With the right suite of plugins built into your backend, you can significantly (and instantly) enhance your site's functionality, usability and productivity for yourself and your viewers alike.
Nonetheless, with the countless choices available to the average webmaster, the challenge of finding the right plugins for WordPress can feel almost impossible.
After all, turning your once beautiful and elegant website into a jumbled mess of incomprehensible code, wonky themes and broken features takes only one janky line of code or installation gone awry.
But don't worry. I have done all of the heavy lifting for you, installing and reviewing countless Wordpress Plugins to determine once and for all which ones are worth your time and which ones aren’t. So here is the list :
1. Contact Form 7
If you need a plugin to build and handle multiple contact forms easily, use reCaptcha verification and make sure all spammy submissions are filtered out with Askimet (more about them in a second), then Contact Form 7 is the last WordPress plugin you'll ever need.
This simple plugin helps you to skip all the extra coding so you can easily build and publish beautiful contact forms that will blow up your inbox from your users.
With more than 5 million active installs, 1,100 5-star ratings and the low price of completely free, we can guarantee you that nowhere on the interwebs you can find a better communication type plugin.
2. Yoast SEO
When it comes to improving the on-page search engine, few plugins will shine a candle to Yoast SEO's effectiveness and features.
The Yoast plugin will direct you step by step through the process of optimizing your new content for the search engines, assuming you have already conducted basic keyword study.
From the density of your target keyword to optimizing your title and h2 tags, to basic readability and metadata, Yoast SEO allows on-page search engine optimization so easy that a caveman can do it.
3. Akismet Anti-Spam
Akismet Anti-Spam is the only plugin you would need to keep the spammers at bay and protect your site's long-term integrity.The plugin reviews and filters every comment posted on your website, giving each one a status history so you can decide the comments Askimet or the moderator considers spammy.
You will have the option to display the number of comments accepted for each account, look at the URLs in the body of comments, and delete any less-than-useful links you might find.
Better part? Askimet is free to download and use pennies on the dollar on all personal sites and the premium edition, which helps you to keep your site beautiful and spam-free regardless of budget.
WooCommerce is the all-in-one open source eCommerce platform for WordPress webmasters for those of you who have chosen to take a much less traditional path for their eCommerce journeys (a.k.a. not using Shopify).
With a multitude of plugins, extensions and customizations built into the platform, WooCommerce makes it easier than ever before to sell on your WordPress account.
From their abundance of themes (all of which come with unrestricted customization) to the ability to sell physical, digital, and affiliate products, to the countless conversion optimization tools, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a single plugin that can match WooCommerce in terms of usability or price (just $12.95/month for their most advanced package).
5. TinyMCE Advanced
If you have ever wanted to track your website's real-time traffic data without logging in and going to the Google Analytics website, then the plugin you've been looking for is Google Analytics Dashboard for WP.
This easy free-to-use plugin allows you to add, delete and rearrange the buttons shown in the Visual Editor toolbar, enabling you to customize up to four rows of buttons including (but definitely not limited to) font sizes, font families, text / background colors, tables, and more.
With the click of a button, TinyMCE allows you to dramatically streamline and simplify your backend WordPress experience, meaning that you can focus on what you do best and leave all of the“button searching” behind you.