The Best and Most Useful WordPress Plugins for your Site

Plugins, Plugins, Plugins!

WordPress sites are by far the easiest and best performing website platform, but WordPress has so much more to offer with plugins! The world of plugins can be overwhelming at first, but once you see what you need on your site, it’s a lot easier to do the research for the right one. Here are a few of the highest rated plugins for WordPress and what they do for you:

  1. BackupBuddy

First and foremost, your website needs a safe, reliable backup plugin. Ideally, you want something that’s easy to use and fast to finish. Any website has the possibility of issues like hacks, malware, user error, deleted files and more. Having a current backup of your WordPress website is critical for protecting your website. BackupBuddy is here to help.

   2. Gravity Forms

Need a contact form for your site? Gravity Forms is here! This plugin allows you to build custom contact forms quickly with no technical skills required. You can also schedule forms to appear and disappear at certain times, create order forms with pricing fields, and even build a form that creates user-generated WordPress posts on your site. Definitely the best form plugin to use!

      3. Sucuri

Securing your site is a top priority for business owners. Sucuri’s web application firewall is probably one of the best protection you can get for your site. They monitor and protect your site from DDoS, malware threats, XSS attacks, brute force attacks, and basically every other type of attack.

      4. Yoast SEO

SEO is a big deal, we all know it. Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress plugins to have for your site. It allows you to optimize your site for search engines. While SEO’s as a whole can be daunting, WP Beginner has a great article on how to install and setup Yoast SEO

      5. WooCommerce 

WooCommerce is the plugin that revolutionized Ecommerce for WordPress. This plugin lets you sell anything with total control for developers and store owners. It’s easy to use and showcases offerings in displays with multiple configurations. If you want to sell products on your site, this is the plugin to use.


The world of plugins is still a bit daunting to the un-trained hand. However, the best part of every plugin mentioned so far, is that we know how to use them all! RealBasics can help your site by setting up and customizing plugins to fit your every need. Give us a call today to set up a consultation and let us help your site!

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David Innes,

I've been building and maintaining websites since 1997 and building and supporting similar hypertext-driven software since 1987. I've done maintenance, support, and maintenance for physical and digital systems since 1981. And no, I still haven't seen it all but by now I usually know where to look. More about David Innes...