WEB & TECH / MAR. 15, 2014
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Five Most Effective WordPress Plugins

Wordpress is one of the most popular website creation tools available. It is in use on millions of sites around the world. Thanks to the open nature of this project, themes and plugins have cropped up, enabling the end user to choose which ones to help add value to their website.

The following is the five most popular, and effective, WordPress Plugins.

Number 5 – All in One SEO Pack

This plugin claims to be among the simplest to install and configure. The actual product offered is a free version, with paid upgrades available at another site.

This plugin has received a score of 3.9/5.

My experience with this plugin has been generally positive, though I dislike using crippled software to begin with. One of the biggest concerns I have is the fact that documentation is reserved for those who purchase the Pro Pack.

Number 4 – WooCommerce

A business needs to have the ability to sell its goods. Numerous commerce solutions have cropped up over the years, all with varying feature sets and costs.

WooCommerce operates on a “freemium” model, similar to All in One from number 5. The difference between the two is that the free version receives full support. The limitations imposed comes in the form of add-ons, for enhanced productivity, instead of prohibiting the user from doing something important.

This online store is capable of creating nice looking catalogs for your goods.

Number 3 – WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is the second Search Engine Optimization plugin to land on the list. Filled with features, this plugin makes a point of being capable of handling nearly every task tossed at it.

The developers, Yoast, have made this tool available for free, with certain highly specialized features retained for the premium model.

I prefer this to All in One, thanks to the increased capabilities and the inline notes given for alterations on your page.

Number 2 – Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack provides a bridge between a WordPress installation on a private server, and one located at WordPress.com. This enables the user to have access to greater exposure, through WordPress.com’s built in search tool.

In addition, numerous features for customizing WordPress pages become available after installing this. For instance, you will be able to control on which pages certain widgets appear.

Another benefit is the ability to see how well your site is performing in real time, thanks to the built-in monitoring tools.

Number 1 – Contact Form 7

This is the simplest plugin on the list, though it could be argued that it is the most important. The ability for clients to reach out to you, without having to worry about loading an email program, is vital to maintaining a healthy business.

This plugin offers the user the opportunity to easily create and customize their own unique contact form. Manipulating the required fields is as simple as filling out your name, and can be done in seconds.

Conclusion

WordPress has rapidly become a global leader in simple web design. Between the open nature of the platform, and the ease of installation, it has earned itself a place as among the best products to come out of the digital age.

Plugins are key to this, since it enables creative developers to try out new things, while still preserving the core integrity of the platform itself.

The five plugins discussed are the current leaders on WordPress’ main site. None of the developers were contacted, and no financial incentive was made for the production of this article.

Image Credit: Flickr user Daniela Meleo

 

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