The WHY of my favorite WordPress plugins

There are over 50,000 WordPress plugins out there. It is really difficult to find a plugin stack that works well for you. Some plugins are not compatible with the latest version of WordPress. Some plugins do redundant jobs or interfere with each other. Some plugins are hard on your webserver. This article gives an overview of plugins I work with regularly including their purpose.

I do not have all of the plugins installed on every WordPress instance of course. It totally depends on the need of each individual WordPress project. Plugins I use only very seldom are not even listed here. If time allows, it is easily possible and feasible I try to find a workaround to avoid installing too many plugins.

Akismet Anti-Spam

All in One SEO Pack



Better Search Replace


Cloudways WordPress Migrator

Code Syntax Block

Compliance | GDPR/CCPA Cookie Consent

Compress JPEG & PNG images (TinyPNG)

Contact Form 7

Easy Smooth Scroll Links (only Shapely)

Elementor Page Builder

Enable Media Replace

EWWW Image Optimizer (limited in free version)

Duplicator – WordPress Migration

GDPR Cookie Consent (CCPA Ready)

GDPR Cookie Compliance

Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights

Honeypot for Contact Form 7

Jetpack by

LuckyWP Table of Contents

Open External Links in a New Window (only Shapely)

Password Protect


Rank Math SEO

Really Simple SSL Image Optimizer

Robin image optimizer

Shortcodes Ultimate

Simple Download Monitor

Smart Slider 3

Smash Balloon Instagram Feed


SSL Insecure Content Fixer

UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore *****

WebP Converter for Media

WhatsHelp Chat Button

Wonder PDF Embed

WP Server Stats

WP Smart Preloader

Recommendation by Divi support team

WP Super Cache *****

WP User Avatar


Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

Yoast SEO ****