For quick reference, here is a list of the plugins I am using on my site.  I will update it as it changes.

Keep in mind, I have compiled this list after much searching to find the free or freemium (free with paid version) plugins that work for me.  Sometimes, number of installs of a particular plugin was the deciding factor.  I mean, hey, can 1+ million people be wrong?

Most of the plugins don't require anything beyond install and activation.  Some, especially the security, anti-spam, and backup, may need an API key.


CategoryPlugin NameLicense TypePrice
Comment SpamAntispam BeeFree$0
UtilityDefault featured imageFree$0
AnalyticsGoogle Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP)Free$0
Page BuilderPage Builder by SiteOriginFreemium$29
Link CloakingThirstyAffiliatesFreemium$57 - $197 /yr
CSSSiteOrigin CSSFreeUpgraded w/SiteOrigin Premium
WidgetsSiteOrigin Widgets BundleFreeUpgraded w/SiteOrigin Premium
WidgetsSuffice ToolkitFree$0
Social ButtonsSumoMeFree/Subscription$24 /mo annually
Theme ImportThemeGrill Demo ImporterFree$0
Backup/RestoreUpdraftPlus - Backup/RestoreFreemium$70 - $295
SecurityWordfence SecurityFreemium$99 /yr for 1 site
SEOYoast SEOFreemium$89 for 1 site

Those are the plugins I am currently using on this site.  I am still looking for the right list building and contact form plugin.  Do I need a contact form?  Let me know in the comments.

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