If you’re reading this, chances are you have a WordPress website. It’s the most popular platform in the world for creating and managing content, with users publishing 17 posts every second on WordPress sites around the world.

One of the main reasons for WordPress’s widespread popularity is because it’s open source. This means you can modify and customise its fundamental foundations to suit your exacting online requirements.

The open source nature of WordPress also means that there are countless plugins to install. These can help you optimise your site for search engines, protect it against cybercrime and improve the user experience.

But with 57,900 plugins contained within WordPress’s official directory, which ones should you be downloading and installing? Here’s 5 of the very best.

  1. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO has helped millions of websites worldwide to rank higher in search engines, as it effortlessly helps you select target keywords and optimise your page around them.

It also features title and meta description templating for greater consistency, a state-of-the-art Schema implementation to help search engines make sense of your site and SEO analysis for clear yet compelling copy.

  1. Contact Form by WPForms

In order to convert website visitors, you need CTAs. And the very best CTAs are backed up by easy to use forms. That’s where Contact Form by WPForms comes in.

WPForms allows you to create all manner of different forms for your site in minutes without the need for a developer. Its pre-built form templates and workflows make WPForms the most beginner friendly contact form plugin in the market, and its 100% mobile responsive too.

  1. Akismet Spam Protection

The only problem with having forms on your website is that they attract spammers. The same can be said if your page features a comment section, which could soon get clogged up with spam and ruin the user experience.

Akismet will check your comments and contact form submissions against a global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. With over 35 million downloads, it’s the most popular plugin of all time.

  1. WP Super Cache

Your website visitors can wave goodbye to slow page loading times thanks to WP Super Cache. This handy plugin creates static pages of your site instead of processing comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts, which causes slow speeds.

There are several features and controls you can configure with WP Super Cache, but for an easy and straightforward setup, simply make sure caching is turned on.

  1. Jetpack

Think of Jetpack as the ultimate toolkit for your WordPress website. Along with features that can help with your site’s design, it can also track metrics and improve social sharing. You can even add advanced functionality such as spam protection, daily backups, and SEO tools for an additional fee.

Best of all, WordPress hosts all of Jetpack’s features. That means a load will be taken off your own server for a quick and smooth running website.