There are loads of programs and wordpres plugins out there these days that make it super easy to build a website however WordPress is my absolute favourite. It may not be as simple as say Wix or Shopify but it is highly customisable and once you get the hang of it, it really is easy. WordPress Plugins make it even easier and in this article I will be sharing my top 5 favourite WordPress plugins with you.
So what is a wordpress plugin anyway?
To improve the functionality as well as the user experience of a WordPress website, they have plugins. Plugins are pieces of code or mini programs that offer additional functionality when added to a basic WordPress site.
The whole idea behind the use of plugins is to enable a customised user experience. If every website had every feature they would be extremely slow to load which results in customers getting bored and bouncing off the site. We have short attention spans these days! Plugins enable you to pick and choose which features your unique website needs and who doesn’t love a tailored customer experience.
There are some plugins however, that are beneficial to almost every kind of website and these are my top 5:
1. WordPress Plugin – Yoast SEO
WordPress in itself was made to be an SEO-friendly platform. That being said, it is still advisable to add this plugin. There are numerous websites competing for visibility on the first page of search engines and we want yours to be right up there! Yoast SEO is my personal favourite in supporting you to make this happen. Created in 2010 and formerly known as WordPress SEO, it has always ranked among the top options for search engine optimisation. The statistics of this plugin speak for themselves – with 13 million + active installations and the number of daily downloads reaching a whopping 150,000 at the time of writing!
2. WordPress Plugin – Sucuri security
Whatever business you are operating, a security plugin should definitely be on your list. Even the smallest of businesses have their websites attacked by hackers and we don’t want that to happen to you. There are a variety of actions a WordPress website owner can do to prevent attacks, and one of these is to get a security plugin. Sucuri security is one of the most popular. It provides advanced DDoS protection with different layers of SSL certificates (meaning it protects your stuff well!)
Even the free version provides lots of useful tools such as DNS level firewall services that are easy to set up. Extra bonus points is that it also offers to clean up your WordPress website at no additional cost if it has already been affected by malware.
3. WordPress Plugin – Woocommerce
If you have an eCommerce site, you surely know of Woocommerce. Woocommerce is the industry leader in eCommerce plugins for WordPress. Whether you’re someone with advanced coding skills or someone who is from a non-tech background, Woocommerce is the plugin for you. You can utilise the most basic form or further customise it to suit your needs. It comes along with built-in payments for some of the top payment gateways and also allows extensions for most of the remaining ones.
4. WordPress Plugin – Jetpack
Jetpack is a single plugin that can help you eliminate at least 10 other plugins from your blog or website. I do love efficiency! With the help of Jetpack, you can simplify your website experience. Some of the many features that this plugin offers are:
- View a sequential list of changes and updates made to your site
- Customisation without the need to code
- Schedule social media promotion
5. WordPress Plugin – Nivo Slider
Nivo Slider is a jquery image slider plugin which has over 3,000,000 downloads listed to date. The design of a website home page is crucial in grabbing your customer’s attention. What they see immediately on hitting your website needs to capture their attention in order to keep them on the website and to encourage them to explore further. Having a slideshow at the top of your home page can help you do this and Nivo Slider is one of the best. Its ease of use is remarkable and using it won’t cost you a dime.
These are some of the plugins that I have used across many websites I have built and used in my own business. been religiously using. I’m sure you would find these useful too.
Do you use any of the plugins mentioned here? What are your top 5 picks? Let me know in the comments below!