If you’re one of the millions of users who use WordPress, you’ll know that plugins are absolute must-haves. But there are thousands of plugins – which ones do you choose?

It depends on what you need and what you want for your site. In my experience, these plugins are absolutely essential WordPress plugins you need for ultimate blog performance. While we could talk about plugins for days, we’ll stick to 7 for now!

7 WordPress Plugins You Need for Ultimate Blog Performance

Performance Management

Blogs hold tons of data and photos, and all of these elements can really slow down your site. Plugins that optimize your site, condense file sizes, and protect your data are important tools to have if you want to enhance the user and creator experience.

WP Fastest Cache minimizes loading times by creating a static version of your site to be delivered to your visitors. This means that whenever someone visits your site, their computer won’t need to request fresh information from your web host, therefore speeding up page loading times.

Smush Image Compression and Optimization decreases your image file sizes without impacting quality. Ideally, you’ll want large, high quality photos on your site. This can take up so much space on your server. With Smush, they optimize your images, and you can also select what sizes you want displayed on your posts.

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup

Imagine losing your files due to server error or miscoding. The nightmare that would ensue! With UpdraftPlus, you can backup your data easily and keep all of your content safe and secure. You can easily schedule a backup routine, so you don’t have to think about maintenance. You’ve got other things to worry about, right?

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Spam Moderation

My main choice for spam moderation is Akismet. It’s simple and does the job. I don’t have to worry about attacks to my site. Just set it and forget about it.


We know that spam bots are constantly attacking sites with useless and sometimes harmful data, comments, and visits. With Akismet, you can protect your site from these attacks automatically. Akismet performs spam moderation in your comments and keeps them from taking up valuable storage space.

Traffic and SEO Management

This is how you optimize your site’s content with plugins. Whether it’s to share your awesome new posts and photos or keeping tabs on your analytical data, these plugins have got you covered. While there are free and paid versions, I only ever use free versions of plugins. They do so well just as they are.

Jetpack by WordPress.com

The motherlode of traffic and SEO management, Jetpack handles it all. Keep track of analytics, auto-share your posts, add related posts, and more. There is a paid version and a free version. I have found that the paid version does plenty enough for me and my blog. Keep in mind, Jetpack analytics data will normally vary from Google Analytics data due to different filtering preferences. I just average the two to come up with my statistics.

Yoast SEO

SEO can be such a confusing concept. Yoast makes it super easy – it tells you what your post is missing and provides recommendations on how to improve your SEO as well as your readability. I’ve found this plugin extremely helpful in keeping my content on track to achieve greater potential to show up in search engine results.


Need help growing your audience? Make it easier to share your content with SumoMe’s easy to use tools. Integrate sharing tools, list growing links, and analytics to increase your impressions and reach.

So there you have it – 7 absolutely essential WordPress plugins you need for ultimate blog performance. There are so many plugins available, and I’m sure you’re bound to find a fair few more to integrate into your site.

Remember to keep it simple, as plugins take up space on your server. Delete plugins you don’t need, and if you ever get locked out of your site with the WordPress white (or blank) screen, try this solution to see if it helps.

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7 WordPress Plugins You Need for Ultimate Blog Performance