September 26, 2020

10 WordPress plugins you need to try (You’re welcome!)

The cool thing about plugins is that most of them either make something easier, make it better or both. They do so by extending the functionality of software programs. This is why they’re sometimes referred to as software extensions. They benefit web designers and website owners and their users.

The main problem you might have in selecting a useful plugin would be a need to sift through thousands of them. It is not easy to find a “must-have” solution or at least one that would best serve your needs.

Some plugins, like page builders or sliders, you need to use often, if not always. Your need for others, like many of those we’ve listed here, would typically depend on the type of your website. Purpose, and niche matter a lot, too.

If you spot one you could use, grab it. It could make your day!

1. Amelia

          Taking an appointment is a simple task. Taking and scheduling multiple appointments and managing them in a way that satisfies all parties concerned is a different manner.

Doing so manually takes time managers and employees alike would rather spend on their core responsibilities. Manual processes can also be error prone, which in this case could lead to unhappiness among clients and employees alike.

Amelia is a professionally-designed automatic booking system that’s fast, efficient, and essentially error free. The ROI this WordPress plugin provides is in most instances nearly instantaneous. Amelia is on the job around the clock, it matches clients with employees, and it doesn’t make mistakes or let appointments fall through the cracks.

Amelia also manages booking changes and cancellations, sends out reminders, collects payments online, and has been used by more than 1000 businesses that have given it a 4.8 rating in its first 6 months.

2. wpDataTables

          “Advanced”, “powerful”, and “game-changing” are adjectives you see all too often in software product ads and even in reviews. In the case of the wpDataTables WordPress plugin however, they seem to fit quite nicely.

Here are several situations you might typically encounter where wpDataTables will really strut its stuff:

–       You need to create a table or tables based on massive amounts of complex data (and do so relatively quickly).

–       Data you’ll be using can come from a variety of sources and in a variety of formats.

–       You want to build a table (or chart) that’s totally responsive, interactive, and front-end editable so it can easily be changed or updated.

–       Your table or chart should fit in nicely with the overall appearance of your site (i.e., it’s customizable and responsive) and key data elements or functions should be color coded or otherwise highlighted.

In other words, you’re looking for a plugin that’s advanced, powerful, a game changer, and has been used by more than 20,000 businesses and individuals.

That’s why we recommend trying wpDataTables.

3. NextGEN Gallery & NextGEN Pro

          When a software solution is available in both free and premium versions, it usually makes sense to try the free version first. That may be true for the NextGEN WordPress gallery plugins as well. The free version, NextGEN Gallery, has the tools to take your gallery building projects a long way. It allows you to manage and display thousands of images in various gallery and album styles and formats.

The premium version, NextGEN Pro, offers more as you would expect, thanks to its comprehensive set of software extensions that give you a wealth of gallery-building tools, options and additional approaches to building award-winning galleries.

There’s also a middle approach in which for a fee a bundle of Pro extensions can be used with the free version. Once you’ve settled on a NextGEN solution that works best for you, you should never have to search for another gallery-building software solution.

4. MapSVG WordPress map plugin

          In terms of map-making options, MapSVG may well offer more than any map-producing WordPress plugin or software solution on the market. The MapSVG WordPress plugin lets you incorporate customized interactive vector maps, Google maps, and image maps into your website designs.

You can also make maps from PNG and JPEG files, add markers and directory information to existing maps, and overlay custom SVG files on Google maps with this handy WordPress plugin.

5. Logic Hop – Personalized Marketing for WordPress

          Imagine the power of being able to change design elements automatically based on who’s visiting your site. With Logic Hop for WordPress you can! Sound difficult? Logic Hop makes it easy with ready-made recipes, smart CTAs and conditional CSS. Personalize your site using geolocation, social media posts, visitors actions, and even what they’re interested in. Wow your visitors and clients! Try it free for 14 days and take your designs to the next level.

6. Rank Math SEO

          Rank Math’s Content Analysis feature makes it much easier to overcome the challenges associated with a website’s SEO and writing SEO-friendly content. This WordPress plugin can do much more than that however.

Rank Math is a veritable Swiss Army knife of search engine optimization tools designed to make your websites as SEO friendly as possible.

7. Heroic FAQs

          As a business’s website attracts more visitors, its owner is often faced with having to respond to more questions, the bulk of which are repetitive. The Heroic FAQs plugin is a real time saver in this respect.

Heroic FAQs is an excellent tool for creating website FAQ pages. Using drag and drop, you can assemble, order, and categorize questions and answers and add images and videos as appropriate.

8. Heroic Knowledge Base

          If you’ve been looking for a WordPress knowledge base plugin to beef up your online presence you can stop right here. With the Heroic Knowledge Base plugin, you can create a knowledge base to help users find information they are looking for or of interest to them and do so rapidly thanks to its super-speedy Ajax search feature.

You can also get feedback that will help you determine where your website needs improvement.

9. Blog2Social – Smart social media automation for WordPress

          More and more website owners post on one or more social media networks to get their messages across. Blog2Social gives you access to all 16 major social media networks.

With the help of its social media calendar, you can schedule posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and the other social media networks at the times and in the formats you choose. Share your posts effectively, efficiently, automatically, and error free.

10. WordLift

          If you’ve been wondering when or if you’d be able to put the power of artificial intelligence to good use, here’s your chance. WordLift is an AI-driven WordPress plugin that measures a website content’s performance in a way that enables you optimizing the content, improve your website’s navigation, and boost search engine rankings.

Conclusion

          There should be at least one of these best in their class plugins that could make your day. That being the case, imagine the potential rewards if you find several you could put to good use.

What these software extensions have in common is the ability to make your work easier, extend the features and capabilities of a website to benefit its owner and users, or all the above.

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