WordPress no doubt is one of the best free CMS available. If you are intending of starting your own blog OR showcasing your company, there are potentially thousands of themes (Free and Premium) available using which you can achieve your desired way of presenting your content. However, what generally theme will not provide is some additional features which are needed for better optimization of your website. Based on my own experience, I am listing down 5 best plugins and 5 best widgets to be used for any wordpress website. After all, who doesn’t want their website to be better!
Best Free WordPress Plugins
In today’s world, everyone including you is already aware of the important role played by the social media. People read something good and intend to share and publish such information to all known ones. This plugin comes as a rescue to help add Facebook Like, Tweet, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn buttons to your articles and pages. The number of likes and shares are also shown. Plugin is customizable using background colors and gives you options to choose which social share needs to be displayed. Pinterest is their new addition and the plugin does its job really well. There are other social share plugins as well but I liked the ease of use and ease of integration this plugin provides.
Tired of “Older Posts” and “Newer Posts” links in your blog. You can use this awesome WP-PageNavi plugin to replace it with Pagination which not only helps user to browse but also helps you to make your users stay in you website for longer time.
3. HeadSpace2 SEO
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and this plugin does exactly what it says. This is the revised version and it provides you with lot of features to help you get your site on the top. An automated way to take care of all the SEO that you need for your website.
4. WP About Author
Currently, wordpress does not provide an integrated way to display your Bio from the user’s profile to the post page which the user created. But it has become a trend in the modern era and readers constantly get interested to know some background of the author who publishes the information. This plugin provides options to display Author Bio above / below the post to keep interest of the readers.
This plugin helps you to backup your wordpress database. Many options are provided including the feature of scheduled backups and email to custom email address with the backed-up file. This can act as a big rescue in case of any disaster for your website.
6. W3 Total Cache
1st: It helps loading your page much faster. 2nd: It reduces the CPU processing by storing local versions of the static site. This plugin improves the user experience of your site by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. In short, it makes your website faster and better.
There are many great plugins available for wordpress and the list is increasing everyday. Any other great plugin which you think should be in the list and is missed currently, let us know what it does best and its uses for any wordpress website.