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6 Awesome Plugins For Your Wordpress Website

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6 Awesome Plugins For Your WordPress Website

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Plugins are undoubtedly the building for blocks for any WordPress website.

Plugins are responsible for enhancing your website functionality, introducing new features and even improving it’s performance.

The sheer selection of plugins available at wordpress.org can, at times, be overwhelming. Unless the plugin you require is very niche in it’s functionality you will find there are often multiple (even dozens) of plugins available.

 

 

1. Contact Form 7 (Takayuki Miyoshi)

Active installations: 5+ million.

Download link: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

Have you ever seen a website without a contact form? Maybe back in 1998 but not now.

Contact forms are the staple for allowing your customers to contact you through your website.

There are so many plugins available on WordPress to choose from it’s almost overwhelming. Which one do you choose?

We recommend Contact Form 7. It doesn’t have a flashy name or logo. It also makes us think what happened to the other 6?

Contact Form 7 allows you to build an almost endless array of contact forms.

 

2. Autoptimize (Frank Goossens)

Active installations: 1+ million.

Download link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/autoptimize/

When looking to improve the speed of your website there are a multitude of options available; especially for WordPress users.

The autoptimize plugin helps you on your way web speed mastery. It comes with a mind boggling array of options for optimizing, squishing and speeding up your website.

One of the main features of the plugin is to concatenate and minify all of  javascript and CSS files. The result is few queries for your server and an ultimately quick loading website.

We really recommend to test this on your development website or contact a professional (us!) as things can get messy when meddling with scripts.

 

3. MailChimp For WordPress – MC4WP (ibericode)

Active installations: 1+ million.

Download link: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/mailchimp-for-wp/

If you’ve ever ordered a product or service off the internet you’ll probably know what an email is. Yes, those pesky things that find their way into your inbox (sometimes uninvited).

Email marketing is and always has been an effective way to communicate with your customers. Building an email list and managing it has never been easier.

Thanks to MC4WP you can do this on WordPress too! Easily manage campaigns, setup subscriber forms and much more.

Once you have a MailChimp accounts you can measure all that valuable data like: email open rate, engagement metrics and much more.

 

4. Rank Math WordPress SEO Plugin (Rank Math)

Active installations: 100,000+.

Download link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/seo-by-rank-math/

If you want to get noticed by Google and the other big boys (who doesn’t?) you’ll need to optimize your WordPress website for SEO.

There are many solutions available for improving your WordPress SEO.

We’ve chosen to go with RankMath, which is a relatively new plugin for the SEO scene.

Upon installation the wizard will guide you through the first steps into pushing your website through the search rankings.

From there you can really go in depth and improve your SEO scores.

Rank Math allows you to edit meta and title snippets, update your structured schema data, improve your social pins and much more.

You’d be silly not to install this on your WordPress website.

 

5. Smush – Compress, Optimize and Lazy Load Images (WPMU DEV)

Active installations: 1+ million.

Download link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smushit/

Whilst we’re still on the topic of website speed optimizing it would be a good idea to checkout Smush.

High quality imagery is notorious for becoming large in size and making your website sluggish. We’d recommend you cut down your image sizes as the first port of call for your optimizing adventure.

Smush has loads of cool features, including bulk Smush. Simply let it run and optimize all of the images in your media library.

Yes, there are some limitations with the free version (such as not compressing your images as much as the pro version).

The plugin does an excellent job at compressing your images and helping to speed up your website.

 

6. WooCommerce (Automattic)

Active installations: 5+ million.

Download link: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce/

WooCommerce is arguably one of the most popular and powerful WordPress plugins there is.

This should be your first action when looking to create a powerful and versatile online shop, with WordPress.

The plugin has a handy wizard for taking you through the first steps.

After that it’s up to you. The plugin itself can take a while to setup, due to the huge  number of options (most of which you will want to check out).

You can add and customize products, customize your basket and checkout, select multiple payment options and so much more.

It can get difficult and require custom coding to get things exactly as you like so we recommend contacting a suitable developer to help you.

 

That’s it.

So there you have it. 6 Awesome WordPress plugins to wrap your brain around.

There are so many great plugins that it was hard to compile this short list.

Which plugins do you like to use and why? Let us know in the comments.

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