Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Website

by on March 10, 2014 · 9 comments

Essential WordPress Plugins


In Episode 4 of the Niche Site Tools Podcast, I provide a full list of the essential WordPress plugins that you should install on each of your niche sites.  I will also detail a few optional plugins which can help to enhance the experience for your viewers.

We also touch on the importance of collecting email subscribers early on, discuss what free software you can utilize for your subscriber list/email distribution and we also briefly address the topic of WordPress themes.  Thanks to Podcast listener, Jeff, for the topic suggestion for this episode and for the very first 5 star review on iTunes.  You rock!

All of the plugins can be found by going to your WordPress Dashboard, Plugins, Add New and type the name in the search box.

Items Mentioned in the Podcast

Essential Plugins
Yoast SEO
UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore
W3 Total Cache / WP Super Cache
Simple Share Button Adder
Pretty Link lite

Optional Plugins
EasyAzon For Amazon Affiliates
WPTouch Mobile Plugin

Recommended Email Subscription Items
MailChimp for WordPress Lite Plugin – This one was not mentioned in the Podcast, but if you do utilize MailChimp, you should add this plugin to the essential list to add a ‘Subscribe to Newsletter’ option on your comment form in addition to other useful features.

Optional Themes
Thesis Theme
Elegant Themes – Divi 2.0
Theme Forest

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Mike March 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Great podcast,

I found a few plugins on your list that I am definitely going to check out.

Plugins make life as a blogger so much easier.

I have been considering the Optin Skin plug in and based on your recommendation I am going to take another look.



Chris March 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed the podcast. Let me know if I can answer any questions. Welcome!
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Mike March 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Thanks Chris, yeah I would have to say these are the essential wordpress plugins.


Bill Gates March 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Great podcast, Chris!

I definitely need to go back and install a few that you mentioned on my site – Google Analyticator is the main one, along with Google XML Sitemaps. Thanks for the information! Keep up the great work!
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Chris March 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Hey Bill,

Thanks for the kind words and the comment. Appreciate it!
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Marcus March 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Chris, these are awesome plugins, I use about 90% of them, and will definitely recommend them to everyone. Thanks for sharing the extra plugins too. I will be looking into them soon.
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Chris March 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Hey Marcus, thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Glad you enjoyed the post!
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Crystal ~ Fine Art Mom March 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Hey Chris – great insight on the most essential WordPress plugins, pretty sure I have some that are not essential and it’s time to dump them. They’re probably slowing things down. The Optin Skin looks great on your page. When the time is right for me – I’ll take you up on that Mailchimp addition. Great advice – thank you!
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Chris March 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Hey Crystal!

You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed the episode and appreciate the kind words.

I’d be glad to help you get setup with MailChimp, it really is a great addition, especially since it’s free!
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