10 Best & Essential WordPress Plugins for 2019


WordPress is one of the easiest Blogging platforms. There are thousands of WordPress plugins which make your job easy. If you have a WordPress blog you might be already using Yoast SEO Plugin for the SEO optimization, Jetpack for Site stats, Akismet for spam protection, OptinMonster, and few other popular plugins.

Today we will see a few more plugins which help to minimize your efforts and are free to use (Basic version!).


1) Contact Form 7



Once you install the website, adding contact page/widget is one of the must do things. Contact details make your readers trust you and make it easy to reach out for any queries/messages.

Contact Form 7 is the free WordPress plugin which lets you add a contact form to your page. Though this WordPress plugin is important for every website, Business websites must install Contact Form 7 plugin.

You might ask – I can just add my email id and other social media accounts in my Contacts page. Why do I need an extra plugin?

Well, the Contact Form 7 Plugin is not just a contact plugin but it also provides additional benefits. Adding direct email id not advisable because it provides easy access to spammers to send a direct email. It is difficult to handle inbox if it is filled with promotions, offers, and other unwanted stuff.

Social Media profiles somewhat help but again not everyone uses SM. Instead of making them let go with difficult contact details add Contact Form 7 plugin.

You can customize the Contact Form according to your requirements. Thus handling emails, providing response becomes well organized and saves a lot of time.


2) Monster Insights



Monster Insights is a Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress. With the help of this plugin, it is easy to understand the stats, traffic, and other Google Analytics reports.

It takes time to understand the custom Google Analytics dashboard. Monster insights make the job easy and accessible for everyone. You can directly link your Google Analytics account with WordPress and finish the setup within 15 minutes!

Then onwards Monster insights create a dashboard in your WordPress site and provide Audience report, content report, behavior report, e-commerce report, Forms report, search console report, etc.

MonsterInsights also provides Google Adsense and affiliate link tracking. Since you can get all your site’s and sales performance in one easy click, Monster Insights is one of the essential plugins.


3) Real Simple SSL



SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security protocol for establishing encrypted links between a web server and a browser in online communication.

SSL certificate compresses your information and thus protects it reaching others while data is traveling from one computer to the other. Hence installing an SSL certificate is very important for your website.

Premium web hosting or some hosting platforms provide free SSL certificate. Once after installing SSL certificate, install Real simple SSL plugin to move your site to https.

This plugin selects the right kind of .htaccess redirect rule, adds a load balancer fix to wp-config in case required, changes site URL & home URL to https, and checks for the insecure content on the front end.


4)  MailChimp for WordPress



Being a website owner you definitely want to grow your audience. Email is the easiest and trusted way to reach an audience. You want your users to subscribe to a daily/weekly newsletter.

MailChimp helps you to grow your Email list. Users should find it easy to subscribe to your newsletter and that’s where MailChimp comes as a solution.

MailChimp plugin helps to write better Newsletters through various methods.  With MailChimp, you can create good-looking opt-in forms or integrate with any existing form on your sites, like your comment, contact or checkout form.

MailChimp subscribe forms are mobile optimized which makes it user-friendly. For up to 2000 subscribers MailChimp is free, if you have a bigger number then there is Premium version.


5) Redirection



Have you ever wondered about 404 Error pages of your website? You can manually add Redirect to your .htaccess file. However, this job is tedious and needs more knowledge about editing the file.

Redirection Plugin easily redirects old URL to new URL. This plugin monitors 404 error message, can be configured to monitor when a post or page permalinks are changed and automatically create a redirect to the new URL.

This WordPress plugin provides logs with which you can investigate the visitor, the browser used, and the referrer.


6)  UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin



Having a data backup on a timely basis is one of the smart blogging ways. Since many sites are being hacked every single day, it costs way more if you are not covered your wings. You may lose everything that you have worked over the years.

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin is a popular plugin that makes backup and restoration easy. You can schedule backups which will be stored in the cloud and restores in single click whenever you need it.

This plugin takes backup of your WordPress files, themes, plugins, and restores them directly from your WordPress control panel. This plugin supports multiple languages and multiple sites back up.


7)  Insert Headers and Footers



Being a blogger doesn’t mean that you should know to code. Most of us started the blog because writing is our passion. When it comes to terms like CSS, Editing PHP files, inserting code in the header, etc most of us go blank.

In order to make it easy, there is ‘Insert Headers and Footers’ plugin which easily allows inserting codes like Google Analytics, custom CSS, Facebook Pixel, and more to your WordPress site header and footer.


8) WP-Chatbot by MobileMonkey


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Chatbot is a virtual assistant developed to interact with the audience. Wp-Chatbot is the integration of facebook Messanger to your WordPress site.

This Chatbot is integrated greetings providing a great customer experience. It can be customized according to your website theme color and in a comfortable position.

If you have an online store or looking for a way to engage with your audience then Wp-Chatbot is the best solution. It is easy to install and configure into any WordPress site.



9) Classic Editor



WordPress introduced Gutenberg in it’s latest update. Gutenberg is the new editor which uses Blocks to write your blog posts. People experienced issues with this new editor and many of the bloggers didn’t like the editor at all!

For such scenarios, the WordPress team has built a plugin called ‘Classic Editor’. With this, you can avoid updated editor versions and continue with the classic WordPress editor.

Admins will get an option to choose the Editor. Thus you can continue to enjoy writing comfortably.


10) Smush Image Compression and Optimization



If you are a travel blogger or a food blogger or the one who use a lot of images then you must consider this plugin. Having high MB image files results in reducing website speed. This affects the whole performance.

As the name says, this plugin compresses and optimizes the image files. You can set maximum width & height for large images, Smush plugin compresses them without affecting the quality.

Also, Smush plugin finds out images which are keeping you from getting that perfect 100 on your Google PageSpeed test. It is best the way to improve browser speed by copying and resizing the images using Smush image plugin.

58 thoughts on “10 Best & Essential WordPress Plugins for 2019

  1. Abhijit Ray says:

    Very very informative post. You have highlighted usefulness of different plugins so well. Thank you.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Bexa says:

    This is a great post, thank you for sharing! I recently installed the Classic Editor after I didn’t get on with the upgrade, it really made life simple again. I’m going to check out these other Plugins, they sound awesome <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Bexa 🙂

  3. Shnooks says:

    I really had no idea about pluggings and although I’m not a wordpress user I found your blog really informative ?

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  4. Judy says:

    I didn’t realize all of this. Thank you for sharing. Maybe if I start another blog, I’ll look into WordPress.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks for reading this post.

  5. Viki says:

    This is exactly the plugin list I was looking for! Thanks!!

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are welcome!

  6. Mrs. Type A says:

    These are probably the most helpful WP tips I have seen. I didn’t know about the Classic Editor at all, I’m about to go add right now…

    1. Hackytips says:

      It is quite useful.

  7. Lisa says:

    I love these tips! I have 3 from the list and couldn’t function without them. Will check out the others I don’t yet have.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  8. Lauren says:

    Mailchimp is my favorite!

  9. Neil Alvin Nicerio says:

    Perfect. I learned something new about WordPress login this new year. Thanks so much.

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are welcome.

  10. chaddden2001 says:

    I learn something new every time I come to your page, thanks!

    1. Hackytips says:

      I’m glad 🙂 Thanks.

  11. You give such great tips! I am going to install Monster right now, those Google Analytics are a beast.

    1. Hackytips says:

      I know! Monster Insights really makes it easy to analyze 🙂

  12. I’m a WordPress user…..and I plan of using these plug ins once I upgrade to business……

    1. Hackytips says:


  13. Ivan Jose says:

    This is a great list. I want to take a look at Smush.

  14. Ivan Jose says:

    By the way, how does Smush compare to EWWW? Is it better? Is it also free?

    1. Hackytips says:

      I haven’t used EWWW. I’m currently using Smush and it is doing well. Yes, it is free!

  15. Elizabeth O says:

    These are excellent tips that every WP devotee ought to know and remember. You’ve done a brilliant job and I appreciate it.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  16. Everything On A Plate says:

    We don’t have so many of these! Need to start installing

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yup, you should give a try.

  17. folabest says:

    This is indeed an informative post. I only know and make use of some of this stuff like the classic editor.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Try others too!

  18. Emilio Marcos Sierra says:

    I have just upgraded to business plan, so this has come in handy!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Oh! All the best 🙂

  19. Enjoy reading your sharing here, lots of useful tips shared, let’s continue enjoy 2019, happy new year 2019, cheers, siennylovesdrawing

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  20. Samar says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this, absolutely love this post 😀

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are welcome.

  21. Danielle says:

    I am loving this list! I seriously never knew about mailchimp but now heading directly to my blog to get the plugin!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Haha. That’s great.

  22. i actually don’t use wordpress cause I use blogger but will take note of this for the future

    1. Hackytips says:


  23. You, Me and Benny says:

    OH I am goin to have to check out a few of these!

  24. Blairvillanueva says:

    Although I use other platform for my blog, I want to learn more about WordPress. Your article is very helpful for me!

  25. ZyraKuma says:

    50/50 have and have not used these wp plugins. Gonna try out Insert Headers and Footers. Thanks for this post!

  26. lauragetsrichinhealth says:

    So much value in this post. Thank you for some answers to several questions and wonders I have had about my blog. Definitely going to I stall a few of these. Thank you!

  27. Thanks for sharing with us. Happy blogging 🙂

  28. Matija Antonić says:

    For being free a lot of these plugins look amazingly beautiful, thank you for sharing this with the rest of us 😀

  29. KA Inspired says:

    I’ve never heard of a few of these. I’ll definitely be looking into them. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Thanks for the share. I’ll save this for later when I move over to WordPress

  31. Great and informative post. I blog on wordpress and i have heard of most of these plug-ins but some were new to me. Thank you for sharing

  32. hoodakismet says:

    This is a really great and useful list. I use most of these plugins, but there are a couple that I didn’t know about. I will install them. Thank you!

  33. tcleland88 says:

    I’m using a few of these now, but there are several others that I’d like to try out. Thanks for such an informative post!

  34. Everything On A Plate says:

    we have already begun downloading them

  35. cheszdylan says:

    Great suggestions. I might try some of it .

  36. Elizabeth O says:

    Thanks for sharing. It was indeed a very helpful article.

  37. Speaking Bipolar says:

    This is a great list of plugins. I didn’t know about the chat bot one but will check it out.

    1. Hackytips says:

      It’s very useful 🙂

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