As of today (end of October 2015), the WordPress plugins repository accounts for 40k+ plugins, which generated more than 1 billion downloads. Wow, right? Numbers aside, plugins are one of the main factors that make the WordPress ecosystem growing its user base so rapidly. WordPress plugins are the first choice for many when they need their website to "do something". There's a plugin for any particular needs: galleries, backups, SEO, contact forms, spam. The list is pretty huge. And if you take into account premium WordPress plugins, those numbers skyrocket. With so many different types of business out there on one side, and the immense repository of plugins available on the other, does it make sense to have a list of essential plugins all new WordPress websites should feature, right from the beginning? The answer is "yes". Whether you're a blogger, an entrepreneur or create websites for your clients, all these scenarios share the same DNA: WordPress. This means that, before turning into a personal blog, a membership website or an e-commerce, you should address the 3 first requests of any internet site: Make it secure Make it run smoothly Make it a business tool With the increasing number
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