If you’ve been following me for a while, you might have noticed my adversity towards over bloated WordPress installs with copious amounts of plugins installed. Read my post here.
I recently installed a prebuilt theme for a client and was astounded that the theme itself needed 10 plugins just to work!
I am of the mindset that if a function is required for a websiste, that is already included in the core functions of the WordPress framework, or can be added with one line of code or function, then it shouldn’t require a plugin. In addition, a theme should work stand alone without ANY plugins installed.
That being said there are definitely some great plugins out there that can extend your basic WordPress install. So I thought I would share with you my top 3 plugins.
This is a paid plugin, but the functionality it punches out is totally worth the price tag! Not only can you drag and drop to create your own forms (no coding required) but you can also setup payment with Paypal, integrate with Mailchimp, create multistep forms, create auto responders plus loads more.
SEO by Yoast
Whilst your site still needs to be setup correctly this plugin is great for tweaking your onsite search engine optimisation. The indicator lights give you instant feedback on whether a page or post is relevant to the term you want to target. Not only that, you can control what text and video that goes to your social channels.
Again another paid plugin, but it’s worth it’s price to make sure you have a backup of your site if your site happens to go belly up. This plugin is built by the WordPress guys themselves, so you know it’s good. The bonus of this plugin over other backup systems (Like Backup Buddy) is it actually is so incredibly easy to install and includes the offsite backup storage.
What WordPress plugins can you not live without? Leave a comment below!