If WordPress is the foundation you build your website on, WordPress plugins are the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and other hardworking services that make your website operate. Plugins are pieces of software that connect to your website to improve its functionality. Using plugins helps the Origin Smart Marketing Solutionistas customize your website to fit your needs. Here are 15 of our favorite WordPress plugins and how they can improve your site.
1. Elementor Page Builder
Every WordPress site needs a page builder to make designing and editing efficient. Elementor isn’t perfect, but it was an absolute game-changer for website design Solutionista Angela. It helps her create page layouts, custom blog templates, and custom headers and footers.
2. Ultimate Addons for Elementor
Elementors is a big program, and there are lots of opportunities to customize the program. Ultimate Addons for Elementor is a software toolkit just for Elementor. It contains templates, widgets, extensions, and section blocks that are compatible with the Elementor page builder.
3. Anti-Spam by CleanTalk
Filtering spam for WordPress forms and templates is absolutely essential. Anti-Spam by CleanTalk is a WordPress plugin that puts a stop to spammy form entries and comments. It’s the only thing that’s stopped the infamous Eric Jones!
4. Pods Custom Content Types and Fields
Pods allows web designers to set up different types of recurring content templates. We’ve used it to create the portfolios on the Structural Buildings and Scott Build websites. Expanding and creating custom post types helps you keep the back end of your WordPress site organized.
5. WPvivid Backup
If you’re migrating an existing site to a new site, you can’t do better than WPvivid Backup.
6. Rank Math SEO
We use Rank Math SEO for xml sitemaps, 404 monitoring, redirections, and built-in suggestions to optimize website content for search engines. It’s a must-have for making sure you get seen on Google.
Organization is a bit of a theme on this list, and that’s because websites can get chaotic, fast. HappyFiles organizes WordPress media files, such as images, into folders. That way, you don’t have to spend hours scrolling to find the image you need for your new blog post.
8. WP Rocket
BLAST OFF! WP Rocket is a WordPress plugin that improves site speed and performance. These are both important for user experience and search engine optimization.
9. UpdraftPlus Backup
UpdraftPlus protects websites from hacking, server crashes, and user error by backing up and restoring website files. Every website needs a backup tool to make sure nothing gets lost in the event of a digital diaster.
10. Securi Website Security
Securi is another cybersecurity WordPress plugin. It actively protects websites from malware, hacks, and other threats. Using Securi can help keep your data secure.
Imagify is a tool that reduces image size. Images need to be optimized for website use. The larger the file, the longer pages will take to load.
Imsanity stops the insanely huge image uploads that can bring your website performance to a screeching halt.
13. Disable Comments
Don’t want comments on your blog posts or on other pages of your site? Disable Comments is a WordPress plugin that globally disables comments on your website.
14. Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker does just that—it scans your site for broken links and alerts you when it finds links that don’t work.
15. Enable Media Replace
This plugin allows you to replace files with the same name automatically. No more deleting, reuploading, and renaming files! As you can see, WordPress plugins make your site more functional, secure, and customized to your needs. The plugin ecosystem is a confusing place, so make sure you work with a pro who’s already found and vetted the best plugins available. Get in touch with Origin Smart Marketing today.