2017 Top 10 Must Have WordPress Plugins


There is thousands of WordPress Plugin available from WordPress Plugin directory. But not all of them will be useful for you. It very depend on what kind of website you going to build. If your website is related to ecommerce site, you only need to find the plugin which tailored to be an ecommerce site.

Nevertheless, some must have basic plugin which function as keep your website lean and lightweight to enhance the performance meanwhile protect your website from corrupted and spam.

WordPress Plugins function as enhance the WordPress features which demanded by user. Generally, internet marketer use for optimize the website speed, increase the website traffic and the WordPress layout arrangement. It help user to reduce the manual procedures steps by automate and cut short the process in WordPress backend.

While you want to be careful about overdoing it on the plugins it’s good to know which ones are useful. These plugins will help you make your website and blog safer and more functional. Having too much of plugin it won’t help to optimize your website, oppositely it might hurt your website which might causing your website crashed.


Plugin #1: Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is a plugin which provide SEO guideline to optimize your post to have better ranking in the search engine. It is very essential must have tools help to improve ranking of your site. The plugin enhanced with additional features when you upgrade to the pro version.



Yoast will help you validated your blog post and content are readable, with good keyword ratio. It also help to guide for placing your targeted keywords. Additionally, Yoast will automatically do the internal linking on your website.

Below is some of the Yoast SEO plugin main features

  • Write better content with Yoast SEO
  • Page Analysis
  • Technical WordPress Search Engine Optimization
  • Meta & Link Elements
  • XML Sitemaps
  • RSS Optimization
  • Breadcrumbs
  • it your .htcaccess and robots.txt file
  • Social Integration
  • Multi-Site Compatible
  • Import & Export functionality
  • Import functionality for other WordPress SEO plugins

Recommend Yoast SEO Setting

1. Under General Tab
- Complete Configuration Wizard


2. Optimize your post by refer to SEO guideline and indication
- After you done draft your post, Yoast SEO will recommend improvement on your post structure by readability and keyword to optimize the SEO.


Based on the keyword you targeted, the plugin will analysis the keywords density, the distribution of keyword overall post.


Plugin #2: Thrive Content Builder (TCB)

Thrive Content Builder

This is exclusively a WordPress plugin, it change the conventional way using WordPress to build the website to drag & drop design. If you want to create better website or landing pages that convert your visitors, then Thrive Content Builder will help you do that.

In Thrive Content Builder, the page you are editing looks exactly like the page your visitor sees. You don't need to load a preview in a new tab and switch back and forth between your editor and the preview. Thrive Content Builder works based on a very simple idea which is if you want to edit something, you click on it. It is the real WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) plugin which you can speed up your work a lots. Thrive Content Builder also is Fully Responsive, Mobile-Friendly Design. It also able to add Animation Events to Your Page

The software has so many features we can’t list them all but if you want to get people to sign up for your email list, plus become buyers of your products or services then you can’t go wrong with this software that integrates seamlessly with WordPress with their plugin.

Plugin #3: Amember


aMember Pro is a most powerful membership and subscription script on the market. The unique combination of price and features set made easy selling of this product. From getting subscribers signed up to creating email auto-responders, customizing form options and protecting all kinds of content, it is very fast. The support is very professional and quick.

Plugin #4: Wordfence Security


When come into WordPress security plugin, WordFence is most downloaded security plugin among the other plugins. It provides the best protection available for your website. Powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed, WordFence Firewall stops you from getting hacked. WordFence will sends security alerts via email.

Some of the Wordfence Features as below

  • WordPress Firewall
  • Blocking Features
  • WordPress Login Securit
  • Security Scanning
  • Monitoring Features
  • Multi-Site WordPress Security
  • IPv6 Compatible
  • Major Theme and Plugins Supported
  • Free Learning Center

Plugin #5: Sumo


Sumo is a WordPress plugin previously named SumoMe. It is a free tools to automate your site growth. and easy way to double your email subscribers, plus sharing tools to double your traffic from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & more.

It is a very powerful tools which consist of List Builder, Share, Welcome Mat, Heat Maps, Scroll Box, Smart Bar, Highlighter, Image Sharer. It consider as all-in-one plugin which design to increase traffic and conversion to your website.

Plugin #6: Akismet


Most probably you had seen this plugin before if you have website under WordPress because it’s usually installed in most instances of WordPress themes automatically. Akismet function as help protect your site against SPAM. Additionally, you can mark things as SPAM that isn't seen as SPAM initially. The plugin is free if you use for personal blog, but it is very low cost for business site too. This makes Akismet one of the best anti-spam plugin to use.

You may refer to my refer to my previous post for more info about Akismet

Plugin #7: Social Warfare

Social Warfare

Social Warfare is a WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, fast loading social share buttons to your blog or website. There is free version and paid pro version. Basically free version is enough to use for your website, but the pro version will have more additional features customization for your social share. The selling features is the ability to add Pinterest image descriptions to ensure you can get everything you need from Pinterest.

Plugin #8: Related Posts

related posts

Related Posts plugin allow you to show other related post which from the same category to the bottom of each of your blog posts. This is one of the internal linking which is one of the on-page SEO technique to keep your audience stay longer on your blog or website. It helps to increase your website page views, also help to reduce your website bounce rate.

Plugin #9: WP Supercache

Website performance is very important which represent how long you need your visitor to wait in order to surf your site. The faster your website load, the better the website performance.

WP Supercache is a WordPress plugin that provide a fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.


Recommend WP Super Cache Setting

1. Caching On (Enable)


2. On Advance Tab
- Under Caching, tick hits to this website for quick access.
- Select PHP to serve cache files.

-Under Miscellaneous, tick Cache rebuild. Serve a supercache file to anonymous users while a new file is being generated.


Plugin #10: BackWPup

Most of the people will overlook on this when they develop their site. They only realize the important of the backup when there is any structure corrupt disaster happen. As result on that, they had to spend lots of money in order to recover their website.

We are able to do prevention if we consistenty to do the website backup. I personally recommend BackWPup as backup for your site. BackWPup is a most complete backup plugin which can backup complete installation including your website whole content to cloud storage such as Dropbox, S3, FTP etc. It is to recommend to have database backup daily and full backup weekly.


Recommend BackWPup setting

It is recommend to do daily database backup and weekly full backup.


Recommend file archive format using Tar GZip.


All plugins above is the basic plugins which I personally think it should have for every WordPress website. If you like my post, please help me like and share on the left social media tab. Feel free to leave me comment or anything you would like to ask. 😀


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