We love WordPress, and you probably do too. It’s not the only platform we work with, but it’s certainly up there among the best.
You might already use a number of plugins on your site, but there are some that we regularly recommend to our clients when we start working with them.
New plugins come out all the time. Some of the ones listed below came out recently, while some have been around for a while.
Anyway, here are our recommendations for the WordPress plugins right now that you should definitely try out on your website.
1. Yoast SEO
WordPress is a good platform for SEO without the need for any extra plugins, and it always has been. However, when you’ve got a plugin as great as Yoast SEO, it’s worth using.
Yoast just gives your site that extra boost, and it can really help you with your SEO content writing by helping you to focus on a keyword for each piece of content you write.
It analyzes your descriptions, titles, the length of content, etc, and overall, it makes SEO less complicated, which is ideal if you are still getting your head around SEO, or if you just want to save some time.
It’s for this reason that it’s used by the pros, but it’s also intuitive enough for beginners.
Your website’s security is crucial. Unfortunately, WordPress sites can prove to be attractive targets.
You can protect your site by updating to the latest version ASAP, but it never hurts to have a dedicated security plugin—and Sucuri is one of the best.
Sucuri specializes in WordPress, but it can also be used on other platforms. It provides a whole host of features that make it a fantastic plugin, including malware scanning, alerts if blacklist engines are blacklisting your website, full monitoring, and protection from attacks including DDoS, XSS, brute force, and other types of attacks.
See the website at: https://sucuri.net/
3. Envira Gallery
If you want to make your site look stunning (and you probably do), images are going to play a large role in this.
Some people have trouble with images on WordPress, but you can take out a lot of the hassle by using a good plugin like Envira Gallery.
The sole purpose of this tool is to create responsive galleries, which you can then add anywhere you want on your site.
It’s great for creating albums and lightboxes, and despite being a powerful tool, it’s also very user-friendly with its drag-and-drop interface and excellent gallery templates
See the website at: http://enviragallery.com/
Backing up your site should be an essential habit you get into. If you’re not currently backing up your site, perhaps that’s because you haven’t found a solution that works for you.
So try out BackupBuddy.
You never know when something is going to go wrong, and by backing up regularly, you are protecting yourself from potentially huge problems.
BackupBuddy backs up everything including customer and business data. It’s very easy to use, it’s very reliable, and it will give you the peace of mind you need to operate your website.
Don’t risk all your hard work being lost if your site is attacked or something goes wrong. Keep it safe, keep it backed up, and don’t let anyone take your business offline.
5. Updraft Plus
Backing up is so important that we’re including another backup plugin on this list. Whether you choose BackupBuddy or Updraft Plus doesn’t really matter: They are both fantastic plugins.
Again, this one is easy to use, and it makes restoring your site a breeze.
You can carry out manual backups when you want to, or you can schedule them it to backup automatically at intervals.
You can also store off-site backups in Dropbox or another online storage provider. Then even if your site gets hacked, your backups will be completely safe, and you can restore your site in no time at all.
6. Ninja Forms
Forms have many uses, from contact forms to subscription forms and everything else. And this plugin makes them really easy to manage.
With its drag-and-drop interface, it’s really intuitive to use, which is great if you are not a web design specialist.
However, it’s also powerful, and you can use it to create some really complex forms for whatever purpose you need by customizing them to your heart’s content.
A free version is available if you want to try it out, so give it a go and see what you can do.
7. W3 Total Cache
This will improve the performance of your site by creating cached HTML files for every page, speeding the load time considerably. With browser caching, database caching, and more, it has everything you need to get a faster WordPress site.
OptinMonster is one of the most popular list-building tools around, and its WordPress plugin should be on your to-download list.
You already know how important building a list is for your business, and this plugin will make it easier.
It includes all the features you could possibly need, from exit popups to floating bars to sliding forms. Use it to create stylish popups that encourage people to sign up to your list and build your list with greater ease.
See the website at: http://optinmonster.com/
9. Social Warfare
If you want to encourage more people to share your content over social media, this plugin is the tool you need.
It allows you to customize the details when someone shares an article so you can set a title, image, description, and more. You can also create custom tweets to share and use the click-to-tweet feature in your articles.
It’s fast, it has floating share buttons, and it can also show popular posts based on shares as well as Tweet counts. In short, it does everything you want from a social plugin.
SumoMe is another big player in the opt-in forms market, and it provides the whole set of features you need.
Opt-in forms, analytics, social media buttons, contact forms—it’s got them all, helping to power up your content marketing.
It’s focused on building your email list and encouraging shares, making it ideal for social media marketing.
You can set up a pop-up that integrates with MailChimp, GetResponse, and many more email marketing platforms, and it’s got lots of cool tools like a heat map, a Scroll Box to collect emails based on how far the reader scrolls down, a Smart Bar, a floating bar on top or bottom of page to get sign-ups, and more.
See the website at: https://sumome.com
And Some More…
Because it’s so hard to choose just 10 plugins, here are a few more that we highly recommend installing:
- Soliloquy—Responsive sliders to show off your featured content and images on your site. Create sliders and add them anywhere on your site.
- WordPress to Buffer—Share your latest posts directly to Buffer to add to your social media posting queue.
- Quick and Easy FAQs—Makes adding an FAQ section to your site easy, and display them in list, toggle, and filterable toggle style.
- BirchPress Scheduler—Schedule appointments and bookings with ease directly from your WordPress site. Great for businesses that need to schedule bookings online.
- CSS Hero—Allows you to change the look of your WordPress theme without any coding. Perfect for time-pressed businesses that don’t want to learn CSS.
- WooCommerce—Powerful plugin that allows you to integrate WooCommerce with WordPress. Incredibly flexible and works with numerous extensions.
- Simple 301 Redirects—A simple and useful app for redirecting visitors who are being sent to the wrong page.
- Wordfence Security—Another fantastic plugin to protect your site from malware, hackers, etc.
Try Them Out
If you love WordPress (like we do), give these plugins a try. You may already have some of these installed.
They can help you to get a lot more from your WordPress site, powering it up and converting it into an attractive and feature-rich site that your customers will love to use.