WordPress is a great platform for both developers and content writers. The plugins aspect of WordPress is just another string to its bow of great features.
We have put together this list of the top 5 plugins you should without a doubt be using on your WordPress website.
1. Yoast SEO
The absolute daddy of SEO plugins. Yoast SEO has been around for a long time now and is a great plugin to use to give you greater visibility over how you can improve your content for search engines such as Google. While the free plugin is enough to get you going with a single keyword to focus on each page, the premium version gives you the ability to add more keywords.
Let’s not forget that as well as search engine optimisation, it also optimises your site for social sharing using “OG tags”.
Wordfence is great for detecting malware and identifying files that may have been compromised on existing WordPress sites, but it also has built-in protection against brute force attacks as well as a number of other attacks that could be carried out on your WordPress site. With a constantly updating Threat Defense Feed, Wordfence ultimately prevents your website from being hacked.
3. Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)
If you’re developing with WordPress and you’re not using Advanced Custom Fields, you are doing it wrong. ACF brings a whole load of great new options to extend the WordPress built-in custom fields including select fields, image fields, colour pickers, and with the pro version you can get repeating fields and a great way of building out page layouts with the flexible content field. A must have for any WordPress developer.
4. W3 Cache
Caching is a crucial step toward the performance of your website. While there are other plugins that do website caching, we chose this as the best purely for the number of options available. When used properly, this beast of a plugin can give you a HUGE speed boost over its competitors.
5. Contact Form 7
Contact forms are a must on any website. That’s where Contact 7 comes into play. It’s a super easy way of getting contact forms into your WordPress website. There are a number of extension plugins for Contact 7 for a number of different uses which is great if the default Contact 7 fields don’t quite do what you need.
These are many other alternatives to the above plugins on the WordPress plugin directory but the above are the best at what they set out to do in our opinion. If you need help with your WordPress website or would just like some free advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch.