There are thousands and thousands of WordPress plugins available to supercharge your website, but what are some of the best and what should you be using on your website? Depending on your business and what you want to achieve with your website you will find a plugin to do pretty much anything. Taking into account the vast majority of WordPress websites being used today these are our must have plugins for everyone. Let’s get started with our first plugin.

Akismet

If you are familiar with WordPress you will know about those pesky spam comments that appear on your pages and posts. How do you get rid of them? It’s not easy and there are many tricks spammers use to get links, comments and potential malware onto your website. You don’t want to get rid of comments completely as it is a good way to encourage community on your site and interact with your potential audience. That’s why we recommend using Akismet. This plugin automatically filters comments on posts and pages directly into the spam section in your comments. Avoid a build up of annoying comments that are clogging up your database by using Akismet. All you then need to do is regularly login to your WordPress dashboard and empty your spam folder. It’s that easy. A simple way to keep your WordPress website spam free and running at it’s optimal level.

Woocommerce

Ever wanted to turn your website into a functioning e-commerce store at the click of a button? Well you can easily with Woocommerce. It is important to note that if your WordPress theme or website isn’t compatible with Woocommerce it will need slight code modifications to ensure everything runs correctly. Woocommerce now powers close to 18% of all e-commerce websites on the web and is a stable solution for small, medium and large sized e-commerce stores with inventory integration, shipping, coupons, ordering and reports. It’s easy to use, manage and integrates straight into your WordPress website. What’s not to love!

W3 Total Cache

Need to improve the speed and responsiveness of your website? The perfect solution for the majority of websites is to take advantage of caching and minimising css & javascript files. This can give you that much needed performance boost to convert your potential visitors. While W3 Total Cache can be difficult to configure for a novice there are dedicated support options and the use of the plugin is highly recommended because everyone loves a fast, speedy website.

Google Analytics +

You have a website, however are you tracking the people who visit, how long they spend on your site and when they leave. You can see all of that and more in your WordPress dashboard with engaging visual displays to track your visits and website growth. Any good online strategy will monitor visits and conversions to refine and improve. Make it easy for yourself and integrate it all into your WordPress backend with this Google Analytics plugin.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is one of the best free contact form plugins available for your WordPress website. It allows you to easily create multiple field forms and embed them directly onto your website. Using contact forms you increase your chances of converting potential visitors to customers or enquiries. Contact Form 7 makes the job a whole lot easier.

There you have it! Our list of five must have WordPress plugins. We’d love to hear about some plugins you can’t live without.

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