Best WordPress Plugins

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I’ve always loved ‘best WordPress plugins’ articles. Now it’s my turn! I get to share all my favourite extensions of WordPress; plugins I’ve used in my own company and for client websites over the last few years.

Plugins allow you to expand WordPress’ ability to do almost anything. This is a big reason why my favourite platform is so robust. To learn more, check out WPBeginner.

There’s a lot of good plugins and everyone has their preference on what’s BEST. The plugins in this article are from my experience and personal preference. Links may contain referral marketing to support the growth of this website, please see privacy policy for more details.

Best Page Builder

Kicking things off with my absolute favourite type of plugin, the page builder. The days of block building or backend tampering are long gone. Visual page building on the front end is the best option.
There are a variety of visual page builders on the WordPress repository. I’ve had experience with most of them and…


Check out Elemetnor here ?

Elementor has been my go-to page builder for years now. I refuse to build a site without it. I tell as many people as I can and have taught students how to use it.

If you’re an experienced designer or someone completely green, Elementor has got you. The free version has an incredible amount of ability and the pro version is unbeatable.

I cannot say enough good things about the Elementor Community. Elementor users are helpful designers/developers who care about each other. I’ve asked so many questions in the Facebook Group and have always received helpful comments.

Don’t get me started about the Elementor company & content! Ben Pine & gang do an incredible job updating, improving & adding to Elementor. Not only that, but the ‘how-tos’ & helpful articles are amazing.

Elementor Addons

When you fall in love with Elementor, you find out about the awesome add-ons other great developers have made FOR ELEMENTOR!

Elementor alone does everything you’ll need BUT there are a few exceptions where addons will come in handy.

Essential Addons For Elementor

Check out Essential Addons for Elementor

Over on my resources page, I’ve used the filterable gallery widget from Essential Addons for Elementor which works a treat! Plus their social media feed widget is on my list to use on my site.

Ultimate Addons For Elementor

Check out Ultimate Addons for Elementor

The team behind one of my favourite themes Astra handles this Elementor Addon, so I’ve got to give it a shout out.

Best Speed Plugins

Along with good general digital hygiene & great web hosting, speed optimisation plugins play an integral role for delivering your website to users.

WP Rocket

Check out WPRocket

Activating WP Rocket improves speed and you don’t even need to do anything, it just works!

The layout is user-friendly with very clear explanations on what features do. Anyone getting started with WordPress or speeding up a website won’t be intimidated.

It increases page load time with minimal work. Also, it integrates with CloudFlare & some other good hosting features from CloudWays. This is my top pick for speeding up your website.


Check out ShortPixel

ShortPixel is the easiest image optimisation plugin for WordPress. The bulk optimisation feature lets you optimise all your images in one click.

It can integrate with CloudFlare giving an even better experience for users. The statistics show an average saving of bandwidth. I’ve saved 200Gb so far, wow! You can even set WebP versions of images which bring the best of .jpg’s & .png’s.

Best For SEO

Optimising your website for search engines like Google is gold. SEO come in a few different areas, but on-page is what we’re talking about here.

All-In-One SEO

Controlling the text that Google reads first for each page is important. This makes it so easy to do that for all pages from the dashboard. Other areas like connecting Google Search Console is simple and effective.


Check out Serpstat

This isn’t a WordPress plugin but the value Serpstat brings is amazing and well worth the mention. Pair it with the google chrome extension and you’ve got an unbeatable foundation.

Best For Security

WordPress can be a target for hackers, the security is good, but with the right plugins it’ll be perfect! It’s important to have plugins that deal with prevention & detection.


Check out MalCare

My experience with MalCare has been a “flick and forget” sort of thing. It does its job and we all go home happy. I’ve never had a problem with hacking or errors from unknown sources. So I can’t fault it.

Best For Backups

Creating a safe copy of your website is ideal, I leave “backing up” to my hosting provider CloudWays who do a great job. However, this isn’t a good practice in case of system failures or product updates, you don’t want to leave things to chance. Backups are something you should take control of so you know it’s done the right way.


Check Out UpdraftPlus

Backing up should not be difficult, UpdraftPlus makes it simple. It’s a one-click process, what’s easier than that?

The free version is easy to setup with backup options to include database, plugins and themes. Even allowing you to schedule backups and restoring is super simple. With the ability to backup to cloud storage like Google Drive, it’s almost a no brainer.

Best for More

Here are some extra plugins that are worth your time knowing about……

ManageWP Worker

Checkout ManageWP

Connect your site to ManageWP and easily control multiple websites from one dashboard.

You don’t have to remember passwords to all your websites. Updating plugins & themes is a breeze! It even has some performance, security & backup features all for free.

Marketing by Gist

Checkout Gist

Connect your website to the complete digital marketing powerhouse Gist. This plugin will allow you to take advantage of the features Gist brings. Capture leads via the on-site chat. Use sales funnels via their drip campaigns & other awesome marketing tools.


Checkout MonsterInsights

The easiest way to connect your site to Google Analytics is via MonsterInsights. Even though I prefer Google Tafe Manager now, this plugin makes it simple as.

Best WordPress Plugin Recap

There you have it, my top plugins for WordPress. I’ll update this list as technology changes, as it always does.

About The Author
Ashley Ball

Ashley Ball

Hi, I'm Ash. I'm a teacher, web designer and content creator from Australia. I like making things simple. I like staying connected, learning about design and being an entrepreneur. Subscribe for insights via my weekly newsletter.
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