We think WordPress is a wonderful tool but is so much better with some of the best WordPress plugins. Here are our essentials and some favorites, updated for 2017.
MonsterInsights make analytics easy for WordPress. See how visitors find and use your website, so you can keep them coming back. Simply put, get stats that matter.
It’s still hard to beat Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin for getting your site to rank well in the major search engines. With some outstanding features, which are always being updated, it’s a must.
A really good contact form creator, which you can use to easily add forms to any page or post.
You know, small can be beautiful and this one just saves time! Have multiple posts? Use this to quickly duplicate an existing one that took you an hour to create then off you go.
5. Login Logo
By default, the WordPress logo is visible in your login page. Use this one to upload your own logo and brand your login page (you’ll need server access).
This will allow you to display widgets on specific pages using a single sidebar. Without it, your widget would display on every page or post using that sidebar. For example, you might want to have a location map on every page EXCEPT the Contact page.
Create common elements then easily add them to your site in multiple places. Want to make a change – do it in one place.
A really nice photo gallery plugin, which correctly uses the Media Library rather than NextGEN, which does not.
It’s important to keep your site as secure as it can be. These tools add another level to harden your website.
An excellent security tool with almost any feature you want available: database backup, hardening, notifications of attempted logins, malware scanning,
From those great guys at Sucuri, this one can scan your site if you have a malware attack and get the dreaded red screen of death by Google. You can also “harden” exposed directories with one click! It won’t PREVENT malware but will help you remedy a bad situation.
Adds a small mathematical question at login, adds security to your site.
An outstanding plugin, which gives you so many cool features to easily add – columns, accordions, drop caps, tabs – all responsive too!
13. Menu Icons
Adds small icons to your navigation bar.
A handy tool for adding a holding page with a place to put your Google Analytics tracking code.
Email harvesters are the scourge of the Internet. Just add an email address to a post or page and let this one automatically encrypt it so the address can’t be recognized by those harvesters.
16. Child Themify
Create “child themes” from any non-child theme at the click of a button, which means that if you want to make code changes to your theme, make them to the “child theme” instead to leave your main theme untouched.
Unbelievably cool tool, which easily add links (phone, email address and location map) available at all times at the bottom of your pages in a mobile device.
18. Post Expirator
With WordPress, you can schedule a post by putting a future date in but you can’t bring it down. Use this one to do just that.
Want to display a PDF or Word document visibly in your site rather than a download link? This will do it.
This one is incredibly useful when you need to change links across your entire site, especially if you have just moved from one domain to another. It won’t, however, change links in your widgets so you’ll need to do those manually.
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