Ever wonder why WordPress is the most widely used blogging and content management system? Well besides being extremely user friendly, WordPress offers thousands of plugins to freely customize your website.
Plugins allow users to tailor the look and functionality of their websites to their specific needs straight from the WordPress interface.
Surely you’ve heard of Apple’s slogan, “There’s an app for that”? Well when it comes to WordPress, whatever you’re looking to do, there’s a plugin for that.
At Forthea, we use a variety of these plugins and here are our top 5 favorites.
Our Top 5 WordPress Plugins
This mighty plugin is a simple editor for modifying your htaccess file without having to use an FTP client. Warning: this plugin should be used only by experienced professionals! Any error in the Htaccess file will result in your website crashing. You’ve been warned!
WordPress SEO by Yoast
This super user-friendly plugin helps to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. Not only does it help you write better content, it also helps you take care of all the technical optimization.
This WordPress plugin makes making forms a simple process. Simply select your fields, configure your options, and embed the form code on your WordPress site and you’ve got a working web form within minutes. Saving you, and your clients, time and money!
WP Robots Txt
This helpful plugin enables you to edit the content of your robots.txt file in order to prevent your site from being crawled. Predating Google, this plugin is the accepted method of controlling crawling of a website.
This supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with powerful functionalities from WordPress.com. With Jetpack, choose between dozens of plugin features including performance tools, customization, mobile themes, content tools, visitor engagement, security and much more. Check out some of the users’ favorites below!
Not only do we enjoy using WordPress plugins for creating custom functionality for websites, we rely on these plugins to help save us and our clients’ time and money. It’s important to use caution when using just any old plugin as it can possibly affect a website’s performance negatively.
Be sure to do your research and find the right tool for the job at hand. One of the great things about WordPress is that it gives the user immense power previously reserved to those with web design and development experience. But remember the warning from everyone’s favorite Uncle Ben: With great power…well you know the rest!
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