There are thousands of WordPress plugins to choose from. Well, 49,454, if you want to get technical. You can find all these plugins at the WordPress Plugin Directory. However, the question is – do you really want to go through all these plugins? Sure, if you have a few weeks to spare, which I’m sure is not the case. Luckily for you, there is an easier way. I’ve carefully concocted a list of the best WordPress plugins out there. Check out these 21 WordPress plugins that will take your website on a whole different level.
To kick things off, I simply had to share a plugin that speeds up page loading time. W3 Total Cache helps keep your website performance on check and improve your visitors’ experience. No one likes waiting too long for a web page to load. In fact, loading time statistics reveal that the average person expects a web page to load in 2 seconds or less, while 40% of users abandon websites that take more than 3 seconds to load. Decreasing page load time promises to increase conversions and improve your search engine rankings. So do your website and visitors a favor and boost your loading time.
Do a website speed test to see how long your page needs to load.
Jetpack offers a range of handy features that take care of your website in different areas. Mainly, it helps boost website traffic, keeps track of analytics, enables automatic sharing on social media, and offers various SEO tools. Additionally, this plugin helps with security and backup so you can forget about data loss, downtime and hacking.
The good news about Jetpack is that most of its features are free, though there are some paid options for those willing to go the extra mile.
Yoast SEO is your one-stop plugin for polishing up your blog. Optimize your content, perfect your titles, add your keywords and write up a great meta description with this single plugin. If you have a blog, then this plugin is a must have. Try it and see for yourself!
This list would not be complete if we didn’t mention Google Analytics WD. Thanks to this plugin you can easily track your page stats. Analyze traffic, page views, sessions, bounce rates, organic searches, and other performance details. See a detailed real-time report on your dashboard. You can also customize the plugin via options and hooks and collect the data you need.
Optimize all your images to perfection with the help of this powerful tool. Did you know that large images can slow down your page? Your site should always perform at its finest. Thanks to WP Smush you can resize, optimize and compress all your images and rid your page of any lagging without loss of quality. Oh, did I mention it’s completely free? Try it out now, thank me later!
Vulnerable websites are a risk to you, your business, and your client’s business. Shield Security protects your reputation, and your website against data theft, lock-outs, defacement and even Google penalties. It combines 11 powerful security plugins into one, ensuring complete protection for your WordPress sites. Its modular design means you can use just the parts you want, such as user login authentication, a powerful Firewall, 100% comment SPAM protection, a security audit trail, and much more. And best of all… it’s fast and easy to setup. Protecting yourself from unwanted cyber intruders has never been easier.
Make it easy for your customers to get a hold of you. The easiest and most efficient way to do this is by featuring a contact form on your page. In fact, having a contact form is essential for successful communication. With Contact Form 7 you can manage multiple contact forms and customize forms via the settings.
Getting comments on your blog is always exciting. But are the comments adding real value to your page or is just clogging up your space. Thankfully, Akismet separates the ham from the spam for you. How does it work? Well, it’s simple. Akismet automatically checks and filters through comments and keeps track of comment history. You have full access to all the comments that have been labeled as spam.
NextGEN Gallery is a gallery plugin that allows you to manage all your website graphics with its cool features. Enjoy its fully responsive design, albums, thumbnail galleries and slideshow galleries. You can also add/delete/rearrange images, import meta data, edit thumbnails, control size, transitions and much more. This app is free, but if you want to get a taste of the icing, it is definitely worth going pro.
Most people love the practicality that live chat offers. It’s quick, easy, and effective. You don’t have to bother with phone numbers or email addresses. I’m sure you’ve noticed a chat box popping up in the corners of websites you’ve visited. More and more websites are taking on this automation tool to stay in touch with clients. And why wouldn’t they? Statistics show that 83% of consumers need some kind of customer support when making an online purchase. It may very well be the deal-breaker. Live chat is the easiest way for customers to get in touch with businesses. Zendesk Chat makes this possible. Answer questions in real time and seal the deal.
At one point or another you may have to backup your website and even move it to a different location. To avoid future headaches it’s better to have a plan ready. Duplicator is a WordPress plugin that allows you to move, copy, clone, and transfer a website. You know what they say – It’s better to be safe than sorry. You can also use this plugin to backup your site for testing and validation purposes.
If you haven’t already installed some of these WordPress plugins, then it’s definitely the time to get clicking. Your WordPress website can certainly use the pros these plugins offer. Try them out. Have you used some of these WordPress plugins? Which is your favorite? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.
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