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  1. Interesting post Eb, I’m pleased to say I have most of these but not Jetpack…yet! For some reason because I was on wordpress.org I had issues with downloading it. On the flip side, are there any plug-ins you’d suggest avoiding and out of interest how many do you have in total. I’m a hardcore minimalist and can’t stand clutter so if I can reduce my plug-ins further to speed up my site I would!

    1. Thanks Rebecca, that’s odd that you should have issues downloading Jetpack. Although maybe that was something related to your previous host and being on a managed plan??? See if you can do it now you are on SiteGround – and if not ask in their chat. I think my answer to your question is ‘anything you really don’t need’. Ask yourself the question: ‘do I REALLY need this?’ and if the answer is no, hit DELETE. Also anything which seems a bit dodgy and/or you don’t really know where it comes from, or if it has lots of negative reviews. You really don’t want dodgy plugins. Like you I am a minimalist. This list isn’t just what I recommend as essential plugins, this is ALL the plugins I use. If it’s not essential, it’s not needed!! Eb x

    1. Yay – I’m so pleased you found it helpful – I’m looking forward to hearing more about your new blogging ventures… and seeing them come to life! Eb x

  2. Thank you for making this list Eb! We’re moving our blogspot blog over to WordPress so naturally I wanted to make sure I had all the right plugins. Thank you so much! I’m surprised you didn’t include a plugin for Google Analytics, unless somehow Yoast can take care of this. Thoughts on having a caching plugin like W3 Total Cache?

    1. A pleasure, Adam. I’m so pleased you found it helpful. I didn’t include a plugin for GA as, depending on your theme, you can often easily add the tracking code into your theme settings – you can find out more about that in this post >>> https://www.productiveblogging.com/set-up-google-analytics-wordpress-blog/ When it comes to caching, if you are with SiteGround, SiteGround have built in caching settings in their SG Optimiser plugin. That’s all I have for my site. Hope that helps! Eb 🙂

  3. Great post, Eb! I just came across your blog and find it very useful.
    I am about to launch my blog ( currently on maintenance mode ) and trying to do the last-minute checklist and avoid making too many mistakes. My blog is hosted by Siteground and I have a few questions for you. Do I still need a Vaulpress plug-in if Siteground is already doing daily backups? Also, I have a jetpack plug-in installed, isn’t that to help to protect your site or I still need to have an all-in-one WP Security & Firewall plug-in? I am completely new to this and your help would be very appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Oooh exciting! Ok, so… it’s great that SiteGround do daily backups, but yes I would still get VaultPress. It’s unlikely, but possible that something could go wrong at SiteGround (like a fire or a major hack or something – unlikely, but still possible!) Then you’d lose your blog AND your backup. That’s why I always advise having a second backup done by someone completely different – and VaultPress is the best I’ve found.. All-in-One Security does a lot more than Jetpack, so yes, I would definitely have that too. Hope that helps and good luck with your new blog! Eb 🙂

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