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Top 10 Must-Have WordPress Plugins That Should Use on Every WordPress Site

updated on Sep 14, 2014
Top 10 Must-Have WordPress Plugins That Should Use on Every WordPress Site Due to the great extensibility of WordPress itself, you are able to use all kinds of plugins available to improve site performance and functions. For example, eCommerce plugins are used to add online stores to blogs; form plugins are used to insert web forms; backup plugins are utilized to protect site data from loss; and social media plugins are applied to get sites accessible on social networks.

Among so many options on the web, some of them are must-have ones which should be used on all types of WordPress sites no matter they are simply blogs, stores or forums. Below are the top 10 ones which contribute to better site management and using experience significantly. If there is any trouble in installing them, follow the link to get a detailed tutorial on how to install WordPress plugins.


With more than 10 million downloads, Jetpack comes with a large number of features to power your WordPress sites, such as site verification tools, links to related posts, Google+ profile, email support, subscriptions and contact form. There are a total of 33 features in the current version 3.0.2 and new ones are added consistently. Jetpack is packed with support to multisite, and also, you are allowed to sign into self-hosted WordPress sites with your accounts.

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WordPress SEO by Yoast

SEO is not an easy job for normal WordPress users without much knowledge on the subject. WordPress SEO by Yoast is exactly created to resolve the problem. This plugin offers simple tools to help beginners know which factors are important for optimization and how to improve the factors. It deals with many technical optimization, so that pages, links, sitemaps and a lot of other elements get optimized easily for better visibility in search engines.

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Akismet is a security plugin that checks all the comments on your site to see whether they are really trustful comments or just spam. When people visit your site and make comments somewhere, Akismet scans all of them and classifies them, and then you can review the comments that are tagged spam in the Comments section in the dashboard to determine where they are real spam. There are detailed reports about comments, and links are highlighted to let you easily know the hidden ones.

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Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is an all-on-one contact form plugin that is simple, flexible and easy-to-use. With over 18 million downloads, it is the most popular item of its kind that is favored for the simplified management of multiple contact forms. You can customize every form, change the main contents as you want, and utilize the Ajax powered submitting which is smooth and fast. Also, features like CAPTCHA and spam filtering are included in the plugin for better using experience.

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W3 Total Cache

Being one of the best WordPress cache plugins, W3 Total Cache devotes to improving page loads of sites. Utilized by many large companies including AT&T, it offers integration with CDN to reduce the loading time and improve browsing experience. By using caching, you are able to save bandwidth, improve the overall performance, increase conversion rates, and get high rankings in Google search results. Traffic surges can also be dealt with well by this means.

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iThemes Security

Renamed from Better WP Security, iThemes Security is a recognized leader in defending the security of WordPress sites. As many people do not have a clear idea about how to protect websites from attacks, this plugin helps. After 1-click activation of most of the features, it fixes common security holes, guides you to strengthen your username and password, and prevents automated hacks and attacks. It monitors the whole site, releases reports on changes, and backups the database regularly for security reasons.

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Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps works to make search engines index your site better. It generates XML sitemaps automatically to help Google, Bing, Yahoo and many other search engines know the site structure. When a new post is created, the plugin notifies search engines about the change to get crawlers to see the content. Google XML Sitemaps supports both custom URLs and pages.

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WPtouch Mobile Plugin

Nowadays, smartphones and tablets are great sources of traffic. In this case, you need to get your website visible and performing well on mobile devices. WPtouch Mobile Plugin is what you need at this time. It transforms your site to be mobile-friendly by generating a mobile theme automatically for mobile users, and allows you to customize the site appearance as you like. The accomplishment of these tasks does not require any knowledge about coding.

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Google Analytics for WordPress

This plugin inserts Google Analytics into WordPress to enable you to get detailed statistics about your site. It tracks outbound clicks and page views automatically, and displays views per author or per category. There are 6 custom variables including tags, year, post type, categories, and so on. This plugin is easy to install and set up, and once you integrate Google Analytics API and choose the tracking sites, it runs immediately.

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It is a plugin that improves and enhances subscription management of your site. It offers a comprehensive system for the management of subscription and notification, which enables you to complete a series of actions including sending email notifications to subscribers on the basis of per post or a certain period. Besides, Subscribe2 integrates ReadyGraph features that help grow your userbase.

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