Must have WordPress plugins

Plugins are a set of software functions that add bespoke value to a WordPress website. They are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. Examples of WordPress plugins include options that can optimise your website, build forms, improve images and create on the fly redirects. Here are 5 of the best picks in our humble opinion.

  1. Yoast

There are now any SEO plugins that you can install, but Yoast is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. Yoast is a highly user-friendly plugin that boasts a traffic light system to help you to get your pages to green.Its functions enable you to improve meta data, set up canonicals for duplicate content, customise the breadcrumb and submit XML sitemaps.

Yoast has been designed for webmasters to maximise their SEO efforts, to please both users and search engine spiders alike.

  1. W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache increases website performance, reducing download times and improving page load speed.

W3 Total Cache is streets ahead of other web host agnostic WordPress Performance Optimisation (WPO) frameworks, with over 1 million active installs. It is used by Matt Cutts (former Head of Web Spam at Google) on his website and on Mashable’s site. It is simple to use and is recommended by web developers and web hosts.

  1. WP Forms

WP Forms contact form plugin has been designed for the beginner. It gives users the ability to quickly create attractive contact forms and a plethora of other nifty forms, including subscription forms and payment forms.

WP Forms is fully mobile responsive, meaning your forms will look great, regardless of the device they are viewed on.

  1. Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery is the leading WordPress photo gallery plugin. Its functionality gives you the capability of creating mobile-responsive image galleries in WordPress, in a very uncomplicated way.

Envira is takes load speed into consideration, meaning you don’t need to worry about content slowing things down. It has an array of features, including albums, watermarking and tagging.

  1. Shared Counts

A social media plugin is a recommended option in your armoury of plugins. Shared Counts enables you to display your social media statistic (likes, follows, shares etc) on your site. It does this via an API, integrated with the top social media platforms, such as Facebook, twitter, Pinterest etc.

This handy plugin is one of the fastest on the market, showing stats in real time. It’s flexible in terms of which stats you want to display and helps to showcase your brand’s credibility.

Need help with your WordPress plugins? Whitefish Marketing, an SEO agency in Kent, work with businesses in the south east to improve their website’s performance. Call us on 01303 720 288.

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