I was recently thinking about which WordPress plugins I consider essential for any WP website. Which plugins can I not live without?
- Gravity Forms – By far, the most useful plugin for WordPress is Gravity Forms. If you need to accept any type of user input, Gravity Forms lets you do it (and even charge for it!). Whether it’s simple contact forms, polls, quizzes, or order forms, Gravity Forms is the most versatile plugin available for WordPress.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast – If you care about SEO, WordPress SEO by Joost de Valk is an amazing yet simple way to drastically improve your site’s search engine performance. It lets you rewrite page titles, create meta descriptions, tells you how well your post is written, and much more. I can’t create a website without this plugin. Oh, and it’s totally free!
- TablePress – If you do any work with tables and your theme doesn’t provide an easy way to create them, TablePress is an awesome, free plugin that makes creating tables as easy as uploading an Excel/CSV file. Anyone who’s coded a table in HTML knows how much of a pain in the ass it is and this plugin eliminates that headache. It also includes great documentation on styling your tables as well. This is my preferred method of creating tables because it’s so simple and, since it’s a plugin, it’s not theme dependent.
- Disqus Comment System – I hate the standard WordPress commenting system. Disqus eliminates spam and allows users to comment via social media accounts. Getting set up is free and easy.
- WooCommerce – If you need to sell any type of product, WooCommerce is the way to go. First, the WooCommerce core is completely free and packs a ton of standard features like shipping, payment processing, coupons, shipping, and more. Second, there are TONS of WooCommerce extensions to extend the functionality of your e-commerce website. WooCommerce is a plugin that contributes to making WordPress such a versatile system for building websites.