When building WordPress sites, many of our clients want to know which plugins they should include. Thanks to plugins, you can improve the performance of your site and increase its functionality without having to know code. However, having too many plugins on your site can have a negative impact, so it’s important to carefully balance the pros and cons to each one.
To help you out, we’ve listed some of our favorite WordPress plugins for 2018 and why they can make a great addition to your site.
We love Yoast SEO because it optimizes content and improves websites as a whole. The plugin focuses on the technical aspects of SEO and makes simple suggestions based on it. When posting content, you also get previews and readability checks for better optimization.
Websites that are fast and optimized will rank higher in the search results, resulting in more traffic and lead opportunities. Knowing this, it’s a good idea to have a plugin to reduce server load. The W3 Total Cache plugin serves compressed and cached files to visitors and increases site speed as a result.
OptinMonster is the most popular software for conversion optimization rate. Rather than letting web visitors leave your site, the software converts web visitors into subscribers. By installing the plugin, you can create different types of campaigns such as WordPress popup forms, slide-ins, floating header and footer bars and more.
WPForms lets you create contact forms, order forms, payment forms, email subscriber forms, etc. using a drag-and-drop template builder. The plugin is easy and powerful, and all forms are 100% responsive, meaning that they look great on all devices. Create yours in just minutes – not hours.
Arguably the best WordPress plugin for Google Analytics, MonsterInsights lets you connect your website to Analytics. This way, you can learn more about your visitors, where they’re coming from and what they’re doing. Based on this information, you can optimize your site to cater to your audience.
BackupBuddy provides you with a reliable backup system in case of a hardware failure or attack. We recommend a backup plugin for all websites, so if you don’t choose BackupBuddy, choose another one. BackupBuddy is a personal favorite because it’s reliable and protects your site against malware, deleted files, hacks, user errors and server crashes.
Security continues to be a big factor for web owners. Fortunately, tools like Sucuri will help keep your site protected. Sucuri offers firewall protection with its premium version, but all other features are included with the free version. By installing this plugin, you get free malware scanning, blacklist monitoring, post-hack security actions, security notifications and more.
Like what you read? Call Magna Technology and find out how you can have these plugins installed correctly on your website.