Whether you are a WordPress beginner or an experienced developer, finding helpful and convenient plug-ins for your website is an integral step in any web design project. Plug-ins are what provide the essential functions and critical safety measures for a WordPress site. Would you like a way to put a contact form on your WordPress site and easily manage the messages? Would you like to be able to set up an e-commerce shop? Do you want to monitor your site traffic? Do you want to optimize your SEO? All of these questions can be answered with one word: plug-in. Here are some of the best, most affordable and practical WordPress plug-ins that you should be using in your WordPress site:
The Yoast SEO plug-in for WordPress is free in its most basic version and provides you with basic information for each of your posts that can help you improve your WordPress website’s search engine optimization. Yoast SEO can recognize related keyphrases, synonyms of keyphrases, and different word forms of your keyphrases. This lets you write more naturally and makes it easier to improve your content for audiences and the search engines. You can upgrade to premium for a more in-depth analysis, and Yoast offers courses and guides for you to personally learn more about SEO.
WPForms is the most powerful, beginner-friendly drag & drop form builder plug-in available for WordPress at just $100 for the entire year for its most basic plan. With templates, smart conditional logic, file upload ability, payment processing add-ons and user registration, WPForms has almost unlimited possibilities and is the most comprehensive form plug-in you can find for such an affordable price. It boasts easy entry management, as well.
Knowing exactly how people find and use your website is critical to growing your website’s traffic and sales, so to monitor your Google Analytics data, install the MonsterInsights plug-in (which is free to use for basic functions). Unlike other Google Analytics plugins, MonsterInsights allows you to enable all advanced Google Analytics tracking features with just a few clicks and copy/paste. The dashboard is easy-to-read and pulls the most important data that you want to see for your site. You can upgrade to PRO to take advantage of recommendations and more analysis of your website’s tracking data.
Akismet is a spam fighting service that protects millions of WordPress sites from comment and contact form spam and would be absolutely essential if your posts do allow comments. Installing this plug-in allows you to spend your valuable time not monitoring every single comment or contact form message coming into your site, especially ones that could pose a potential danger to the security of your site. For personal websites, you can name your price, however it is affordable for commercial use starting at just $10 a month.
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