12 Essential Plugins for Your New WordPress Site

One of the common reasons WordPress is so simple and yet powerful is its ability to use plugins. Plugins refer to extensions that add extra functionalities to a website. They also help to improve the performance of your website too.

There are thousands of WordPress plugins available today for use. Some are free whereas others are paid. Regardless, if you install too many plugins on your blog/website, it will get bloated.

So it’s advisable that you only install essential plugins that you will need per specific time. Delete all the inactive plugins.

Here are few WordPress plugins I do recommend that YOU will definitely find useful for your new site.

1. W3 Total Cache

This is one of the topmost rated WordPress performance plugins. It is used to improve the WordPress site’s loading speed and its user experience.

You can cache your browser, object, page, and database. You can also minify and apply Content Delivery Network (CDN) to your WordPress site.

2. Wordfence Security (Firewall & Malware Scan)

This plugin is used to protect your site from malware and hackers. It acts like an antivirus. It contains the following features:

  • Firewall
  • Malware scan
  • Blocking
  • Live traffic
  • Login security etc.
  • Broken Link Checker

This plugin checks your blog for broken links and missing images then notifies you on the dashboard if it finds any.

3. TablePress         

TablePress is used for creating tables in your posts or pages without the need of writing any codes. If you want a beautiful and feature-rich table in your post or page, consider installing this plugin.

4. Updraft  Plus

This allows you to backup and restore your site. You can locally backup or backup on Google Drive, Rackspace, Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP(S), WebDAV or email.

You can setup Updraft plus to automatically backup on schedule.

5. Antispam Bee

Antispam plugin is used to protect your site from spam. It’s built with data protection and privacy in mind. It’s effective for day-to-day comment and trackback spam-fighting.

6. Easy Updates Manager

This plugin is used to manage and disable WordPress updates, including core plugin themes and automatic updates. In other words, install this plugin in case you don’t want to manually update your WordPress themes and plugins whenever new versions are released.

7. Health Check & Troubleshooting

This plugin monitors the health of your WordPress Site and informs you of critical issues and required fixes.

8. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is used to improve the SEO of your WordPress Site. It allows you to write better content that can be fully optimized.

SEO refers to Search Engine Optimization.

9. Simple Sitemap

Simple sitemap plugin is an HTML sitemap plugin that is used to display content as a single linked list of posts, pages, or custom types. You can also configure it to display posts in groups sorted by taxonomy.

10. Revive Old Posts

This plugin keeps your old posts alive by constantly sharing them and driving more traffic to them from Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

All you have to do is set time and number of posts to share to drive more traffic.

11. Thirsty Affiliates Affiliate Link Manager

This plugin is used to manage your affiliate links. It also provides a Cloaker tool to help you easily manage, shrink and track your affiliate links in WordPress.


  • There are thousands of other plugins which you will find useful depending on your experience with them

In order to install any of the above plugins,

  • Select plugins on the navigation sidebar
  • Select Add New
  • Search for the plugin name
  • Install and Activate


Which plugin have you found useful from the list above? Also, share with us helpful plugins that you might have come across. Thanks for passing by…. Your new site will rock!

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Written by Mila Joshua Yona

Pro South Sudanese Blogger, Digital Marketer & Web Designer. I help entrepreneurs scale up their businesses online. You can join my Facebook Group Here or Telegram Group Here

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