18 Best WordPress Plugins and 5 Bonus Tools We Use on All Sites

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Looking for the must-have WordPress tools and plugins for your site in 2020? There are thousands of WordPress plugins you can choose from which makes it extremely overwhelming for new users to find the right plugin for their site. This is why we most commonly get asked what are the minimum required plugins for most sites. In this video, we will share some of our recommended and must-have plugins and tools for all WordPress sites.

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To see our list of must-have tools and plugins for your site should it change in the future, you can see our written article that we keep up to date here:
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For our recommended plugins we recommend WPForms for all sites to create a contact form that allows your site's visitors to reach out to you. It includes multiple integrations allowing you to also use it as part of your newsletter signup process.

Yoast is our go-to for site SEO giving you plenty of options and available tools to ensure your site has all of the correct markups for search engines to see and read your site.

MonsterInsights will help you connect your site to Google Analytics while also giving you the ability to read your analytics data to your WordPress dashboard in a human-readable format.

Beaver Builder gives you the tools for creating a site design specifically how you want for when you want to create your own personal design rather than using a specific theme's design.

OptinMonster is a tool to help you make powerful calls to action for different sections or newsletters that you want your visitors to see.

Insert Headers and Footers allows you to easily add code to your site's header and footer without needing to worry about losing the code should you change themes.

Shared Counts is our currently recommended social media plugin to add sharing buttons to your posts and pages.

WP Mail SMTP is what allows your emails to be received by your users as WordPress currently uses an older method for sending emails that this plugin replaces.

UpdraftPlus is a powerful backup plugin to give you the option to back your site up should an issue happen down the road.

WP Rocket is our current recommended caching plugin to help speed up your site's loading for your visitors.

Memberpress will allow you to create a membership program for your site should you want.

CSS hero allows for smaller customizations such as changes to a specific color section on your site or the font of your site.

RafflePress is a giveaway tool that you can use to bring attention to your site through social sharing giveaways.

SeedProd helps you build coming soon pages as well as maintenance pages that can collect signup information for your newsletter or announcement message.

LearnDash allows you to create an educational site and sell courses to your site's users.

Pretty Links gives you the tools to customize your URL structure for specific post types as well as for redirects to be visually appealing.

WPML is a go-to tool for offering your site's content in more than a single language while still being SEO friendly.

WooCommerce is a powerful plugin for adding a store and other eCommerce tools to your WordPress site, it is even run by the same people behind WordPress.com.

Tools we use:

G Suite, a powerful collection of document sharing and other tools that even gives you the ability to have a custom email address.

Constant Contact is a newsletter and email provider that helps get your message to your users.

Nextiva, a VOIP provider for including a phone service for your business without the normally large overhead.

SEMRush gives you tools to help you rank better in the search results for specific search intent.

Sucuri, a powerful tool for protecting your site from hackers and other security concerns.

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