One of the best things about WordPress is the amount of free plugins that are available for it. As of this writing, there are over 40,000 plugins in the WordPress Plugins Directory with more being added every day! With so many plugins to choose from, it becomes very hard to choose the best ones for your needs….. and that’s why I made this post.

When I was first learning WordPress, I have to confess that I became a “Plugin Addict”. I remember sometimes installing somewhere between 80-100 plugins…. on a single WordPress install! This caused a lot of frustration, heartache, and headaches for me, since installing all of those plugins slowed down & crashed several sites I that worked very hard on. 🙁

Thankfully, after using WordPress for several year now, I’ve learned from the error of my ways. I choose plugins now based on the specific needs of the site I’m working on, not the nice new “shiny object” out there. I’ve found however that there have been certain “go-to” plugins that I find myself gravitating to matter what type of site I’ve had to build, regardless of niche or industry. So without anymore fanfare, here are 10 Amazing WordPress Plugins You Can’t Live Without!