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What are your top WordPress plugins?

Sharing research on over 6,000 WordPress travel blogs
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Founder, Travel Massive

Quick poll of members who have WordPress blogs — what are your favourite plugins?

I crunched the numbers on more than 6,000 WordPress blogs hosted by Travel Massive members (that's a big network!) to discover the most popular plugins:

1. Yoast (50% use premium)
2. Jetpack
3. Instagram feed for WP
4. Monster Insights
5. Slider Revolution
6. Visual Composer
7. WP Super Cache
8. Mailchimp
9. Wordfence
10. Autooptimize

What plugin are a "must have" for your blog, or you can't do without? And what plugins are you willing to pay for? Any other plugin tips to share?

If you answer this discussion please feel free to share a link to your blog as well.

7 months ago (edited)
Founder & Director of Mappy Hour

My must have was definitely Yoast Premium and Shortpixel optimizer!

7 months ago
Travel Blogger, Inspired Trip

My selections might be more relevant as a web designer/developer:

Elementor - I cannot do without this when it comes to flexibility in building websites the way I want them without having to go deep into the codes! I also save from searching for and spending on themes only to find them not up to par. I couple this with the Pro version (MUST for their full template function) and their own Hello theme.

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) + Custom Post Type UI (CPT) - When I want a post type beyond blog posts and pages, these are amazingly efficient. On my blog, Destinations are more than just post categories but are info pages as well, so these plugins helped me achieve this by creating a whole new post type and fields that let me easily enter various information like weather and activity types. Super efficient!

Akismet Anti-Spam - Needless to say, without this, the comments will be nothing but spams.

UpdraftPlus OR All-in-One WP Migration - My personal preferences for backing up the website and restoring. In my job, I'm always migrating between environments so this is a huge must for me. I have an extension for the latter that lets me import without a file size limit.

7 months ago
Founder, Travel Massive

Elementor is #11 most popular plugin in my study!

7 months ago
entrepreneur, manyways

I agree with ACF from a developer perspective.
For SEO I switched to RankMath instead of Yoast

6 months ago
Freelance Writer, Travel Blogger @DownshiftingPRO, DownshiftingPRO - less stuff, more travel

Not a fan of Yoast... I prefer RankMath SEO Pro. I also like Anti-Spam by Clean Talk, Smoosh for images and Easy Table of Content. I'd love suggestions to improve loading speed.

6 months ago
Founder, Travel Massive

Are you using a cache plugin? Google Pagespeed reports a slow initial response time (2+ seconds) which you could address with a cache.

6 months ago
Founder @ GuestRadar, GuestRadar

WooCommerce, Google Site Kit and Hubspot

6 months ago