This post is going to be something a little different.
Instead of reviewing websites, today we are going to look at some of the best plugins for 2016 because WordPress is so popular!
I mean, look at the growth of WordPress since 2016:
And this trend has continued on into 2016.
So without further huffing and puffing, here are some of the best plugins you can try in 2016.
No WordPress website is complete without an SEO plugin. They give you all the features you need to make your website SEO ready and give you a way to beat the competition on Google.
There are really only two SEO plugins worth mentioning for WordPress:
These plugins have been going head to head for years so it is very hard to compare them, but if you want to see which is the best for you check out this Yoast and All in One plugin comparison.
Then you can head over and download the plugins in the WordPress directory.
Social Media Plugins
One of the next most important things you can do for your WordPress website is enable social media sharing.
There are so many plugins around for WordPress, and social media specifically, that it is very hard to know which one to choose.
Here are a bunch you can consider when thinking about your next social media plugin:
The free plugins are great, but just be aware that they also come with conditions like Simple Share Buttons now tracks all clicks for their own purposes.
Social Warfare just released a new version that is also free here.
Contact Form Plugins
Of course you want people to be able to contact you when you have a website. It is one of the most important parts of being a business owner and having a presence online.
However, not everyone does this. You should.
And one of the easiest ways to enable this is with a contact form or form plugin.
Here are some of the best around to get you started with your contact form on WordPress:
Whether you choose for one of the free ones (Contact Form 7 is great) or a paid version (which have more support and features) is up to you.
Another area you really need to take care of with WordPress is backup. You never know when something can go wrong, and if it does and you don;t have a backup then…boom!
No more website.
So in all seriousness, please take backup very seriously (too many of the same word there I know!).
Things have moved a lot in the backup scene in WordPress, so now I would recommend you use Vaultpress from WordPress themselves (it is only $5 a month – cheap to have peace of mind)
There are a few more options for backup such as:
One of these babies will certainly fulfil your needs. So give them a try
Starting a WordPress websites can be daunting, but with these plugins you will be off to a great start. And soon, maybe, you will also appear in the Best Websites of the Year.