There are over 55,000 WordPress plugins for you to choose from for your website. These plugins range from online calendars to analytics programs that allow you to see how users interact with your website online, but with the list of plugins growing every day, which ones are the best? As the top WordPress development company in the U.S. and Europe, our WordPress website development team hears this question a lot, so we compiled a list of the top eight WordPress plugins for 2019.
8. All-in-One WP Migration
The modern business owner needs their website to be flexible because many business owners find that their website needs to be redesigned or migrated quickly due to changes in customer behavior or simply encountering a hosting service that you are unsatisfied with. Unfortunately, migrating your websites files, content, and plugins can take time and often cost you money in lost revenues. All-in-One WP Migration changes this aspect of the migration process.
All-in-One WP Migration is a migration plugin that allows you to move your entire website, including your website’s database, media files, plugins, and themes, with one easy-to-use drag and drop feature. Moreover, this plugin allows you to migrate your entire website to a different location in hours, not days, and it is extremely affordable. The premium version, which is recommended for most websites, is $69 for a lifetime membership.
7. Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan
Hackers are a problem for every website owner, regardless of which industry your company operates in. In 2005, the Bureau of Justice Statistics conducted a study of over 7,000 businesses in the U.S. 68% of these businesses had detected at least one type of cybercrime and nearly 60% of these businesses experienced one type of cyber attack. Unfortunately, this problem has only gotten worse. According to Forbes magazine, nearly 30,000 websites are being hacked every day worldwide.
Consequently, every website should be equipped with a firewall and malware scanning technology. Wordfence security is an excellent plugin that allows website owners to keep their website secure with features such as a firewall that blocks malicious traffic and a malware scanner that checks your website’s core files for malware, bad URLs, SEO spam, and more. There is a free and premium version of Wordfence, and the premium version costs $99 per year.
6. Really Simple SSL
Really Simple SSL allows your website to transmit and receive data from online visitors using a secure socket layer (SSL) encryption. You will need to purchase an SSL certificate in order to use this plugin, but SSL certificates, in general, are pretty affordable due to the fact that the majority of websites online now operate using an SSL encryption. Really Simple SSL complements your website’s SSL certificate and ensures that all of the data sent to and from your website is secure by using hypertext transfer protocol (HTTPS) to display your website’s content and an SSL encryption to send and receive information with website visitors. Moreover, SSL certificates are now used as a ranking factor by Google, so it can also give your website a positive boost from an SEO perspective.
5. Advanced Custom Fields
The way your website is presented has a compelling effect on its ability to convert visitors into sales or leads. Advanced custom fields allows you to create fields easily and effectively for all types of data within each web page. There are over 30 different field types to choose from, and the free version of this plugin has a number of features that every website owner can utilize. If you need to enhance the features offered by the plugin, a premium version is available for a one-time payment of either $25 or $100.
4. WP Fastest Cache
Page loading speeds are important from both an SEO and user perspective. For example, according to Google, Pinterest experienced a 15% increase in traffic and sign-ups when it reduced its page-load speed by 40%, and Google has indicated quite clearly that page loading speed is a ranking factor Google uses in its search engine results. So, regardless of which way you look at it, reducing the time it takes for a web page to load on your website is a net win. WP fastest cache is a plugin that allows you to reduce the load times of each web page by creating static html files for each web page that allow it to load quickly during periods of high traffic.
3. Contact Form 7
Website owners need to be able to create custom online contact forms that allow their business to gather the information they need from prospective customers. Contact form 7 is a free plugin that allows you to do just that by giving you the ability to create fully customizable contact forms that completely meet the needs of your business. Moreover, it allows you to track users, send data to outside databases, and filter data submitted for spam. These features and more are what make Contact Form 7 a must-have plugin for any website.
WooCommerce is the must-have plugin for any e-commerce website with features like product, cart, and checkout pages, online payment integrations, and configurable shipping options that allow you to completely transform your website into a sales-generating machine. WooComerece comes in both a free version and a premium version the cost of which varies based on the types of extras you add to your website.
1. Yoast SEO
Over one billion people use Google every month, and website owners are keenly aware of how important SEO is for their website. While computer programs will never replace the services offered by SEO experts, Yoast SEO allows you to apply basic SEO techniques to every web page you create. Yoast offers both a free version and a premium version of their plugin, and it is an SEO resource that every website owner should take advantage of.
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