With millions of websites reputedly using WordPress, this free and open-source content management system is one of the most popular CMS solutions in use. 

Ever since its release back on May 27, 2003, WordPress has taken the world over by a storm to the point where notable entities use its functionality to carry out their online representation. These include the likes of BBC America, Sony Music, MTV News, Microsoft News Center, and Disney, to name a few.

According to a recent study by isitwp.com, WordPress powers more than 37.8% of the internet, with over 75 million sites, and a 60.2% share of the global content management market. 

Furthermore, more than 60 million people choose WordPress for their websites and blogs and WordPress powers 14.7% of the world’s top 100 websites. Moreover, users on WordPress.com produce about 136.2 million new blog posts and 77.7 million new comments each month.

Having said that, now let’s take a quick look at some of the finest and indispensable WordPress plugins that could serve you in 2021.  

1Elementor
WordPress plugin is a creative backbone of WordPress and Elementor is one of them. It has over 5 million active installs and allows you to create a stunningly beautiful site using a simple drag and drop interface. 

Brought to you by an Israeli software company, this plugin offers you a built-in responsive mode that lets you edit your site live and simultaneously preview the changes.    

2 – Jetpack
Websites these days require protection from cybercriminal activities which is why Jetpack keeps your WordPress sites safe with its bulletproof spam filtering. Jetpack also offers various other features, including performance enhancement as well as marketing and design tool features. 

Not only is it free but the variety of functions and list of great features it offers make it a hard offer to pass.   

3 – UpdraftPlus
Another way to secure your WordPress websites from the miseries of a cybercriminal attack is to get a complete backup of your website. 

UpdraftPlus offers you a simple and easy way to create backups and pave the way for effortless restorations. UpdraftPlus is indeed the world’s most popular and highest-ranking backup plugin that provides scheduled backup features and over two million currently active installs. 

4 – W3 Total Cache
Improve your website’s performance and drastically reduce load times with this terrific plugin for WordPress, W3 Total Cache makes use of CDN (Content Delivery Network) integration and various other best practices. It is also the only web agnostic WPO (Web Performance Optimization) framework that is trusted by millions of publishers.

5 – WooCommerce
Online selling made easy, WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress that is specifically designed to cater small to large-sized online merchants. 

The plugin is immensely popular due to its simplicity of use as well as easy to install and customization facets that make this free-based product a truly remarkable tool for online businesses.   

6 – Wordfence® Security
October is the Cyber Security Month, and I simply cannot help but include another security-centric plugin in this list. Wordfence® Security is known for its robust firewall and malware scanning features.

All firewall rules are regularly updated through Wordfence’s Threat Defense Feed as well as the latest malware signatures and malicious IP addresses to safeguard and protect your website

7 – WPForms
While many would include Contact Form 7, I simply couldn’t find it comparable to the capabilities of this fine plugin, WPForms is much more convenient to use and is trusted by over 3 million users. The plugin features an easy to use and understand drag and drop form builder allowing you to create powerful WordPress forms within minutes.  

8 – WP-Optimize
An all-in-one plugin that boosts your WordPress site’s performance, WP-Optimize can not only cleanse your database but also compress your images and caches your site. 

It’s indeed one of the most revolutionary plugins on this list as the cache featured WP-Optimize is built around the world’s fastest caching engine. With this tool, you can effectively keep your website fast and completely optimized.

9 – WP Smush
Image SEO is something which all professionals are practicing these days. WP Smush is a dedicated WordPress plugin that allows you to optimize images without losing quality. 

Not only is it simple and easy to use, but it can also help you to optimize your images on the fly while you upload images to your WordPress website in bulk quantities.   

10 – Yoast SEO
Lastly, we have Yoast SEO which is heavily regarded as one of the best search engine optimization plugin for WordPress. While it comes in both free and premium options, the plugin works commendably well to optimize your website for keywords, key phrases, and other related keywords in all their forms.   

Conclusion 
While there are well over fifty-thousand plugins available for WordPress, I would recommend that you not use more twenty to keep the integrity of your website from being hampered. Too many plugins can cause security breaches and conflicts to occur, which can lead to your site crashing. 

Hence it is best that you choose to work with only the best and selected plugins as they would also help you keep your website run fast and load quicker.


Jori Hamilton is an experienced freelance writer residing in the Northwestern U.S. She covers a wide range of subjects but takes a particular interest in covering topics related to web design, UX, marketing strategies, and business productivity. To learn more about Jori, you can follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.  

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