Plugins are tools, kind of like apps, that an independent developer has already done the work of creating. Plugins can be added to your WordPress website to make your website more functional, user friendly and secure, all without having to be a trained developer. There are tons of them out there, so sometimes it helps to have someone point you in the right direction. That’s why we created this list of 20 WordPress Plugins We Recommend.
1. Yoast SEO
Once you install the Yoast SEO plugin it will direct you on improving your SEO for every post. The plugin integrates with Google Search Console so you can see how your site performs in search engines and fix crawl errors. It also offers a bulk editor to make large-scale edits to your website. Yoast SEO will analyze your content, titles, and meta descriptions, then make recommendations on how to optimize for search engines and show you a screenshot of how it will appear in search results.
The Jetpack plugin offers design and customization services to help you create and customize your website with themes, images and app integration. The Jetpack marketing and performance services provide powerful tools to help you measure, promote and earn money from your website. Also, their security and backup services will help prevent data loss and hacking.
This is one of our favorite plugins because it makes our lives so much easier. Elementor Page Builder is a drag and drop page builder. With this plugin, you can drag and drop elements like text, images, videos, CTA (call to action), slider bars, countdowns, and so much more to easily build gorgeous pages. Switch between desktop, tablet and mobile views to see realtime what your pages look like without switching back and forth between the backend and front end.
Editorial Calendar creates a visual calendar of when your posts are scheduled, so you can easily see when you have content gaps that need to be filled and drag and drop posts to new dates. Edit posts right from your calendar and manage your blog posts in one place.
Akismet monitors your comments and contact forms and compares it to their global database of spam. This plugin helps prevent your site from publishing malicious content.
This is an appointment booking and online scheduling plugin that allows service businesses to accept appointments. The scheduler can be embedded into pages or posts on your website so that users can see your availability and book an appointment right from your website.
Content Views allows you to create grids and lists for recent posts, organized and filtered by ID, category, tag, author, keyword, status, etc. Choose from the available layouts and use the customization tools to customize to your liking.
Pinterest RSS Widget appears on the sidebar and creates a feed of recent pins or a specific board from your Pinterest account. There are several customization options to edit the display of the Pinterest feed and follow buttons. This widget can also be added elsewhere on your website.
This is an easy way to make images in your blog posts or pages shareable to Pinterest. This tool allows you customize where the ‘Pin It’ button appears, which images it appears on and where the pin description will be created from. You can also customize the button or use your own design.
Instafeed will create a display of the latest Instagram posts from a specific Instagram account or tag. The feed is customizable, so you can display posts to your website in a slider, gallery, or however you want them to appear.
This plugin backs up your website and saves the content to dropbox, S3, an FTP or more, in a single file to make restoring the data easy.
By installing this plugin, your posts can create conversation within your website and keep users engaged. Users will be able to comment on your posts and reply to other user’s comments. You will get notification of new comments and replies, be able to moderate from your email, directly within a discussion or within the moderation panel and have the capability to block specific users.
13. Magic Action Box
Magic Action Box lets you create a feature box and opt in forms for your posts for powerful lead generation. It also integrates with Gravity Forms to build complex contact forms in just minutes.
Mailchimp is an email marketing tool that collects new email subscribers with sign up forms on your website, then helps you create email campaigns, write emails and test and send your newsletters.
15. Download Monitor
Easily upload and manage downloadable files, insert download links into posts and log downloads with Download Monitor. You can also use the members only tools to require logins to download files.
With WooCommerce you can create a store on your website to sell products or services. They power 30% of all online stores.
Track and measure your Google Analytics directly from your WordPress Dashboard, your posts and pages and frontend.
Font Awesome is a toolkit of vector icons and social logos for your website. They offer over 4,000 icons that are professionally designed and pixel perfect. You can size, place, style and even animate their icons.
19. Amazon Auto Link
With this plugin, you pick categories that fit your website and the plugin will choose products in those categories to post as affiliate links to your site. It will automatically tag the links with your Associate ID. You can also search for specific products to add. This makes it easy and effortless to generate Amazon affiliate income.
20. My Book Table
If you’re an author or book reviewer, My Book Table allows you to have your own bookstore on your WordPress site that will link to online book stores where your book can be purchased and provide a rating tool. The simple drag and drop interface makes it easy to control how the books appear on your site. It also has Kindle Instant Preview so readers can sample the first few pages of your Kindle book without leaving your page. Audiobook Mode allows users to sample your audiobook without leaving your page as well. The social media integration makes it easy to like and share your books to social media. My Book Table offers a wide variety of popular buy buttons for stores like Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, and more or you can use the universal buy button.
We can’t wait to see your websites with these plugins in action!
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