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    From Advanced Custom Fields, Yoast to Responsive menu, these WordPress plugins make your website super functional, SEO optimized, responsive and quick to load which lead to an improved user experience.)

    Did you know? WordPress has more than 21,000 plugins (and counting) to choose from.

     

    Whether you want to improve SEO, limit login attempts, decrease load time or add spam filters or need social media sharing plugins, there is a plugin for every function required to control and manage a website. Some plugins are paid while some are free and open-source. However, you don’t need all of the plugins available at WordPress. Make sure to choose the right set of tools that go well with your website. Here is a compilation of the must have plugins for every website.

     

    Advanced Custom Fields:

    Want to take control of your WordPress edit screens and custom field data? Here comes Advanced Custom Fields plugin!

     

    With the help of this plugin, you can easily and quickly add fields on demand to WP edit screens with few clicks. Plus, it lets you add fields anywhere across posts, media, comments, taxonomy terms and custom option pages. Another benefit is that you can load and show your custom filed values in various theme template file. Available as both free version and pro version, it is installed on more than one million websites and got five star ratings.

     

    Yoast:

    The tagline of Yoast reads: “SEO for Everyone”

     

    Yeah, that’s right. Yoast makes SEO easier for everyone, including beginners and non-technical person. It helps you know if your page titles, description, URLs and content are properly optimized for a search engine.

     

    Here’s how…

    • It lets you create the “focus keywords” and checks if you have used them throughout your blog, title and metatags.
    • It checks if your posts, meta tags and description are long enough.
    • It checks if you have used alt tags or keywords in images.
    • It analyzes your content for subheadings.

     

    In this way, Yoast plug is an “all-in-one” SEO tool for your website.

     

    W3 Total Cache:

    Page load time is important for any website to retain the visitors. This is why you need to work over the speed of your pages. And W3 Total Chache plugin can help you in that. It minimizes download times, increases website performance and caching every aspect of ther site, thereby improving user experience with a website. This plugin is used by several popular websites like Mashable.com, WPegginner.com, lockergnome.com and millions of others.

     

    Below are some striking benefits of W3 Total Cache:

    • Reducing page load time.
    • Improving web server performance and sustaining high traffic periods.
    • Saving up to 80% of bandwidth via HTTP compression of CSS, JavaScript, HTML and feeds.

     

    It just makes your website run and load quickly!

     

    Contact Form 7:

    Contact Form 7 is yet another useful WordPress plugin which helps you add contact form to your website in easier steps. Besides, it lets you manage and customize multiple contact forms. Contact Form 7 is compatible with Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

     

    WooCommerce:

    WooCommerce is developed for both online store owners and developers. Being one of the popular e-commerce plugins, WooCommerce gives you flexibility and access to several free and premium WordPress extensions. That’s why it has been used in over 30% of all online stores, making it the most downloading plugin than any other platform.

     

    Let’s have a look over its key highlights:

    • Letting you sell anything in all shapes and size with product variations, multiple configurations and instant downloads. 
    • Available with bookings, memberships and recurring subscriptions features.
    • Providing real-time calculation, flat rate shipping and limiting your shipments to specific nations.
    • Compatible with all payment options, credit cards and bank transfers.
    • Letting you add your brand colours and theme.

     

    Sendpress:

    SendPress is a simple tool to create and edit newsletters. It also lets you import post content from your site and schedule newsletters to be delivered at stipulated time. It is available as both free version and pro version.

     

    This simple yet powerful newsletter plugin is equipped with the features like…

    • Easy to Use Editor
    • Email Tracking
    • Unlimited Subscribers
    • Security Auditions

     

    The pro-module of SendPress includes HTML templates, advanced reports, custom fields, bounce handling, and post notification. 

     

    Crelly Slider:

    Crelly Slider is a free and easy to use slider plugin. It supports various layers and lets you add images, YouTube/Vimeo video and animation with just simple “drag and drop” option. One more thing—you can animate each of the contents placed over your slider.

     

    Let’s see what makes it an amazing plug in for a website slider:

    • Creating all slides, from animated to videos
    • Free and open source
    • Completely responsive
    • Compatible with all browsers

     

    This way, Crelly Slider helps you make your website slider more attractive and even creative.

     

    Wordfence:

    With over 2 million downloads, Wordfence is one of the popular WP security plugins. It is free and open source security software which is “said” to be backed by a team dedicated to WP security.

     

    Wordfence comes with advanced security solutions like…

    • Firewall which blocks even sophisticated virus attacks.
    • Security scan to alert you quickly.
    • Threat Defence Feed to update Wordfence with the latest security data.
    • Keeping Tracking of Traffic and hack attempts.
    • Recovery Tools.

     

    Responsive Menu:

    Responsive Menu is an easy WordPress plug that lets you convert your menu into a mobile responsive one without requiring you coding knowledge. It has over 150 customizable options and a combination of over 22,500 options to choose from.

     

    However, its pro version has more striking features like…

    • Preview of the changes
    • Animation of the menu items
    • 15 buttons for animation effects
    • Wide range of colour opacity
    • Header bar
    • Touch gesture and keyboard commands
    • Font Icons
    • Multi lingual

     

    So these were the must have WordPress plugins for your website. With the help of these plugins, you can work over the important website’s aspects like SEO, load speed, security, and appearance, even there are some drag and drop page builder plugins of wordpress which ensures improved user experience and better performance of your website.

     

    Author Bio: Varun Sharma is a Digital Marketing Expert and director of the fastest growing digital agency in India KVR WebTech Pvt. Ltd.

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