After spending thousands of hours building hundreds of websites, we’ve compiled this list of the most essential plugins for WordPress. Whether you’re brand new to WordPress or a seasoned veteran this list has something for everyone.
Before we dive into the list, let’s start with the basics.
What is an essential WordPress Plugin?
WordPress Plugins work similar to apps on your mobile phone. They integrate seamlessly with WordPress to add new features or extend the functionality of your website.
There are almost 60,000 WordPress plugins and counting at the official WordPress Plugin directory. So, it is very likely that a plugin is out there for whatever you’re trying to do.
Ultimately, the plugins you choose for your website will greatly depend on the type of website you have. However, there are some plugins that you’ll greatly benefit from no matter what type of website you’re running. We call these essential WordPress plugins.
Here is our list of the best WordPress Plugins:
Everyone knows how hard it is to get visitors to your website. If you’re running an e-commerce WordPress site, then it’s more important for those visitors to convert (i.e. turning those visitors into paying customers). The first on our list of best WordPress plugins to have helped us increase our conversion rate by 600%
#1: Multi-step Checkout
During checkout, customers are generally required to add a lot of data on the same page and this process might appear long and confusing. In one word: disheartening.
Yith Multi-Step Checkout helps customers make sense of all the data by organizing form fields into different sections. This makes the process easier to navigate from the customers’ point of view. It avoids confusion and reduces possible errors while filling in the forms. Ultimately, this helps reduce cart abandonment and will spare you from losing customers during the last phase of the order process!
#2: WP All Import.
This simple plugin saved us countless hours with it’s simple, four step import process and an intuitive drag & drop interface that makes complicated import tasks simple and fast. If you have lots of data or products that you need to get onto your website, then this is the perfect solution for you.
There are no special requirements that the elements in your file must be laid out in a certain way. WP All Import really can import any XML or CSV file.
WP All Import can be used for everything from migrating content from a legacy CMS to WordPress to building a store with an affiliate datafeed to displaying live stock quotes or sports scores to building a real estate portal.
#3: Gravity Forms is one of the most popular form plugins, especially with developers.
It offers deep functionality and customizability – if what you want involves a form, there’s probably a way that Gravity Forms can do it.
Some of the functions it can perform include:
- Multi-page forms with conditional logic
- File uploads
- User registration
#4: WP Rocket is a premium caching and performance plugin that makes a wide variety of tweaks to speed up your WordPress site.
Beyond page caching, WP Rocket can also help you:
- Add lazy loading for images and videos
- Optimize your database
- Make tons of smaller tweaks, like removing query strings, disabling emojis, and more.
#5: Elementor Pro
Though it was only released in 2016, Elementor has quickly shot up the ranks and is now one of the most popular page builders in existence with over 1.2 million active installs, according to WordPress.org.
It offers a generous free version that lets you build complex designs using simple drag and drop and a live, visual preview.
And Elementor Pro – the paid version – lets you build your entire WordPress theme using the same drag-and-drop interface.
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