Wordpress plugins completely transformed the Wordpress development process. The right plugins can greatly reduce the time it takes to develop and maintain your site. The only problem? There are 54,600 Wordpress plugins currently available.
To save you some time, we put together a list of our favorite Wordpress plugins that we use on a daily basis here at Outspoke.
Yoast SEO has over 5 million active downloads and 24,000 five-star reviews. It’s the only WordPress plugin that can boast these kinds of numbers. As most people know, search engines are a major source of traffic for any website. Everybody and their mother, literally, will first “google” a given topic to begin their research on it. That’s why a plugin like Yoast SEO is so powerful and necessary.
“This awesome plugin will be your guide to create your best content and improve your search engine ranking. It does a great job of blending useful content with SEO friendly features. The goal is to maintain a sustainable SEO ranking and not have it be obvious within your content that you want to rank well. It even lets you know how your content ranks with an easy-to-understand, traffic light style graphic that tells you when you're smooth sailing green or in the red. Just enter your focus keyphrase and let Yoast take care of the rest.” - Rosie Walsh (Brand & Community Manager at Rare Tempo)
Another WordPress titan, WooCommerce has over 4 million downloads and 2,700 five-star reviews. It is one of the best WordPress plugins for selling products on your website. When we want to create an online store, WooCommerce is our go-to plugin with all of the necessary features. It is likely that you will need to sell something on your website and we recommend using WooCommerce.
From payment to shipping options, WooCommerce is extremely versatile. Your customers are able to pay with common options like credit cards, cash on delivery, and PayPal. Additional features include free shipping, local pickups, and flat rates. Selling physical products or even less tangible options like software and service plans is a breeze.
“Woocommerce managed to achieve the holy grail when it comes to software: professional, but simple. If you aren’t technically savvy, Woocommerce is easy enough to use that you can confidently set up and deploy an eCommerce store, complete with payment, shipping, etc. If you are technically savvy and are looking to set up a more custom solution, Woocommerce has nearly unlimited options.” - Nick Hinckley (Creative Director at Outspoke)
Not every WordPress plugin has to be fancy and Duplicate Post is anything but. That hasn’t stopped over 2 million people from downloading it. This plugin allows users to clone posts of any type, or copy them to new drafts for further editing. If you would like a WordPress plugin that “just works”, look no further.
“Duplicate post is one of my all time favorite plugins. Essentially you can duplicate an entire page or post type will all settings intact from an existing page. It makes consistency easy and has helped speed up my website build process.” - Kate Jacobson (Support Specialist at Outspoke)
WP Rocket is our favorite WordPress caching plugin on the market. You can instantly improve your WordPress website speed and performance, with no technical skills required. It will automatically turn on recommended WordPress caching settings like gzip compression, page cache, and cache pre-loading. Optional features like lazy loading images, CDN support, DNS pre-fetching, minification, and more will help to improve your page load times.
This is by far the easiest and most beginner-friendly caching plugin. It is “paid only”, so you will have to invest some money into this particular plugin.
Gravity Forms is one of the most popular form plugins, especially with developers. It includes both deep functionality and customizability - if you want a specific form, there's probably a way that Gravity Forms can make it happen.
“Gravity forms is the only plugin I use for forms. Not only is it extremely robust, offering nearly unlimited smart logic, but it also connects directly with HubSpot for easy tracking and CRM integration. Forms play a major role in the Inbound Methodology and Gravity Forms allows me to confidently generate leads and further engage them thanks to the HubSpot integration.” - Xavier Davis (Inbound Marketing Manager at Outspoke)
WPBakery Page Builder
WPBakery Page Builder, formerly known as Visual Composer, is a very popular premium page builder. WPBakery Page Builder is often bundled with many of the themes at ThemeForest, which helps. The fact is that it's used on a variety of sites across the web and is one of the original WordPress page builders.
In October 2017, Visual Composer was rebranded as WPBakery Page Builder. The Visual Composer trademark is now used for a full-fledged website builder – Visual Composer Website Builder.
“It’s so easy even I figured out how to work it in just a few minutes!” - Rosie Walsh (Brand & Community Manager at Rare Tempo)
Hummingbird can analyze your site and find new ways to boost your page speed by improving different aspects, such as file compression, minification, and full-page, browser and Gravatar caching. (For those that don’t know, Gravatar stands for “globally recognized avatar” and is a popular service that enables platforms like WordPress and other web applications to display user profile photos.) If you dream of your pages loading quicker than you imagined and scoring higher on Google PageSpeed Insights, Hummingbird is a wonderful option.
Basically, Hummingbird will scan your site and find files that are slowing it down. It will then provide tips to fix any issues and make sure that your site is running at top speed. It also includes one-click improvements that will quickly optimize performance.
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Have you ever wanted to include a timeline feature on your website? Timeline Express makes creating a timeline on WordPress simple and easy. Whether your timeline is for your company history, important events, or just your blog posts, we recommend using Timeline Express.
When it comes to WordPress Slider Plugins, Slider Revolution is easy to use and displays content beautifully. You can make a simple slider, a carousel, or even an entire home page. It utilizes a visual, drag & drop editor that is extremely functional, yet powerful. If you are a fan of responsive websites, Slider Revolution is your best bet. It looks good on desktop, mobile, or any other device that your user is surfing the web on.
“This plugin allows creation of a very responsive and customized slider display. You can create layouts that are consistent slide for slide, or have each slide be unique. You can’t go wrong when using this plugin as it is incredibly versatile to fit your needs.” - Kate Jacobson (Support Specialist at Outspoke)
What Is Your Favorite Plugin?
Plugins play an important role when developing a Wordpress website. They reduce the time and skill required to complete many tasks. Having too many plugins installed however can make your site slower, so only use them when absolutely necessary. We are always on the lookout for new plugins that can help us solve tough problems. Comment below your favorite plugins for a chance to be added to this list!