If you’re like a lot of bloggers I talk to, you’re probably
always looking for a list of “Best WordPress Plugins for bloggers” that can
make your tasks much easier.

I am no different.

When I started I had loaded my blog with numerous
plugins for every single task I could have done manually.

To be honest, not all of them were great.

Most of them slowed down my blog which caused a major drop
in terms of traffic and conversion.

So here’s what I did – I spent an entire week filtering out
all the unnecessary plugins I had installed on my blog.

And when I was done, I had 8 WordPress plugins finalized.

These are the only plugins you’ll need to install on your
new blog. And they’re the BEST.

Read on.

1. Contact Form 7

What I like about this plugin is – it does only what
is required.

Nothing fancy.

You can customize and have multiple forms to collect data.

It’s lightweight and doesn’t cause your site to slow down.

If you’re starting a new blog, this contact form is all you
need.

Price: FREE

2. All In One WP Security & Firewall

I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers don’t care about security
because well, “Who has the time to spoil someone else’s party?” Right?

According to me, this is the MOST IMPORTANT.

Any website in the world can be hacked, and you don’t want
to be one of the victims.

I use All in One WP Security & Firewall to keep my blog
secured.

Price: FREE

3. Social Pug

I am currently using the free version of Social Pug and me
like it.

With the free version, you can add beautiful-looking floating social share buttons and also display the number of shares.

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If you’re using the free version, visitors can only share to
the following social platforms:

  1. Facebook
  2. Google+
  3. Pinterest
  4. Twitter
  5. LinkedIn

The premium version has some awesome features like:

  • Sticky social share buttons on Mobile
  • Popup social share buttons
  • Hide share count if the article hasn’t received
    much of shares
  • Click-to-tweet
  • Share tracking which allows you to know where
    your visitors are coming from
  • Ability to share to MORE social networks like
    Reddit, Tumblr, etc
  • ..And much more

Price: FREE + Premium plans to start from $29

4. Updraft Plus

Let’s admit it – one of the greatest fears of having a blog
is losing it.

Starting everything again from scratch can be the worst
nightmare ever.

If you’re smart enough, you’ll want to keep backing up your
blog so that if something goes wrong, you don’t lose everything.

Updraft Plus is the best in the business for backing up your
blog.

You can set up full, manual or scheduled backups of every
a single file that is present in your blog which includes your theme, plugins and
other important stuff.

The best part? You can store your files on multiple cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon S3.

The free version itself has almost all the necessary features, but if you want something MORE superior, then the premium plans have everything you need.

Price: FREE + Premium plans to start at $70

5. ShortPixel Image Optimizer

Images can drastically slow down your blog because it’s a
lot bigger than normal text.

But it would be silly to eliminate images from your blog as
they make your blog look appealing and attractive.

That’s where ShortPixel Image Optimizer comes to the rescue.

This plugin optimizes and compresses your images so that it
doesn’t slow down your blog.

With the free plan, you can compress up to 100 images in a
month and if you plan to choose one of their paid plans starting at $4.99, you
can compress 5000 images/month.

They have bigger paid plans as well so it’s worth
checking them out.

Price: FREE + premium plans starting at $4.99

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6. Yoast SEO

Have you ever tried to optimize your posts for search
engines but ended up getting nowhere? Or maybe it’s too tough for you.

If so, then you’ll LOVE this plugin.

  • It lets you see how your pages would appear in
    search engines
  • Checks if your post has keywords
  • Suggests having a great meta-description
  • Suggests content improvement for easy
    readability
  • Optimizes your post for social media
  • ..And much more

It has a free plan but if you’re serious about SEO then
their premium plan can do wonders.

Price: FREE + Premium plan at $89

7. Antispam Bee

Once you start a blog, there will be a lot of spam comments
coming in.

It’s necessary to remove those comments because you don’t want your blog to look awful.

However, keeping a track of all those spam comments and
removing them one by one can be time-consuming.

That’s where Antispam Bee comes handy.

It has some amazing features like:

  • Blocks spam comments
  • Allows comments only in your chosen language
  • Notifies you whenever a new spam comment is
    detected
  • ..And much more

Price: FREE

8. W3 Total Cache

Caching plays a big role in optimizing your blog because of it
enhances speed and performance.

If you have no idea about what is caching, here’s an article that explains it well.

I use W3 Total Cache and didn’t find a reason to switch to another plugin.

Price: FREE

Conclusion

If you want a better functioning blog then you should be
using all of the above WordPress Plugins.

They’re all lightweight and come with free plans, so it’s a
no-conflict decision.

I’ve used them all and they’ve only made my job easier.

Which WordPress plugin do you like the most?

Tell me in the comments. 🙂