Plugins I recommend and use on every client website to increase site security while helping to achieve blazing fast page load speeds!
What do I recommend for other needs like Forms, Social, Slideshows, Galleries & more? See my best WordPress plugins and worst WordPress plugins.
WP Rocket – It’s hands-down the easiest to use and configure for the non-techie. Supports WebP, Lazy Loading, CDNs, Script Minification and more strategies to achieve FAST site speeds.
PerfMatters – Gets that last 10% performance boost after you’ve already setup Caching, CDN, optimized images – allows you to selectively load scripts per page/post.
ShortPixel (free/paid) – SP has the best compression. Supports .WebP images too!
Safe Redirect Manager – the best for DIY! High-quality code, super-fast redirects with the least speed impact.
Search Engine Optimization
Yoast SEO – DIY friendly plugin. Guides you with required SEO information on every page and post of your site. Easy to use interface.
Security & Backups
Updraft Plus – Backup/Restore – (free/paid) Paid version is the bees-knees! Also, you can easily migrate sites to a new hosting or dev server.
BackWPup – FREE – awesome free plugin that does FULL backups. Use either Updraft or BackWPup, not both.