One of the most important features of a self-hosted WordPress website is the ability to install plugins – additional bits of software that can turn out to be a game changer. Here are 5 WordPress plugins worth trying.
- Yoast SEO. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. With this plugin you can set custom snippets and meta descriptions (the text that appears below the title of the post, page or website in search engines), add your own focus keywords and much more. Yoast SEO also helps you write better posts by giving you suggestions. All of this makes content from your website more visible to people searching for related topics on the web, thus making you more popular.
- Custom Contact Forms. The name of the plugin is self-explanatory. It lets you create both simple and advanced contact forms on your website. You can place them in posts, pages and in your site’s widget area. The plugin offers a simple drag-and-drop builder and many useful options such as reCAPTCHA. You can view all the submissions directly from the plugin’s section in the WordPress dashboard.
- WP Super Cache. Use this plugin to speed up your website by caching data. It’s easy to use and doesn’t require any setup. You can delete cached pages from the settings.
- Easy Bootstrap Shortcode. If your theme is Bootstrap based, this plugin lets you add notifications, tabs, accordions, buttons, lists, progress bars and much more to your posts, making them more interesting. You can also add shortcodes in your website’s widget area. There is a paid version of the plugin which features even more options.
- SumoMe. This plugin has all the features you need to make your website popular. You can add welcome messages, sharing buttons, pop-ups asking your readers to subscribe to the newsletter, connect Google Analytics, use heat maps to see where your readers click the most, add floating bars and much more. Some of these elements are intelligently triggered in the right moment, so you have a greater chance of grabbing people’s attention.
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