WordPress plugins are very essential to building a responsive and great WordPress website.

When you choose the right plugins, you can effectively skyrocket the growth and user-experience on your website.

That’s why I’ve listed the essential WordPress plugins that are must-have for your WordPress website.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.

1. Formidable Forms


Formidable forms make form creation easy with its drag and drop interface.

You can create multi-page forms, calculated fields, contact forms, quiz, survey, opt-in forms and payment forms right from your WordPress backend.

You can also easily integrate with third-party software and view form entries.

You can get Formidable forms for free with limited features but if you want to utilize the full extent of this plugin, you can buy yours for $99.38 per year.

I use Formidable forms on this blog.

2. Rank Math

Rank Math

Rank Math is a search engine optimization plugin and it’s very necessary you have this one your website if you’re serious about ranking high on Google.

Rank Math is a full suite SEO for every type of website. The plugin has a slick interface while writing content on your WordPress website and seamlessly integrate with popular page builders.

With various tools such as SEO Analysis, Search Console and Sitemap settings, you can see the progress of your SEO effort right from WordPress backend.

Rank Math is free (though the plugin builder might decide to turn it into a paid plugin later) but have premium features which other paid plugins doesn’t have.

If you’re serious about writing a better-optimized content then Rank Math is one of the most important WordPress plugins you must have on your website.

3. Elementor


Elementor is a popular page builder with over 4 million active installs. And that means Elementor is the best choice for you to build a counter-intuitive website.

You can get it for free with limited features and you’ll still be able to build a responsive website that converts your website visitors to customers.

Elementor has all the features you need to build a website to your own taste. And of course, with pre-built templates and blocks.

You can also easily integrate your email marketing forms with the pro version.

Some its features includes:

  • Drag and drop interface.
  • Over 300 pre-design template.
  • Popup builder.
  • Theme builder.
  • Landing page creator and more.

Theme builder enables you to customize every part of your website without writing a single line of code.

4. WooCommerce


Want to build an eCommerce website?

Then WooCommerce is the plugin that’ll bail you out. With WooCommerce, you can easily add product, price and accept payment from your eCommerce website.

The plugin also takes tax and shipping distance and automatically calculate the total price whenever your customers want to make a purchase.

The support team is superb and provide help for you every step of the way.

You can also use Elementor and WooCommerce to create a great eCommerce website of your taste.

5. W3 Total Cache

W3 total cache

What is the purpose of building a great website when it doesn’t perform well?

W3 Total Cache helps you increase the load time and improve the performance of your website by leveraging Content Delivery Network (CDN) and latest practices.

With W3 Total Cache, your website will load faster thereby improving the user experience on your website and rank higher on Google.

If your website loads slowly, you might as well not have a website at all.

6. Site Kit

Site Kit

Site Kit is a WordPress plugin created by Google itself and it’s one of the must-have WordPress plugins on your site.

With Site Kit, you can easily integrate your Google analytics, search console and Google page speed into your WordPress backend.

You’ll be able to get access to the performance of your website on Google search engine and your visitors.

7. UpDraftPlus


Among all these essential WordPress plugins, UpdraftPlus is the first plugin you should install.

As a website owner, your website is always under the threat of being attacked by hackers and various integration on your WordPress website.

While you can install a security WordPress plugin, you still can’t protect your website from a server crash or physical damage to your website host.

That’s why it is very important to backup your website in case of errors like this. And that’s where UpdraftPlus thrives.

With UpdraftPlus, you can easily backup your website automatically on a scheduled timeframe.

8. Smush: Image Compression and Optimization


By now, you already know the importance of having a faster website with low load times.

Smush helps you compress images and load it while users are requesting for any page on your website.

Large image file slows down the load time but with Smush, that’s no longer the case.

9. Broken Link Checker

Google algorithm hates broken link and if any page of your website has one, it will affect the ranking of your website on search engines.

With Broken link checker, you’ll automatically be notified about any broken link on your website and the exact location of these links.

To rank high on Google, Broken Link Checker is one of the essential WordPress plugins you must install.

10. WP Product Review

WP Product review

Want to make money from your WordPress website?

Then WP Product Review is one of the WordPress plugins you must have.

With WP product review, you can review products and services that your visitors will buy through your website and earn you a commission.

This can also be your own product (if you have one). The main goal is to provide visitors with the information they need to make a buying decision.

You can also build great authority as an expert product reviewer which will make you more money down the line.

If you’re an affiliate marketer then this is a must-have for you.

11. Shared Count

Shared Count

Shared Count allows you to have social media share buttons on your website so that you can reach even more audience.

If you’re a blogger or a business owner who want some of its content to be shared on social media networks then you must install Shared Count.

12. Pretty Links

Pretty Links allows you to shorten and track links on your website.

It is created to help you monetize your WordPress website and specifically with affiliate marketers in mind.

Instead of manually adding affiliate links to your content and looking for the right content to add it to, Pretty Links allows you to add affiliate links to your website just once while it places the links intelligent through your contents.

You’ll also be able to track where the links are placed and how many times it was clicked.

13. MemberPress


MemberPress is for those who want to privatize some content on their blog and have users register and logged in before having access to this content.

This can be bloggers, content creator, course creator and other vital membership sites.

With MemberPress, you’ve all the features you need to build a comprehensive membership website of your taste.

14. Thrive Leads

Thrive leads

Thrive Leads is one of the best WordPress plugins that allow you to effortlessly build your mailing list.

You’ll be able to create counter-intuitive lead forms that easily convert your website visitors into an email leads.

While you can purchase this plugin alone, you can also become a Thrive member which gives you access to all WordPress plugins and themes.

15. Thrive Apprentice

Thrive Apprentice

While MemberPress can help you build a website for your online course, it’s still not specifically made for online courses.

Thrive Apprentice is one of the very few WordPress plugins that allow you to specifically build a professional online course.


Now, you have the essential WordPress plugins that’ll improve the performance of your website and allow you to effortlessly reach your goals.

Which plugins will you like to have on this list? Let me know in the comment section.

Aderemi Dare

Aderemi Dare is a Digital Marketer and provides consultation service to small-mid size business. He also provides quality content for entrepreneurs and bloggers.


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