Jane Friedman

The WordPress Plugins I Can’t Live Without

Note from Jane: This post is occasionally updated to keep up with changes in the WordPress ecosystem and reflect the evolution of my own site.


As every WordPress site owner knows (at least those of you who self-host), plugins are one of the most wonderful and useful things about WordPress. Much of the functionality you need, someone else needs, too—which means there’s probably a plugin that provides it, without you having to hire additional help or learn how to change the WordPress code.

But before I get to the list of plugins I love and recommend, there are some risks to using them:

Without further ado, here’s my list of indispensable WordPress plugins.

WordPress Plugins I Highly Recommend

A Few Others I Like

OK, now it’s your turn. What WordPress plugins can’t you live without?