13 Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Small Business

After creating and managing dozens of WordPress websites, these are my 13 must-have WordPress plugins I can’t do without:

WordPress Plugins for Smooth Sailing, Functioning Websites

Akismet Anti-Spam; AKA no spammy spammers commenting all over the place

Jetpack by WordPress.com; AKA WordPress’s go-to for security and smooth sailing

Far Future Expiry Header; AKA faster load speeds

Updraft Plus – Backup/Restore; AKA simplified backups

WP Fastest Cache; AKA faster load speeds

Query Monitor; AKA debugging of anything slowing down/messing with your site

Insert Headers and Footers; AKA easy place to drop your FB pixels, Pinterest integration, etc

WordPress Plugins for SEO

Yoast SEO; AKA stupid-simple SEO for everything on your site

Google XML Sitemaps; AKA to help Google crawl your site, looking for keywords

WordPress Plugins for Email Marketing, Sharing, and Looking Good

MailMunch; AKA obtaining email addresses for your email list

Contact Form 7; AKA simplest contact form so people can message you from your site

Tiny MCE Advanced; AKA text styling for blog posts and pages

WP Instagram Widget; AKA showing off your Instagram images

A Note on Hosting

All of my websites are hosted by Bluehost (yup, that’s an affiliate link), on their Shared Hosting Plus plan. Can’t recommend Bluehost enough.

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