In today’s article, we’ll present seven must-have WordPress (WP) plugins for business websites in 2021.
Specifically, we’ll focus on plugins that affect the performance, appearance, and usability of websites on WordPress.
So, if you’re looking to update your website, you’ll find this article extremely helpful.
Let’s dive right in with the first plugin:
#1 Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins – over 5 million WP sites are using it.
It is easy to use and it optimizes your WP posts and pages using keywords you choose and meta descriptions.
Yoast SEO gives you:
● Full SEO analysis
● Readability analysis
● Full language support (for 15 languages)
● Google previews
● Innovative Schema blocks
That’s just the free version. There are a lot more features and capabilities to choose from if you go premium.
Yoast may be a great option for beginners, but it’s an all-in-one SEO panel plugin that provides a free download option which many pros use, as well.
If you’re starting an eCommerce store, WooCommerce is a great alternative to more expensive CRMs like Shopify.
This e-commerce plugin will give you a complete package of features that you can use to build an online store from the ground up.
WooCommerce doesn’t have any limitations when it comes to the type of product you want to sell or how many of them you aim to sell.
The company can take care of all the technical aspects of developing the web store, which is great if you want to focus on the product presentation.
It’s also a good plugin to buy, as it includes over $1000 in premium extensions for subscriptions, bookings, and other services you may want to offer.
WordPress powers nearly 30% of websites on the Internet. So it’s not at all strange that they’re a frequent target for cyber-attacks.
But this is where UpdraftPlus steps in.
UpdraftPlus provides professional cybersecurity services for websites on WordPress.
It allows you to create manual or automatic backups of your website and safely store them locally, or on a public cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox…).
Also, it’s very easy to restore your website in case it crashes following an attack.
You can choose between a base – free plugin, or a paid one, which includes extra features.
#4 WP Rocket
WP Rocket is one of the best plugins for improving the speed and performance of your WP website.
Most businesses use this website extension to build a cache for their domain.
But it also offers features such as lazy loading images, CDN support, DNS pre-fetching, and other capabilities that raise site performance.
In a cach plugin test, this plugin was able to reduce page loading time by 63%.
WP Rocket has no free version, but it gives you great value for money when compared to other plugins.
If you want your readers/subscribers to reach you directly through your WP website, you’ll need a contact form.
If that’s the case, we recommend that you start using WPForms.
With its drag & drop online form builder, you can easily create sign-up forms even if you’ve never had any coding experience.
People use WPForms to set up:
● Contact forms
● Email subscription forms
● Sign-ups for trials and demos
The plugin also offers various themes you can choose from. So the forms won’t just be functional, they’ll also match the appearance of your WordPress theme perfectly.
WPForms Lite version is a free, simple solution, while the pro version provides more powerful features.
#6 Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)
One of the best WordPress Development Plugins is the Advanced Custom Fields.
If you want to custom-code original customizations on your website, ACF is one of the should-haves on your list of plugins.
With ACF you can add custom fields to your WP website posts, pages, or other user areas.
This plugin can also display custom field data on any page of the website.
The Advanced Custom Fields plugin comes in a free and a pro version.
#7 Gutenberg Blocks and Template Library by Otter
Not long ago, the interface for creating new posts and pages on WordPress changed.
It is block-based now, which means that you select and add content blocks to your page.
The problem now is there aren’t many blocks available.
Otter provides you additional blocks and helps you stand out, with more diverse content.
It also comes with its template library.
From there, you can choose ready-made templates made from two or more elements, and create sections for your pages by editing them.
Using this plugin allows you to create headers, pricing tables, and other useful web blocks on your site.
Best of all, it doesn’t impact your website’s speed. And it’s completely FREE.
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