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Kinsta’s List of Best WP Plugins

Ultimate Hand-Picked List of the Best WordPress Plugins for [Year]

Kinsta’s Guide to Speed Up WordPress

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Site (Ultimate 2021 Guide)

Kinsta’s List of Bad WordPress Plugins

Do You Have a List of Banned and Incompatible Plugins?

Caching Plugins (kinsta specific)

  • Cache Enabler
  • LiteSpeed Cache
  • WP Fastest Cache

Backup Plugins (kinsta specific)

  • All-in-One WP Migration
  • BackupBuddy
  • BackWPup
  • Snapshot
  • UpdraftPlus
  • WP DB Backup
  • WP DB Backup Made

Image Optimization Plugins

  • EWWW Image Optimizer

Video Conversion Plugins

  • FFmpeg

Performance Plugins

  • Better WordPress Minify
  • P3 Profiler
  • Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions
  • WordPress GZIP Compression.
  • WP-Optimize
  • JCH Optimize (reasons: constant PHP stress, high bandwidth usage, can’t cache, can’t optimize for CDN)

Misc Plugins

  • Allow PHP Execute
  • Dynamic Widgets
  • Exec-PHP
  • Inactive User Deleter
  • Pipdig Power Pack (P3)
  • WP RSS Multi Importer
  • WordPress Popular Posts

Security Plugins (better to rely on Cloudflare)

  • Login Wall

Social Media Plugins

  • Facebook Instant Articles & Google AMP Pages by PageFrog
  • Facebook Open Graph, Google+ and Twitter Card Tags


Form Plugins

Good Ones:

Formidable Forms

Bad Ones:

Caldera Forms – Good but getting closed in 2021 end.

Contact Form 7 – Loads its files on every page and lots of addon plugins also needed to be installed for simple functionalities such as Redirection and Captcha

Referred Reviews:

  • https://kinsta.com/blog/wordpress-contact-form-plugins/
  • https://neilpatel.com/blog/best-form-plugin-wordpress/


WP Performance Plugins

Good Ones:

Query Monitor

Asset Cleanup

Bad Ones:


Best WordPress Plugins To Speed Up Your Site


1. WordPress Cache Plugin


W3 Total Cache

2. WordPress Database Optimization Plugin


3. WordPress Image Optimization Plugin



4. WordPress Performance Plugins


Assets Clean up

  • https://onlinemediamasters.com/perfmatters-vs-asset-cleanup/#pricing

5. WordPress CDN Plugin




Caching Plugin Conflicts

The caching plugin & other performance monitoring plugins like Query Monitor can cause a major conflict between themselves and bring the whole website down, hence it is important that just one of this high priority plugin type is installed. We faced a similar problem on artlivo.com in May 2021. The following article helped us in the resolution for the same: