As WordPress is the most popular and widely recognized content management system in the world the process of choosing the most effective WordPress plugins can be daunting. At this point there are over 35,777 WordPress plugins and downloads are approaching a billion. Each website will have its own needs and as a result the combination of appropriate and most effective plugins for your website will be unique. But there are some standards you should consider when exploring plugins that should be integrated into the majority of WordPress websites.
Because of this, we have constructed a list of the top 10 WordPress plugins 2015. We hope this helps you learn a bit more about the tools that can help make your business more successful.
Wordpress Plugin #1: Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin
Codecanyon’s Slider Revolution plugin is quite impressive. It contains all of the features you would expect a high quality slider to have. Generally you need these three aspects within a slider:
- One that delivers the message clearly.
- One that works on multiple platforms.
- One that projects power and confidence even without trying.
- Tons of amazing transition effects
- Ability to embed videos
- Autoplay, which pauses on user interaction
- Easy to set up
- Image preloader that allows the plugin to load in the background to enhance efficiency
- WordPress 3.8 compatible
- jQuery compatible
- A modern and very convenient admin interface
- Custom caption animation builder
- Import/Export functionality
- Keyboard navigation
- CSS3 design
- Fully responsive
- WYSIWYG editor
- Flexible dimensions
- Mobile touch capabilities
- WordPress Multisite (WPMU) compatibility
- Multiple language support
- And so much more
Wordpress Plugin #2: BackWPup Free - WordPress Backup Plugin
This free plugin allows you to conveniently create a backup of your website completely free. You have multiple options for storing your backup including Dropbox, Amazon S3, Rackspace, FTP, email or your own personal computer.
It is incredibly easy to use with an intuitive interface and allows you to schedule updates at a frequency that works for your website.
The restoration process is also conveniently simple. In the case that you might desire assistance they provdie a pro-plan with priority support and the option for storing backups on Google drive.
On WordPress – https://wordpress.org/plugins/backwpup/
Developer Website – http://marketpress.com/product/backwpup-pro/#buynow
Wordpress Plugin #3: Ubermenu – Worpress Mega Menu Plugin
This is the menu of all menus! You will understand once you try it. It is the most responsive design yet and works straight out of the box.
- iPhone and iPad compatibility
- Fully responsive design
- Full-width capability
- Seamless integration with WordPress themes
- Vertical and horizontal menus
- Several styles including slide and fade effects
- No jQuery enhancement required thanks to improved CSS3 design
- Ability to add images to menu items
- Ability to add descriptions to menu items
- Shortcode functionality
- Create image-only menus
- Tons of widgets and extensions including icons and skin
It costs $18 on Codecanyon and well worth the price as it comes with great support.
Wordpress Plugin #4: Visual Composer: Page Builder For WordPress
If you want to inject ease and fun into building WordPress websites, the Visual Composer Page Builder plugin is exactly what you need. I tried the plugin and I must confess it was a bit complicated at first. But isn’t everything complicated at first? Then I got the hang of it and everything “just started falling into place”. It’s all drag and drop, which is easy and fun by all measures.
You can drag and drop page sections with a visual composer, or order the sections with shortcodes in the classic WYSIWYG editor. It is as easy as ABC. Other features include over forty (40) content elements, unique add-ons, object oriented code, automatic updates, multi-language support, seamless integration to WordPress themes, custom post functionality, easily extendable, WordPress 3.8 and mobile device compatibility and so much more.
The Visual Composer Page Builder plugin powers over 25,000 websites already and has a buyer rating of 4.53/5.00. The regular license goes for $25 and the extended license sells at $125.
Wordpress Plugin #5: WordPress SEO by Yoast
Wordpress SEO by Yoast is by far the go to plugin for SEO on WordPress, and did I mention that it’s free. It provides a simple and easy to use interface for optimizing your posts and pages for search engines. to use it, the process is simple: First download the plugin, activate it within WordPress and then verify your Google analytics account and you are well on your way to making your website more attractive to search engines. This is the first step in making your website searchable to your target audience.
Wordpress Plugin #6: Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Wordpress Plugin #7: Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is a WP plugin that provides one of the most functional, simplest, and easiest contact forms for blogs. The majority of WordPress website contact forms are powered by Contact Form 7. It is easy to use and provides you with the ability to create as many forms on your website as you want. These are not limited to the standard contact page, you can even use this plugin to create surveys and conduct online research projects that connect to databases to store your information.
Downloads: 23,589, 248
Wordpress Plugin #8: Akismet
Spammers are everywhere and when managing a blog, you have to be aware of them and understand how to protect the value of your website with the right tools.
Askimet is a WordPress plugin helps you organize junk comments and filters through the real ones and the spam. Simply set it up and forget it, but if you prefer you can moderate all comments personally as well. This plugin will save you lots of time and headache.
Wordpress Plugin #9: WP Super Cache
Wordpress Plugin #10: WP Smush.it
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