Seven Useful WordPress Plugins

Creating a WordPress site for the first time can feel like such a great accomplishment. It is the first time that someone gets to see an entire site up and running. And it is even more impressive they managed to do it on their own, without too much outside help.

But it should not be the end of the road in terms of optimizing and tweaking a site. There are so many useful WordPress plugins that should be incorporated into blogs and sites.

At Elementalise, I always want to provide useful information for readers who may be starting their WordPress journey. Here are seven useful WordPress plugins that I believe every site should incorporate:

  1. WPForms

There should always be a way for people to contact you when a website has been set up. Whether it is for customer service purposes or to provide a reference contact in case someone has an inquiry about the site, it is good to have a contact form available.

And WPForms makes it easy to create such a form. It is a form builder that can be dragged and dropped onto the intended area of a website page. It can be used for contact, email subscription, order, payment and other types of online forms.

  1. MonsterInsights

A useful plugin that allows users of WordPress to incorporate Google Analytics onto their sites. Anyone who is trying to improve the performance of their website should be using MonsterInsights to make the most out of the analytics that Google provides.

There are both free and pro versions of the plugin, depending on the specific use case. It is a good idea to try out the free version to see if it is to your liking, before transitioning to the pro version.

  1. Constant Contact

Attempting to build email lists? Want an easy way to send mass emails out to subscribers? Constant Contact makes the process very simple and intuitive. Not only does the plugin provide a lot of useful features, but it is also one of the most beginner friendly plugins for sending out mass emails and curating email lists.

  1. Sucuri

It is a plugin that is designed to provide web application firewall services. And Sucuri does a very good job in this regard. It is a very useful plugin for ensuring that your site is protected from various types of attacks. It can monitor and protect the site from a DDoS attack, malware threat, brute force attack and XSS attacks.

  1. BackupBuddy

What happens when a site is attacked or if you make a mistake while editing the site? You can lose a lot of valuable information and formatting in such an event. It is why having a proper backup is so important.

BackupBuddy makes it easy to backup and restore any WordPress site. Within a few clicks, you will have the ability to restore a site that was damaged or completely wiped.

  1. Yoast SEO

An old and very popular plugin for WordPress, Yoast SEO is perfect for site owners who want to ensure their site is placing higher on search engine results pages. Instead of paying some company for SEO services, it is a DIY way to optimize a site and all its pages for search engines.

It is possible to add meta tags, keywords and other vital elements to a site using the guidelines and suggestions from the plugin. It is very easy to install on WordPress and works flawlessly.

  1. Quick and Easy FAQs

Depending on the type of product or service that is being sold through a WordPress site, having a FAQ section is very useful. Quick and Easy FAQs is exactly what the title describes – a fast and effortless way to set up this section within a site.

It will help users create an entirely new page on the site that is dedicated to frequently asked questions. And the page is very easy to tweak over the coming months and years. Whether someone wants to remove, add or edit questions and answers, it can be done through a few clicks.

These are seven of the most useful WordPress plugins that I have noticed over the past year. Some of these plugins are a few years old, but it does not diminish their usefulness. In fact, it means they are optimized to provide an even better experience than newer plugins.

Anyone who is creating a WordPress site for the first time should use some or all of these plugins to get the best experience.

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