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10 great WordPress plugins

WordPress has revolutionised the world of web design and now almost all of us can have a functional website up and running, with minimal fuss. If you don’t want the trouble, there are a whole host of web designers out there that have increased their productivity with WordPress, which results in lower prices.

Once your site is live you can add all kinds of plugins to make it work even better. Here are some of our favourites:

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

There is a reason why you see this on almost every list of favourite plugins. It adds titles and descriptions to articles and will highlight where you haven’t used your keywords, so you can make your copy more effective.

2. W3 Total Cache

Your site’s load speed is a critical part of the SEO process, so this simple plugin that compresses the page and images will help you climb the Google ranks without doing a single major thing.

3. Optin Monster

This plugin helps you build your subscriber base with stunning opt-in forms that pop-up at the right time, including when the subscriber is about to leave the site.

4. Sucuri

When your website is hacked, it can cost you huge amounts of business and customer goodwill. It’s better to protect yourself, and this plugin is a solid guardian that even offers website recovery, should the worst happen.

5. Floating Social Bar

This stylish floating bar follows your content and makes it easy for your reader to share your story, without slowing down your website. Too many of these plugins is bad for your page load speed, but not this one.

6. Envira Gallery

There are thousands of gallery plugins, but this is one of the best. There is a free version that is good enough for most eventualities and it is light, effective and responsive.

7. Backup Buddy

Even if you have proper security, it is better to know that you have a proper backup of your site, especially if you’re migrating to a new domain. This plugin can help with a cloud-based back-up.

8. Gravity Forms

This stylish plugin helps build contact forms on your site without any stress, so you can leave your email address out of the public domain. It can also provide online surveys, user submitted posts and more.

9. WPTouch

This plugin takes your site’s mobile display to a whole other level. It comes with support for eCommerce, custom content, mobile-specific advertising and more.

10. Tablepress

This is such a simple plugin that makes your site look so much slicker. Creating a table used to be a nightmare, but with this simple plugin it is the work of a moment.


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