Updated: Sep 30, 2020
According to codeinwp.com, there are over 50,000 WordPress plugins currently available in the official directory with new ones being added daily. With all these available to use, it can be difficult to decide which ones are best for your business. In order to help you choose, here, in no particular order, are our top five WordPress plugins for 2019.
MonsterInsights describe themselves as the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress, and we would have to agree with this.
This plugin allows you to enable Google Analytics features on your site in just one click. The advantage of this is that you can then access all your important metrics and data from your WordPress dashboard without having to visit Google Analytics, learn how to navigate it and search for the data that is important to your business!
There are both free and paid for options. The premium options offering more in-depth information whereas the version provides you with basic stats. If you are looking to track your e-commerce conversions and user engagement, we would recommend going for one of the premium packages.
Arguably one of the most popular plugins, Yoast SEO is the greatest solution for improving your on-site SEO.
Again, there is a free version which offers the fundamentals such as keyword optimisation, readability of your content and Google page previews. But it’s in the premium version where the real powers are unlocked. The premium version of Yoast SEO offers extra insights such as internal linking suggestions and content insights; allowing you to use more than one keyword per page and manages your page redirects which will mean decreased visitor loss.
You can also use Yoast to create sitemaps and link to your Google Search Console. One of the best things about Yoast SEO is that it is updated every two weeks, this means that you will never be left behind due to a Google Algorithm change!
With Beaver Builder, you don’t need any coding skills to be able to build a beautiful looking website – everything can be done using drag and drop!
Coming with an array of homepage and content page templates, you can easily start to design your website by simply editing text and replacing images. There is a free ‘lite’ version of this plugin, but it’s lacking in features, therefore, it is worth paying for the premium version to access the full range of feature and their customer support. If you visit the website, there is a demo version for you to try to see if the product is for you.
If Beaver Builder is not for you, you can also try Divi Builder and Elementor, both of which offer the drag and drop facility.
If you want to be able to sell your products and services on your site, WooCommerce is possibly the best plugin to use.
This plugin allows you to sell anything on your website including subscriptions, downloads and appointments – not just physical products. It also allows payments to be made through your site and there is no restriction on how many products you can list. It also comes with inventory management, allowing you to upload your stock and pricelists via CSV files.
MailChimp for Wordpress
Active on over one million sites, MailChimp for Wordpress helps you to grow your contact list with the easy creation of great looking sign-up and contact forms. You can then connect this to your MailChimp account and create and send newsletters or updates to your following.
Integrating seamlessly with other plugins such as WooCommerce, this is a great option for your e-commerce site. One of the best things about MailChimp is that is free to use for up to 2000 subscribers!
We hope you have found these plugins useful. We would love to hear about your own favourite plugins.
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