I see a lot of articles on Google stating big numbers like 37,24,15, 20 etc Must Have WordPress Plugins For a New Website, but for a new website on shared hosting I recommend to keep the plugins as low as possible.
In some cases, a plugin can be avoided by using a third party website shortcode, so if you come across any such third party software, do go for them instead of uploading another plugin to your WordPress website, for example I use wufoo work with me shortcode instead of contact form, If you don’t know what I am talking about, ignore it right now or ask me in detail in the comment section below and I will explain you in a detailed manner.
In this post, I will show you must have plugins along with some other plugins which you can use in future if at all required.
Must Have WordPress Plugins For a New Website
All the plugins I will share here are free to get. Now, first of all, let’s see the absolute must-have plugins:
Yoast SEO – helps you with SEO
Jetpack by Worpress.com – Provides you important data about your website
Akismet – remove spam comments automatically
Contact Form 7 – create a good looking contact us section
With these above four plugins you can start with your website building and ranking process but as you grow your website you will want to have some extra features to have more conversions, so I will share some more plugins which you may need in future
Accesspress Social Counter – to showcase your social media presence
BJ Lazy Load – Images load when required which increases load time
iTheme Security – Protects you from hackers
ThirstyAffiliate – Link cloaking for better SEO optimization
UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore
WP Review – For review websites, add star ratings to your posts
WP Notification Bars – Have a notification bar at the top promoting your latest offers
WP – Optimize – Optimize your website.
All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets – It shows good looking format inside search engines
W3 Total Cache – For web hosting not hosted on Siteground
You don’t need all of the above plugins to start working, choose according to the need and try to keep no. of plugins as low as possible to have a faster load time which enhances user experience on your website.
I only presented the brief name and functionality of the plugins, for detail working of the individual plugins you can google or youtube them individually to learn about them.