WORDPRESS IS KING
When it comes to web design, WordPress is king. 75 million websites worldwide use WordPress with more than 409 million viewing 23.6 billion pages each month according to Forbes. That is a lot people! When developing your site, you want to use engaging plugins that are feature-packed and can change your website from being average to awesome!
FREE AND PAID PLUGINS
There are free and premium plugins. And sometimes it can be confusing to know which is better to use. All plugins are developed by 3rd party companies. And developers create plugins for varies reasons, but mostly to make money. If you select a plugin from a company that only offers free plugins, make sure to research that company. Because it’s free, the developer is not making money to work on the plugin or to do updates. But that doesn’t mean that you should not use free plugins because there are developers who continue to develop excellent free plugins. They are paid by donation. So if you install a free plugin and it works, please donate.
GOOD RULE OF THUMB TO FOLLOW WHEN INSTALLING PLUGINS
- Support Questions: Are the developers answering support questions. When you look on the support forum on wordpress.org, look to see when was the last time they answered a support question and how many questions are unanswered. If it’s been longer than 6 months or there are a lot of unanswered questions, most likely they have stopped supporting the plugin
- Good Ratings: Do they have good ratings – read the reviews. If you see 1 bad review, but all the other reviews are excellent, this generally means the reviewer didn’t understand something. But if you see several people giving bad reviews, look for another plugin.
- Research: Remember, even when you do your due diligence in selecting the best plugins, they still can cause problems on your site. Always back up your site before installing plugins. That way, if something happens, you can restore your site quickly.
- Verify: Before installing any plugin, verify that the plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress. ALWAYS use the lastest version of WordPress.
Remember, even when you do research all your plugin and try to select the best one, they still can cause problems on your site. Always back up your site before installing plugins. That way, if something happens, you can restore your site quickly.
Before installing any plugin, verify that the plugin is compatible with your version of WordPress.
Free And Paid Plugins That Are Trending In 2018
Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress: This extensive social sharing plugin for WordPress offers maximum flexibility and social media exposure by allowing you to share on more than 45 of the major social networks, including a wide range of optimized mobile messengers
Social Locker for WordPress: Social Locker for WordPress will give people a reason to click on the social buttons on your website. This plugin will ask people to “pay” to see your content or get a discount by clicking on the button. This will help increase your social media presence.
WordPress Social Share, Social Login and Social Comments Plugin – Super Socializer: Integrate Social Login, Social Share and Social Comments at your website easiest and simplest possible way.
WordPress Social Sharing Plugin – Sassy Social Share: Sassy Social Share enables your website users to share the content on Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Tumblr, Pinterest, Reddit and over 100 more social sharing and bookmarking services.
Facebook Live Video Auto Embed for WordPress: Automatically embed live videos from your Facebook page or group on your WordPress site. This plugin includes a site-wide notification bar and the ability to embed multiple recent live videos.
Facebook SpiderLink – Make Your Facebook Post VIRAL: This plugin will help your Facebook posts go viral. Your fans will have like or comment on your posts before they can get access to a special link.
Facebook Reviews Pro WordPress Plugin: Display Facebook reviews on your WordPress site without touching code. This plugin includes powerful shortcodes so you can position your reviews anywhere you like.
Pinterest Automatic Pin WordPress Plugin: Pinterest drives more traffic than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn combined. This is why we coded this plugin that will pin images from your post automatically to pinterest.com. Instagram Widget – Instagram for WordPress
Instagram Auto Poster – WordPress to Instagram: Automatically send posts and even WooCommerce product to your account Instagram.
Facebook Messenger Auto-Reply: Set up auto comments and private messages for people who comment on your Facebook updates. A great tool for automating support requests.
Instagram Journal: Display everything from your photos, photos you’ve liked, photos from a friend’s account, photos of a particular hashtag and photos from a particular location
WP Live Chat Support: The most cost-effective Live Chat plugin. Chat with your visitors for free! WP Live Chat Support is perfect for small businesses. No third party connections required. There’s no need to pay for live chat monthly subscriptions in order to better understand your visitors.
UPdraftPlus: UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over a million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click!
Bookme – WordPress Booking Plugin: Responsive online booking & scheduling WordPress plugin: fully customizable and translatable, notifications, Google Calendar sync, payment with woocommerce, cart system, that allows your visitors to check availability and make appointments for a specific day(s) and time slots.
WP Option Wheel: Gamified option tool for WooCommerce & WordPress with spin the wheel game.: Capture more emails using this option tool that offers users an incentive after they enter their details and play a “spin the wheel” game.
Woocommerce Spin a Sales: The Woocommerce Spin a Sale overlay displays a special prize wheel for visitors that you can fully configure. When visitors enter their email address, the prize wheel spins and they win a random discount. Woocommerce Spin a Sale can be fully customized so you can specify the exact discounts you’d like to provide customers and how often each discount is provided.
WordPress WhatsApp Support: More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp. WordPress WhatsApp Support plugin provides better and easy way to communicate visitors and customers directly to your support person. It runs on your own WordPress site, allowing you full control over your support via WhatsApp.
WPBakery Page Builder for WordPress (formerly Visual Composer): The most popular WordPress page builder plugin, chances are you’ve heard of this one before. If not, make sure you check it out.
Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin: Slider Revolution is an innovative, responsive WordPress slider plugin that displays your content beautifully. Whether it’s a slider, carousel, hero scene or even a whole front Page, the visual drag and drop editor will help you make customization quickly and easily.
LayerSlider Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin: With LayerSlider, you can share your photos and images with professional-looking sliders, slideshows, or animated content for your site.
UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin: UberMenu is a user-friendly, highly customizable, responsive mega menu WordPress plugin. It works out-of-the-box with the WordPress 3 Menu System, making it simple to get started but powerful enough to create highly customized and creative mega menu configurations.
Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer: Extend what you can do with Visual Composer and add even more to your WordPress site.
EventOn – WordPress Event Calendar Plugin: Far more than just a basic calendar, this plugin has features to suit any scheduling need.
Ninja Popups for WordPress: The most popular pop-up plugin on the market.
Essential Grid WordPress Plugin: Essential Grid is a premium plugin for WordPress that allows you to display various content formats in a highly customizable grid. Possible applications range from portfolios, blogs, galleries, WooCommerce shops, price tables, services, product sliders, testimonials and anything else you can imagine.”
RoyalSlider – Touch-Enabled jQuery Image Gallery: Royal Slider is easy to use jQuery image gallery and content slider plugin with animated captions, responsive layout and touch support for mobile devices. For the navigation, you can use thumbnails, tabs or bullets. Use it as image slider, slideshow, HTML content slider, gallery, banner rotator, video gallery, carousel or even presentation. Developed using best practice HTML5, and CSS3 transitions are used for all animations (with fallback).
360° Panoramic Image Viewer: 360° Panoramic Image Viewer is a responsive plugin that allows you to add “hotspots” to static images, creating a completely immersive experience for your visitors.
Shortcodes Ultimate: Shortcodes Ultimate is a comprehensive collection of various visual and functional elements, which you can use in the post editor, text widgets or even in template files. Using Shortcodes Ultimate you can easily create tabs, buttons, boxes, sliders and carousels, responsive videos and much, much more.
Contact Form 7: Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
All in One SEO Pack: Use All in One SEO Pack to optimize your WordPress site for SEO. It’s easy and works out of the box for beginners and has advanced features and an API for developers.