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List Of Required WordPress Plugins (2024)

One benefit of WordPress is you can extend functionality with plugins.

But too many plugins will slow down your website and cause issues. That’s why I suggest only installing the important plugins.

I’ve created the list of required plugins you can install on your WordPress website.

Let’s take a look.

Wordfence Security Plugin

Wordfence is a free security plugin that will protect your website from hackers and malware. It installs a firewall to do this.

You can use the free version when you start a website. When your business makes money, you can upgrade to the paid version. The benefit is that the paid version updates frequently so has better protection.

How To Install WordFence Security Plugin

UpdraftPlus Backup Plugin

UpdraftPlus is a free backup plugin that will take a regular backup of your WordPress website. This is crucial because if some issue happens to your website, you’ll need a backup to restore it.

How To Install UpdraftPlus Backup Plugin

Breeze Caching Plugin

Breeze is a free caching plugin that will cache website pages and speed up your website. This is important to have good Core Web Vital stats.

How To Install Free Breeze Caching Plugin

ShortPixel Image Optimization Plugin

ShortPixel is a free image optimization plugin that will reduce image size and speed up your website.

Large images are a common issue with many websites, causing them to slow down. An image optimization plugin is beneficial to prevent this.

How To Use ShortPixel Image Optimization Plugin

Rank Math SEO Plugin

Rank Math is a free SEO plugin that you’ll use to add some basic on-page SEO optimization to the web pages.

How To Use Rank Math SEO Plugin On Your Website

Google Site Kit Plugin

Google Site Kit is a free plugin that helps you set up Google Analytics and Google Search Console for your WordPress website.


These are the only plugins you need when starting your WordPress website.

The first step is to go to your WordPress dashboard and install each of these plugins. Then you’ll need to configure them based on your needs.

You can find how to install and set up each of these plugins in the guides that I’ve created.

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