Word Press is a quickly growing platform that has made web design and web management incredibly easy. Even people with virtually zero coding experience can set up a Word Press site and start promoting a business of their blogging articles. One of the best things about Word Press is the plugin system. There is virtually a plugin for almost anything you would want to do, and this makes it a piece of cake for those without coding experience. In this article we are going to go over 5 of my favorite Word Press plugins for better usability and search engine optimization.
This is one of my favorite starting plugins, and there is a good chance you might have heard of it before. It allows web masters to easily optimize their website for search engines. This includes setting Meta titles and descriptions for each individual page with one easy to follow format. You can also set page extensions with this plugin such as website.com/postname /, date/postname, /date/category and so on. I usually recommend going with the basic /postname, and /pagename for the best SEO results.
This plugin is really awesome and I was fortunate enough to recently discover it. It allows you to monitor your social shares on popular sites in your Word Press dashboard. This includes Tweets, Face Book shares, Digg Shares, Stumble Upon, Linkedin and more. What I like about Social Metrics the most is that it makes it so easy to find which pages and posts on your website are the most popular. This can provide insight into future posts and keywords to target.
Gravity Forms hands down, without a doubt in-my-mind, is the best form plugin for Word Press. You can customize virtually EVERYTHING, from the email messages, the pages the user redirects to when finishing the form, the background and styles, and much, much more. You can also see the amount of form fill outs and other statistics on the back end of the plugin. However, Gravity Forms isn’t a free plugin but in my opinion it is definitely worth it. The basic edition is roughly $40 dollars and comes with a year of support, which I might add is awesome.
Soliloquy Slider is an image slider that you can display on any page with a custom short code. It has a very nice caption overlay as well as features for choosing slider timing size. What really sets this plugin apart from other sliders is the fact that it is a responsive slider. This means it will work on your responsive layouts and automatically readjust the screen size on mobile phones or tablet PC’s. Most sliders are not responsive and look terrible on mobile or tablet devices.
This plugin is the maps plugin you’ve always dreamed of. It’s best for websites that represent companies that have multiple physical locations. It’s easy to add new locations to the map and the map shows a display of the entire country and pin points on each location. You can even customize the pin points to be favicon style markers that represent your brand. Other features include searching by zip code and the ability to create individual pages for each location.
Many of these plugins have helped me immensely on my websites and my client websites. If you know any great Word Press plugins make sure to leave a comment and let me know.
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