10 Essential WordPress Plugins for Beginners

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If you’re just beginning your WordPress journey, I’m glad that you stopped by today.

I am going to walking you through some of the best WordPress plugins for beginners. It can be hard to know which plugins are best to use, but not when you have my handy dandy list!

I also included some plugins that I use myself that are a little off the beaten path. Trust me; you’ll love them!

Take a look at the list below and let me know which ones interest you the most! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Here are the ten essential WordPress plugins for beginners.

Bad Behavior

This plugin is like a bodyguard for your blog.

It keeps malicious malware away from your site and keeps your blog as safe as can be. It blocks spam in many forms and reduces the load on your system’s resources.

You’ll want this plugin to keep everything important from prying eyes and hacking hands!

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This plugin keeps your readers on your site for a longer amount of time.

At the end of your posts, YARP gives your audience a list of related blog posts that are also on your site. It’s a great way to add a call to action without having to work too hard.

Just install the plugin, and you’re good to go!

Contact form 7

This is a form building plugin that you can put on any page of your blog.

If you want you readers to have an easy experience getting in touch with you, I highly recommend this plugin for your blogging needs!

Share and follow

This plugin is known for it’s clean and easy to use interface.

Many people prefer using this plugin over the standard WordPress follow buttons because it looks more professional. It’s easy for your followers to share your content when you install this plugin.

W3 total cache

This plugin is an expansion to the very popular WP Super Cache plugin. It offers expert caching abilities in a very easy to use interface.

If you use this plugin correctly, you will see a real difference in your sites loading time.

Secure WordPress

To make things extra safe, this plugin does the trick!

It essentially fortifies the walls of your blog site to keeps things away from malware and potential hackers.


This is a plugin that WordPress made themselves. So, you know it’s going to be good!

It essentially filters all spamming from your site which makes it a better experience for you and your readers. You don’t want any spammy comments, do you?

Google XML sitemaps

This plugin makes it really easy for Google to find and understand your content.

You may not realize it, but it’s extremely important for Google to be able to use your content when people are looking for search criteria.

Make it easy for Google and let the plugin do the work!

All in one SEO

You need good SEO to run a blog successfully. This plugin gives you all the tools you need to make that happen. Install this plugin and see yourself rise in rankings!

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There are so many wonderful plugins out there, but these are some of my favorites.

Let me know which ones sound the most useful to you and which ones you’ve already installed on your blog.

I hope you found these helpful and that you see some great changes in your blogging world!



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Vickie Louise
Vickie Louise
Vickie Louise is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Crazy Family. She is a stay at home mom of a little boy with a big personality. After having her son, she realized how important it is for moms to take care of themselves, physically and mentally. Vickie believes in the power of using social media and her online presence for good and is thrilled to provide you with a space to celebrate all that is awesome (and a little crazy) in the world.

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