10 Great WordPress Plugins Every Web Designer Must Know

If you run or work with WordPress sites, this post is a quick summary of ten (10) WordPress plugins that will make any WordPress site extremely functional in no time. Your clients will love you for your ingenuity and the much these plugins will be able to achieve.

Akismet

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Spam is a big problem for anybody and everybody with a WordPress website. Akismet, built by Matt Mullenweg (founder of WordPress), Ryan Boren and eight (8) other plugin authors helps you to take the bull by the horns where spam comments are concerned.

Bad Behavior

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While Akismet stops spam comments after they get to your website, Bad Behavior identifies and stops link spam and other forms of spam including email spam long before it gets to your website. The plugin discourages email harvesting and automatic filling of forms on your site, which eliminates email spam and comment spam. Bad Behavior stops spam bots outright – or before your WordPress software runs – saving you a great deal of CPU time and previous bandwidth.

WPtouch 3

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WPtouch mobile plugin will take your desktop WordPress theme and transform it into a beautiful mobile theme that looks great on different mobile devices. It’s a great plugin for providing an optimized mobile experience for your visitors. On top of that, WPtouch 3 is easy to configure and comes with hundreds of exciting features.

WP-DBManager

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Looking for an all-in-one database manager plugin that will let you repair, optimize and query your MySQL tables automatically? WP-DBManager does all that as well as backup and restore your WordPress databases easily to protect your site.

Contact Form 7

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As we’ve already established in the past, the contact form is a crucial part of every website. Websites without contact forms lose out on so much business and the opportunity to get feedback from customers. Contact Form 7 is one of the best WordPress plugins to build secure and easily configurable forms.

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

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Thanks to Google Analytics Dashboard for WP, you (or your clients) needn’t log into Google Analytics anymore to check site performance or track statistics. You can easily view your Google Analytics reports, including Real-Time statistics, right in your WordPress dashboard. How suave?

Sociable

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With over two (2) million downloads and a rating of 4.0/5.0, Sociable is a leading social sharing plugin powering a huge number of WordPress sites. The plugin will allow your readers to share your posts and pages easily.

Login Logo

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Are you a WordPress developer looking to customize or brand your (or a client’s) login page? Login Logo helps you to do just that without breaking a sweat.

Child Themify

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If you find yourself creating child theme after child theme, it is probably for the best if you had a plugin to do the heavy lifting for you. If your designs are built on child themes, you will be glad to learn that Child Themify creates child themes from any parent theme with a single click. Your work just became easier 🙂

Design Approval System

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With an impressive rating of 4.9/5.0 and a fast-growing number of downloads, Design Approval System (DAS in short) helps you to get faster approval on your designs. The plugin allows your clients to approve your designs quickly through a creative and easy to use front-end interface. Take a quick look at DAS:

What about you?

Which WordPress plugins do you use and would like to recommend to other web designers? Please share with us in the comments below!

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About The Author
Freddy Muriuki
Freddy Muriuki

Freddy is a WordPress theme reviewer at WP Theme Raves, writer, web developer and founder of Vista Media Enterprises, a nice place dedicated to the online entrepreneur looking to boost conversion rates using effective web content.

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  1. Mark Henry says:

    Hi Frenddy wonderful collection!
    You can add one more WP plugin in your list that is called Trash Duplicate And 301 Redirect. This plugin helps to get better Google ranking. It can find and delete duplicate contents in your website. Also permanently redirect removed content URL to the main URL to divert traffic to one URL and be safe from being penalized by Google for duplicate content.

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