1. JETPACK FOR WORDPRESS.COM

Bet you didn’t see this one coming. 😉 We are obviously huge fans of the Jetpack plugin, considering all the blog posts we’ve mentioned it in before. Jetpack gives you features like site stats, sharing buttons, contact forms, and custom content types. Check out our full intro to the Jetpack plugin to learn why this is so essential!

2. AKISMET

Akismet is the #1 plugin used to filter most (if not all) spam comments. As of right now, Akismet is installed onto new WordPress sites by default, but you still have to activate it and set it up. It only takes a few seconds and it’ll save you lots of time and annoyance.

3. YOAST SEO

For a long time, I didn’t pay attention to SEO (search engine optimization), but now I’m a true believer in it. Before hitting publish, we make sure our posts and pages are all SEO friendly with the help of the Yoast plugin.

4. REGENERATE THUMBNAILS

WordPress allows you to set different sizes for your images by going to Settings > Media. However, when you change these settings, sometimes the images previously uploaded become distorted. Regenerate Thumbnails lets you create new sizes for all of your previously uploaded images. I use this all the time!

5. WP SUPER CACHE

Caching is when your browser stores recently loaded websites so that they’re quicker to view the next time you want to visit that site. With plugins like WP Super Cache, you can create a cached view of your website so your visitors don’t have to wait for all of your codes and scripts to load each time they visit your site. Just make sure you clear your WordPress cache whenever you make changes to your coding!

Do you already have any of these plugins installed? What else is on your list of most important WordPress plugins?