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The 10 best WordPress Plugins you’d be crazy not to install

By Jamin Andrews
The 10 best WordPress Plugins you’d be crazy not to install

Ever come across that plugin that completely changes how you manage or run your WordPress site? There are so many plugins out there that it can be easy to get lost in all the technicalities and difficult to find the one that does what you want it to do. Below I list the best WordPress Plugins I’ve come across and why they’ve helped make WordPress better than ever before.

1. Jetpack

This is one of those plugins that make life that little bit easier. The official WordPress plugin allows users to unlock a bunch of handy extras. This includes popular features like visitor stats, social media sharing option, spell checker, forms and so much more. It’s the Swiss army knife of WordPress plugins.


2. All in One SEO

Where would your site be without SEO? Probably lost amongst all the other websites out in the web. All in One SEO makes SEO easy. It allows you to easily use SEO principles to get your page ranked for your keywords. With features like SEO-friendly titles, homepage description and easy management of keywords.


3. Akismet

You’ve probably seen this plugin pop up in your Plugins section. This is the ultimate spam fighting plugin that your WordPress site must have. If you don’t have Akismet installed and running then you’re probably still sorting through a never ending pile of spam comments. Keep your comments clean with Akismet.


4. Woocommerce

It shouldn’t be hard to install and run your own shopping cart on your WordPress site. Woocommerce takes all the guesswork out of e-commerce websites. This easy to use plugin guides you step by step to build a professional online store that is easily managed with no background tech experience required.


5. Back Up Buddy

Backup your files and database with this handy plugin. Trust me, you’ll sleep a lot easier at night knowing your site is securely backed up and easily retrieved if anything should go wrong. It’s a little at the higher end of the pricing scale, but well worth the investment.


6. W3 Total Cache

Speed up your website’s response time and make viewing your website a painless experience for your visitors. W3 Total Cache is the ultimate in increasing user experience by improving server performance and reducing download times.


7. Slideshow Gallery

This clever WordPress plugin allows users to create professional and stylish slideshow galleries. Perfect for showcasing your work or just a nice feature on any WordPress site.


8. WPTouch

Didn’t get that responsive theme? No need to worry, WPTouch provides WordPress site owners with the ability to scale their site so it fits perfectly to any screen size or resolution. No more zooming in on mobile phones, your site will be easily viewed from any device.


9. Google Analytics

Google Analytics has got to be one of the best site-analytical tools available. And now there’s a plugin that automatically adds javascript to each page on your site to track outbound links, downloads from your own site and mailto: links. This saves you having to install the code manually.


10.   Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is one of the easiest to use contact form plugins. It allows you to create and manage numerous contact forms while customisable to suit your requirements.


Did one of your WP plugin favourites not make the list? Let us know your must-have WordPress Plugins in the comments section below.