Essential WordPress plugins you might not know about but should (2018)

This article is an accompaniment to our previous ‘Why Should You Invest in Premium WordPress Plugins?

The beauty of using a system like WordPress is the limitless expandability options by adding what are commonly known as plugins.
Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine.
The best place to find free ones is the official WordPress plugin directory – there you can find, download, rate, and comment on all the best plugins the WordPress community has to offer.

Being surrounded in WordPress day in, day out we come across a lot of plugins and now and again we find some absolute gems that we simply have to use in new and existing WordPress based projects or are simply perfect for a specific task.

Here is a list of some plugins that we use on a regular basis.

All in One SEO Pack
All In One SEO
Use All in One SEO Pack to optimise your WordPress site for SEO.
It’s easy and works out of the box for beginners, and has advanced features and an API for developers.

Wordfence Security
Wordfence
Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.

Duplicator Pro
Duplicator Pro
A simple and easy way to create and schedule back-ups or duplicate and migrate your website – when moving to a new server, for example.

Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms
If you’re implementing basic or complex forms, Gravity Forms makes the task easy – seriously, for the small fee it costs, Gravity Forms saves a ton of your time.

WP Rocket
WP Rocket
Recognised as the most powerful caching plugin by WordPress experts – zoom your way to a faster website.

Social Networks Auto Poster {SNAP}
Social Networks Auto Poster {SNAP}
Adds a tree of all your pages or custom posts.
Use drag & drop to reorder your pages, and edit, view, add, and search your pages.

WooCommerce
WooCommerce
WooCommerce is a free eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything.
Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, WooCommerce is the world’s favourite eCommerce solution.

And of course, we couldn’t go without plugging our own, essential, plugin!
Point and Stare CMS functions plugin
This plugin generates special functions to convert your WordPress install into a CMS, add security and generally white label the admin.

If you would like more information or general help with your online presence, get in touch today.

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