WordPress powers 27% of the websites over the whole internet. This fact is solid enough to believe in the magical powers of WordPress has bestowed over the web development world in the past 15 years of it’s birth. In 2003, when WordPress first came to the stage, it became an instant hit among the bloggers. This hassle-free open source content management system rendered as a great platform to publish blogs and websites. It also paved way for WordPress plugin development in the near future.
After just 3 years of it’s coming up on the horizon, and being a blog publishing platform, it witnessed a huge transformation. And how? WordPress, as we see today is the result of constant updates to WordPress versions over the years.
WordPress is the most preferred CMS by most of the entrepreneurs to build websites to take their business to the next level. Even more, the use of right set of plugins to add to the functionality and security of the website. Without using plugins, it’s almost impossible to achieve result-driven high-performance website that can bring revenue to a business.
Here, I’ve listed some of the most popular and most productive WordPress plugins that will definitely bring a positive sea change in your business:
What caught my sight in this super amazing WordPress plugin is the easy drag and drop feature which lets you add fields and boxes as and when required. This ultimate feature of the Gravity Forms plugin makes it super easy to use. Although it is not a free WordPress plugin. It allows it’s users to avail a few paid advanced features which can’t be compared with its competitors like wp Forms and Contact Form 7. Features like Paragraph text, Drop down, Multi Select, Hidden, HTML, Section, Radio Button, Check box and many more awesome add-ons can be found.
YoastSEO is considered as the best Search Engine Optimization software for WordPress users. It was built by a Netherlands-based firm. 5+ million active installations and updated 23 hours ago (the time I am writing this post) proves it’s prominence among the WordPress plugins used for SEO of WordPress websites. Proudly providing one-on-one email support to it’s premium users, this plugin is definitely unique and out-of-the-box. I would like to owe this to this feature which helps write articles in the best way possible. How YoastSEO helps? It pushes the blogger/ writer to choose the best focus keyword and use it in the best way possible. Isn’t it amazing? Yes, it’s surely doing the magic with over 15000+ 5-star ratings on WordPress official website.
Talking about it’s present status on WordPress.org, it was updated 2 weeks ago. Quite an impressive first impression! It has 2+ million active installations and has been tested upto WordPress 4.8.2. Wordfence Security does make it easy to protect your website as this web application firewall stops you from being hacked! This is a milestone in the world of WordPress plugin development industry and a step ahead in the arena of WordPress security. It is 100% free and open source by every means. It does it’s job well by blocking common security threats like GoogleBots. It’s Blocking features, Security Scanning and Monitoring features are really top-notch!
What does it do? This handy open-source software allows you to regenerate the thumbnails of image attachments. In case you’ve changed any of your thumbnail dimensions (via Settings -> Media) after previously uploading images or have switched to a theme with different featured post image dimensions, this plugin is a real life saver!
At the time of writing this post, I see that this plugin is available in its Regenerate Thumbnails 2.3.1 version and was last updated 1 month ago which is a good thing on the whole. It has 1+ million active installations displaying its popularity among the WordPress developers and users around the globe. It has been tested upto WordPress 4.9. It’s a free plugin with really easy installation process.
What does this plugin do? If you want to optimize your WordPress website for SEO, then this plugin can be what you may be looking for. As the name suggests, it’s a win-win plugin for both beginners and developers with API and advanced premium features. A pro version is available and active premium support is available. XML Sitemap Support, Image XML Sitemap submitted to Google and some other awesome features define the productiveness of this WordPress plugin. With 3+ millions active installations and last updated 3 weeks ago, I really see this plugin as a great motivation for WordPress plugin development future.
This is a plugin which is not like the most of the ordinary testimonial sliders available in the WordPress plugin library. You can randomly slide or list the portfolio, quotes, text or images using this easy to use plugin. It can be done by using shortcodes or theme functions. Random and specific ordering can be done for more customized sliding. Last updated 5 months ago and with 50,000+ active installations, this plugin is something worth to try your hands on! It has got a wealth of features to try on.
What an aptly named plugin for WordPress! For a successful business, it’s really crucial to be in constant contact with your audience. At the same time, it can be very demanding too! Here is when a simple yet powerful plugin can come to your rescue. With this plugin which powers you to send great-looking emails to your customers in a short span of time.
I have tried my best to enlist the top WordPress plugins which can prove as the holy grail for your website. Take your business to next heights by adding extra functionalities to your website according to your requirements. Now is the time to use the power of WordPress plugin development and retain your customers as well as reach to new ones everyday!
Author Bio : Sophia Philips is working as a web development expert in WordPrax, WordPress plugin development company. Currently, Sophia has an impressive range of WordPress tutorials, articles and guest posts published over several esteemed blogs.