8 Must-Have WordPress Plugins to Improve SEO, Speed, and Security

These “Must-Have” plugins are ones that I find myself using over and over again. The base installation of WordPress is an impressive piece of software and with these plugins, you can take it to the next level. Get your WordPress site running faster, backed up, secure, and search engine optimized with these 8 plugins in minutes. Just a little effort on your part to set up these plugins will go along way to improving your blog’s traffic.

All-in-One SEO Pack

Whether or not you are an SEO expert, this is a simple-to-use plugin. The All-in-One SEO Pack plugin optimizes your WordPress blog to help you get the most out of your content.

DB Backup

Download or email your backup with ease. You can backup and restore almost anything stored in your WordPress database.

Google Analyticator

With the ability to add your Google Analytics stats right to your WordPress Dashboard, this plugin is an easy way to track and view all those stats you like to see.

Google XML Sitemaps

It doesn’t get much easier than this to help Google and other search engines find all of your content. Simply install this plugin and generator your XML-sitemap. The plugin will generate a new sitemap every time you add new content.


Add more advanced paging to your WordPress blog without having to know PHP.

WP Security Scan

Scans your WordPress installation for security risks and makes recommendations on how to fix them.

WP Super Cache

Speed kills–well, a lack of speed does anyway. This plugin generates static html files of your WordPress pages and can greatly improve load times.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Helping you increase those page views. This plugin gives you the ability to show your readers related content on your site.

Something I missed? Let me know–I am always on the lookout for a good plugin.


  1. Team Nirvana on August 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Thats a very interesting way to jot down. This post is quite informative with all the gritty details described in and out.

    Thanks for taking time and posting.

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  4. Stanley on August 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    cool! i using few plugin from your suggestion ! just leave a msg to thank you.

  5. Jack Leblond on August 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Great list – I already use most of these, will have to investigate the rest.

    I will add though that the “all in one” plugin is very powerful, and potentially dangerous. If not configured correctly it could cause more harm than good. I have a full description of its configuration that people should review before turning this one on.

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