8 Essential WordPress Plugins 2017.
While WordPress offers a ton of features and flexibility, there is still a lot of functionality missing and is lot left to be desired for from the core wordpress software. The best way to fill in the missing pieces, of course, is to get yourself the right wordpress plugin.
WordPress plugins offer all kinds of customisation for site admins, however, with almost 40,000 options to choose from it the WordPress Plugin Directory, not to mention all the premium products available,it can be impossible to sort the good one’s from the bad. Moreover most of the plugins try to do the same job in various different ways.
So here’s a collection of some of the premium must-haves, the WordPress plugins that can help take your site from good to great. I’ve included options for everything from caching the image to security and membership.
If you are reading this then you must understand the importance of SEO i.e getting more traffic from search queries in Google or any other search engines.
Utilizing keywords properly in titles, headings, subheadings, and throughout the content body can be challenging for even experienced content creators.
With WordPress SEO by Yoast you don’t have to remember all the details because Yoast rates your content using simple tables that show you how to optimize your content.
This is a must have plugin that can help novice users learn some key aspects of SEO.
Our favorite feature is the preview of what your post will look like on Google.
I think there has not been a single day without web security being highlighted in news this year. From wannaaCry hack of NHS and other major orgs to leaked data from credit Agencies. If you are running a website then it is extremely important to protect your website.
This is a must have plugin. Attacks on blogs have become more frequent so there’s never been a better time to beef up your website’s security with the iThemes Security plugin.
This plugin was formerly on our WordPress Plugins for 2015 list, but it was called Better WP Security. The name may have changed but the plugin has the same great features including 30+ ways to secure and protect a WordPress site.
WordPress can make make many things easier in regards to creating a website for not an avid developer but if you want to create a aesome user interface and add that etc functionality or best looking feature to your site then this is where elementor really shines.
Elementor stormed onto the page builder scene in mid-2016. Their claim to fame? One of the best free visual page builders, as well as detailed control over every single element on your pages.
And because you might not want to start from scratch every single time, Elementor also includes some beautiful pre-built page templates.
Originally, there was just the free version. Now, Pojo has released Elementor Pro, which offers some truly unique functionality.
First off, it includes a visual form builder. That means you can create forms right in the visual page builder interface. You can either create regular contact forms or email opt-in forms that connect to MailChimp or MailPoet. Other external email marketing services can be connected using Zapier webhooks.
The Pro version also includes post grid widgets which make it easy to display both standard WordPress posts, as well as any custom post types that you may be using.
And it also includes this really interesting Embed Anywhere feature that lets you embed Elementor layouts anywhere in your site (sidebar, footer, and more!). You can do this either with shortcodes or widgets.
Overall, you can tell from Elementor’s feature list that they’re not trying to be just another page builder. Instead, Elementor is focused on offering features that truly set it apart from its competition.
Price: Pro version starts at $49 for a single-site license.
Gravity Forms is a paid contact form plugin that has all the advanced functionality one can ask for.
Gravity Forms is a powerful contact form plugin for WordPress.
With the help of additional add-ons, Gravity Forms can be used to create surveys, quiz, user submitted content, and even web directory.
It comes with premium support options like FAQs, knowledge base, forums, and email support. This means that help is available when you need it.
Gravity forms does not have a free version, so it can be a bit expensive than other WordPress contact form plugins. However, if you are using it on multiple sites and projects, then the cost should not be a big deal.
WPBeginner users can use this Gravity Forms coupon that will give you 25% off.
Restrict Content Pro is a complete membership and premium content manager plugin for WordPress. Create an unlimited number of memberships levels, including free, trial and premium. Manage members and their subscriptions, track payments, offer discounts with a complete discount code system, and provide premium, members-only content to your subscribers.
With multiple methods of restricting content, you will find it quite simple to restrict entire posts / pages or just portions of them. Want to show content to premium users only? No problem. Want to show content to non-registered users only (such as a signup form)? No problem. Want to show content to non-registered users and non-premium users? This is simple too.
We have WP Rocket on our list of best WordPress cache plugins. It is feature-rich yet simple to use. Even better, this plugin launches upon its activation and provide immediate results. However, this feature-rich cache plugin does not come for free like others in the list. But here’s the best news, according to the benchmarking test done by Swedish Marketing expert Philip Blomsterberg, WP Rocket is the fastest option on the market at the time the test was completed.
* Static file compression.
* Immediate page caching activation.
* Simple and user-friendly interface.
* Page caching is immediately activated.
* Lazy image loading (prevents unloaded images from being stored).
* It is not free.
* Simple, fast and intuitive setup.
* One of the fastest caching plugin in the market.
* CloudFlare integration.
* Quick tech support.
Price: $39 ( single site)
Now using the above plugins, you have created a awesome wordpress site, protected it from hacks but just in case if something goes wrong then you can always revert your wordpress site back to its previous state from your saved backups. Wait …what ? Don’t have a backup…..Well its not great to be in that situation and backing up your wordpress site should be as natural as ..walking.
Creating regular WordPress backups is the best thing you can do for your website. Backups give you peace of mind and can save you in catastrophic situations when your site gets hacked or you accidentally lock yourself out. There are several free and paid backup plugins for WordPress, and most of them are fairly easy to use.
Important: Many WordPress hosting providers offer limited backup services, but please remember that it is your responsibility to backup your website on your own. Do not rely solely on your hosting provider for backups.
If you are not already backing up your site, then you should pick one of Backupbuddy.
BackupBuddy is the most popular premium WordPress backup plugin. It allows you to easily schedule daily, weekly, or monthly backups. It can also automatically store your backups in Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, Stash (their cloud service), and even email it to yourself.
If you use their Stash service, then you also have the ability to do real-time backups.
The biggest advantage of using BackupBuddy is that it is not a subscription based service, so there is no monthly fee. You can use the plugin on the number of sites mentioned in your plan. You also get access to premium support forums, regular updates, and 1GB of cloud storage to store your backups.
You can even use BackupBuddy to duplicate, migrate and restore websites.
So far, we installed awesome wordpress plugins, to create visually appeasing layouts with elementor, Protected it from Hacks with IthemesSecurity Pro , backed it up just in case ,Optimised all our content with Yoast SEO and made it faster with WPRocket WordPress Plugin and now our hard work is being paid off and there are lot of visitors coming to our site but not many sales ….well we will need to analyse our visitor traffic to see where we are going wrong or to modify so we can make our wordpress site better to get more sales.
MonsterInsights is the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. It allows you to connect your website with Google Analytics, so you can learn more about your website visitors such as where are they coming from and what are they doing on your website.
You can then optimize your site accordingly to improve your earnings. We have detailed guides on how to install Google Analytics in WordPress and how to use Google Analytics.
MonsterInsights also has a free version. If you would like to take advantage of the advanced features, then you should get the Pro version. Use this MonsterInsights coupon to get 10% off your purchase.