Let's look at five of the most popular plugins for Wordpress
WordPress is one of the most popular and versatile content management systems in the world. It’s an incredible tool which can offer you nearly unlimited possibilities. Whether you have a simple four page website, or you run a huge online store, WordPress can be a great choice for almost every business.
One of the advantages of WordPress is the huge library of extensions and plugins. You can add image galleries, contact forms, sitemaps, shopping carts, appointment schedules, event calendars, and so much more. Today, we’ll be taking a look at five of the most popular free WordPress plugins.
If you want to get an idea of just how popular WooCommerce is, it’s estimated that around 30% percent of all ecommerce stores are using it. Once you see WooCommerce in action, it’s easy to see its appeal. It’s powerful, reliable and allows you to customize almost every aspect of it.
WooCommerce allows you to sell products of all kinds, from digital services through to physical products. It can be expertly handled by your developer, and at the same time you can access to the dashboard to add/edit products, see an overview of your latest orders, customer messages, and other important information. If you’re looking to launch an ecommerce store, or perhaps you’re not too happy with your current platform, then WooCommerce may well be the right option for you.
Almost all site owners will, at some stage, make an effort to improve their site’s position and performance on the search engine results pages (SERPs). Attracting traffic to your website that’s found you through search engines will be some of the most organic, and highly valuable, traffic that you’ll be able to get. Yoast SEO is widely considered as the go-to plugin for search engine optimization.
Alternatively, check out The SEO Framework if you want to try a lighter SEO plugin for WordPress.
Although SumoMe isn’t necessarily a single-function plugin, it’s still worth mentioning here as it offers a collection of free tools that you can use to grow your site and build your audience. SumoMe allows you to build up email lists, promote your site, and include buttons which allows a visitor to your site to share across social media. SumoMe includes an incredible tool which build up a heat map of where visitors are clicking around your page. This heat map can provide excellent data for helping you decide where you can improve your page.
Contact Form 7
Many businesses will require a contact form where users can fill in certain questions and have the form sent to the web owner’s email address. Sometimes, especially for overseas customers, a contact form can be the best way for them to get in touch with you. Contact forms don’t need to be complicated, but should allow you to easily edit them for your requirements. Thankfully, Contact Form 7 is one of the best free plug-ins you can use to let visitors contact you.
Google XML Sitemaps
Another plugin that will help you greatly with SEO is Google XML Sitemaps. This helps search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo to better index your site. Activating the plugin creates a sitemap for the site which makes it easier for the search engines to index you, as well as notifying the search engines every time you make a new post. It’s really easy to use, something every website needs.