Recommended WordPress Plugins

Plugins are really what makes WordPress so exceptionally versatile — and nowadays, there's a plugin for almost anything you can think of: from adding eCommerce functionality, to creating exclusive membership sites, to turning your whole site into a mobile app! But which to choose? Which are the best? Which are the no-brainer recommendations that almost everyone uses? The goal of this particular guide is to point out a few top plugins you'll likely want to become familiar with asap -- the kind of plugins so good you may well want to consider installing some of them right now (note: for more guides in the same series, take a look at the WinningWP Guides page).

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The golden rule with plugins is to only ever use as many as necessary: the primary reason being that although some will in fact speed your site up (think caching plugins), the vast majority will, to some extent, simply slow it down and make it all generally more difficult to maintain and manage. As mentioned previously, the trick is to carefully weigh up all the pros and cons before choosing!

***Last updated 1st January 2017***

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