5 Of The Very Best WordPress Plugins For Your Site

WordPress Plugins are excellent tools for adding and extending additional functionality to the WordPress platform.  Whilst the exact nature of your WordPress site requirements will determine which new plugins you should consider adopting, there are a wealth of awesome functions to suit every would-be web developer out there.

Of course, there are some plugins that should always be priority; those that add security, help your site load quickly or offer services designed to increase your SEO are a must for every WordPress site. But if you are looking for extra sparkle, some of these plugins can make your website look and work far better than others in your marketplace.

Here are our five favourite WordPress Plugins for 2017.

  1. Yoast SEO – FREE trial version, or from $69 for a single site package

With search engines being the major source of traffic for every website, improved SEO is more important that ever before. Yoast SEO is a user-friendly plugin which helps you create better content and improve your ranking on search results. It aims to help users, gain trust and improve upon technical SEO results, thus making it a Plugin aimed specifically at “sustainable SEO”.

The Yoast Page analysis feature checks if you have used the focus keywords everywhere on the image alt tags, meta description, headings and the whole post, to ensure you are optimising your SEO potential.

  1. WP Rocket – single license starts from around £30 per year

As a premium product, you are buying much more than just a freebie Plugin to increase speeds. The WP Rocket crawler simulates a visit to your website, which means the indexing of your website by search engines is instantly improved.  Used by over 200,000 WordPress sites already, it also makes sure your images are loaded as your visitors scrolls down the page. It can even reduce the weight of HTML, Javascript and CSS files throughout your site, making it speedier still.

  1. BackUpWordPress – £25.00 for a single-site, single year license.

Even with a well-known platform like WordPress, security breaches can happen.  Protect your site against the worst-case scenarios with the BackUpWordPress Plugin.

The Plugin lets you back up your entire WordPress site as often as you want to.  This includes the back up of your entire database and all of your files.  The WordPress plugin works in a low memory “shared host” environment and allows you to work on multiple scheduled back ups and will even email you your back up file if you would like it to, or send it to one of a number of cloud storage solutions.

  1. Akismet – Free for personal blog, subscription fee payable for business users.

If your WordPress site allows comments to be made on your blog posts, you will no doubt understand how annoying spam comments can be.  You can, of course, simply enable comment moderation, but if you are dealing with a high volume of spam comments, moderating them is time-consuming and impossible.  Akismet will work away in the background, automatically checking your comments and filtering out those annoying spammy ones. If it misses any, you can even teach it to look for false positives in the future.

Akismet is free to download, but does ask for an API key from akismet.com.

  1. TypeKit Fonts for WordPress

No doubt you want your WordPress site to stand out against your competitor’s sites.  One way of doing this is to increase its aesthetic appeal to visitors.  Whilst WordPress offers a wealth of templates to choose from, add your own style with high quality custom fonts.  The free Typekit Fonts for WordPress allows you to access a range of typography tools for your easy use it within your site.

All fonts are web standards-compliant, fully licensed and accessible. To get started, simply create a free account with Typekit to get started.

If you would like to find out more about how additional plug-ins can enhance your WordPress website, call us today on 01257 758 078 to see how our team of experienced WordPress developers can help you.