Top 10 Best Plugins for Wordpress
As you probably know, one of the more popular web development software platforms/Content Management Systems is Wordpress. I don't know the percentage of sites that are built on the Wordpress platform, but suffice it to say, it's pretty high.
One of the reasons Wordpress is so popular is because of the additional functionality you can add to your site with the click of a button. Plugins, widgets, and other tools give you great flexibility and the ability to do some pretty cool stuff.
In this post I want to talk about the top 10 best plugins for Wordpress.
Top 10 Best Plugins for Wordpress
Although there are plugins for virtually any function you can think of, I want to focus this article on plugins that will help you market your website and business better. In no particular order...
- Yoast WordPress SEO. Yoast is by far the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress. Yoast helps you optimize all of your content for specific keywords, telling you how well-optimized each page and post is and what you can do to improve upon it. Yoast also lets you set optional meta information, such as meta titles and meta descriptions. Even if you only know the very basics of SEO, Yoast can still help.
- OptinMonster. OptinMonster is a full suite dedicated to lead generation. If you want to collect information from your customers, this plugin is a very easy way to do it. Create lead capture forms, test out different lead capture techniques, prompt users that may be considering leaving, and create discount offers -- all in a single plugin.
- W3 Total Cache. Speed is absolutely essential to a website. The slower your website is, the more likely visitors are to simply leave, frustrated. W3 Total Cache improves the performance of your website by saving low-resource "copies" of the site rather than generating your site each time someone visits. These copies are served quickly to viewers so that they don't have to wait.
- Floating Social Bar. If you want social integration, your visitors have to be able to see your social links. A floating social bar can be docked on any side of the screen to make sure that visitors always have the option of connecting with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other popular social media platforms. The Floating Social Bar works with any template and increases engagement.
- WP Social. WP Social is an SEO Booster that connects your website to social signals such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google. A social optimizing plugin, WP Social . WP Social can also be integrated with a social review engine, social member block, and the WP Social Traffic Blaster.
- YARPP. YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin) is a plugin that will display related posts on individual posts. Related posts increase engagement: they show the visitor other information that they may be interested in. Though there are other related posts functions (some built into WordPress), YARPP distinguishes itself by being highly customizable, so you can choose what types of content are shown.
- Google XML Sitemaps. This simple plugin does one thing -- but it's a critical thing. Google XML Sitemaps creates a full map of all of the pages on your site, so that Google knows how to index your pages. Sitemaps make the process of uploading the content of your site (especially brand new websites) to search engines much faster.
- Nelio A/B Testing. Nelio allows for split testing of your website. You can have two versions of your website and test between them, identifying whether or not one performs substantially better than the other. You can test small things, such as title changes, and larger things, such as complete layout differences. A/B testing is the best way to optimize a site for the best performance.
- WPtouch. Many users today are mobile. WPtouch enables touch functionality for websites, so that users are able to properly view a website on their smartphone or tablet device. WPtouch works well with responsive designs, allowing users to use their intuitive, touch-based controls with a mobile-friendly GUI.
- Broken Link Checker. Running a Broken Link Checker plugin as a part of a regular maintenance task is essential if you want a high ranking website. Broken links often indicate poor quality sites, and links can break at any time: if you're linking out to other sites on a regular basis, those sites may go down or pull their articles. The Broken Link Checker will tell you whether links have gone down, letting you replace them with alternative resources.
There are countless WordPress plugins out there, but don't forget that each additional plugin will also tax your system. Try to only install the plugins that you need -- otherwise you could end up with a sluggish or poorly performing website.
In my opinion these are some of the best plugins for Wordpress. I hope you found this list of plugins useful and will try them out on your own site!