With over 50,000+ WordPress plugins available to download it can be hugely overwhelming when it comes to deciding which plugins to use for your new business website.
So in this post, I am going to talk about the must-have WordPress plugins for your website and the benefits of each.
1. Formidable Forms
When it comes to contact forms my personal favourite is Formidable Forms. The drag and drop form builder allows you to create custom forms effortlessly, which can be embedded into any page via a simple shortcode.
A huge positive of Formidable is the fact it stores entries in the backend of the site as well as notifying site owners via email. It also comes with some great features such as conditional logic, repeater fields, multi-page formatting & reporting features.
Formidable also comes with the option of a pro plan which comes with extra fields on the form builder, plus great add-ons such as Hubspot, Zapier, MailChimp.
2. LiteSpeed Cache
LiteSpeed Cache is a site acceleration plugin which can dramatically improve page loading times on your site. When using this plugin with the correct server setup, there is a noticeable improvement in on-site load speeds. Which can also have a benefit on SEO.
It can help optimize HTML, CSS & JS files with its server-level cache. It also integrates with CDN and can optimize and lazy load images!
Optimizing images on your WordPress website can be a tedious and time-consuming process. TinyPNG is a great tool that offers automatic optimization on images uploaded via the media on your website. Reducing image file size reductions (without noticeable loss of quality) to the files, which can dramatically reduce site load times.
The free plan offers 500 optimizations a month for the image sizes of your choice, allowing you to optimize (or ignore) specific image sizes. I feel this plugin is a no brainer you can simply install the plugin and leave it to work its magic.
4. Yoast SEO
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a massive part of every website. It helps you gain more traffic from search engines onto your website for keywords that your audience will be searching.
Yoast SEO is a popular choice between website owners as it comes with plenty of easy to use features to improve on-page SEO. It comes with a useful tool that analyses your page/post content, giving you tips on how to improve the copy for search engines.
Other tools included help you connect your Google Search Console, manage your 301 Redirects and Social Media Optimisation.
WooCommerce is a free plugin that allows you to sell physical and digital products in minutes. With no monthly fees and lots of support there’s no surprise it’s one of the most popular eCommerce platforms.
There are 100s of extensions making it super easy to enhance and extend your store. WooCommerce is also heavy supported, with an official user guide and plenty of user-created content online. There’s always somewhere to find an answer if you’re stuck!