One of the reasons that WordPress is such a great website platform is that you can easily expand its functionality so instead of just a blog, you can create just about any type of website you need. There are tons of plugins available in the WordPress.org repository, and you can probably find one for just about any feature you want to add to your WordPress site. However, in this article I’m presenting my favorite Top 10 Plugins that not only add some awesome functionality to your site, but can also be big time savers for you.
Here is the list in alphabetical order:
Once you get your WordPress site up and running, you’ll quickly start receiving a bunch of spam comments. At first it might not be that bad, but after a while it can be a real headache. That’s where the Akismet plugin shines. When you install and activate Akismet, it will detect most junk comments and automatically place them in your spam comment filter. No, it isn’t perfect. But Akismet is definitely a big help.
All in One SEO
There are two main standouts when it comes to WordPress SEO plugins: Yoast and the All in One SEO plugin. While Yoast is probably a bit more popular, and certainly contains more functionality, the All in One SEO plugin is much easier to set up and requires less configuring on your part. And, you still get the SEO functionality you need for your website.
Sooner or later you may want to move your WordPress site to another host. While migrating a WordPress website isn’t necessarily that difficult, it can be extremely tedious. That’s where using the Duplicator plugin can save you time and headaches. Although the plugin instructions recommend that only experienced users should use it, I’ve found that the Duplicator process isn’t that difficult to follow. However, keep in mind that some web hosts may have their WordPress environment setup so that you can’t effectively use Duplicator. While it may be a rare occurrence, I have run into it myself in the past.
Google Analytics Dashboard
Using Google Analytics is vital for making your website successful. With the Google Analytics Dashboard plugin, you can view your data right from your WordPress dashboard—no need to have to always log in separately to your Google Analytics account page.
Wouldn’t it be great (and a big time saver) if you could snap a photo from your iPhone and have it automatically posted to your WordPress site? With the Intagrate plugin, you can connect with Instagram to get just that functionality. You can have a setup that when you take a photo from your iPhone, a new post featuring your image is created in WordPress.
If you want to have an input form on your WordPress website, then you should check out the Ninja Forms plugin.
Quiz and Survey Master
This is one of my favorite plugins—and it keeps getting better and better. Quizzes can be a great feature on your website that attracts more visitors and keeps their attention. With the Quiz and Survey Master Plugin, you can easily create different types of quizzes and add them to your WordPress site. And, as the name implies, you can also use this plugin to create and add surveys to your website.
Social Media Auto Publish
Social media is another area where there are a bunch of useful WordPress plugins. But rather than just having social media links or like buttons, we’re looking for time saving plugins here. With the Social Media Auto Publish plugin, you can automatically post to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram whenever you create a WordPress post.
Backing up your WordPress site is extremely important and the best security measure you can take. For this reason, there are quite a few backup plugins available in WordPress. The UpdraftPlus plugin is one of my favorites as it definitely simplifies the data backup and restoration process.
WP Super Cache
As with SEO, there are two really popular WordPress plugins when it comes to caching. I use both WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache on different sites. And again, they both do a good job when it comes to performing caching. However, I’ve found WP Super Cache to be much easier to set up and get running. And, I’ve also run into situations where W3 Total Cache seemed to conflict with my content delivery network. Because of its simplicity and effectiveness, I recommend you take a look at WP Super Cache first.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are a ton of useful plugins in the WordPress.org repository that you can use to improve your website. But if your goal is to save time and make things simpler, the 10 plugins above should be at the top of your list.