People say, “The choice is in your hands” … and that is so true when it comes to WordPress.
Welcome to the world of WordPress that consists of 26,000+ plugins as we speak.
I bet we are spoilt with choice right?
With the above being said, plugins have their down side as well such as:
- Increasing website loading speed
- Malicious codes and creating security loop holes
- Creating multiple issues with your website due to incompatibility issues
I am sure you can think of a dozen more reasons right?
The right plugins play a huge role in a website especially helping users like us to solve task, scheduling actions and even to enrich our visitor’s experience.
With everything from URL mirroring to social share button to caching plugin and more covered, you’d be crazy not to take a look. Enjoy!
1. Thirsty Affiliate
This used to be a premium plugin but thanks to the recent changes in the company, Josh Kohlbach (founder) decided to make this a free plugin for all.
This plugin does a great job mirroring an ugly and unreadable URL to a pretty and clean one. Here’s an example:
Now tell me, which looks more compelling to you?
*p/s The core plugin is free but any additional add-ons requires a small fee. Devesh had written a great review on the plugin here.
2. Floating Sharing Bar
Honestly, I stumbled upon this plugin by accident. It was developed by the guys behind WPBeginner and this is one hell of a plugin.
It is easy to configure and it gets the job done … fast!
It doesn’t take long for you to configure the above and within minutes, the plugin is ready to use.
3. Digg Digg
Let’s assume you dislike the above plugin for some reasons. Don’t fuss! Here comes Digg Digg to the rescue!
This plugin offers huge varieties when it comes to setting and customization features.
Basically, you just need to set the following:
- Types of social share icons
- Floating or static icons
- Enable or disable lazy load features
- Floating positing to fit on your website
Do I need to tell you that this plugin is created by the guys behind Buffer?
4. Simple social icons
Are you envy of Brian Gardner’s cool looking social share icons? I certainly do!
He is using a plugin developed by a fellow Genesis user. Yup, it is called simple social icons.
All you need to do are:
- Key in your social media’s username or URL
- Choose the icon colours
- Choose the background colour
Once that is done, just head over to the widget area, hook it up at the right spot and you are all good to go.
Oh yes, this plugin also had an update recently that enables retina display looks on all the icons.
Pretty impressive right?
5. Contact Form 7
For those of you who are looking for some extra customization but doesn’t want to spend money on premium plugins like Gravity Forms, then Contact Form 7 is definitely a good choice.
It is easy to setup and users are able to create multiple forms. You can easily place the forms using the designated shortcodes on nearly anywhere on your website.
6. Yoast SEO
When it comes to SEO, Yoast SEO plugin is already a household brand. This plugin offers great mobility and customizations especially with on-page SEO.
This is one SEO plugin used by nearly every novice and professional bloggers around the world.
7. nRelate Content
This is one tool you need to use if you want to have those related articles showing up at the end of your post.
It offers great customization and end user controls such as the number of related content to show and the size of the thumbnails.
8. W3 Total Cache
If you are finding ways to reduce your website loading speed, then this is one plugin you can’t miss. With this plugin, you can easily minify and optimize your website without touching a single line of code.
9. Google XML Sitemap
Sitemap is important when it comes to SEO and you need to submit your latest sitemap to search engines as soon as possible.
With this plugin, a sitemap will automatically be created and all you need to do is to submit to Google and Bing Webmaster Tool.
10. Wysija Newsletters
Need a plugin to help you build an email list?
This plugin will make your life easier. You can setup various newsletters, signup forms and even multiple subscribers’ lists with it.
Even though this plugin doesn’t offer as much as flexibilities unlike the famous MailChimp and AWeber, it is still a very good plugin to use for beginners.
With more than 500,000 downloads on WordPress plugin store, you probably won’t go any wrong with this.
When it comes to doing a full database backup, there is no other plugins that come close to what this plugin. Of course, I’m comparing with among free plugins only.
This plugin doesn’t only allow you to perform scheduled backups but it also helps to optimize and repair your database in case of any issue.
There is also option for you to send those backups to your email or cloud storage for further safe keeping.
12. Plugin Performance Profiler (P3)
This is an excellent tool developed by GoDaddy to help users like us to determine the various plugins that could affect the site speed.
The plugin will give you a detail report which consists of total load times taken (on average) by going through several pages and all the plugins on your site.
You can then decide which plugins are affecting you dearly and how you can improve your website load speed.
Over to you
Do you have any other favorite plugins that you would like to share with us all? Hit the Reply button and tell us what you think.