My top 12 WordPress Plugins and why I wouldn’t be without them
Last week I wrote all about which website platform to use for your website. Of the 3 I recommended, WordPress.org is the one I choose to use for my business and the majority of client website builds that we do as a company, for those that want the flexibility of a website that can grow with them as a business. So, I thought it would be useful to share with you my favourite WordPress plugins.
(PS Before I begin; some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. I am recommending them because I know they are good and I use them in my own business (unless otherwise stated))
Here are my top 12 WordPress Plugins:
WP Maintenance mode
As soon as I install WordPress, this is the very first plugin I install. It allows me to set up a message to say “we’re sorry, this website is in maintenance mode” or something along those lines, while I do the build. It’s also good for times when you want to update the plugins, or change something, and you want to take your website offline for a little while.
I would not recommend doing this a lot. But, Google reportedly does not like error messages. So, when you’re updating, or making changes to your account, it’s better that people can see it’s in maintenance mode than to have an error message and appear broken (or see something crazy & half finished).
Every good website needs good SEO. Yoast makes SEO planning easy, so you’ll be definitely wanting to install Yoast (or another comparable product).
AddToAny Share Buttons
These are sticky buttons that sit along the left of your website and make it super easy for people to share your content. Definitely, a smart move if you want to encourage people to share your content.
Thrive Leads is my favourite way to collect leads on your website. It connects with all major mail automation providers such as MailChimp, Mailerlite, Active Campaign, Convertkit etc. Thrive Leads is a paid plugin, but, if you have a business website it is well worth the investment. It helped me take my newsletter signups from 1-3 per month to approx 150 per month. Worth.it.
This is another paid plugin that can add a lot of value to your website. It enables you to set up widgets that will only show on certain pages or posts. Valuable in situations where you want to advertise a similar/complementary service or product to one that they are viewing. Or an upsell.
I also use it to have different widget bars for my logged in members than my general readers, to offer them short links to their courses and members-only Facebook groups.
If you go with my recommendation of Themify as your WordPress Theme, I would recommend the following Themify Builder plugins:
- Builder contact – makes a nice contact form for your contact us page
- Builder woo commerce – gives you more style options for your online shop (if relevant)
- Builder infinite posts – gives you way more style options for your blog post displays.
There are so many more awesome Themify plugins, but those are the main 3 I use.
If you want to make it easy to duplicate things in your website, this is a great plugin to install. Once installed you can quickly use a button to duplicate pages, blog posts and product listings. This makes it easy to set up a template to use for multiple things.
Tracking Code manager
A super easy way to install things like your Facebook Pixel, Google Analytics and more
One thing Google doesn’t like is 404 and 301 redirects. They can really harm your ranking. With this plugin, it will tell you of any broken pages and you can set up redirects for them. Very useful.
If you are wanting to set up an online shop, Woo Commerce is really easy to setup and use. There are many additional plugins that can optimise the experience of your users and your administration too.
There are loads more plugins that I love, but these are the main ones that I’d recommend for almost all sites, that you may find useful to investigate.
Let me know in the comments what your favourite plugins are.
About the author:
Kat Soper is the Founder and Head Trainer of The Helpful Academy Online Business School.
Kat is passionate about helping start-ups and small businesses succeed and achieve their business goals so that they can achieve the lifestyle they desire (and deserve).