The beauty of building a website in WordPress is the sheer bounty of plugins available to customize any website and achieve any effect you can imagine. Of course, the basics like backups, social sharing, and customizable forms need to function properly.
Best WordPress Plugins from 2017
When building a new site, we’re confident these 7 plugins will handle the basics beautifully and consistently from install to update.
Yoast - Yoast BV
Yoast SEO ensures your website’s most basic SEO is taken care of. There is a Free version, but going Pro allows you to optimize every page for 5 keywords and auto-suggests relevant internal links as you type. Plus, Yoast will walk you through every step of setup.
Instagram Feed - SmashBalloon
Instagram Feed Pro is completely customizable, responsive, and rated the #1 WordPress Instagram plugin. Not free, but reasonably priced for the support and ease of set up.
At the time of this post, Monster Insights has 19million+ downloads! The basic version includes Google Analytics Dashboard, Universal Tracking, Demographics Reports, 1 year of support and more.
Smart Slider 3 - Nextend
Smart Slider’s free version delivers a ton of options from layers to text, to video. And, it’s fun to use. Skip photoshop and go straight to designing with a real-time slide editor. Powerful, fun, responsive and a time saver.
Formidable Pro really can handle any form you can imagine. Create custom forms or use one of the many templates provided. Open Source and community supported.
Advanced Custom Fields Pro
Create custom fields and add them anywhere. Designed for developers with extensive documentation, add-ons, and support.