October 14, 2016 Steven E

7 Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2016

In this post we’ll discuss the top 7 “Must have” WordPress Plugins.

These WordPress Plugins made this  list because of their support,  reliability, performance and features.

So without further ado, lets begin.

 

Our 7 Must Have WordPress Plugins

(in no particular order)




1.Yoast SEO

(free)

An obvious choice.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you are probably familiar with Yoast SEO. Its the “all in one” package in terms of SEO WordPress plugins but what we like best about it is how helpful it can be when you are writing.

Yoast’s “readability” tab can be just what you need if you are having difficulty drafting your copy.

Read more about Yoast SEO here.

 

2.Contact form 7

(free)

A staple in all WordPress installs.

Believe it or not, this WordPress Plugin does not get the praise it deserves – yet most WordPress Themes rely on it. Contact form 7 is flexible, has a variety of applications and makes adding basic contact pages to your site a breeze.

Additionally, it features CAPTCHA integration solutions as well which really helps keep the spam at bay.

For more details, click here.

 

 

3. Jetpack

(free)

Another no-brainer.

Jetpack by WordPress.com is another personal favorite.

It streamlines WordPress site management by providing a suite of features like: Visitor stats, Social Sharing, Enhanced Distribution and more.

This WordPress plugin can also help protect your site from Brute force attacks and unauthorized logins as well. Sweet.

Jetpack is also open-source as well (we love that!) – so you can bank on improvements and enhancements being just around the corner.

Wanna know more?

Click here.

 

4. WooCommerce

(free)

An awesome shopping cart solution.

Looking to enter the world of e-commerce?

Well, look no further..

WooCommerce is here.

WooCommerce is a WordPress eCommerce plugin that helps you sell…well..just about anything.

This eCommerce plugin is flexible, has tons of free and premium extensions and is highly configurable.

With this plugin, you have the ability to sell physical and digital goods, memberships, bookings, recurring subscriptions and more.  It also comes ready to accept major credit cards, PayPal payments, Stripe and more.

Regardless if you’re looking to sell apparel or digital downloads, WooCommerce has got you covered.

Additionally, this WordPress plugin is open-source as well. (Long live open-source!)

Click here to learn more about WooCommerce.

 

 

5. Maintenance

(free)

Looking to make some edits to your site?

Need a veil to hide the site for a minute while you make those changes?

This is the plugin for you.

With this Maintenance plugin, the site admin can easily close the website for maintenance.

With just one click, this lightweight plugin creates a customizable maintenance page which can be easily edited via the plugin settings.

Its responsive so it looks good look on mobile devices too!

Just add a logo / text, choose your background image or color and you’re good to go.

There’s also the option to add a login on the homepage – for easy login access.

Nice.

You can read more about it here.




 

6.Visitors Maps and Who’s online

(free)

Another personal favorite.

If you like to see who’s on your site right now – this is the WordPress Plugin for you.

Once installed, this plugin allows you to see:

  • who’s on your site
  • where they came from
  • what page they are on
  • when their last click was
  • their IP address
  • Their browser type
  • online time
  • city, state and country
  • geolocation maps and more.

This plugin can be very useful if used correctly.

Click here to read more about this plugin.

 

(and last but not least)

7. Social Locker for WordPress

(premium – paid)

Social locker for WordPress is a premium WordPress plugin that allows you to lock your content (hide it) and only unlocks it once the visitor has shared or a liked your content on the social network of your choosing.

The reason: it helps to improve the social performance of your site.

Assuming you have content that your visitors want, this content locker can be the ultimate tool for the growth of your website on Social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and more.

Unfortunately its not free, but is definitely worth taking a look at if you are looking to grow your social following.

Click here to check it out.

 

And that brings us to the end of the list.

 

In an attempt to keep this post short and sweet, a few others got left out… =(

 

Who knows, maybe there will be a part 2….?

 

Until next time..

 

Ciao.

 

(Have a WordPress Plugin you’d like to share? – drop it in the comment section below)

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