While there are dozens of WordPress plugins you could install in your WordPress website to enhance the performance. The following plugin checklist focuses only on those plugins I consider essential to running, managing and maintaining your WordPress website from an administrative perspective.
In all of my WordPress websites, I always install these plugins to manage both small and large websites. I highly recommend you print this checklist and check off the steps as you accomplish them.
The next time you install WordPress and/or have a WordPress website built for you that you will ultimately manage, be sure these plugins are installed to maximize the site’s greatest potential.
1.0 ____ ADMIN PLUGINS
With every WordPress installation I work on, I always (first) install these plugins before I add pages, posts, create menus, etc. Many of these are must-haves with any WordPress installation.
2.0 ____ USER PLUGINS
Depending on your “user” needs, consider these helpful plugins.
3.0 ____ PAGE MANAGEMENT & PAGE BUILDER PLUGINS
Here are a number of page-related plugins I use to help working with pages go much easier.
4.0 ____ WIDGET PLUGINS
These are some must-have/use widget plugins.
5.0 ____ TAXONOMY & CATEGORY ORDERING PLUGINS
If you create a lot of categories (whether for posts, products, etc.), consider these very helpful category ordering plugins.
6.0 ____ MEDIA LIBRARY / IMAGE PLUGINS
I would never use the Media Library without these media library / image enhancing plugins.
7.0 ____ EXPORT/IMPORT PLUGINS
If you ever have to move your WordPress website, you’ll be glad you have these import/export plugins available to help you move vital content such as menus, widgets, (post) categories, etc.
8.0 ____ SECURITY PLUGINS
While you wouldn’t use all of these plugins simultaneously, as they might cause conflict(s), consider choosing among these security plugins to help protect your WordPress website.
9.0 ____ SEO PLUGINS
While you wouldn’t use all of these simultaneously, as they might cause conflict(s), consider these SEO plugins to help optimize your WordPress website.
10.0 ____ VARIOUS PLUGINS WORTH MENTIONING
I also use many of these plugins as well. Check these out to see if you’d like to start using them too.