WordPress powers 30% of sites on the Web. With this much market share there are quite a bit of plugins to enhance your WordPress experience. Below are 15 of our favorites. Some are paid-to-use, some are free and pay for more features, and others are completely free. All are worth it.

  1. Ewww.io Image Optimizer (Paid) (http://ewww.io/)
    This is a great plugin for optimizing your images for optimal performance in bulk.
  2. All In One WordPress Migration (https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-migration)
    Backup Buddy is great, but sometimes on less powered servers, you need something more flexible. AIOWPM does the trick.
  3. Feedzy RSS Feeds (https://wordpress.org/plugins/feedzy-rss-feeds/)
    A great plugin for displaying RSS feeds from different sources on your site.
  4. Divi Booster (Paid) (https://divibooster.com/divi-booster-the-easy-way-to-customize-divi/)
    Use Divi? Wish there was a few more features, or an easier way to customize the framework? Look no further than Divi Booster. It’s worth every penny.
  5. Wordfence Security (https://www.wordfence.com/)
    The big dog in keeping your site secure. Track who’s hitting your site in real-time and lock down the intruders. There is so much to this plugin, it’s insane.
  6. Schema Creator by Raven (https://wordpress.org/plugins/schema-creator/)
    With Google and other search engines preferring more data about your site. Using this plugin allows you to embed all kinds of useful data into your pages and posts.
  7. WP External Links (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-external-links/)
    Nothing’s worse than having an external link not open another window or browser tab. This plugin makes sure that doesn’t happen.
  8. Email Encoder Bundle (https://wordpress.org/plugins/email-encoder-bundle/)
    Most people want to share their email on their sites, but spammers scrape them and spam you. This plugin encodes your email address links.
  9. All In One WP Security & Firewall (https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-security-and-firewall/)
    Like WordFence, but a bit less bulky on the server, this plugin gives you tons of security features to make sure your site stays secure.
  10. Gravity Forms (PAID) (http://www.gravityforms.com/)
    One of the best form plugins on the market. Hands down.
  11. GDPress Tools Pro (PAID) (http://www.dev4press.com/plugins/gd-press-tools/)
    Lots of useful and neat admin tools. Many you never knew you needed.
  12. Jetpack by WordPress (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/)
    Adds additional features to your WordPress site from the makers of WordPress, Automattic.
  13. WordPress SEO by Yoast (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/)
    Hands down the best SEO plugin on the market. The free version is fantastic, the pro version is even better.
  14. W3 Total Cache (sometime has issues with Backup Buddy) (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/)
    A complex plugin, but it speeds up your site and makes it blazing fast. Make use you read the documentation.
  15. miniOrange 2FA – (paid) (https://www.miniorange.com/2-factor-authentication-for-wordpress)
    Every service is implementing two-factor authentication. Now you can have it on your site.

Do you have a favorite plugin? We want to know about it! Post it in the comments below!

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Seth Goldstein is the Principal Creative Director at Goldstein Media LLC. He has been in the Web design and Internet marketing business for more than 10 years. A self-proclaimed technologist, Seth is addicted to all types of technology. He loves to help businesses of all sizes figure out the best way to use the Internet to grow their business.

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