One of the great things about WordPress is the fact that you have access to a complete open source market of plugins, to provide, pretty much, whatever functionality you want. The problem with WordPress is the exact same point – what type of plugins should you install and activate on your website? There’s so much to choose from!

Typically, and I’m sure you will be able to relate to this, it is easy to be side-tracked into adding plugins that many people have installed. If 2 million people use this plugin, then surely I need it? Wrong, and if you get into that mindset, your website will quickly get cluttered with unwanted code from plugins that will slow the website down, whilst being another security risk (of 3rd party code on your website).

Taking this into consideration, one of my projects has just hit 1 million views/month of recent (back in November 2019). Instead of recommending a load of different plugins, as most websites tend to do, I’m simply going to list every plugin the website uses, with the reasoning behind each one.

 

A-Z Listing

If you have a lot of categories on a website, a useful way of displaying them all for the web user to browse through is with a plugin such as this. It makes an automatically updating directory, using simple code, to show all of your posts, categories, tags etc. in a format that is easy to read.

 

Activity Log

If you want to have complete control over your website, this is a good plugin to have. It will show you what…

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