WordPress is no doubt the easiest and most powerful content management system on the planet. It is an open-source application framework that is more than just a blogging and website development platform. As good as that sounds, a lot of this power lies in the tens of thousands of WordPress plugins available on the market.
Today we list 10 amazing WordPress plugins perfect for all designers, you included. These plugins will help you to supercharge any WordPress website you create. We cover everything from user registration, SEO, e-commerce and so much more, so get ready to have a great time 🙂
Across the WordPress community, the default WordPress registration form has received a fair amount of criticism. Some of the issues users raise include the aesthetics (or lack thereof) and the inability to add custom fields meaning you can collect a limited information with the form.
If you have been there, you know this sucks. This is where RegistrationMagic swoops in and saves the day. This plugin is a lifesavers since it improves the WordPress registration system allowing you to create unique forms that are beautiful, user-friendly and convenient.
Additionally, it allows you to embed powerful forms anywhere on your site using widgets or shortcodes. Most importantly, RegistrationMagic gives you total control over user registration and management. You have to try out this baby. After all, it ships with a free version that lets you test the waters without any risk.
Catchers Helpdesk Plugin
Customer is king, right? If we are in agreement, you must treat your web visitors like the kings they are. One of the best ways to do this and ensure prospects keep coming back is to provide amazing customer support. In fact, providing amazing support is more valuable than focusing on your products. You might have a product forged in the fires of hell, but if your support sucks, customers will leave.
From the easy tasks of ticket submission, email fetching and filtering of tickets to the fairly complex tasks of client management and building of contact forms, the Catchers Helpdesk plugin has it all. In my opinion, Catchers is the ultimate support plugin, what with a pleasant suite of features that make supporting your customers a bliss. Catchers helps you to accept user queries, retrieve messages, organize and get back to the prospect in a clean and timely manner.
WordPress was meticulously built, top-bottom, to win over search engines. Thanks to semantic code and the best web standards, search engines never stood a chance as far as WordPress goes. However, if you need to bolster your SEO efforts and score impressive results on Google, Yoast SEO is the plugin for you.
Yoast SEO offers convenient options to optimize page URLs, titles and descriptions for search engines. On top of that, it ships with integration options for leading social networks, meaning you can shine on social media, a vital ranking factor nowadays. XML sitemap generation and URL redirects are some of the other outstanding features Yoast SEO places in your hands.
Google XML Sitemaps
Seeing as we mentioned SEO, it’s important to highlight how sitemaps help search engines discover and index your content. A sitemap is a map of your site (as if you couldn’t figure that out yourself from the title “sitemap”) showing search engines (as well as humans if you display it on your site) where to find your awesome content. And content here means everything – images, videos, text etc.
Google XML Sitemaps comes in handy if you’d love to make your content easy to discover to search engines. It is a one-click solution for developing all-inclusive sitemaps and alerting major search engines whenever you make changes to the content on your WordPress site.
This ensures that the updates you make to your website always reflect in search engine results, which is always a good thing. Oh yeah, it works with the other search engines namely Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com. It wasn’t built for Google only as the title might suggest.
If you’ve dabbled in developing ecommerce sites, you know there are quite a few solutions on which you can rely. While Shopify is making big strides in this vertical, it’s a standalone solution that isn’t made for WordPress websites.
All the same, there’s a Shopify plugin that helps you to add a Buy Button for your Shopify store, but it doesn’t let you manage your store from inside your WordPress site. If you’d love a complete ecommerce that’s built solely for WordPress, say a big hello to WooCommerce.
Going with the staggering number of active sites running this plugin, WooCommerce is the best choice if you’re looking to transform your WordPress site into an ecommerce powerhouse with a few clicks. WordPress is quite popular, which should explain why WooCommerce is so common among online merchants. That, plus it pulls its weight in salt.
WooCommerce ships with some nifty features including a mobile friendly design, geographic location support, product organization, analytics (use the report to monitor profits, traffic and orders), inventory management and multiple shipping options.
Best part is WooCommerce is free and plays well with a majority of WordPress themes out there. Basically, and as far as WooCommerce leads this market, it is the best plugin to build an online store.
WordPress security is an important topic that always draws discussions across the internet. A misguided faction of netizens argue WordPress isn’t all that, which is why you can’t trust the platform as far as the security of your site goes.
The well-informed among us know this isn’t true, and WordPress is as susceptible to attacks just like any other platform. We sincerely hope you’re with us on this. WordPress gets hit a lot being the attractive and popular website creation tool it is. It is an ideal target for hackers just because of sheer popularity, but worry not.
The Defender plugin arms you with all the necessary tools you require to enhance the overall security of your site. Without need of your input, this plugin regularly checks for malicious files and vulnerabilities.
Then it alerts you whenever it finds evidence of evildoing. As such, it offers you the golden chance to patch up issues immediately because we all know a stitch in time saves nine. The best thing about this plugin is you can schedule security scans, giving you time to focus on running your site and making moola.
Jetpack by WordPress
I don’t have to talk nineteen to the dozen about Jetpack because this beauty speaks for itself despite negative remarks about being resource hungry. If you run your site on a slow server (or are guilty of the few things that bog down a website), you can expect lower than par performance. But let’s not get carried away here.
Jetpack helps you to engage your readers, secure your site and increase traffic to your website. The basic core of any website is traffic. Jetpack offers you an overview of your traffic stats. On top of that, it allows you to automatically share your content to social media accounts.
Additionally, it offers you backup services that cover your back in case the worst happens. Last but not least, Jetpack will help you to add rich and beautiful media to your website easily.
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 offers you the power to create, manage and customize any contact form you desire. It supports Ajax-powered submission, which impresses users. So, if you are looking to add contact forms to your website, this tool offers you the horsepower you need.
Installing and using this bad boy is simple. The plugin adds an item to your WordPress admin menu that leads to a screen where you can create and edit an unlimited number of forms. Building forms with Contact Form 7 is easy as well thanks to convenient shortcodes.
By all standards, Akismet is an ideal spam assassin. The plugin checks comments against a global database and stop spammers from posting malicious content. And all you have to do is activate Akismet to start capturing spam automatically.
Are spam comments a problem on your website? If so, this plugin is tailored for WordPress users of all walks of life. It is cloud based which means there won’t be a performance impact on your website. Akismet ships with great spam protection features which make it a darling of over 3 million websites.
Hummingbird is an optimization and performance plugin that takes your website to another level in terms of speed. It is a lightweight plugin that caches, compresses, minifies and merges your webpages. This results in a super-fast experience for every user who visits your site. In addition, Hummingbird offers you further tips on how you can improve your page load speeds.
That’s it – 10 super helpful WordPress plugins for web designers. But this is just the tip of the iceberg! Have another plugin you’d recommend? Leave a comment below.