There is no denying that we at Team Imbue love WordPress. Yes we build websites from the ground up and work with other Content Management Systems, but our love for WordPress has grown stronger every day.
The open source platform, design flexibility, widespread adoption — what’s not to love? Add some well-built plugins to the mix and a WordPress website can have advanced functionality that would normally cost a lot to develop from scratch.
How much do we love WordPress plugins? Let me count my top 5 ways:
- Yoast SEO — Search Engine Optimization is critical to the success of any website and Yoast is a powerful WordPress SEO tool. From a snippet preview to page analysis functionality that helps optimize content, image titles, and metadata to many more optimization options, this plugin is effective and easy to use.
- Gravity Forms — This quick and easy form-builder lets you choose fields, configure layout options, and select styles to embed any type of form. It even handles multi-page forms and displays a progress bar to let users know where they are in the process.
- OptinMonster — These lead-capture forms help convert your visitors to subscribers and customers. You can test multiple types of opt-in forms like lightbox popups, floating bars, and slide-ins. It can even detect user behavior through “exit-intent technology” that prompts visitors precisely when they are about to leave.
- BackupBuddy — This complete backup solution for your entire WordPress site handles the WP database, all content, the media library, theme files, and plugins. It’s also handy to for moving sites from one hosting provider to another.
- Akismet — This plugin filters out blog comments that appear to be spam. Moderators can review the captured comments and approve or trash them. A discard feature blocks known spam outright to reduce comment moderation time.
Keep in mind that the more plugins you have installed, the less secure your site may become. Website security is a top priority here at Imbue, so we only use plugins that we know are from reputable developers and that we have tested.
Do you have a favorite WordPress plugin that you have used with great success? Share the love and tell us about it in the comments.