Essential WordPress Plugins

Essential WordPress Plugins

Our Top Essential WordPress Plugins to get you started

So, you have just got your WordPress installed and you are about to start on building your new website. What are the essential plugins that you need? With thousands of options available to create anything you want. It can be difficult to know where to start.

There are however, some plugins that are essential for maintaining a secure, optimised and functioning wordpress website.

So here is the HelpDesk Heroes top essential plugins for anyone using WordPress.


Making sure your WordPress website is secure is one of the first things you should get sorted out. You want your site to be secure and free from malicious attacks.

Updraft Plus


Backing up your WordPress site is important, just in case anything unexpected happens. Then you know that you always have a copy of your latest updates. UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin allows you to backup and restore with a single click on a schedule that suits you. There is a free and premium version of this plugin.



This is a great plugin that cleans and protects your website. There is no free option with this one. The basic package starts at $199.99 a year.



The Wordfence plugin includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner to protect your WordPress site. Here at Helpdek Heroes we always recommend using this plugin.


Once you have created your website you are going to want to make sure that it shows up in search results and your customers and visitors can find you. Here are the two best plugins (in our opinion) to get the job done.

Yoast SEO


Yoast SEO is a super useful plugin which helps you get a great SEO score. It is a free plugin with a Pro option. For most users the free version is all that is needed.

Rank Math


Rank Math is a FREE WordPress plugin for writing SEO-friendly content and ranking higher in search engines. This plugin is very much like Yoast however it does offer a few more features that you would have to pay for with Yoast. So have a look at the features on offer and decide which is the right one for you.

Monster Insights


Monster insights is a really useful Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress. It is widely used and user-friendly.

WP Cache


WP Super Chache is a free and easy-to-use plugin generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress site meaning that the webserver will use that file instead of processing the heavier (and slower) PHP scripts.


Having user friendly and visually pleasing contact forms will help you to communicate with your visitors to your site.

WP Forms


WP Forms is a widely used form and contact plugin. It is really easy to use a Drag & Drop WordPress Form Builder with uselful form templates which are fast and responsive.

Gravity Forms


Gravity forms is another great plugin helping you create amazing profesionally designed contact forms for your business.

In conclusion

There are thousands of plugins out there able to provide any kind of functionality you need. Once you have your essential plugins list feel free to add more, but always test them with each other. Take a look at when the plugin was last updated read the latest reviews.

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Tell us about your technical needs and we will recommend the ideal solution for you.

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