comment to help you track which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet

3. Wordfence Security

Wordfence is a comprehensive security plugin that protects your site from hacks and malware.

  • Includes a firewall and malware scanner
  • Protects your site against brute force attacks

4. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration.

  • Backup your files and database into the cloud
  • Supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, and more

5. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 allows you to add contact forms to your site easily.

  • Create and manage multiple contact forms
  • Customizable email contents

6. WooCommerce

If you’re planning on selling anything on your site, WooCommerce is the plugin you need.

  • Comprehensive ecommerce platform
  • Sell physical and digital goods

7. Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Smush optimizes images, improving your site’s performance and loading times.

  • Compress, optimize and lazy load images
  • Incorrect size image detection

8. WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache improves your website’s speed by generating static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress website.

  • Serve static HTML files to 99% of your visitors
  • Automatic cache management

9. Elementor

Elementor is a drag-and-drop page builder that allows you to create beautiful pages without any coding knowledge.

  • Live editing
  • Responsive design
  • Over 80 design elements

10. Broken Link Checker

This plugin checks your website for broken links – a nuisance for visitors and a detriment to SEO.

  • Monitors links in your posts, pages, and comments
  • Detects links that don’t work

Each of these plugins brings something unique to your website, helping to enhance its functionality and performance. As a new website owner, getting to grips with these plugins will put you on the path to managing a successful WordPress website. Remember, the key to mastering WordPress is to learn as you go. Good luck!


If you have trouble maintaining WordPress like this, it is a good option to entrust it to a professional service such as WP center.

For more information, check out this article comparing WordPress maintenance services.

投稿者 nick