There is a wealth of WordPress plugins available ranging from the surprisingly sloppy right through to the downright supersonic! While Umbraco remains our CMS of choice in the main, we are on top of our game when it comes to WordPress too.
Rather than telling you the many thousands of woeful WordPress plugins not to use, we thought we’d make ourselves useful and pick out the 8 wonderful WordPress plugins we wouldn’t do without.
Whether you’re new to WP or climbing your way up the divisions towards the top tier, we hope you’ll find our selections useful.
Flamingo is a pretty little plugin we use in conjunction with Contact Form 7 (see below). It allows you to see who’s filled in your contact forms on your website and what messages they’ve sent.
While we track contact form conversions in Google Analytics, it’s nice to be able to assess the relevance and type of enquiries our clients are getting through Flamingo and get a bit more meat on the bones.
Contact Form 7
Can you guess what Contact Form 7 does? Adding and managing contact forms on a website shouldn’t be a complicated process, and with Contact Form 7, it isn’t.
Contact Form 7 has over 1 million active installs and provides a hassle-free, flexible way to deliver contact forms that are functional and include spam filtering.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
I put this one third on the list, but as an online marketer, it’s actually my favourite! As my career has progressed I’ve always used Yoast for SEO. It’s simple to use, full of great features and it works.
One thing that’s particularly useful for SEO newbies is the way it tells you when your meta titles and descriptions are too long and likely to be cut off when displayed in Google. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, discover more below.
Hands up if you like spam! No, didn’t think so. Akismet has been an anti-spam warrior plugin for the last 10 years. When you’ve put the time and effort writing a great blog post and added it to your website, you don’t really want spam comments such as “Buy cheap whatever” appearing for all and sundry to see.
You’ve got better things to be doing with your time than deleting spam comments from your blog, so click on the solution below.
Ninja Forms is a plugin to be enjoyed by all. It doesn’t matter if you have no coding experience, you can still create forms for your website with great ease and place them wherever you like.
It’s a free plugin and comes with built-in spam protection options so you can avoid having your time wasted. That’s only part of the appeal, find out more below.
Advanced Custom Fields
The clue as to what this plugin does is in the name. Yes, it allows developers and content folks to organise web pages easily within the back-end of WordPress by creating custom fields to place things in.
There are free and pro versions available depending on your needs. Take a look to see the full range of features.
This particular plugin is billed as “The easiest, fastest, most light-weight WordPress cache plugin available”. And we agree.
It’s quick and easy to set up and will serve up the pages on your site like a hare rather than a tortoise.
“You say you want a revolution?” Whatever, let’s tell you about this slider plugin. It costs $18 and it worth every penny (or cent). It’s definitely one for developers due to the number of functions and customisation it can handle.
It’s ideal for ecommerce sites showing off product categories, displaying photographs, videos and an abundance of other uses (yes, really). Take a wee peek for yourself.
So there you have them, eight of our favourite WordPress plugins for your delectation. Here they are again in list format (in case you like lists):
- Contact Form 7
- WordPress SEO
- Ninja Forms
- Advanced Custom Fields
- Revolution Slider