10 Must-have WordPress plugins for 2016
Today where everything is going online, it is important to have a strong presence on the World Wide Web. If you are already in the online business or planning to start one, you probably have heard about WordPress. It is one of the most popular and widely used CMSs for creating a website. WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) which merely means that everyone has free access to it.
The evolution of content management system has taken the online world by storm. Not only CMS has changed the way we develop the websites today, but also has opened gates for many developers and businesses. Today many websites are being built using custom CMS to meet or exceed their users’ navigation experience. Custom CMS has its own benefits since they can be tailored to meet specific needs and requirements. However, there are many drawbacks of using custom CMS. Extensions of custom CMS become quite expensive since new legislation applies every now and then. Therefore, WordPress is one of the best options available for many small to medium sized businesses since it’s cost-effective and offers many advantages.
However, being present on the internet doesn’t only include having a website; you need a fully-functional and an enticingly appropriate website that speaks for your business. Though WordPress itself comes with many useful features, there are times when you need an added functionality in your website. This is why WordPress gives you over 40,691 plugins to customize your websites and blogs. With these plugins you can give your website a new dimension which can make you an internet star. But with 40,691 plugins available on the internet, finding the most relevant plugin is definitely one heck of a job. Therefore, on the basis of functionality and compatibility, we have built up the list of the must have free WordPress plugins for 2016.
1. BJ LAZY LOAD
This plugin uses the concept of the placeholders. It replaces all your post images, post thumbnails, gravatar images and content iframes with a placeholder and loads the content only when the visitor scrolls the page. BJ Lazy Load makes the loading of the pages faster and saves the bandwidth.
Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/bj-lazy-load/
2. Yoast SEO
In order to rank your website higher in the search engines, you need to optimize it. Yoast SEO is a great plugin that helps you write better content as well as optimize it for various search engines. It allows you to write Meta title, description and keywords.
Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
Comment spam is a common problem with websites. However, you can get rid of spam comments once and for all with the help of Akismet. It allows you to slash comment spam without having to manually flag them spam. The main advantage is that you can use it for free. All you need is an account with WordPress.org and you are all set to use Akismet.
Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/
4. SIMPLE ADS MANAGER
With Simple Ads Manager, you can fully customize the ads. From selecting the area where the ad should be displayed to limiting the scope of ad, you can do it all with this ad manager plugin. It is surely a must have because you would never want your website to look ugly because of the ads you put on. So, better have full control over your website with this magical plugin.
Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-ads-manager/
5. SUMO ME
Sumo Me is one of the most popular WordPress plugins. It provides too many features, justifying the word Sumo in it. Easy sharing on social media, optimization using the analytics and e-mail integration with MailChimp, Aweber, Constant Contact, and Campaign Monitor, Sumo Me gives you all. Other than this it also takes care of the efficiency and performance of your website.
Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/sumome/
6. BROKEN LINK CHECKER
It checks your website for all the broken links and missing images. It scans every post, comment, content of your website and then sends the report via email. Then, you can replace the broken URLs with the correct ones. You need to change it once and the change will be reflected at all the places where the link was used.
Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/broken-link-checker/
7. P3 (PLUGIN PERFORMANCE PROFILER)
Now, with these many plugins on your website you also need a tool to manage the same. P3 lets you keep track of all the plugins that are actually helping you and which ones are slowing down your website. So once you discover which ones are slowing down your site, you can get rid of those.
Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/p3-profiler/
Tables are a structured way to exhibit information. The visitor does not need to look through all the unnecessary information if a proper table is displayed. Tablepress plugin makes it easy to create tables without having to write any code for it. You can playfully edit the data to be added in the tables. Keep it simple with Tablepress!
Download it here: https://WordPress.org/plugins/tablepress/
Without any doubts, Soliloquy is the best WordPress slider plugin in the market. With too many benefits, the key benefits of using it are its fast loading speed and the fact that it is SEO friendly. Well, because of its never ending list of uses, it also comes with a free version.
Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/soliloquy-lite/
10. WP OPTIMIZE
It is the cleaner for your WordPress database. You do not need to feed your site with the manual queries, instead have WP Optimize installed and let it take care of all the wasted space. It works periodically and cleans the database every week. Clean database means lesser loading time.
Download it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-optimize/
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