Must-Have WordPress Plugins and Tools
January 4, 2021 / Web Design
Looking to up-level your WordPress website this year? There is a vast array of WordPress plugins and tools available, which can be overwhelming for a small business. Having the right plugins and tools in place can help you manage your website and grow your business. As WordPress designers, we have tested and used dozens of plugins over the years, narrowing down what we believe are the most crucial for all businesses. Today, we are sharing the winners with you!
Keep reading for the must-have WordPress plugins and tools.
It is likely that your website utilizes one (or more!) forms to gather information from your customers and potential customers. There are a lot of options available for creating these forms, and your theme might even come with its own option. While there are several form plugins that we use, our favorite is Gravity Forms. This plugin allows you to build basic forms (think Contact Us) and complex, unique forms with the ease of a drag-and-drop builder.
MonsterInsights is the best Google Analytics plugins that we have found! It allows you to connect your website analytics via this easy to navigate plugin, displaying in the dashboard every time your login. This plugin has a free option and a more robust paid option, if you want more detailed reports.
Over the years, we have used several different SEO plugins, but we always find ourselves gravitating towards Yoast SEO for our client sites. This plugin offers the most comphrensive solution for not-experts, providing you the guidance you need to improve your on-page SEO efforts.
WooCommerce is the best e-commerce platform for WordPress-built websites. WooCommerce now powers over 5 million e-commerce sites across the web, making it the most popular and trusted WordPress e-commerce platform. With the dozens of extensions that can be added, WooCommerce allows you to create a powerful online store with ease.
An important comment of managing and maintaining your website, is security. Sucuri is a security plugin, that provides a free version and paid option, offering comprehensive security for your WordPress site. It is crucial to install some security measures on your site, and this is our top recommendation. This plugin offers: file integrity monitoring to track file changes, remote malware scanning, blacklist monitoring, security activity auditing, and security notifications.
Not a web designer or developer? No problem! This drag-and-drop WordPress plugin allows you to create and design a website that works for you. The free version will allow you to build a basic site, however, the Premium paid Visual Composer gives you access to the Theme Builder, which gives you a lot more freedom and control.