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24 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Business Websites in 2016

Many of our users are business owners who often ask us for plugin suggestions. Having the right set of tools can help you take your business to the next level. In this article, we will share the must WordPress plugins for business websites in 2016.

Business tools for WordPress Site Owners

1. OptinMonster


OptinMonster is the most popular conversion rate optimization software. It allows you to convert abandoning website visitors into email subscribers. If you want to grow your email list, then this is a must have WordPress plugin in 2016. Read these case studies to see how much success other businesses are having by using OptinMonster.

2. WPForms


As a business owner, allowing your customers to contact you should be your top priority. WPForms is the most beginner friendly contact form plugin for WordPress. This drag & drop online form builder allows you to easily create contact forms, email subscription forms, order forms, payment forms, and other type of online forms with just a few clicks.

We use it on WPBeginner and all of our other sites. There’s a free WPForms Lite version available for those who are looking for a simple solution.

If you want more advanced features, then get the Pro version. Use this WPForms coupon to get 10% off your purchase.

3. Google Analytics

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is the most comprehensive and free website analytics tool in the market. In layman’s terms it allows you to see where your visitors are coming from and what they are doing on your website.

You can then optimize your site accordingly to improve your earnings. We have detailed guides on how to install Google Analytics in WordPress and how to use Google Analytics.

4. Constant Contact

Constant Contact

Constant Contact is one of the best email marketing service providers. It allows you to build an email lists and send emails to your subscribers.

It is by far the most beginner friendly platform, with quick and easy setup. It comes with built-in tools to add signup forms and also works well with lead generation software like OptinMonster.

5. Sucuri


Security is going to be a big concern for online business owners in 2016. Sucuri’s web application firewall is probably one of the best protection you can get for your site.

They monitor and protect your site from DDoS, malware threats, XSS attacks, brute force attacks, and basically every other type of attack.

If you don’t have a firewall on your website, then add one today.

6. BackupBuddy


While we’re talking about security, there’s no better security than having a reliable backup system.

As a business owner, you cannot afford to lose your business and customer data in case of a hardware failure or an attack on your host’s servers. The first thing you should setup on all your WordPress sites is a backup plugin. We recommend using BackupBuddy because it is one of the most reliable and easiest way to backup and restore your WordPress sites with just a few clicks.

7. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO (formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast) is one of the most popular WordPress plugins. It allows you to optimize your WordPress site for search engines.

It not only helps you add meta tags, it optimizes your site as a whole. We have a complete step by step guide on how to install and setup WordPress SEO by Yoast.

8. W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache

Speed is one of the most important SEO factors. Faster websites rank higher in Google, this means more visitors for your business website and more conversions.

W3 Total Cache allows you to serve compressed and cached files to your visitors. This reduces the load on your server and your website becomes faster. Take a look at our beginners guide on how to install and setup W3 Total Cache.

9. MaxCDN


Images and other static content on a website take the longest time to load. If you want to make your website even faster, then you will need to use a CDN to deliver your static files. MaxCDN is the most reliable CDN service, and it integrates easily with WordPress. See our guide on how to install and setup WordPress CDN solution MaxCDN on your site.

10. Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery

While you can easily create image galleries in WordPress without using a plugin, these galleries are fairly basic. Envira Gallery allows you to create beautiful responsive galleries in WordPress.

You can create multiple galleries, add them anywhere on your site, create albums, open images in lightbox popups, and much more. Take a look at our tutorial on how to easily create responsive WordPress image galleries with Envira.

11. Soliloquy


Sliders on your WordPress landing pages allow you to easily display your featured content, products, and announcements in a beautiful interactive way. Soliloquy is the best WordPress slider in the market. It allows you to easily create your own beautiful sliders and add them anywhere on your WordPress site. Check out our tutorial on how to create responsive WordPress slider with Soliloquy.

12. Buffer


Keeping your followers engaged on social media requires you to frequently post updates. Buffer allows you to easily schedule your posts for the entire day.

This allows you to keep your social media accounts active while you work on other things. See our tutorial on how to schedule WordPress posts for social media with BufferApp.



As a smart business owner, you need to make the most out of your time, but you cannot be everywhere all the time.

This is where IFTTT comes in. It allows you to put the internet to work for you. Take a look at our tutorial on how to automate WordPress and social media with IFTTT.

14. Quick and Easy FAQs

Adding FAQs section in WordPress

When launching a new product or website, you may need to add a FAQs section in WordPress. You can add a new page with all the frequently asked questions (FAQs), but in most cases FAQs grows as your product evolves and as your customer base grows.

By adding the FAQ section, you can significantly reduce your support overhead and improve conversion. Take a look at how to add a FAQs section in WordPress.

15. Insert Headers and Footers

Insert Header and Footer

While managing your WordPress sites, you may sometimes need to add code snippets to your WordPress site’s header or footer. This means you will have to edit the theme files which could get messy and break up your WordPress theme. Insert Headers and Footer allows you to easily add code snippets to your WordPress site without editing your theme files. Take a look at our tutorial on how to add header and footer code in WordPress.

16. CSS Hero

CSS Hero

WordPress themes rely on CSS for the visual appearance of your website. If you want to make customization to your theme, then you will have to learn CSS. This can be time consuming for a business owner.

CSS Hero is a WordPress plugin that allows you to customize any WordPress theme without writing a single line of code. Check out our review of how CSS Hero makes WordPress customization easy for more information.

17. Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder

As a business owner you may soon realize that placing things differently on your pages can result into more conversions and sales. But how do you create those landing pages without learning to code?

Beaver Builder is a powerful drag and drop page builder tool for WordPress. It allows you to easily create your own page layouts using a simple user interface. See our comparison of the best drag and drop page builders for WordPress for more information.

18. Google Apps for Work

Google Apps for Work

Google Apps for Work is a suite of web applications like email, docs, spreadsheets, etc. Created by Google, this powerful suite of office applications is cheaper, easy to deploy, and hassle free. Most importantly, it allows you to use your own business domain name for emails.

19. Freshbooks


Freshbooks is a cloud based accounting software for professionals, freelancers, and agencies. It allows you to easily send invoices to clients, receive payments, and manage your finances. Take a look at our article about creating invoices for clients using WordPress.

20. SEMRush


As a business owner, you need data to find out what your competitors are doing for their websites. SEMRush allows you to look at the keywords where your competitors are ranking. You can checkout their paid keywords as well as their organic traffic. This way you can optimize your own content and marketing strategy. Also checkout our list of best WordPress SEO plugins and tools that you should use.

21. All in One Rich Snippets

All in One Rich Snippets

Rich Snippets are special markup that you can add to your content and describe your content more precisely to search engines. This information is then used by search engines to show your content differently. For example, star ratings below your product listings, maps when someone searches for your business, and so on. All in One rich snippets plugin provides you an easy user interface to generate that markup and use it in your WordPress posts and pages.

Check our guide on how to add rich snippets in WordPress.

22. BirchPress


If you need a solution for your business website where your users can book and pay for appointments, then BirchPress is the solution for you. It allows you to easily add a complete online booking system to your WordPress site.

You may also want to see our guide on 5 best WordPress appointment and booking plugins.

23. Testimonials Widget

Testimonials allow you to showcase your past clients and their feedback about your services of products. People love to hear what others have to say about your business. It helps you gain trust and build lasting relationships with your clients. Testimonials Widgets makes it super simple to add customer testimonials on your WordPress site.

24. Slack


Slack is a team management, productivity and communication tool. We use it to communicate with our team spread across different timezones and locations. Slack is more convenient than email, and it can integrate with tons of other online tools you may be using. See our guide on how to integrate Slack with WordPress for more information.

We hope this article helped you find some of the best WordPress plugins for your business website. You may also want to take a look at our guide on 25 most common WordPress mistakes that you want to avoid.

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  1. Kathy Slamp says:

    Thank you. This is extremely helpful. I am not a beginner to websites, but I am to Word Press, so this helps.

    quick question:

    Does Word Press have online chat? I work in Africa 6 months a year as a volunteer and sometimes I get stuck without any help.
    Kathy Slamp

  2. Ralpheal Jackson says:

    Wow, what an awesome, informative and insightful post! Lol

    Love it!

    Download most of the plugins, didn’t know some of these exist.

    Thanks :)


  3. Loren Davey says:

    Hi, I am looking for a FREE contact form that gives you an option to upload a file.

    • Ollie says:

      Hi Loren,
      “Contact form 7” is one of the best plugins available.
      It has an option to add a file upload section as well and is quite easy to setup.


  4. John Ether says:

    Are all these plugins free?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      No, some of them are paid plugins and services.

      • John Ether says:

        If you mention whether it’s paid or free in the title/heading itself, it would save readers’ time to find the same out themselves, and it’d add to the beauty of the article.

  5. umer tanveer says:

    hmm good

  6. David Ikele says:

    Thanks, i appreciate.

  7. Dinesh says:

    Thanks for Sharing about CSS Hero. Please suggest plugins/themes for making a tutorial site with page navigation,pagination and left/right frame for easy navigation.

    • Rachael says:

      hello…I make use of a very good page scroll id named from the wordpress plug in . It is easier for me for Vertical and/or horizontal scrolling,simple back-to-top links or complex single-page website navigation and so on .It is absolutely free,and would be very helpful in making a tutorial site.

  8. Wang says:

    Very nice list

  9. Yash Gautam says:

    Thanks mate for your advice!! It’s very helpful :)

  10. Jan Watford says:

    Such great information. So glad I found this site!

  11. Ankita says:

    Life seems so easy after reading this post. Great resource seriously :)

  12. Araceli says:

    Thank you for you post. I can not download Back Up Buddy Plugin. Can you please help? I just can’t find it. Thanks!

  13. Harsha says:

    Helpful. Thank you.

  14. samdani says:

    Plugins add additional functionalities to sites . This is why for any site using plugin is compulsory . Now question rises up which plugins are very essential ?
    There are many source from where we can get answers .
    Here the answer is on wordpress plugins must have for business websites .
    This article is very much tonic for which purpose it has been written . Thank you author for sharing such nice article here . One can also jut have a look
    for getting some of the best plugins

  15. Corey says:

    Hey man great post!
    I’m new to word press and some of these plugins will come in super handy. Going to mess around with OptinMonster and experiment with some of the others.

  16. Rizwan says:

    Great Post!

    Thanks for sharing top word press plugins and these plugins are necessary
    for new blogger for SEO purposes as well as designing their website

  17. Kate Sheren says:

    I am currently using Optin Monster plugin and so far it is good. Will try these plugins as experiment.

  18. MCrifasi says:

    I would definetly add Trello to this list but overall a complete list. Also another great plugin to display live, updating data from your desktop Excel spreadsheets in your WordPress website or blog … that is iPushPull WordPress plugin

  19. Jay says:

    So.. Why optinmonster and not SumoMe or Thrive Leads?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Primarily because OptinMonster is more powerful and the best performing one in the market. See the full comparison here:

      That’s not to say that SumoMe or ThriveLeads are bad options. But in our list, we picked the ones that we like. There are dozens of alternatives to just about every single tool mentioned in the article :)

  20. Brad Bush says:

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  21. Anand says:

    I would definitely use BirchPress and Slack plugins.! Thanks for the list. Is there any plugin available to dynamically change Home page ? (Instead of showing recent posts OR static home page!) Thanks.

  22. Nick Barban says:

    A couple of plugins I’ll definitely be looking at thank you. Also, do you have a suggestion for a plugin that will allow me to post PDFs on a page so that visitors can view and download if needed. Having trouble finding one to do it. Thanks

  23. Alecia Stringer says:

    Great resources! Thanks for the list! There are tons that will really stand out. I think I’ll test out that testimonial widget.

  24. John Dimarco says:

    Shareaholic plugin for content amplification!

  25. tayyab waqar says:

    if we add these plugins in newly host site.. these will make the website more heavy. and take lot of time to load the page..

  26. Tony B says:

    I’d like to have seen any of the thrive themes landing page plugin in that list.

    The first Q from SILVIA, the thrive themes has some ‘themes’ within the collection that allow “apprentice pages” effectively private for members only.

    & Totally agree with Mark wordfence is rocking right now.

  27. Alan Martin says:

    Great list, I use many of these and they work great. I might add Trello for organising tasks and business related activities.
    I am now considering whether I should start using OptinMonster, looks like a useful tool and at an appealing price, thank you!

  28. Silvia karounos says:

    Excellent post, very informative.
    I would like to add a Login configuration for my clients.on my WP site.
    I need to have a private contact with them to share documents such as graphics and drawing.
    I can’t see in the list above.
    Thanks ahead for your feedback.

    • Jamie says:

      I will recommend “custom login form”. I also use it for my website and so far it has been great using this plugin.

  29. Mark Klinefelter says:

    Good list of plugins. Everyone has opinions. IMHO the best backup system is Blog Vault. The best security is Wordfence Premium.

  30. Robert says:

    Don’t think you should add them all at once. Some nice plugins but adding them all will slow your website down en drop in the SEO rankings. Test with plugins and if you don’t use them delete them from your WordPress site.

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