WordPress plugins add extended functionality to WordPress websites. Using the correct plugin’s can really help take your website to the next level. The best advise I can give you about plugin’s is always check when the latest update has been done or activity and support on the plugin page. This way you know that the developer is still involved in keeping the plugin updated and secured.

So lets get to my top 10 plugin’s.

This is probably been my favorite plugin for some time. Wordfence Security plugin is one of the best protection available for websites. The plugin features malware scan, email notifications, login security, blocking, firewall protection and plenty more. The best part is that its free, there’s a premium available for more features if you require a fully comprehensive security protection. The added bonus for me is if you signup for their blog you’ll get some great articles to read on what’s happening in the world of digital security.

Yoast SEO is one of those great plugin’s that’s so easy to use. It allows you to optimize your WordPress site for search engines. Its features include Keyword optimization, Readability check, No duplicate content, Internal linking suggestions and allot more. Search Engine Optimization is more important now then ever so with Yoast SEO it makes the ease of creating better content to improve search results and ranking so much easier.

I have been using this plugin for years. Contact form 7 helps you create and customize forms with a simple markup. Its a user-friendly plugin that allows you to create multiple forms within minutes.

Speed plays an important roll on all websites. It factors in for SEO and how you get ranked and also plays a big role in user experience on the website. That’s where W3 Total Cache comes into play, it allow you to used cached files to your visitors. Its one of the best ways to improve website performance.

We all know images play a big role on websites. It terms of creativity engaging and making your website more appealing to showcase your products and services. The only issue is that big images impact the website and make loading time longer. That’s why WP Smush is such an effective plugin to have. It optimizes, resizes and compresses images on your website to help your website run better.

Every designer and developer knows that websites need to be backed up on a regular basis. I’ve been using backupwordpress for a while now and it does the job with ease. You can either backup Files or your Database or do both. But I would recommend to always back up both.