Which plugin should you choose for your WordPress site – May 2018

There is a bewildering choice of WordPress plugin for adding to your WordPress.org site. Which are the ones that are most important? Here is a summary of my favourite tools that I install on most sites.

Antispam Bee plugin

  • This package helps to minimise spam comment for your blog posts. It will generate some false positives at the start – so it’s important to check the spam folder – but it learns over time to reduce the frequency.
  • See: Antispam Bee

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP) plugin

  • This tool integrates the wonderful Google Analytics into your WP dashboard. Get detailed analytics about who is looking at your site, for how long, and how they found you.
  • See: GAWDP

UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore plugin

  • This software allows you to easily take backups of your site. It’s very useful if you suffer a cyber attack, software conflicts or a database crash. You can easily roll-back to a previous version of your site. It allows for automated, periodic backup and storing backups on cloud storage such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • See: UpdraftPlus

W3 Total Cache plugin

  • This is sophisticated software that offers a range of options that can speed up your WordPress site. Choices include content and database caching as well as a CDN (Content Delivery Network) connection.
  • See: W3 Total Cache

Wordfence Security plugin

  • This package introduces a series of tools that offer a degree of protection against cyber attacks. Features include Anti-virus, Firewall, and Malware scanning.
  • See: Wordfence

Yoast SEO plugin

  • Yoast adds a range of tools that help improve the visibility of your site. It includes XML sitemaps, content analysis and a lot of other features. If you’re building a site you want it to be seen. This will help you succeed.
  • See: Yoast


These are only a few of the packages that you might consider. Depending on your site you might want to consider others that connect to tools such as MailChimp, random quote generators, and smart contact forms. However, each product that you add can introduce a cost and a potential vulnerability to your site. Don’t install anything for which you don’t have a genuine need.

24 Responses

  1. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to
    be actually something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for
    your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of

    1. Hi Aubree

      Yes – there’s a lot to learn with WP and particularly the wide range of plugins that each have their own way of approaching problems.

      The only way to really approach it is to put in the hours to learn WP and experiment with different plugins to find the ones that best suit you. Of course, you could just employ me to do it for you! 😉

  2. I do believe all the concepts you have presented for your post.
    They are very convincing and can definitely work.

  3. I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for great information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  4. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog.
    A great read. I will certainly be back.

  5. Some good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. How much effort you need to make one of these informative websites.

    1. This is a standard blog setup using WordPress.org

      The basics of WordPress are easy to pick up and there are lots of guides and videos online that’ll teach you how to do it. Get some decent WordPress hosting and you’ll soon be up and running

  6. Hello there! I will share your blog with my myspace group. There’s a lot of folks on there that I think would really enjoy your content.

  7. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
    I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.

  8. Howdy are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my

  9. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was
    hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog
    and I look forward to your new updates.

  10. Hi,
    Great Collection of plugins here. Looks Awesome
    I would like to share one plugin for Security which is User Blocker WordPress plugins.
    This security plugin provides the ability to block or unblock user accounts quickly and effortlessly.
    It has various features such as block user, unblock user, counter, role based block user etc.

    1. Hi Michael

      thanks for that tip. It looks to be a really useful tool and the reviews are great. Thanks for letting me know



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top